For many years I always oogled over the thought of being able to design with wood. I researched a variety of different machines, weighed pros and cons, and eventually found the unit for me.
In 2020 I was adamant about adding a laser to my collection. I initially had my eyes set on one and I was in the process of getting a loan approval when they hiked up the price considerably; to the point I realized nope- way out of budget for me. The team I was also working with completely cut ties with me too and I realized it was a blessing I didn’t go with them. So I started to research my options.
I started scoping out alternatives because I had people asking me “hey- can your plotters cut wood?”. Nope- not really. Which is when I came across the amazing OMTech community on Facebook. I joined about a dozen or so groups before finding the community.
Not only was the community super welcoming and warm, but my questions were all answered and the resources available really helped put things in perspective for me. I had the admins introduce themselves politely and even go as far as to sending me personalized videos of their set ups and customizations. The care I received was remarkable. Lightburn had a 30 day trial which I played with and realized it’s just like Adobe for lasers, and once my machine was in stock- I pulled the trigger! Although the admin guys may not know it, they deserve a huge shout out from me for all their help- thank you to Cam, Josh and Brandt for the hard work, dedication and making the community something I want to be a part of. They are incredible, kind and talented people who went out of their way to help me and now that I somewhat know what i’m doing, I plan on giving back.
My unit is a OMTech 60w! I plan on eventually upgrading it a bit more as time goes on. At the moment I am learning my materials and product types and testing out different things.
I will be re-working my site to incorporate this into my products. I also hope to launch my shop soon (outside of Etsy) and start moving things away from Etsy so I can better manage my own inventory and database. While I already sell vinyl and layered paper files along with various DIYS, I eventually plan on adding laser cut files to that mix!
Want a sneak peek at my first laser project? Check it out below!
First layered wood cut project and first engrave! Well, first tests on actual material and not on all the broken samples of wood that came from us pulling the crate apart.
Either way- I am so excited where this will lead me! Also excited to be learning my new machine. Shoutout and thanks to my Dad for going all out and really setting my unit up.
Here’s some fun photos below of the arrival and me geeking out over this!
Also- the OMTech logo I added with my plotter. While I normally would never do anything of the sorts due to my IP stance; this company is truly amazing- and i’m proud to own one of these machines. I want people to know it too- if I were to ever take photos or share videos which I plan on incorporating more in the near future. I always get people asking about my machine and many looking to make the switch so I really wanted the photos to be self-explainable of where my machine comes from.
And as they all say in the laser community- HAPPY LASER DAY!