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Glowforge Business Course

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The Laser Cutter is every maker’s dream tool. Whether you want to etch detailed graphics, cut intricate patterns, or fabricate complex 3D objects, this tool will make your life much easier.  It’s also a great way to make extra income and this is what this course is focused on.

The Course author has been running his side-hustle laster cutter business for over 10 years in his garage. He provides all of the niche target markets, demonstrates how to set up an online shopping system that actually works, manage materials, and get repeated business.

Here’s brief summary to what you’ll learn.

Laser cutting is a technology that uses a laser to cut and mark materials, it used for industrial manufacturing applications and various other applications such as small business, craft and hobby. Laser cutting works by directing the output of a CNC controlled (computer numerical control) high-power laser to cut, mark, engrave or etch the desired image or output.

Getting Started
To start this business you need a laser cutter or laser cutting machine. These machines range from small desktop models to large industrial units.

Business Model
This is quite an interesting business because you can offer laser cutting as a service or make and sell products made using a laser cutter.

Laser cutting as a service
Here the client brings you the material to be cut or engraved as well as the artwork – usually in vector format (.eps, .ai, .svg or even CorelDRAW .cdr). The client is then charged a rate for the cutting (usually based on the amount of time it took to cut the material).

Materials that can be cut this way include
Perspex (acrylic sheet) usually for signage, but laser cut acrylic is used for many other uses as well.
Mild steel, carbon steel and stainless steel
Density board, organic board

Target Market
This business has many applications and broad use. Practically you will be limited to what your machine is capable of (cutting size and depth), many people with small machines focus on the craft market cutting thousands of those little wooden trinkets while people with larger machines focus on the business and industrial market.