Have you subscribed to our YouTube channel yet? We’ve just put up a brand new CorelDRAW step by step tutor..
08 April 2018
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We’ve just put up a brand new CorelDRAW step by step tutorial and walkthrough.
Laser Engraving expert Jordan shows you how to set up artwork in CorelDRAW so you can laser engrave your city map using a laser! You can even use this to engrave on furniture and make custom side tables with your favourite city map.
Leading machine tool supplier Alfex CNC Australia, (http://www.alfexcnc.com.au/) which celebrates its 40th anniversa..
03 April 2018
Leading machine tool supplier Alfex CNC Australia, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, has announced it will be unveiling the all-new Kern OptiFlex Laser on stand #G14 at the Visual Impact expo in Brisbane next month.
The OptiFlex is Kern’s flagship high-performance laser system, with a HyperDual motion package which Alfex says ‘sets the standard’ for large format laser cutting and engraving machines.
“This new system provides powerful, accurate cutting and engraving with cut acceleration rates up to three times faster than its competitors and work areas of up to 2,000mm x 3,000mm,” says Alfex CNC Business Development Manager, Christian Buhagiar.
“We’ll be showing the 1320 x 2540mm OPF 100 model on the Alfex stand, and demonstrating how its 400 watt laser enables it to cut metal as well as acrylic and plastic substrates, with ease.”
While the OptiFlex is sure to pull the crowds, Buhagiar says it will be just one of the highlights of the Alfex display. The company’s experienced staff will also be showcasing:
“We are excited to be able to showcase the latest solutions on our stand at Visual Impact, and we’re looking forward to giving visitors an introduction to how we can help them build their business via improved production processes and efficiency,” Buhagiar says.
Alfex CNC will be on Stand #G14 at Visual Impact Brisbane, which will run from 18-21 April at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Find out more at www.visualconnections.com.au or register online today to skip the queues.
Alfex CNC Australia Director George Buhagiar announced earlier this month the expansion of the laser and CNC company&rsq..
22 March 2018
Alfex CNC Australia Director George Buhagiar announced earlier this month the expansion of the laser and CNC company’s service department, creating new jobs and facility upgrades to their growing list of customers.
“2017 was a record year of growth for Alfex CNC and we are excited to see this growth continue in 2018. We’ve always been primarily service focused, and to maintain our reputation as having the best machine service we are expanding our service team.“
Alfex CNC was established in 1978 with the primary goal and a strong commitment to not only offer the finest machine tools available at that time but to also back them with some of the best support in the machine tool industry.
Haas Factory Outlet – Australia (A Division of Alfex CNC Australia) is the exclusive Australian distributor for Haas Automation. Today, Haas manufactures four major product lines: vertical machining centers (VMCs), horizontal machining centers (HMCs), CNC lathes and rotary tables, as well as a number of large five-axis and specialty machines. All Haas products are manufactured at the company’s expansive facility in Oxnard, California – the largest, most modern machine tool manufacturing operation in the United States. With around 1,200 Haas machine installations in Australia, it is no wonder that the team of Haas certified service technicians continues to grow.
With this growth and coinciding with our 40 year anniversary, we are pleased to announce the return of Marshall Philp to our Brisbane operation. Philp joined the team in early February as Haas CNC Service Coordinator. Philp previously workedfor Alfex CNC Australia where he became a Haas certified technician at the Haas Automation headquarters in the United States. “Marshall returns to the team with a great deal of experience to improve, strengthen and build our customer service/support efforts in Queensland and interstate”, says George Buhagiar.
“Our investment in our service department is significant and illustrates our commitment to our customers. We are proud to support our customers with their growth and look forward to continuing all of our new and long-term relationships.”
For further information on Alfex CNC Australia, visit www.alfexcnc.com.au
For more information on Haas Factory Outlet – Australia, visit www.haas-australia.com
Q: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING MORE LASER POWER? A: Generally speaking, the more laser power you have the fa..
13 March 2018
Q: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING MORE LASER POWER?
A: Generally speaking, the more laser power you have the faster you can engrave or the thicker you can cut. Keep in mind that not all materials require a lot of power – if you are only engraving materials like anodised aluminium or cast acrylic you do not need much power however if you plan on predominantly using your laser to cut then you’ll need to consider a suitable power depending on your specific application.
Q: HOW DO I KNOW WHICH DPI SETTING TO USE?
A: As a general rule you will want to use a mid-to-high dpi for engraving text or other items with fine details, and a lower dpi for photographs or large block-style objects. Again this is a general rule and you should experiment with the different settings to understand the different results you can achieve. The higher the dpi the more dots the laser will mark (basically more details) however this also increases the overall marking time. A lower dpi will provide for faster marking times but is not suitable for all jobs. One thing to keep in mind is that the lower the dpi you use the more laser power will be required in order to achieve the same depth/darkness of mark.
