December 14, 2009

Woodworker creates memories from old Mount Baker High bleacher seats

What it is: Looking Glass Laser uses an art laser engraver to make a variety of unique wood items, including photo frames, tile, business cards and plaques. The company is committed to using woods grown and harvested using sustainable forest practices or from salvaged wood. Owner Jon Westdal also co-owns another business, An-West Inc., which makes furniture.


What’s new: Westdal has been using reclaimed wood from the bleacher seats of Mount Baker High School’s old gym, which was remodeled about 12 years ago, to make unique sports awards for the athletes. Westdal said he loves working with wood that has this kind of history.

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“These were seats that people were sitting on, watching games,” Westdal said. “It’s magical to me that perhaps the parents, or grandparents, of the student being given the award at one time sat on the very wood in the award their descendant is receiving.”
Mount Baker High School Athletic Director Brenda Terpstra wasn’t sure when the wood bleachers were first installed, but it was possibly around 1970. Westdal recently completed a set of awards for Mount Baker fall sports athletes who made the first or second conference teams.
“He did a really nice job,” Terpstra said. “The engraving was outstanding.”
The bleachers were made from fir, which he said is the kind of wood that looks better with age. “As it ages, wood develops a character to it that I’ve always found interesting,” Westdal said.
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How it started: Looking Glass Laser was founded in 2005. Westdal said he was influenced by his father, who was a curator in the physics department at the University of Denver in the 1960s. His dad would bring home a laser for the family to experiment with. Westdal has worked with wood his entire adult life.
While working with the high school in designing the awards, he found out about the reclaimed bleacher seats from a friend. “There is plenty of the wood, so it’ll keep me busy making awards for quite some time,” Westdal said.

September 13, 2009

Larson Jewelers Announces Free Engraving with Purchase and Now Carries Thorsten Rings

August 31, 2009 — Larson Jewelers has unveiled their ”Free engraving for all wedding bands”. For a limited time, couples can test their latest feature, an engraving tool that allows couples to create their engraving on the fly and visually inspect their engraving before they receive their rings. To encourage couples to use the engraving tool, Larson Jewelers is excited to offer free engraving on all rings purchased between now through September 22, 2009.

Few jewelers offer engraving, while Larson Jewelers offers both traditional etched engraving and new laser engraving. Laser engraving is a new technology that burns your engraving onto the surface of a ring, without removing material. The inside of the ring feels smooth as if there were no engraving. For traditional engraving, Larson Jewelers carries diamond tipped engraving tools that can be used to engrave all wedding bands. This allows both traditional and laser engravings on any type of metal such as tungsten rings, palladium wedding bands, gold, etc. Only at Larson Jewelers, are couples able to have their tungsten carbide rings engraved either traditionally or via laser engraving. “We are excited to not only offer couples the convenience by allowing them to see what their engraving will look like right on our website, but also to be able to offer the customer more choice when it comes to the engraving they want, and we want couples to try it out on us by offering them free engraving until the end of summer.” says Jonathan Larson the founder of LarsonJewelers.com.

 

Thorsten Rings

Larson Jewelers is proud to carry Thorsten’s line of tungsten wedding bands. Thorsten Rings makes their tungsten wedding bands from the highest grade of tungsten carbide available for jewelry and are made to have the best craftsmanship on the market. Thorsten’s ring designs are modern and take the wearer’s comfort into account. Many generic manufacturers cut costs by rushing through the manufacturing process. This exposes the market to tungsten rings that are too thick and uncomfortable to wear, asymmetrical (one side of the ring is different from the other), have sharp edges and inaccurately sized too large. ”Thorsten is known for their attention to detail and it can be seen immediately when looking at a Thorsten ring. The rings are comfortable to wear, symmetrical, smooth to the touch and precisely machined. We have been searching for a high quality manufacturer that specializes in tungsten jewelry and has the latest styles, like black tungsten rings for example.” says Larson.

All Thorsten Rings come with a truly free manufacturer backed lifetime warranty. This warranty protects the consumer if the ring breaks, cracks or is defective in anyway. The ring will be repaired or replaced free of charge. Couples are only obligated to send the wedding band back to the jeweler. ”Many retailers charge a fee to replace defective rings because their manufacturers cannot stand by the quality of their products,” says Larson. Thorsten is so confident in the quality of their rings, they back all of their rings with a truly free lifetime warranty and lifetime sizing.

