Is design easier than ever before?

Technology is constantly evolving but there are many traditional marketing and advertising methods that have hardly changed. Brochure production is one of them, and while it’s quicker to print brochures and leaflets, you still need a professional designer to make it just right. Or do you? There are many third party websites that includes software to allow you to create you own brochures using a theme, and it means the design is already in place, you just have to go in and add your content. It’s nice for small companies who want to cut costs on using an expensive designer, but its not going to work so well for medium and large businesses. Why? Well, with a large team you may have strict brand guidelines you have to work to, keeping everything consistent and you’ll need a designer who can meet your expectations. There are many great designers out there, but many of them claim to be great yet deliver poor results, so be sure to pick carefully.


The Amazon Tap – A handy gadget to have

We must say, we’re pretty impressed with the new Amazon Tap, a wireless portable Bluetooth speaker. Why is it different from other speakers on the market right now? Well, firstly being made by Amazon gives it a huge boost, but the best feature is the microphone button. Simply press this once and you can ask for music from Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and TuneIn. The device uses the Alexa Voice Service when connected to Wi-Fi or a mobile hotspot to play music but you can also keep busy by getting it to read you the news, provide weather reports and even order a pizza! Now you’re listening right? This powerful speaker is more than just a speaker, it’s a smart speaker that makes your life easier, but in terms of sound it delivers 360-degrees of omni-directional audio and provides up to nine hours of playback. What more would you want from a portable speaker?


Golden Tips for Selecting the Best Laser Machines for Engraving

Laser engraving machines are more efficient than conventional laser engravers. Unlike the traditional models, modern laser devices do not require the user to replace the engraving tips regularly while using the device. The user can control the engraving process via a computer program. The laser beam accurately traces the patterns on to the particular surface after directing the laser beam at the surface of the material to be engraved.

Shopping Guide for Laser Engravers

1. Customer Support
Customers should know how to differentiate the quality laser engraving machines from cheap imports. The company you purchase from should be reliable and provide you with all the support you may need before and after purchasing the laser engraver. The machine should have all the quality features you need. Such a brand will not break easily and will reduce the need to repairing the machine, as often.

Ensure your laser engraver can be upgraded. The manufacturers and supplier should also provide you with the necessary tutorials for using and fixing the machines. The company also needs to have a good website. The technical support should also make sure that all questions from the customers are answered as timely as possible. You should also ascertain whether you can get the replacement parts easily.

2. Size and power
The power of the laser engraver and the size of the bed are two primary issues that the buyers should never overlook. The bed size of the machine determines the maximum size of the material that can comfortably fit in the machine for engraving or cutting. A larger bed allows the user to engrave or cut larger pieces and perform small activities such as laser cut jewellery. Some laser machines have a bed that can move up and down while others have a fixed bed. The user should examine the power of the laser precisely. The user can measure the strength of a laser engraver in Watts. Powerful lasers feature more watts. You can start with a 30W laser and then upgrade to 50W or more. The strength of the machine is crucial when cutting a piece of material.

3. Floor Space Needed
Laser engravers may consume a lot of space. You must ensure you have enough space for the laser cutter. You may also need a ventilation equipment and cooling equipment while using your engraver.

4. Speed
Speed defines how fast the laser lens can move in the X and Y directions over the piece of material. Laser engravers with higher speed complete projects within a very short time.

5. Maintenance
Laser engravers may require some maintenance. You must make sure you have all the necessary skills needed to perform the necessary maintenance. You can refer to the user’s manual provided by the manufacturer.

6. Accessories

You should choose a laser engraver that includes accessories that boost its functionality. Select a machine that enables you to use rotary tools, especially if you wish to engrave round objects. For instance, you can utilise a rotary tool while engraving round objects such as bottles

In summary, modern laser engraving machines come with all the features discussed above. Only buy your laser machine from certified and reputed dealers. You should also ensure that your dealer has tested your laser engraver for efficiency.


How 3D Printing Amazed the Stove Industry

For years the fireplace and stove industry had problems with ‘distance to combustibles’ like wooden beams and chambers but it wasn’t until 3D printing came along and changed the game.

The perfect complement for a traditional log burner, also known as a wood-burning stove is a rustic timber beam above the stove. There is a fire risk with this though, because the rule of thumb is that a timber beam shouldn’t be placed too close to the stove otherwise there could be the risk of it setting alight. This meant people had to place their beam very high above the stove but this didn’t look right. One designer overcame this complication by moulded a timber beam using 3D technology, creating a ‘geocast beam’. This is essentially a non-combustible beam that looks like real wood. The finishing techniques are only getting better, but there wouldn’t have ben this solution without 3D Printing technology.


Printing Brochures – What you need to know

Designing a brochure is a big project and it can often involve numerous professionals such as designers, copywriters, photographers and editors. That’s all before it goes to print though, which is the most costly part of producing a printed brochure.

You have to choose a printing firm that’s right for your requirements whether you need tabs, fancy paper, 200+ pages or foiling, every thing you need should be listed out in advance. There are plenty of printing companies to choose between, but it’s not always a case of going for one that offers the lowest price possible.

Some will offer storage solutions, personalisation, short lead times, good customers services and perhaps even a dedicated account manger. Make sure you weigh up al the pros and cons of each company before you come to a decision you’re 100% happy with. Then you’ll have no regrets.


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