Featured Business – Tiny Tots Designer Decor

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We’re back with our Featured Business in 2017, after a short break. We’ve taken 5 minutes to chat with Danella from Tiny Tot’s Designer Decor, who is located in Queensland Australia. She shares with us her experience upon purchasing her first laser machine, a Trotec Laser Rayjet and some of her favourite jobs. She works with engraving and cutting a variety of materials and products, for a very unique market.

Contact Name: Danella

Contact details: tinytotsdesignerdecor@outlook.com 0414967272

Established: 2013

Location: Mackay QLD

Number of staff: 1

How did you get started with Tint Tots Designer Decor?

Tiny Tots Designer Decor was established in 2013, from painting my Son’s name and wall decals, from there Tiny Tots went from making names to clocks, puzzles, black boards and cake toppers. Since purchasing a laser I have been able to make custom made decor, flat lays, Cake Toppers, Save the dates, Wedding invitations, Drop boxes and so much more. Tiny Tots ensures quality handmade and painted decor that is made especially for your Tiny Tot and business.

It would definitely be busy, what do you like to do away from the business?

In my down time I like to relax with my family and unwind.

Why the decision to purchase a Trotec Laser?

I purchased my own Trotec Rayjet laser as I wanted to design and create my own lines instead of having to rely on other suppliers. Since having my own laser it has given me the freedom to create.

Do you work specifically in market?

At Tiny Tots Designer Decor and Handmade by Danella we offer:

  • Wedding Decor
  • Home Decor
  • Children Decor

What has been your favourite job to date?

My favourite request to date has been designing an item for another handmaiden in W.A, we created bow catchers and the supplier has decorated them

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I have also enjoyed making several other items for other businesses as well 😊

 What would be your ultimate client or job and why?

I would love to work with a client and design their flat lays business cards display stands for market tables and creative pieces they could show the world and sell. I would like to expand into making initiations and stamps for weddings, more cake toppers for cake makers supplying decor as wholesaler, and engraving on stainless steel pendants to make jewellery with.

Some of Tiny Tot’s gorgeous work is below:

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Featured Business – WA Engraving

Our next Featured Business is located in Western Australia. All engraving businesses typically start small, and the determination to work and grow is a testament to the owners. Jeff currently works on WA Engraving part time and we’re sure he will grow as his customer base grows!

Welcome WA Engraving!

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Contact name: Jeff Tennant Contact details: email is best – jeff@waengraving.com.au or waengraving.com.au , ph. 0450 497 352 Established: 2014 Location: Landsdale, WA Number of staff: 1

Tell us a little about WA Engraving and the team.

WA Engraving is currently only me, Jeff. I currently run WA Engraving as a part time business, operating in the evening and weekends.

My goal with every job is to do the best possible engraving I can to suit the client’s needs. I offer the care and attention to detail that only a small company can. If redrawing artwork will give a better result, then I’ll do that. If doing several passes with the laser will give a better result than I’ll do that. My goal isn’t to get the job done quickly, it’s to get the job done right.

If an urgent job is required, I can be flexible and will work with you to make sure it’s finished in time. If I can do it, I will, and I’ll do the best job possible.

What do you like to do in your down time away from the business?

My current hobby is remote control helicopters, cars and planes. I’ve also been making my own remote control car by laser cutting the components. I’m still waiting for some of the electronics to arrive so I’m not sure if it will work yet but I’m having fun with it!

How did you get into the laser engraving industry and what do you enjoy the most about it?

For the past 5 years I’ve been working in the promotional industry. The company I worked for had an old laser engraver machine which broke and I was assigned the task of finding a replacement. I came across Trotec’s Speedy 100 and thought it looked pretty cool. After having a demo I fell in love with it! I told my work how amazing the machine was but rather than getting a new laser they decided they would like to outsource all their engraving work. Although I couldn’t afford it I knew I had to work out a way of getting the machine and starting my own laser engraving business. It took over 12 months before I could start the business and get a loan approved to buy the Speedy 100 but I got there in the end!

I love everything about the laser engraving process, from helping plan and design the image to be engraved (and redrawing if required), to setting up the laser engraver and watching this amazing machine burn the image into an item with unbelievable speed and precision.

What machines do you currently have? 

I only have a 60 watt Speedy 100 at the moment. Although there’s a ton of different items that can be laser engraved with this machine I would really like to get a Speedy 300 Flexx. Not being able to help all customers because I don’t have a fibre laser is disappointing, but hopefully I’ll be able to get a Speedy 300 Flexx in the next couple of years.

What type of jobs/work do you do?

A lot of work I get is through the promotion industry like pens to have a company logo engraved. This is nice easy work and I offer good prices and I never miss a due date. I’ve actually done several “all nighters” to make sure my clients got their job in time.

