When training your staff on the laser, it is important to show them the basics of how the laser operates, such as how to turn the device on and how the exhaust system operates. Equally important is getting your staff to understand and program the laser settings and how these settings relate to different substrates such as wood, plastic, and metal. Routine maintenance and discussions regarding the laser optics is also essential for new laser operators to comprehend. But there is one thing that is absolutely crucial for a laser operator to master: operating software.
For many, the software that runs our lasers is CorelDraw. CorelDraw is an intuitive program and is simple to learn, but having an efficient operator who is knowledgeable of CorelDraw can not only change your laser from being a powerful creative device, but also a powerful profit center. Sure, you may have a staff member who can create an incredible computer design, but if that design takes half a day to create, you probably aren’t making much money from it. Of course, many companies have gotten around this obstacle with the implementation of setup charges. Regardless, efficiently creating attractive designs will help with the perceived value of your product as well as the bottom line.
-Richard Korbyl, Columbia Awards