Thorsten Rings are available in a variety of styles from casual daily to formal wear. Larson Jewelers now carries a large selection of black tungsten rings, highly polished traditional tungsten wedding bands and tungsten rings with a carbon fiber inlay.

About LarsonJewelers.com:
LarsonJewelers.com provides a wide selection of tungsten rings, palladium rings, platinum wedding bands and both gold and white gold wedding rings. At Larson Jewelers, we strive to provide the best customer service to make your shopping experience hassle free and informative. ”Besides offering great products and great service, LarsonJewelers.com also offers the best prices,” says Larson. ”In fact, if you can find a better price, not only will we match it, we will beat it.”

Until the end of summer, customers can use coupon: SUMMER10 to take an additional 10% off any of their products including the new Thorsten line.

Small business program debuts at Windsor Middle School

Windsor Middle School sixth grade students will get real life experience running a small business this year.

The sixth grade shop (industrial arts/technology), computer and art classes will be working together to start a business using the school’s newly-purchased laser engraver from york laser, middle school officials say.

Alicia Gradisar, a shop teacher at the middle school for 19 years, said she has been talking to Windsor Middle School Principal Doug Englert about the idea for a money making/learning experience for students a couple years.
“This year, it finally all worked out,” Gradisar said.
Gradisar purchased the engraver this summer with a loan from the school which will be paid back in monthly payments with proceeds from the engraving projects. She also took all the necessary training to use the engraver.
“I am excited about this new opportunity for the kids,” Gradisar said. “I have always done this kind of learning project but the laser engraver adds the professional quality to the look of the products we will produce and sell.”
She said WMS students have been enthusiastic about sample items that have been engraved, such as flashlights and iPods. She thinks this will be a very productive project and great experience for the students.
Sixth graders Colton Vickers, Max McClelland and Dylan Sparks said they enjoy using the engraver.
“It’s a really fun activity and it’s a good way to help raise money for our school,” Sparks said.
Gradisar said everyone is just getting started with the new equipment, but that the students are really enjoying doing something new and different.
“I believe the skills learned on this project such as collaboration, problem solving, team work and communication will fit very well into the districts 21st Century Skills Curriculum,” Gradisar said.
“And, I think it will give students invaluable hands on training and experience in running a business, from planning to production that will help them in anything they choose to do in their lives.”
Lisa Leuthauser’s art class will be working on the design and marketing of the products. Lela Winfrey’s computer class will be using spreadsheets to do the bookkeeping. Gradisar’s industrial arts class will be doing the actual production of the products.

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“All the classes will be involved in most of the process and will have the chance to pitch design ideas for products they think might sell to fellow students and parents and other Windsor residents,” Gradisar said.
To get the program kicked off, Bank of Colorado President Tom Prenger spoke to the sixth graders on Wednesday about all the components that go into planning and starting a new business, including information about paying back debt and making a profit.
“I hope to impart to the students the many important aspects to be considered before starting any new business,” Prenger said. “It is good for them to have something like the engraver to help them understand the concepts of assets and debts.”
Englert prepared students to listen carefully to Prenger by telling them they might some day need Prenger’s help with a loan.
“If you go in to Mr. Prenger’s bank and sit down in front of him to ask him for a loan, he will give you his full attention, and hopefully the money you need,” Englert said. “So you might want to give him your full attention today.”
Students were attentive and involved as Prenger talked to them about their financial undertaking. He prompted them to discuss issues most of them have never dealt with, such as, making monthly payments, business plans, net worth and income interest on loans.
“I tell folks I am a money renter,” Prenger said to the students. “I take a person’s money and keep it safe in my bank, and then loan it out to other people that might need money.”
He explained that is the reason the bank charges interest, so they can pay people for using their money.
“That is what Mr. Englert is going to expect you to do,” Prenger said. “He is letting you use his money for your business because he believes in you, and believes you have a quality product to sell.”
Englert said the items the students are making are already becoming very popular with the rest of the school population and staff.
“I’m sure the students and staff will be very busy and learn a lot from the project,” Englert said.

