• Event Update: Introducing Cartons in Minutes™ at PRINT 13

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    PRINT 13 Chicago

    PRINT 13 is quickly approaching and LasX is again set to exhibit new laser cutting solutions. Learn how LaserSharp® digital finishing systems and services can transform the way you do business. From live laser processing to new laser cut samples, you won’t want to miss LasX Industries in booth 1867 at PRINT 13, September 8-12 in Chicago, IL. Register now and receive free expo hall admission on us! We look forward to seeing you at the show.

    Cartons in Minutes™

    Don’t miss live equipment demonstrations in booth 1867 of the new LaserSharp® On-Demand Finishing System for folded paper products, voted a PRINT 13 MUST SEE ‘EM. This innovative system streamlines the manufacturing of folding cartons and related products. Reduce costs and increase productivity with integrated digital printing, precision laser cutting, and folding/gluing processes all while maintaining a small, cost-effective footprint on the manufacturing floor.

    Click here to watch a special preview of Cartons in Minutes™

    Complimentary Exhibits-Only Pass

    Be our guest at PRINT 13 and enjoy free expo hall admission! To redeem your complimentary pass, simply click here to register now. Registration Discount Code code 30216 will be automatically entered for you. But act fast, this offer is only valid until August 23!

    PRINT 13

    PRINT 13, September 8-12 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, is slated to be the largest, most comprehensive exhibition for the graphic communications industry in the Americas this year. PRINT 13’s theme “Innovate, Integrate, Communicate” will showcase a full spectrum of live equipment, business solutions, products, and educational sessions spanning the print, online and mobile realms.

    Cartons in Minutes

    Will you be attending PRINT 13 this year? Which products or services are you most excited to explore?

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  • Event Update: Cutting-Edge Converting at AACC Clinical Lab Expo

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    Join Us in Houston 

    Plan to join the MicroMed Solutions division of LasX Industries in Houston, TX, July 28 – August 1 at the AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo. Visit booth #5747  during the Clinical Lab Expo to learn about the benefits of laser converting as a precision manufacturing solution for high-performance, next-generation microfluidic structures from prototype to large-scale production.

    New this year, LasX and Surnetics are pleased to announce that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to partner on the development of precision-cut microfluidic products that incorporate high-tolerance laser processing with Surnetics’ gradient coatings for use in the diagnostic, medical, and other life science markets.

    LasX is an industry leader in the process development and manufacturing of precision, high volume microfluidic products and offers a great deal of product design and manufacturing expertise to be combined with Surnetics’ experience in coatings and fluid flow optimization. Gradient coatings can be optimized with product design and precision laser manufacturing to produce simpler, lower cost devices that achieve much higher performance than ever before.

    See demonstrations of these new technologies in booth #5747. Contact us to schedule a meeting during the event.

    Learn, Network & Explore 

    Attend the AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo to connect with global leaders in clinical chemistry, molecular diagnostics, translational medicine, mass spectrometry, lab management, and other areas of breaking science in laboratory medicine.

    Last year the Clinical Lab Expo included more than 650 organizations occupying more than 1990 booths, showcasing more products in every clinical lab discipline than at any other expo. Learn more or register now.

    Will you be attending this year’s event? Tell us what you’re most looking forward to in the comments below.

     

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  • Featured Award Winner: Time to Be Extraordinary

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    LasX Industries is proud to have been selected as a Bronze Leaf Award winner in the Best Use of Laser Cutting category at the 20th Annual Gold Leaf Awards Competition, sponsored by the Foil & Specialty Effects Association (FSEA). The prestigious Gold Leaf Awards Competition honors imaginative and technically difficult works in a variety of categories which creatively incorporate foil stamping, embossing, die cutting, or specialty effects. Each year it is a culmination of the most original, brilliant and innovative works in the industry. Design, execution, and level of difficulty were used as criteria to judge more than 250 entries submitted this year by trade finishers and commercial printers from across the globe, which competed in 29 different categories.

    LasX has a long history of achievement at the Gold Leaf Awards. This is the fourth consecutive year LasX has received an honor in the competition, including both Gold and Silver in 2010.

     

    The Time to Be Extraordinary Clock Piece, designed and laser cut by LasX Industries, features multiple laser cut panels to illustrate clock gears and hands. When closed, the cover of the folder reveals a stunning, three dimensional clock face. Detail like this can only be achieved using laser cutting. But it also critical to that the laser system is able to deliver superior registration and precision, especially with a piece that is both printed and cut on multiple panels that must perfectly align. This award winner was cut on a sheet-fed LaserSharp® STP laser cutting system, ideal for greeting cards, direct mail pieces, folding cartons, and more.

     

    See all the winners from the 20th Annual Gold Leaf Awards Competition here. And tell us, what were your favorites this year? 

     

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  • Event Update: Advancements in Laser Micro-Processing at MSEC/NAMRC

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    LasX invites you to visit them at the Exhibit Fair during MSEC 2013 and NAMRC 41, two leading world-class conferences in the field of manufacturing research that will be co-located in Madison, WI June 10-14. Visit LasX to learn more about recent advancements in laser micro-processing for precision applications including high-performance medical devices and electronic components.

