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Meet the Machines

Almost all of our products are produced by our own in-house laser cutting and engraving machines, supported heavily by two UV printers. We are proud to operate three moderately large Chinese designed and manufactured machines. Operating our own machines allows us to turn items around quickly, and ensure the highest quality in the resulting products! We also have access to CNC machines via neighbouring businesses, who we work with closely for our own products, and assisting them with their own products.

Our machines are a little bit quirky, but we're fortunate to have the in-house experience to repair the machines ourselves (and have done so on a few occasions!). We've also built up a set of spare parts as well to handle any failure we might have.

We also have a 275sqm commercial workshop to house the lasers, supporting equipment, and bulk materials.

Lay-Z

I'm currently not sure what my status is and have been for some time.

I was purchased in March 2015, and after some delays, a long journey by sea, and a trip across the country on a truck, I was finally delivered in July 2015. Here is a photo of what I used to look like, but I don't look at all like this anymore!

I'm a Ruida 644XG based machine, with stepper motors, a originally a 1200x900mm bed size, and a 100W CO2 water cooled glass laser.

I'm a quirky little machine! I was unfortunately manufactured missing one critical support strut in my frame, and as such, over the hot Australian summers, my frame warped, making it difficult to achieve an optical alignment. I was repaired twice to correct this issue, and during my second repair, which was a rebuild of the entire top half of myself, I gained racing stripes!

However, after the second repair, it was decided that I was to be reborn! Using the same electronics, and some additional mechanics, I was converted into a full sheet size laser cutter, with a 1250mm x 2450mm cutting area. I'm now used to cut cardboard packaging, cut down full sheets, and do some other larger work. I'm really quirky now, but I get the job done and I'm still a useful machine.

It was noted during my last routine maintenance that I have processed 23,846 jobs, for a total runtime of 3723 hours, 9 minutes, and 39 seconds. I've moved my laser head in the X direction (left to right) a total of 1,637,967 metres, and in the Y direction (front to back) a total of 71,087 meters.

Pew-oncé

I'm currently not sure what my status is and have been for some time.

I was purchased in May 2016, and was delivered in July 2016 after a leisurely boat trip.

I'm also a Ruida 644XG based machine, with stepper motors, a 1200x900mm bed size, and a 100W CO2 water cooled glass laser.

I'm a fantastic, accurate cutting machine - none of my siblings compare to my ability to accurately cut! I've become the workhorse of the set, single-handedly responsible for thousands of cake toppers!

Somehow, I'm still on my original laser tube (6 years at time of writing), although I have spares ready to go when the laser tube finally fires it's last shot.

It was noted during my last routine maintenance that I have processed 41,957 jobs, for a total runtime of 4011 hours, 21 minutes, and 57 seconds. I've moved my laser head in the X direction (left to right) a total of 565,476 metres, and in the Y direction (front to back) a total of 200,729 meters.

I've processed more jobs than the other machines as my speciality is cutting. Cutting jobs tend to be shorter and more frequent than engraving jobs.

Blue-slicey

I'm currently not sure what my status is and have been for some time.

I was purchased in August 2018, and delivered in October 2018 after an epic sea voyage!

I'm also a Ruida 644XG based machine, with upgraded servo motors (which means I can move slightly faster than the others!), a 1200x900mm bed size, and a 100W CO2 water cooled glass laser. I'm a balance of the other two machines - a good cutter, but also a good engraver.

It was noted during my last routine maintenance that I have processed 15,877 jobs, for a total runtime of 2135 hours, 47 minutes, and 24 seconds. I've moved my laser head in the X direction (left to right) a total of 304,644 metres, and in the Y direction (front to back) a total of 112,726 meters.

I've processed less jobs than the other two because I'm newer! But I do engraving and cutting quite well, so I get a good balance of jobs.

Ruvi

I'm currently not sure what my status is and have been for some time.

I was purchased in October 2019. I'm a Roland LEF2-200 UV printer - top of the line!

I'm a super accurate, Japanese designed and manufactured UV printer. I can print up to 508mm x 330mm, and print in full colour, including white! I can print directly onto wood or acrylic, and I'm the perfect compliment to the laser cutters.

Ruvi is an excellent machine; doing a wide variety of personalised items from earrings through to Christmas baubles and signs.

Sir Printer

I'm currently not sure what my status is and have been for some time.

I was purchased in October 2020. I'm a Roland LEF2-300 UV printer - top of the line! I'm a little bit bigger than Ruvi, and a little bit faster to boot!

I'm a super accurate, Japanese designed and manufactured UV printer. I can print up to 708mm x 330mm, and print in full colour, including white!

I'm fitted with a vacuum hold down table, and a more accurate positioning jig than Ruvi. As such, I'm the go-to for most of the earrings that we print - and we print thousands of them. I'm kept pretty busy most of the time!

The unnamed air compressor plant

It turns out that laser cutters require a fair bit of compressed air for a good quality cut - our machines require more than usual due to the their head design. After going through a few air compressors, upgrading as we added more machines, we currently have a 5.5HP three phase air compressor, with a 170L storage tank, and a 30CFM refrigerative air dryer. This system keeps the air flowing for our high-pressure atmosphere air assist to all three machines.

CNC Routers

We used to have a little baby CNC router in house, but we're currently renting this to another local business, but still have access to the machine.

Our CNC router has a 900x600mm bed, and a 3kw spindle. It's an oldy but a goody!

We also have access to two other CNC routers via local businesses. One of them is a 1200mm x 1200mm CNC router, with a speciality 400mm Z height. This machine is fast and accurate and perfect for the larger jobs. The other one is a 1300 x 2500mm CNC router with an automatic tool changer (ATC), perfect for processing full sheets of materials, and the tool changer makes complex jobs a breeze!

Use the right tool for the job!

Having access to this wide variety of machinery gives us some unique and far reaching capabilities. It's all about using the right tool for the job. We appreciate that we work with other local businesses to create our products, and are proud to be able to help them with their products too - be it design assistance, UV printing, or laser engraving to finish their products. Being in this world is being part of a community, and we're honoured to be part of the small business community in our area, helping other people where we can!


Kind words from one of our customers

We’re very happy with our customised Christmas ornament for our baby, thank you for the good work Daniel!