“All the classes will be involved in most of the process and will have the chance to pitch design ideas for products they think might sell to fellow students and parents and other Windsor residents,” Gradisar said.
To get the program kicked off, Bank of Colorado President Tom Prenger spoke to the sixth graders on Wednesday about all the components that go into planning and starting a new business, including information about paying back debt and making a profit.
“I hope to impart to the students the many important aspects to be considered before starting any new business,” Prenger said. “It is good for them to have something like the engraver to help them understand the concepts of assets and debts.”
Englert prepared students to listen carefully to Prenger by telling them they might some day need Prenger’s help with a loan.
“If you go in to Mr. Prenger’s bank and sit down in front of him to ask him for a loan, he will give you his full attention, and hopefully the money you need,” Englert said. “So you might want to give him your full attention today.”
Students were attentive and involved as Prenger talked to them about their financial undertaking. He prompted them to discuss issues most of them have never dealt with, such as, making monthly payments, business plans, net worth and income interest on loans.
“I tell folks I am a money renter,” Prenger said to the students. “I take a person’s money and keep it safe in my bank, and then loan it out to other people that might need money.”
He explained that is the reason the bank charges interest, so they can pay people for using their money.
“That is what Mr. Englert is going to expect you to do,” Prenger said. “He is letting you use his money for your business because he believes in you, and believes you have a quality product to sell.”
Englert said the items the students are making are already becoming very popular with the rest of the school population and staff.

August 19, 2009

Laser Engravers Today For Home Businesses

As time moves on and new technologies are developed, the term home business takes on new meaning. That is because over time, advanced new technologies become more affordable and begin to find their way into peoples home, shops and garages.

Todays Home Internet Business

The Internet has also allowed the budding independent entrepreneur to reach out and contact far more potential clients than was ever before possible. In fact, nothing has done more to break down borders for small businesses than the Internet.

Laser Engravers For Home Businesses

One of the very latest of these new technologies to find its way into todays home business is the laser engraver. The reason is that newer lasers are far less expensive then earlier models and use far less energy as well.

Compact and Safe Laser Engravers

Also, they have become more compact and safer to use as well. You see, older model lasers were large, cumbersome and could be dangerous in the hands of someone who had not gone through extensive formal training.

A New Tool For Todays Artist and Crafter

Quite simply, laser engraving is the means by which an etching or intricate design is transferred onto a solid, often very hard surface by using a laser. Also lasers can now be used to engrave an image below the surface of an opaque object for a very unique effect.

Table Top Laser Engravers

New home entrepreneurs are now using tabletop sized lasers that have the capacity to have images uploaded into them just like a home printer. This means that even a novice can learn to use one and images to be engraved can be downloaded off of the Internet.

Easily Find Used Engraving Machines

Engraving machines are the key to starting your own engraving business. Most people can’t afford to spend thousands of dollars for a brand new engraving machine, so they start looking for used engraving machines. Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to find used machines that are in good condition. Often times, when you do find a used engraver, they seller wants to sell the machine for more than you can afford.
Here are a few tips to finding and buying a used engraving machine.

1. Search in big and small cities. You either live in a small or big city. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Big cities have more used engravers, but they also have more buyers looking for those used engraving machines. Small cities have less engraving machines, but also less buyers.

Whether you’re in a small or a big city, contact every engraving company with 100 miles of you and ask if they have any used engraving machines they’re looking to sell. If they don’t, ask them how they sell their old engraving machines when they upgrade to new machines. That will give you another place to look for high quality used engraving machines.

2. Look online and in trade publications. Awards & Engraving Magazine is a great place to start your search for used engraving magazine. In the back of each issue they have a classified area for both buyers and sellers. Keep your eyes peeled and call potential sellers as soon as possible. There are thousands of other readers who might buy the machine before you even call! Craigslist is a great place to look online because it gives you a wide variety of locations. Keep a look out in your area for anything related to engraving and call asking about used engraving machines.

3. Don’t be too picky. Engraving machines are easy to buy new, but used engraving machines are difficult to find. If you want a used laser engraving machine, but you can only find used wood engraving machine, consider starting with that machine. Once you have an engraving machine, you can start your business and expand as you find engraving machines that fit what you’re looking for.

4. Don’t overpay for your used engraving machine. An old trick for devaluing anything that you want to buy is to point out the flaws and touch each flaw. If the used engraving machine you’re looking at has a scratch on the front, run your finger along the scratch and ask if it was dropped. It likely wasn’t dropped, and the scratch won’t affect it’s performance, but that will get the seller thinking about how the engraving machine is really “used”. If the cord looks like it was replaced, touch the cord and ask if the electronics were fried and what other problems it has. If you can make the price seem steep in the sellers eye, you’re more likely to be able to ask for a discount on the price of the used engraving machine for sale.