    LASER MICRO-POLISHING

    LasX has been investigating pulsed laser micro-polishing, an emerging technology that uses a non-contact surface smoothing process suitable for metallic parts of micro/meso scales, where conventional polishing methods are unproductive or uneconomic.

    Visit LasX at MSEC/NAMRC to learn more about current research efforts on this technology and how this and other laser micro-processing techniques are influencing today’s manufacturing world.

    MSEC/NAMRC

    MSEC 2013 and NAMRC 41 are co-located in Madison, WI. The two participating conferences are: the 8th ASME International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC 2013) and the 41st Annual North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC 41). The conference schedule includes keynote presentations, technical presentations, expert panels, a student design competition, industrial exhibition, early career forum, university lab tours, awards banquet, luncheons, and more. Learn more or register now.

    Mark your calendars: Visit us next in booth 5747 at AACC Clinical Lab Expo, July 30 – August 1 in Houston, TX.

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  • Event Update: National Stationery Show

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    Join us in NYC!

    The Contour Creations® Digital Finishing Division of LasX Industries invites you to visit them at the National Stationery Show, May 19-22 in New York City. Contour Creations® will showcase laser processing applications for your unique designs including decorative invitations, greeting cards, folding cartons, belly bands, customized paper products, and more in booth 2978. LasX will exhibit in the Supply Side Division along with other converters and finishing specialists.

     

    Laser Cutting Services

    Contour Creations® offers cost-effective laser cutting services on a contract basis, perfect for short runs or large quantities. Stop by the booth to learn how these finishing services can add intricate, eye-catching elements to creative pieces, which mechanical die-cutting methods cannot match. Take home a few of our latest samples for innovative ideas on how to leave a lasting impression with precision laser enhancements. Visit our gallery and follow LasX on Pinterest for more laser cutting inspiration.

     

    National Stationery Show 2013

    Now in its 67th year, the National Stationery Show is the world’s most comprehensive marketplace for stationery and related lifestyle products. No other trade fair in the U.S. matches the depth and caliber of stationery selection at the National Stationery Show. This exciting event showcases products such as greeting cards, invitations, in-store printing equipment, personalized products, bridal accessories, and specialty giftware. Learn more about the show.

    What are you most looking forward to at this year’s National Stationery Show?

     

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  • Design Inspiration: Natural Elements

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    With so much beauty surrounding us, it’s no wonder that designs often take inspiration from natural elements – and we love when they’re used as creative embellishments for laser cut pieces. In honor of Earth Day, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite laser cut designs that all incorporate the beauty of nature. But these environmentally themed ideas aren’t just reserved for Earth Day, we think they’re also perfect year-round. Take a look at these seven unique designs, and read on for more details.

    How do you plan to take part in Earth Day, today and everyday? Let us know in the comments!

     

    1. This promotional brochure for a safari themed resort features intricate laser cut animals on multiple panels to bring the excitement of the vacation to the brochure itself.

    2. Floral themes have long been popular in greeting card designs – but when they’re laser cut, the card is taken to a new level of elegance.

    3. A tropical themed resort brochure is brought to life with laser cut motifs that depict indigenous plants, animals, and local landmarks, giving potential vacation goers a taste of what is to come.

    4. The cover of this informational folder literally showcases the entire earth with a laser cut map of all seven continents that is accented by a red printed panel inside.

    5. A delicate laser cut tree is prominently featured on front of this brochure and is highlighted against printed color on the inside panel giving it the realistic feel of a summer sunset.

    6. Laser cutting is also a great way to add a three dimensional effect to an otherwise flat piece. Here, the butterfly wings are laser cut and slightly bent along a laser scored line to create the illusion that the butterfly is soaring off the page.

    7. The front of this fashion show announcement uses a complex laser cut scene to depict birds perched on a branch. The laser cut design is precisely registered to printed details on both the outside and inside of the card. This level of detail wouldn’t be possible using metal die cutting.

    We hope these nature-infused examples give you inspiration for your next design project. Click here to learn more about how laser cutting services can help you achieve your design goals. Happy Earth Day!

     

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  • Design Inspiration: Wedding Invitation Suites

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    Wedding stationery is both functional and a personal reflection of the bride and groom. Color selection, layout, and decorative accents all make a statement about the couple and give guests a taste of what is yet to come at the event. Laser cutting can add interest and dimension to an ordinary invitation and elevate the design to a new level. By incorporating laser cut patterns and motifs throughout wedding stationery, a cohesive look can easily be achieved.

    These great examples of laser cut wedding invitation suites all show how laser cutting can be used to create a beautiful tied together collection.

     

    A Modern Classic

    This first example is a classic, elegant invitation suite that uses a black and pearl white color scheme to make a statement. A laser cut flower embalm is repeated throughout on the tri-fold invitation, inserts, and thank you card. It simplicity doesn’t overpower the collection, but still adds a unique look that makes this suite personal.  Laser cut text is also a great way to subtly incorporate laser cutting into a design.

