1. Plan out the design ahead of time.
2. If the application is new, then it is a good idea to test it on scrap material first.
3. Take some time to understand feeds and speeds. Most machines have general settings for common materials that can be adjusted for job speed and overall performance.
4. Keep a clean workspace and invest in a tool holder. Searching for tools can add to production times and kill profit margins.
5. Use the right tool for the job. High speed and higher power spindles can help in certain applications, while specialty cutting tools might be all that is needed for other applications. A good example is creating a polished edge when cutting acrylic sheet. Specialty tools can be used to do this without post-polishing or flaming the acrylic edge. A simple change of the tool cuts down on production time and adds to the machine’s efficiency.
—Zach Houser, Vision Engraving & Routing Systems