Good luck in your search for used engraving machines!

Understanding The Laser Engraver

The actual technology that goes into todays laser engraver began to be developed in the early 1960s. It was back then that scientists and research engineers discovered that a high energy light source could be created, focused and used for various means.Creating Light From a Gas

The gases that are used to create the original light source have a lot to do with the how a laser performs and by the way CO2 gas is used in laser engravers. So how is light created from a gas? It’s quite simple. They are created by agitating the molecules in the gas in an enclosed container, just the same way that light is generated from a neon light bulb.

A Far Cleaner and Safer Engraving Process

Laser engraving is often referred to a laser etching and unlike most all conventional methods of engraving or etching, no mask is required. Thats because unlike other methods of etching, no harsh chemicals or high temperatures are used in the laser engraving process.

The Capacity For Delicate Precision Work

Laser engraving also has many other inherent benefits when compared to standard engraving techniques. For instance, the actaul beam lends itself to far more precision work. Thus even very small and delicate items can be etched on with a laser engraver.

Other Benefits Of the Laser Engraving Process

Unlike other standard methods of engraving or etching, a laser engraver generates no dust or leaves no chemical residue. Also engraving on uneven surfaces is far more easily done by laser engraving. Thats because a light beam is far more easy to manipulate around and across these types of surfaces.

Transferring Images With a Laser Engraver

Amazingly, new technologies have been developed that allow people to automatically transfer images to surfaces with a laser engraver. The image is simply loaded into the engravers memory and with simply touch of a button the image is automatically engraved as it is on the surface of an object.

August 5, 2009

How to Shop for a New Laser Engraving System

Laser engraving is a growing method of product identification, decoration and personalization. There are several types including CO2 laser, fiber lasers, YAG lasers and any number of other wavelengths. This article will address the checkpoints for selecting a flatbed CO2 laser engraving system.

First of all it should be known that there are a number of very reputable vendors in the market, any of which can supply you with a good, reliable machine. However there are also some very poor pieces of equipment available also.

CHECK POINT #1 – Know who you are dealing with. Do your homework and research the company’s reputation not only related to the equipment itself but also how they are known to take care of their customers after the machine has been installed. Don’t believe anyone who tells you that there won’t be little issues with the lasers from time to time. How the company deals with service is critical.

Often people choose equipment only on prices and don’t weigh the value or return on investment. For an example if the laser takes two minutes to do a job but you need it done in one minute, regardless of the cost it will take twice your time and resources to complete the project. If you amortize that formula over a given period of time you can calculate what your ROI will be based on a certain number of parts.

CHECK POINT #2 – Consider the cost and what you can afford, but don’t forget about the payback. If you spend $7,000 and the machine can’t do the job, what you have really done is wasted $7,000. Conversely if you spend $14,000 and it can do the job, plus do more than you expect, the machine pays for itself in short order.

Flatbed lasers come in a myriad of different configurations. You can choose from engraving area, laser power (referred to as wattage), air cooled versus water cooled, linear marking speeds and many other smaller but critical decision points. Consider your application carefully when making your decision.

CHECKPOINT #3 – Make sure the laser is capable of what you are planning to do now AND what you might do in a year. If your budget allows that you can afford the next higher wattage machine or the larger engraving area make that commitment. None of us go in to business to not grow. We all expect increased business, so try to position yourself to take advantage of that, when the opportunity arises.

Consider the environment where the laser will operate when making your decision on a laser engraver. Some material such as acrylic and other plastics, rubber, wood etc…put of smoke, debris and odor that can be pretty bad and in some cases toxic.

CHECKPOINT #4 – Select a company/machine that has a range of exhaust systems to choose from. Consider that there could even be local EPA regulations that restrict expelling fumes into the air, and that you may need a self-contained, filtered exhaust system. Plus if you have ever smelled rubber burning you could have some really unhappy neighbors if you don’t capture the fumes.