Q: WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO REMOVE SMOKE RESIDUE AFTER LASER ENGRAVING?
A: If engraving wood you have a couple of options
(1) If the wood has been sealed/lacquered you should be able to remove most or all of the residues with a damp cloth, however, if the wood is raw you may need to use some fine sandpaper to remove the residue – we recommend having some 220 grit sandpaper on hand in case you ever need it
(2) Alternatively, you can be proactive and use a light to medium tack masking paper first and then engrave it into the wood, allowing the residue to settle on the mark instead of your part. Then after the job simply remove the mask to reveal your perfectly clean engraved design
For materials other than wood
(1) You can try using Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) to clean away any leftover residue
(2) Another tip is to use the Bottom-Up engraving feature found in your print driver (a standard feature on Epilog Lasers). In standard top-down engraving, there can be a large amount of engraving debris generated and as that debris is pulled towards the exhaust ports at the rear of the machine, some of it will collect in the areas that have just been engraved. The Bottom-Up function reduces the amount of smoke and residue so that it is not dragged across freshly engraved marks. This feature is particularly useful for two-ply engraving plastics where you are engraving through a colour like red/blue/green into white underneath.
Regardless of the material you are engraving it is also a critical factor to make sure you have sufficient extraction otherwise the smoke and residue will hang around and settle on your material instead of being immediately sucked away after engraving.
The Melbourne School of Design at University of Melbourne initiative for 2018 was to expose students to relative ind..
13 March 2018
The Melbourne School of Design at University of Melbourne initiative for 2018 was to expose students to relative industry machinery and processes that they would potentially use as designers and architects after graduation. A complete laser cutting and engraving system that was safe to use in the classroom as well as flexible enough to have all the features needed inside a workshop meant the LaserCELL by Kern Laser Systems was the perfect solution.
Australia’s leading university, The University of Melbourne, is known to help graduates become thoughtful and skilled professionals. With their distinctive curriculum, the Melbourne Model, The University of Melbourne continues to seek ways to give students a wider understanding of the world beyond their degree.
Dr Jas Johnston, Manager of the Fabrication Workshop at the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, explained that the university wanted to expose students to relative industry machinery and processes that they would potentially use as designers and architects. “Industrial laser scale equipment was part of that initiative, to get the students hands-on in the industrial design field”.
Whilst their existing range of lasers allowed students to create projects made of plywood, MDF and acrylic, Dr Johnston and the University were looking for a solution that would allow students to cut and work with metal. “We find that once the students have access to the machinery and its capabilities, it opens up their creativity,” says Johnston.
The University required a laser system that was capable of cutting stainless steel, aluminium and other metals whilst still offer the ability to engrave and cut acrylic, plywood, MDF materials and also pipe/tube. This eliminated many vendors, especially when combined with the need for expert local support. “We felt confident with Kern and Alfex CNC Australia because of their commitment to supporting Australian customers. We got to speak with not only several members of the local team, but also Kern Laser Systems CEO Derek Kern, which you just don’t get with other companies.”
Issues with equipment usually stem from incorrect setup, which can lead to students to lack confidence in using the machinery again. “Having the Kern engineers come in from the USA and the local Alfex CNC engineers to set up the LaserCELL really boosted our confidence in knowing that the LaserCELL would be set up properly from the get-go and we would have expert support here in Melbourne.”
Another reason why we went with the Kern LaserCELL over other systems, is that it will still process all the other materials our students use. We needed the variety of materials as well as metals.”
The LaserCELL is perfect for educational settings due to the blend of performance and safety. The fully enclosed (Class 1) design is devised for high traffic areas such as University workshops and classrooms where safety is of the utmost importance”, said Christian Buhagiar, Business Development Manager of Alfex CNC Australia.
Now that students have access to industry machinery, Dr Johnston says their first project with the LaserCELL is an augmented reality workshop. The workshop will see students use the LaserCELL to cut flat sheets of metal to create hologram instructions. The LaserCELL will also be heavily used for Furniture Design projects.
The LaserCELL is Kern’s fastest and most productive machine to date and is compatible with Pipe Rotary, K-Vision Camera Registration and Metal Cutting options.
Our goal was to get students more access to machinery in the industry. With the Kern LaserCELL we’re confident that we’ll see new and innovative ideas in the classroom” said Dr Johnston.
We’re very proud of the relationship that Alfex and the team at Melbourne University have built over the years. It’s always a pleasure working with Jas, Sean and the guys, and we’re really excited to see them put the Kern LaserCELL to good work. There will no doubt be many impressive projects come from this new installation”, said Buhagiar.
For more information on the Kern LaserCELL and how you can use it in your organisation, call or email the team on 1300 20 15 10 or firstname.lastname@example.org today.