I also do a lot of small one off jobs for the public, like laser engraving a wallet, a bag or an iPad. I do these jobs while my clients watch and I explain the process to them while I work. Most people love seeing how it’s done and leave with a great job smile!

What was your favourite job to date?

I’m not sure I have a favourite job. Every job has it’s challenges and is exciting in its own way. Sometimes the item being engraved will not be too interesting but the client will be awesome, and sometimes the item itself is something I never would have imagined engraving in a million years, like a flute I engraved once. So I guess I have lots of favourites.

What would be your ultimate job and client to work with and why?

My dream job would be a single large client with repeat work that lasts years. Ideally a charity organisation so I knew the work I was doing was for a good cause. If I could get enough regular, steady engraving work then I could do it full time. Being able to work from home as a laser engraver would be a dream come true.

Below is a range of WA Engraving’s recent projects. Thanks for sharing them with us!

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Featured Business – ACI Group

We’re back on deck with our Global Featured Businesses! We’re now pleased to announce our latest Featured Business who hails from sunny Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. Introducing ACI Group.

ACI Group

Contact name: David Andrews/Wayne Gannon
Contact details: Ph.1300 488 696 or sales@aci-group.com.au
Established: January 2000
Location: Springwood, Queensland (located between Brisbane city and Gold Coast)
Number of staff: 4

Tell us a little about ACI and the team

ACI commenced laser engraving 6 years ago as an add on to the business as we were up until then selling printer cartridges, printers, multifunction units as well as repairing these machines This part of the operation is still going and for the past 15 years we have repaired printers at the Gold Coast hospitals.. We purchased an Epilog Co2. We then purchased 2 more CO2’s and a fibre machine. Our goal has always been to give the best possible customer service and the ability to laser engrave most surfaces. We decided a couple of months ago that we should purchase a Trotec Speedy 400 Flexx as we were turning jobs away that required a bigger base. This could hopefully expand our ability to do more, bigger jobs. Our customer service would improve again due to the quicker times.
As we are a small operation all the staff have been cross trained so we work very closely as a team. We have arranged our laser engraving area to allow for future expansion.

What do you like to do in your down time away from the business?

David-photography, shooting, archery
Wayne- golf, horse racing and following Brisbane Broncos in the NRL competition.

How did you get into the laser engraving industry and what do you enjoy the most about it?

Mike Williamson was an ex employee of our company. We were looking for an alternative part of the business as the printer side was getting less and less turnover as more of our bigger customers were looking to go to photocopiers. Mike was selling laser engraving machines for Epilog and he assisted us greatly in the early days. We purchased 3 of the 4 Epilogue machines off Michael. Recently we purchased the Trotec flexx 400 off Michael.

What do we enjoy? Would have to be doing jobs we weren’t sure would engrave and then our persistence we found that these jobs could be done. We are always trying to do new surfaces and learn more about what our engraving machines can do.

What machines do you currently have? 

We are trading in one CO2 and the fibre machine. This will then leave us with a two CO2 machines and the Trotec Speedy 400 flexx machine.

What type of jobs/work do you do?

We will try most type of jobs. What we can’t do we try to outsource so we can look after our customers.
Work we do- Solar label kits for commercial, residential, solar battery
Stainless steel tags, stainless steel engraving, plaques-brass and stainless steel, Clipsal gang plates, Block Plans, safety signs, elevator signage, signage for electrical, mining, industrial and engineering
QR codes on plastic and stainless steel, Barcoding on plastic and stainless steel.

What was your favourite job to date?

The first time we did the barcoding because we had no idea it would scan when we finished the engraving. We were more than pleased when we realised it had worked!

Custom created Barcode & QR

What would be your ultimate job and client to work with and why?

The ultimate job would be large jobs with nice profit margins to enable us to pay back the new laser. Over the years we have dealt with a large variety of customers and the majority has been good. Easy going customers who send through easy to read files without the complications are great.
We would love to be able to get into the construction, mining, sign companies to name a few.

Below is a selection of ACI Group’s projects to date. Thanks for taking the time to chat with us!

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Global Featured Business – BHJ Design

This Global Featured Business is “BHJ Design”, family-owned and located in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.


Contact Names:
Ben & Jenni Holder

Contact details: bjhdesign@hotmail.com,  04585 136 85

Established: June 2014

Location: Kalgoorlie, Western Australia

Number of staff: 2

Tell us a little about BJH Design and the team?

We are a wife & husband team, working around a pretty normal working family life trying to get a little further ahead; luckily we came across the Trotec machine and haven’t looked back since!

What do you do in your down time away from the business?

Jenni, looks after our 4 Children, Tajy (7) , Mason & Tate (Twins 2) & Lincoln (8 Weeks).

Ben, full time owner/manager of a Hydraulic Hose franchise.

How did you get into the engraving (or laser engraving) business and what do you enjoy most about it?