These types of lasers all output like a printer, with a printer driver package similar to the one on your desk. These packages have varying levels of sophistication and tools that help you optimize the lasing experience.
CHECKPOINT #5 – Make sure you get a demonstration of the printer driver software so you know what you are getting into. The basics should include a simple and straightforward user interface, optimization tools and the ability for the software to be configured for various models of equipment. Most company representatives will be happy to sit down with you and provide a detailed demonstration.

The last thing I will mention has to do with marketing you capabilities. Laser engraving is growing all the time and even though it is a great and fun business to be in, it is competitive. Make sure you understand that you will need to market your services effectively. Have a “go to market” strategy and a solid business plan. Most good sales people in our business can discuss how much to charge, new markets to chase and tricks to make you more efficient.

CHECKPOINT #6 – Go into this purchase with your eyes wide open. Learn everything you can from your sales person, the internet and any other research venue. Draw on the experience of the selected company’s marketing and technical people and above all other things play to win, don’t play not to lose!

In conclusion, if I had to make one overriding statement that would be shop in a systematic fashion and don’t impulse buy. Take the time to make a decision you will be happy with six months down the road.

Difference between Laser Engraving, Laser Marking and Laser Cutting

At first glance this seems like sort of a basic question, but these terms get interchanged all the time. If you think it through, this could cause confusion on both the buyer and the equipment provider sides, causing mistakes and mishaps in configuring the correct machine for the job.

I’ve been involved in the laser business since 1986, presently with Trotec, but previously with different types of laser companies who provide both standard and custom equipment for a wide variety of applications. In that time I have always worked closely with the Applications Technicians who are tasked with determining the feasibility of a project and specifying the correct process AND laser for the job. So this is what I learned from them over the years.

Laser Engraving
This is the most common term and simply defined, means that in the process of creating the mark, material is removed or vaporized during the process. An example in our business is CO2 laser engraving plastic for signage. This is often a two-ply plastic with one color called the “cap” laminated to a contrasting color called the “core”. The engraving process removes the cap and exposes the core to create a sign that has an attractive look. There is also engraving in the processing of metals. Typically used to guarantee permanence, material is removed to create depth. Usually this is a process reserved for 1,064nm wavelength lasers (YAG for example) as those types of lasers couple well with metals. When engraving metals this way the laser is breaking the machined surface of the object, so oxidation or rusting can occur as a result. This would be a question at the time of feasibility testing. “Do you want depth? If so do you realize that the base material could oxidize? Depending on the answer the next option might be Laser Marking.

Laser Marking
Annealing or precipitation marking is commonly used when processing metal items where the surface of the part must stay intact. Often items like surgical implants, surgical instruments or high precision bearings require this type of marking. With laser marking, the heat of the laser actually redistributes the carbon in the material to create a jet black mark with only micron level surface disruption. If done correctly there will be no oxidation or rusting even under salt spray tests or autoclaving. Some plastics like ABS and Delrin also allow for a nice contrast when processed with a 1,064nm laser. If you processed the same material with a CO2 laser you would get an engraved marked with no contrast. This is all a matter of wavelength and how it reacts to the material OR the pigment in the material.

Laser Cutting
This is sometimes confused with laser engraving but really means totally sectioning a piece or cutting shapes directly through material. Most laser cutting is performed with CO2 lasers as again they interact with the material rather than the pigment within the material. We work a lot with acrylics which can be used for signage, retail displays and many other applications. While cutting, special attention is taken for smooth cuts and what is a called “flame polished edges”. There are times where high powered, pulse YAGs are used for metal cutting but even with these materials, high powered CO2’s seem to do the best job. In the cutting world, the other technology that is used is water jetting which also does a nice job on metal and stone. Cutting does not always mean thick materials though. Other common applications are paper cutting, leather sectioning and even things like gasket cutting.
So , in conclusion, understanding this basic terminology while you are shopping for a laser or a company to work with will go far to strengthen your communication with the vendor and will give him a better chance of meeting your needs and expectations.

August 4, 2009

Prototype Designing

The employment of laser machining for making plastic injection molds has been available for years, but has only received limited approval. This is partly due to the doubt of the new technology and the cost of the machines.

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However, for the right application, laser machining is a particularly usable option. With the latest generation of precision laser cutting machines, there are numerous enhancements. Cutting speeds have increased, accuracy has improved, surface finishes are better, and the cost has come down.

How can laser machining help a mold maker?

