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 – Direct Trophies & Engraving

Our latest featured business is based in Geebung, Queensland. Welcome Direct Trophies & Awards!

Contact Name: Direct Trophies & Awards

Contact details: Hinesh Kaba

Established: 1962

Location: Geebung, Australia

Number of staff: 4

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Tell us a little about Direct Trophies & Awards and the team?

Direct Trophies & Awards has been an established business on the North side of Brisbane. We specialise in Awards & Recognition. We strive to provide our customers a good experience working with us.

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

Go for a drive & enjoy cars.

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

Saw the opportunity come by when I was in the market to do something different.  The use of laser machines in various environments excited me to develop my creative side with personalisation.

What type of machines do you have?

Speedy 300 Flexx

Speedy 400

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 What type of jobs / work do you do?

  • Engrave Trophies & Awards
  • Create Custom/Personalised awards
  • Laser Cutting
  • Laser Engraving
  • Create & Update Honour Boards
  • Create Promotional Items

What has been your favourite job and why?

Personalised a Gun. Had to be restored to original condition with branding and serial coding. Used the Flexx machine to mark the material.

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

Working with designer/wedding specialised to create personalised wedding items for a special occasion.

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Halloween – Laser Cut Pumpkins

Nothing signifies Halloween like a glowing Jack o’Lantern with a unique pattern. In this tutorial we show you how to create a unique Halloween pumpkin using a laser. This has been replicated courtesy of our global premium partner Trotec Laser USA. Click here to be taken directly to the laser parameters.


Preparation

Required material:

  • pumpkin
  • pumpkin carving kit or sharp knife and large spoon or ice cream scoop
  • duck tape
  • tooth brush
  • a candle or LED lights

Used Trotec Laser:

  • Speedy 400
  • 80 watts
  • 2 inch lens

Download the Parameters here:

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Step by Step

Step 1: Find a perfect pumpkin

Buy a pumpkin from your local supermarket or from a farm shop. Try to find one that’s a good size with little visible damage/marks. The perfect pumpkin has a smooth surface and a uniform colouring.

Step 2: Place the pumpkin in the laser

Put the pumpkin in the laser and position it with some tape, if necessary. Open our template or design your own pattern, and then send the file to the laser.

Parameters used:

Engraving: Power: 100% – Speed: 25% – Frequency: AUTO – Air Assist: ON – Passes: 2
For a perfect engraving result, we’ve activated the “High Quality” option.

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Step 3: Wash it

After processing it with the laser, it is necessary to clean the pumpkin with lukewarm water and a toothbrush.

Step 4: Prepare tools

Take a sharp knife and a spoon. You will also need 2 bowls – one for the seeds and the other one for pumpkin pulp.

Step 5: Hollowing

Cut out the lid at the top of the pumpkin and take all the seeds and the pumpkin strings.You can use a spoon, but it is easier just using your hands.

After that use a spoon to clean out the inside of the pumpkin. Scrape away the walls and put the pumpkin pulp into the second bowl.

Step 6: Let it glow

Wipe the inside of the pumpkin down with a kitchen sponge. Place a candle or a LED-light inside the pumpkin and close the lid. Now your Jack o’ Lantern is ready for Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Tips and Tricks:

Sprinkle some cinnamon on the underside of the lid. Some people claim this makes the pumpkin last longer.

Hollowing out the pumpkin can be quite exhausting. An ice cream scoop can make your job easier.
Don’t thow the pumpkin pulp away – keep it and cook a delicious soup.


Laser engraving fashion with RMIT FabShop

They below video is from RMIT Fashion School who use their laser machine to create amazing fashion designs. This is great inspiration for anyone looking to extend their current laser offering. All images and content from RMIT FabShop facebook page.

Laser breakthrough! @makemeloco’s gorgeous gold moth cuffs showing you can etch into the back of mirrored acrylic and get amazingly subtle results.

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Playing with laser cutting scubaknit. Self fastening technique by @skyrafts

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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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Basics of Laser Engraving

Does your business still have your old faithful Newing Hall or Vision machine, that old rotary engraving machine that just keeps going strong? It might be getting to the end of it’s life span, but you’re not sure if you want to get into laser machine? The basics seem to be a little bit daunting?

In this video our Global Premium Partner Trotec Laser details the basics of laser machines. Enjoy viewing and understanding a little bit more about it!

Trotec Laser Webstores

Our Global Premium Partner Trotec Laser has launched their new online engraving webshop. A one stop for TroLase, TroPly, acrylic, machine consumables plus much more. The below video is from Trotec Laser Australia, however to help you easily find your local subsidiary webstore, we’ve linked them below!

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Trotec Laser UK webstore

For more information on Trotec Laser materials, please visit their website.

Trotec Laser Canada – New Showroom Opening

Congratulations to our Global Premium Partner Trotec Laser Canada on their new showroom opening.

If you couldn’t attend, here’s a tour of their lovely facility. We can’t wait to get our hands on and try those machines!

They have let us know their doors are opening at any time. If you want to drop by they’re located at 1705 Argentia Road, Unit 9, Mississauga, ON L5N 3A9. Or, phone them on 1-855-838-1144.

Even better, they also have a range of consumables available for a one stop shop.

 

 

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!

Granite Plaque 2 REVERSE ENGRAVE COLOUR CAST ACRYLIC aci (4) Reverse Engrave Plastic Paint infilled, acrylic backed 2 Custom Precision cut Acrylic Custom Motorbike Fuel Tank Labels Laser Engraved MDF Wooden Iphone Case Stainless Steel Dog tags Engraved with custom QR Code Custom Resin topped name badges with Magnetic or pin backs