Q: I HAVE A MAC, CAN I USE IT TO RUN MY LASER? A: Yes, but there are some caveats. If you are lucky enough to ow..
13 March 2018
Q: I HAVE A MAC, CAN I USE IT TO RUN MY LASER?
A: Yes, but there are some caveats. If you are lucky enough to own an Epilog Fusion M2 Laser then these come with a dedicated Mac driver which can run your laser directly from your Mac computer without the need for any additional programs. If your machine does not provide a dedicated Mac driver then you still have a couple of options; (1) Boot Camp for Mac – after loading Windows on to your Mac you then have the ability to choose between running Windows or Mac OS when you first boot up. (2) Parallels for Mac – similar to Boot Camp however with Parallels you can run both Windows and Mac OS simultaneously so you don’t need to reboot each time you want to change between operating systems
Q: HOW DO I GET A MARK ON BARE METAL PLATES WITH MY CO2 LASER?
A: Commonly used materials like stainless steel and aluminium can be best marked with a CO2 laser by utilising one of the many different metal marking solutions available today to achieve a near permanent, high contrasting black mark. It is critical that the stainless steel or aluminium is raw and has no coating (make sure it doesn’t have a clear coat) and that the surface is clean and free from oils and grease before you apply a thin coat of the marking solution. Use a slow-to-medium speed and high power for best results when laser engraving. You will need to use a slower speed for aluminium. We recommend MarkSolid 114 Aerosol.
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Epilog Laser, the largest manufacturer of popular engraving and cutting systems, is excited to celebrate their 30th ..
07 March 2018
Epilog Laser, the largest manufacturer of popular engraving and cutting systems, is excited to celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2018. The company plans to host an anniversary bash in the Denver metro area on August 11 to celebrate their successes over the past three decades.
“As I look back on the past three decades I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished as a company, but also humbled by the undying support we have received from everyone who touches this business – our employees and distributors, our customers and fans, our vendors and other associates – everyone we’ve met along the way has had some sort of impact,” said Steve Garnier, CEO and one of Epilog’s founding members. “The past 30 years have been an unforgettable journey filled with triumphs and challenges, growth, and innovation. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for us.”
Epilog Laser got its start in 1988 when two Georgia Tech buddies – Garnier and John Doran, Epilog’s vice president of engineering – combined their talents to create the industry’s first small-format, computer-controlled laser engraving and cutting system.
Mike Dean, Epilog’s vice president of sales and marketing, came on board not long after and the trio set out to become game-changers in the engraving space. As the company has grown over the past 30 years, they’ve seen their lasers used in a wide variety of markets, from guitar customization to cabinetry design to medical device marking. The combination of industrial-quality engraving speeds and quality with an affordable price have allowed everyone from makers to engineers to artists to add lasers to their businesses and find real success.
“It has been and continues to be an amazing ride,” Garnier said, “and we’re so thankful to everyone who has taken it with us. We can’t wait to see what the next 30 years brings!”
For more information, visit www.EpilogLaser.com.
ULTRA platform-based laser systems are designed and ideally suited for precision laser cutting, laser ablation, and ..
28 February 2018
ULTRA platform-based laser systems are designed and ideally suited for precision laser cutting, laser ablation, and laser surface modification in manufacturing, research and development, academic research and prototyping environments. Major features of the series include rapid, high-accuracy laser beam positioning, and the flexibility to be configured with 9.3 and 10.6 µm CO2 lasers and 1.06 µm fiber lasers. All lasers are air-cooled in a range of power from 10 to 150 watts for CO2 and 40 to 50 watts for fiber lasers.
The variety of wavelengths and power ranges make the ULTRA platforms highly effective in the areas of organic material modification, including plastic films, industrial fabrics, engineering plastics, laminating adhesives, composite materials, and many others utilized in Aerospace, Automotive, Electronics, Medical Devices and Battery Manufacturing.
Key features of the ULTRA series include MultiWave and MultiWave Hybrid™ processing capabilities, precision focusing with autofocus, adjustable laser power density, an automation interface, camera registration, an integrated, touchscreen user interface, and support for fire detection and suppression.
The ULTRA 9MW platform offers MultiWave processing for thin materials and supports one interchangeable CO2 or fiber laser source.
For ultimate materials processing flexibility, the ULTRA 9MWH, equipped with MultiWave Hybrid technology, can process the broadest range of compatible materials. This unique technology uses a combined beam of laser power containing up to three wavelengths – 9.3 µm, 10.6 µm, and 1.06 µm – in a single coaxial beam. Each spectral component of the beam is independently controlled and can be modulated in real time.
Rowmark LLC continue to innovatively expand its product offering to meet the demands of the market with the first re..
24 February 2018
Rowmark LLC continue to innovatively expand its product offering to meet the demands of the market with the first real “Rose Gold” 2ply laserable Laminates.