Precision laser cutting is the ultimate operation for engraving and the machining of very complex, small, shallow cavities. One of the advantages of laser machining is that it can engrave on sophisticated contours really constantly and with a high degree of accuracy. It’s also possible to use laser engraving machining services to engrave molds with changing vertical wall angles.

Laser micro machining can produce little, complicated and precise cores and cavities too. As the geometry is produced straight from the CAD file, the laser machining operation can faithfully reproduce the designed shape.

What about accuracy?

A precision laser cutting machine can cut within nanometers. The newer machines are also 5 axis and able to machine a wide range of angles and shapes. The XYZ positioning accuracy can simply approach that of a high quality CNC machining center.

Are laser engraving machines safe?

Even though it may appear dangerous, a precision laser cutting machine is essentially quite safe. Of course, someone might be tempted to ignore common sense and stare at the laser beam with their naked eye, but even this is not so easily done. Usually the machine just hums away, doing its needed task.

Are lasers quick enough to compete?

Depending on the application, a laser machining tool is financially admissible. The applications are restricted to shallow details, which eliminates many projects. However, if your need is for complicated, shallow details, precision laser machining could be the answer .

Because the complete process is computerized and automated, it quickly lends itself to tiny scale production. The engraving of logos is a good example. If your logo is to be cut into a contoured surface, it may not be possible to CNC machine it, or maybe EDM it. This is where laser machining can be a viable option.

What other applications are there?

small hole machining and shaped hole machining are good applications for laser machining. Turbine cooling holes are often laser machined. The helical shape of the blades are no problem for the laser because there is no tool holder to mess. It is simply a beam of light and the head is able to move about way easier than a milling machine, as an example.

Custom Rubber Wristband Fundamentals

Embossed, Printed, Debossed and More!

There is often a lot of confusion regarding the various styles of custom made silicone rubber bracelets. Heck, even silicone wrist band vendors mix-up debossed with embossed bracelets & many consumers aren’t really sure about screen printed wristbands. Fling in the option of lazer-engraved bracelets and people throw up their arms in frustration.

Embossed Bracelets

Although not quite as popular as debossed or printed, embossed wristbands are definitely worth considering for those whom place higher value upon uniqueness and style. just like a debossed bracelet, an Embossed Silicone Rubber Wristband also incorporates any personalized design and requires a mold to be manufactured. However, with embossed bracelets, the fully customized design is raised up off the wristbandas opposed to recessed down into it. Pricing and turnaround times for debossed and embossed bands are nearly identical.

Laser-Engraved Wrist Bands

Laser-Engraved wristbands are becoming more and more popular. Strangely, the majority of wristband suppliers charge outrageous prices, even though they are less expensive to manufacture. Laser-engraved bands are nearly identical to debossed bands in look and feel. If you do prefer the ubiquitous LIVESTRONG debossed style, you might wish to consider laser-engraved bracelets for smaller quantity orders. Similar to printed bands, custom laser-engraved silicone bracelets begin with a blank bracelet. An easy setup program allows a laser-engraving machine to engrave the custom silicone bracelets to the exact specs of whatever fully customized message that is wanted. Laser-engraved bands do not require a mold to be produced; therefore, they are cheaper and enjoy speedier turnaround times than debossed and embossed bracelets.

Debossed Bracelets

Debossed wristbands are the most common and are the same style as Lance Armstrong’s trendsetting LIVESTRONG wrist bands. Debossed refers to the fact that the design is actually recessed down into the Debossed Silicone Rubber Wristband itself. A customized mould is expertly created with the provided personalized message to achieve this. Not long ago, because they need a mold to be manufactured, custom debossed wrist bands were more costly and took longer to manufacture than printed or laser-engraved bracelets; however, today, that gap has lessened considerably.

Printed Bracelets

Printed wristbands are by far the cheapest choice. Printed bands start with a blank wristband and are then silk-screen printed. The industry has seen a vast improvement when it comes to screen printing silicone wristbands. The dyes used today actually penetrate the silicone rubber of the screen printed wrist bands. There are some who believe that the print which is used on printed wristbands is cheaply painted on and will crack or flake off. This is not true if you are dealing with a good bracelet vendor. You can expect the printing to last the lifetime of the silicone bracelet itself. A template is used to produce the custom message rather than a mold. Because a template is used rather than a mold, printed bracelets are less expensive with speedier turnaround times than debossed and embossed wristbands.

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