     

    A pocket holds four removable cards with further instructions for guests. The text and small flower details are laser cut, adding a bit of sophistication to otherwise simple pieces.

     

    Welcoming Autumnal Invite

    This autumn inspired wedding invitation suite takes a new approach on classic monogrammed wedding stationery. A monogram, embellished with an intricate leaf pattern, was carried throughout the collection from the invitation to the cupcake wrap and thank you cards. Delicate laser cut branches were also added to the burnt orange insert to carry on the theme. The rich pearlescent paper in warm autumnal tones combined with the ornate laser cut details make this a very welcoming invitation suite.

     

    Laser cut tabs in the shapes of leaves were added to the tri-fold invitation to secure it closed. The laser cut cupcake wrappers are a showstopper that bring the theme of the wedding stationary to the event itself.

     

    Fresh Spring Florals

    Lastly, this bright  spring wedding invitation suite uses a lime green color scheme with contrasts of black to accentuate intricate laser cut details. Instead of using pockets to hold information cards, this invitation is designed similar to a book, with several printed pages that are each accented by laser cutting. From laser cut bubbles in the champagne glasses to a delicate daisy chain that holds a response card, this example is truly the epitome of a functional, yet highly decorative invitation suite that is sure to wow guests.

     

    The front of the invitation uses a simple monogram accented by graceful floral details that are repeated throughout the pages inside.

    We’d love to help you achieve your dream wedding invitation suite. For more information on laser cutting services from LasX, click here. Or find additional inspiration in our photo gallery here.

     

    We want to know: how are you planning to tie all of your wedding stationery together to create a cohesive look?

     

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  • Event Update: Live Laser Processing at ICE USA

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    LasX invites you to join them at ICE USA, April 9-11 in Orlando, FL

    Visit LasX in booth 805 at ICE USA 2013 in Orlando, FL to learn how laser converting can add flexibility and efficiency to your manufacturing workflow with digital solutions that meet today’s market demands.

    This year, LasX and Aztech Converting Systems will demonstrate the new CDT-1600 PC Laser Pro printing and laser die cutting system live on the show floor. The innovative CDT-1600 PC Laser Pro uses LaserSharp® digital converting technology to revolutionize roll-to-roll label production. LasX has partnered with AzTech Converting Systems to produce an inline printing and laser cutting system that combines Colordyne’s CDT-1600 PC print engine with LasX’s high-speed laser cutting technology. This system is the industry’s fastest and most affordable integrated printing and converting system on the market.

    The CDT-1600 PC Laser Pro processes materials at 160 feet/minute and 1600 dpi print resolution. By adding the laser cutting capability to the printing of roll-fed materials, customers can reduce costs and increase productivity while maintaining a small footprint on the manufacturing floor. This solution is ideal for short runs and eliminates cost penalties or time delays associated with die cutting labels or narrow-web printed materials. Visit LasX in booth 805 to discuss a range of laser converting solutions and watch live equipment demonstrations of the CDT-1600 PC Laser Pro. Watch a preview now:

     

    About ICE USA

    ICE USA attracts leading national and international suppliers in the coating, converting and package print industries to showcase innovative machinery and services for flexible material converting. Attendees gather every two years from across the Americas to learn about new technology and make key purchasing decisions.

    Contact us to schedule an appointment during the show.

     

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  • Event Update: Converters Expo 2013

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    LasX invites you to attend Converters Expo, March 7 in Green Bay, WI

    Converters Expo, organized by Converting Influence, showcases a wide variety of paper, film, and nonwovens producers and converters. Specialists and suppliers in the printing, packaging, coating, sheeting, finishing, folding, slitting, and embossing industries will be amongst the exhibitors during this one day expo at Lambeau Stadium in Green bay, WI.

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    Visit LasX in booth 101 to discuss how precision laser converting equipment and services can transform your manufacturing operations using non-contact, digital LaserSharp® technology.

    LasX will also co-exhibit with partner LaserSharp FlexPak Services, specializing in contract laser converting services for flexible packaging applications.

    Click here to learn more about Converters Expo 2013 or contact us to schedule an appointment.

    Headed to the expo in March? What are you most looking forward to at this year’s event?

     

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  • Design Inspiration: 7 Creative Ways to Use Laser Cutting for Valentine’s Day

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    Love is in the air! And to celebrate, we’ve created a quick interactive presentation to give you a little Valentine’s Day inspiration. The holidays are a great time to be creative and only laser cutting can deliver the intricate, complex details often found in high-end Valentine’s Day designs. The precision of laser cutting can create smooth heart shapes with perfectly arched lines and ornate patterns that are sure to get attention. Please enjoy these 7 ideas for incorporating laser cutting into Valentine’s Day cards, packaging, stickers, and more.

    Click the Start Prezi button in the middle of the screen to play, then use the forward and backward arrows to navigate through the presentation. 

     

     

    For more inspiration, visit our online photo gallery.

    Happy Valentine’s Day from LasX! 

     

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