Rose gold is quickly becoming one of the sought after finishes in the awards and signage markets… and we are excited to now offer this colour option to you!
Laser and rotary engravable, UV-LED printable, Rose Gold is ideal for interior signage, personal identification, trophies, awards, plaques and more. Now is stock, Rose gold is offered in a premium brushed metal finish and comes in a 610mm x 1225mm sheet sizes.
Colour trends come and go, but Rose Gold continues to be as popular finish that won’t be fading anytime soon.
For more information about Rose Gold, and to request your sample piece or place an order, contact email@example.com or phone 1300 023 370.
Alfex CNC installed the Epilog Legend Elite Mini 18 Laser at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School in Brisbane. The..
15 January 2018
Alfex CNC installed the Epilog Legend Elite Mini 18 Laser at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School in Brisbane. Their very own Haydn Brown walked through the setup of the system with the teachers explaining various parts and how to maintain the system.
Jackie Child from St Aidan’s commented “We were so impressed and watched with eyes glued to the cutting table.” Watch the video of the first design cut with their new laser.
The Mini 18 is ideal for classroom environments as its compact size is suitable for smaller spaces. A Class 1 laser system, the Legend Elite Series has been designed to be safe under all conditions of normal use, making it suitable for students to use in a classroom environment.
Students at St Aidan’s will now be able to prototype ideas and inventions, expanding their skillset on this compact and safe laser.
Learn more about the Epilog Legend Elite Series here.
We’re delighted to announce that BOFA have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation. Th..
01 January 2018
We’re delighted to announce that BOFA have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation. This accolade is in recognition of the revolutionary Intelligent Operating (iQ) system which was first launched in 2012.
BOFA’s range of Advantage laser fume and filtration extraction systems are designed for applications that generate particulate and gaseous organic compounds within the laser marking, cutting, coding and engraving industries.
The Queen’s Awards are the UK’s most prestigious business awards to celebrate and encourage business excellence in the UK.
Managing Director Tony Lockwood commented: “At BOFA, we are very proud of being a successful British manufacturer, and to receive this recognition in what is our 30th year is a fantastic achievement and testament to the hard work of everyone at the company.”
iQ has introduced many performance enhancements, including independent filter monitoring and remote data analysis, to improve extraction efficiency, reduce the risk of production downtime and lower the lifetime cost of technology ownership.
Already acknowledged as number one in the industry, know that while you’re selecting which BOFA product to buy from Alfex CNC, any that feature ‘iQ’ in the name includes award-winning technology as standard.
Learn more about BOFA laser fume extraction systems here.
Alfex CNC Australia is proud to announce their partnership with American company, Kern Laser Systems. As the eminent..
28 December 2017
Alfex CNC Australia is proud to announce their partnership with American company, Kern Laser Systems. As the eminent manufacturer of laser cutting systems in North America for sign makers, plastic fabricators, visual graphic facilities, Kern Laser Systems has installed more than 1,000 laser systems worldwide. Alfex CNC’s broadened equipment distribution will give Australian companies the ability to use world-class laser systems that can be maintained locally.
Kern Laser Systems is a family owned and operated company that has been manufacturing laser cutting systems for the visual graphics industry since 1982. With a footprint across America, the United Kingdom, Middle East and now in Australia, Kern Laser Systems offers a range of work area solutions ranging from 600mm x 600mm right up to 3000mm x 2000mm and laser powers up to 400watts CO2 and soon to be released 1.5kW fiber machine.
Kern’s distribution partnership with Alfex CNC Australia is fitting given that both companies are established in the field and have extensive knowledge and expertise in laser equipment.
“The opportunity to work side by side with another family owned and operated business is especially appealing and fits solidly with our company values,” said Derek Kern, President, Kern Lasers.
Over the years Alfex CNC has extended its range on providing reliable products with exceptional customer service.
“Kern manufactures some of the best laser equipment in the world, and for Australian companies to have access to our extensive product range through Alfex CNC, is a perfect fit,” added Mr Kern.
The move broadens Alfex CNC’s reach in Australia by further establishing the credentials of being a distributor that offers only world class products backed by exceptional customer service in the Australian marketplace.
Alfex CNC’s team is welcoming the addition of Kern products to the company’s product range, along with the training and maintenance facilitation provided by Kern said Business Development Manager, Mr Christian Buhagiar.
For almost 40 years, Alfex CNC Australia has supplied the industry with the latest equipment and technologies from the world’s leading CNC machinery manufacturers. With a team of industry-leading service and technical support, Alfex CNC’s highly trained and dedicated staff have a proven track record for performance, reliability and exceptional after sale support.
“Our technicians are well trained and we anticipate the Australian market to welcome the Kern product range with open arms”, added Mr Buhagiar.
To learn more about Kern Laser Systems and other products offered by Alfex CNC Australia please click here