We got into the engraving by requiring some tags made up for my hose Franchise, so we looked into buying a laser. We first bought a cheap Chinese laser from eBay (NOT RECOMMENDED), which turned out to be a huge waste of money, so we decided to spend the money and invest in a quality TROTEC machine.

The thing I enjoy the most is thinking of new ideas and seeing what the machine is capable of.

What type of laser machines do you have?

Trotec Speedy 100

What type of jobs / work do you do?

The Majority of our work is supplying tagging to the mining industry, but we also do some custom made products, Chopping Boards, Key Rings , Stainless Steel House numbers (Using Cermark) ect.

What has been your favorite job and why?

My Favorite job was designing and creating vehicle badge for the car enthusiast as I am one myself. Here is an image of some Mitsubishi Evolution badges I made.

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What would be your ultimate job and client to work with and why?

Ultimate job… maybe something that would push the machine and my design skills to the limit and coming out with a perfect result at the end.

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Global Featured Business – Roccet Engraving and Roccet ID

This Global Featured Business operates under two separate brands (Roccet Engraving and Roccet ID) and is located in the Hunter Valley, Australia.

 

 

Contact Name: Rob Langham

Contact details:

rob@roccetengraving.com.au

roccengraving.com.au or roccetid.com.au

Established: 2013

Location: Hunter Valley, NSW

Number of staff: 2

 Tell us a little about Roccet Engraving and Roccet ID and the team?

Roccet Engraving is a laser engraving business based near Maitland, NSW.

We laser engrave a wide variety of materials including glass, wood, acrylics, leather and others. We laser mark some plastics and metals, including stainless steel and aluminium. We also can laser cut MDF, plywood and acrylics, as well as some thinner materials such as paper and card.

Roccet ID was created initially to provide an ID solution for runners to wear on their wrist. It was quickly realized that there was a vast range of people who could benefit from a wristband id such as allergy suffers, people with medical conditions and other sporting people that may often train alone.

What do you do in your down time away from the business?

Away from Roccet Engraving I do a bit of running, 40 – 50kms a week. I also enjoy reading, motorcycling and the movies.

How did you get into the engraving (or laser engraving) business and what do you enjoy most about it?

I got into laser engraving after being interested in how various labels were made that I had daily contact with when I was working in the mining industry. I enquired about a rotary engraver but was introduced to Epilog laser engravers and was amazed at their capabilities.

What type of laser machines do you have?

I operate a Trotec 300 Flexx

What type of jobs / work do you do?

I do virtually anything that my machine is capable of. Small personal engraving, larger engraving of labels, glasses for weddings other businesses, stainless steel plates, electrical switch plates. A big part of my business is Roccet ID which involves annealing of stainless plates for my ID wristbands, name badges and luggage tags.

What has been your favourite job and why (please supply an image)?

I enjoy all my work but one of my more recent jobs was very rewarding. I engraved 20 wine boxes for McGuigan Wines and then gold filled them for a really classy look. On the personal side I engraved a wooden box that was going to contain the ashes of a victim from a shark attack that occurred at Byron Bay.

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What would be your ultimate job and client to work with and why?

I don’t really have an ultimate job, I would just like a large collection of regular customers anywhere in Australia that come to me because of the high values that Roccet engraving strives to achieve. If it fits in a mail satchel I can post anywhere in the country. It would be really great to be able to engrave glasses for the wineries around the Hunter Valley. I would also like to expand on the laser cutting side of things.

What I would really like though is for Roccet ID to be the number one place for Australians to go for personal ID.

Below is a selection of Roccet Engraving and Roccet ID’s jobs:

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Featured Business – I-dent (Calgary, Canada)

2015’s next featured business is located in Calgary, Canada, and a different style of engraving business. I-dent started operations in 1982 and have grown to be a leader in the regulatory sign industry in Western Canada. I-dent were also a recipient of an Award of Merit Bronze in the Specialty Graphic Image Association’s prestigious 2013 Golden Image Competition.

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Contact name:

Katherine Dyer – Business Development

How can people get in touch with you?

kathyd@i-dent.com 403.875.0785

Location:

7212 Flint Place SE Calgary AB T2H 1Y8

Number of Staff:

30

How did you get into business or get started?

In 1982 we thought there was a gap in good service being offered to the sign and tag industry, and we were right!

What is your specialty?

Regulatory and compliance identification products.

What makes you unique?

We don’t try to be everything to everyone, we truly focus on regulatory and compliance identification products and offer a world class customer experience.

What is your favorite job you have done?

After 33 years in business hard to think of a favorite job, our favorite clients are those that truly consider us a partner in their identification solutions.

What is your dream project?

Any project where we can work with the client to develop a unique solution to their problem.

The I-dent team (photo reproduced from I-dent Facebook page)

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Below is a selection of the current stock available online through I-dent’s product catalogue: