January 04, 2008

As things begin to settle down in the new year I hope you will take a look at a new plug-in program called ArtWelder - it is showcased below in our Laser Spotlight section. It is a really easy program to work with and you an create complicated looking results. It is also fun! Below you are given a look at the results but in the Project Center handout on it, it goes into detail on how to use the program.

Updates - LaserU Survey Results free for you!

Thank you to everyone that took the time to fill out the survey for LaserUniversity. Survey MonkeyA link was sent out on December 5, 2007 for you to go to an online survey to answer questions to help us improve. If you would still like to partake in this 5-minute endeavor, please send me an email!

Some of the great feedback included subscribers wanting videos of procedures (not just the screenshot videos we currently offer, more Project Center items, more Settings Calculator settings, and more.

I can tell you right now we are planning a whole new section in LaserU tentatively titled Video Center to house more hands-on videos like cleaning a laser, applying masking materials, etc. We are also looking at adding more materials including varying thicknesses to the calculator.

We are excited for the upcoming plans for LaserU in '08 and I hope you are too!

This month our free files consist of fonts! If you are like me you love to see and use new fonts. Fonts (or also known as typeface) are important in communicating a message.


Typeface selection is important to the overall product. It can convey emotion along with the actual text.


Enjoy the 12 fonts I have selected for you!

Click this link to see the fonts and to download them. Enjoy!


Laser Spotlight

Each month we showcase an item, product or skill from LaserU. We give a summary of the item and provide links for more information. This month we will look at the Project Center's new addition ArtWelder.

With ArtWelder, the user is able to alter/adjust the settings for the interior and exterior of the project. This program will likely be used to create ornaments but other applications are viable.


Here are examples of ways the interior can be modified:



Here are examples of ways the exterior can be modified:



Here are some other ornaments I created using this program. I also added a color fill to bring out the text.

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For more information on Masking Materials see the Project Center Lesson under Experienced titled ArtWelder.

Please send questions and comments to laseru@laserbits.com

See you next month with our next The Laser Engraver Newsletter.