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REDUCE YOUR TAXES: Tax Benefit for 2016, Section 179 Deduction

Oct 17, 16 • Front Page, News, TipsNo Comments

REDUCE YOUR TAXES: Tax Benefit for 2016, Section 179 Deduction

2016 is flying by and before you know it 2016 will come to an end. However, for many companies this is one of the busiest times of the year.  Production is in full demand!   Now is the time to purchase new and/or additional equipment for your business! Not only can it benefit production time but also provides BIG SAVINGS!   The “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015” (PATH Act) expanded the Section 179 deduction limit to $500,000, and made it permanent.  This means up to $500, 000 in qualifying new and used equipment, as well as off-the-shelf software, may be expensed this year if it is placed into service by the end of the day, December 31, 2016.

The PATH Act also reinstated the 50% Bonus Depreciation, and extended it through 2019. Businesses of all sizes will be able to depreciate 50 percent of the cost of equipment acquired and put in service during 2016 and 2017; even after the Section 179 deduction is taken, and all in the first year!

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LIMITS OF SECTIONS 179

Section 179 does come with limits – there are caps to the total amount written off ($500,000 for 2016), and limits to the total amount of the equipment purchased ($2,000,000 in 2016). The deduction begins to phase out dollar-for-dollar after $2,000,000 is spent by a given business, so this makes it a true small and medium-sized business deduction.

WHO QUALIFIES FOR SECTION 179

All businesses that purchase, finance, and/or lease less than $2,000,000 in new or used business equipment during tax year 2016 should qualify for the Section 179 Deduction.

Most tangible goods including “off-the-shelf” software qualify for the Section 179 Deduction. To qualify for the Section 179 Deduction, the equipment and/or software purchased or financed must be placed into service between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

The deduction begins to phase out if more than $2,000,000 of equipment is purchased – in fact, the deduction decreases on a dollar for dollar scale after that, making Section 179 a deduction specifically for small and medium-sized businesses.

2016 is flying by and before you know it 2016 will come to an end. However, for many companies this is one of the busiest times of the year.  Production is in full demand!   Now is the time to purchase new and/or additional equipment for your business! Not only can it benefit production time but also provides BIG SAVINGS!   The “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015” (PATH Act) expanded the Section 179 deduction limit to $500,000, and made it permanent.  This means up to $500, 000 in qualifying new and used equipment, as well as off-the-shelf software, may be expensed this year if it is placed into service by the end of the day, December 31, 2016.

The PATH Act also reinstated the 50% Bonus Depreciation, and extended it through 2019. Businesses of all sizes will be able to depreciate 50 percent of the cost of equipment acquired and put in service during 2016 and 2017; even after the Section 179 deduction is taken, and all in the first year!

LIMITS OF SECTIONS 179

Section 179 does come with limits – there are caps to the total amount written off ($500,000 for 2016), and limits to the total amount of the equipment purchased ($2,000,000 in 2016). The deduction begins to phase out dollar-for-dollar after $2,000,000 is spent by a given business, so this makes it a true small and medium-sized business deduction.

WHO QUALIFIES FOR SECTION 179

All businesses that purchase, finance, and/or lease less than $2,000,000 in new or used business equipment during tax year 2016 should qualify for the Section 179 Deduction.

Most tangible goods including “off-the-shelf” software qualify for the Section 179 Deduction. To qualify for the Section 179 Deduction, the equipment and/or software purchased or financed must be placed into service between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

The deduction begins to phase out if more than $2,000,000 of equipment is purchased – in fact, the deduction decreases on a dollar for dollar scale after that, making Section 179 a deduction specifically for small and medium-sized businesses.

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Application Tip of the Week: Creating Multi-Tile Murals

Sep 12, 16 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

Application Tip of the Week: Creating Multi-Tile Murals

Not very long ago, commissioning a personalized, multi-tile wall mural was a costly undertaking reserved for the relatively wealthy. Today, however, thanks to CO2 laser technology, one-of-a-kind engraved murals are available at prices nearly anyone can afford.

Creating multi-tile murals on your Universal laser system is fast, easy and fun. In this easy-to-understand, step-by-step tutorial we will show you how to quickly and easily create beautiful, multi-tile murals using CorelDRAW and your Universal laser engraving system. We think you will find the process to be both rewarding and profitable.

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GETTING STARTED

1.1: Before you start creating a mural, there are some important choices you must make:

  • Choose a suitable photograph or artwork to engrave;
  • Choose the type of material to engrave, such as marble, granite, acrylic, wood or laser tile;
  • Choose the engraving tile size and finished mural size.

1.2: Some important questions to ask yourself:

Is the image a good candidate for engraving? Getting high-quality images and artwork from customers has always been a challenge for engravers. The image your customer provides must be capable of 250 dpi resolution at the actual size in which you plan to engrave it.

At what distance will the observer typically be located when viewing the tiled mural?

If the viewer will be standing just a few feet away, a smaller engraving tile size should suffice; if the viewer will be standing farther away, a larger size tile may be more appropriate.

Will the mural be located indoors or will it be exposed to the elements?

If the mural is to be located indoors, you can safely engrave on materials such as soft acrylic (invert the image and engrave on the back side of the acrylic to provide scratch protection), wood and even mat board. However, if the mural is to be located outdoors, you may want to consider using granite, marble, travertine or other lasting materials to provide long-term protection from the elements.

Okay… you’ve made your choices… now it’s time to create the mural!

DOWNLOAD THE TIP SHEET FOR STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS. 

 

CorelDraw Tips: Creating A 3D Effect Using Drop Shadow

Aug 29, 16 • Tips, Front PageNo Comments

CorelDraw Tips: Creating A 3D Effect Using Drop Shadow

A three-dimensional, or 3D, object brings more realistic depth and perspective to an image.  There are a number of ways to achieve the 3D look in CorelDraw but today we will learn how to create this effect through Drop Shadow.  The Drop Shadow effect can be made by making an offset shadow behind an object to show that it is floating above the background.

TO ADD A DROP SHADOW

  1. In the toolbox found on the left side of the screen, click the Drop Shadow tool
  2. Select the object.

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  1. Drag the cursor from the center or side of the object until the drop shadow is the desired size.

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  1. Specify the attributes on the Property bar.

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  • Drop Shadow Offset – To set the distance between the drop shadow and the object.
  • Drop Shadow Angle – To set the direction of the drop shadow.
  • Drop Shadow Opacity – To adjust the transparency of the drop shadow.
  • Shadow Feathering – To sharpen or soften the edges of the drop shadow.
  • Feathering Direction – To soften the shadows edges toward the inside of the shadow, toward the outside of the shadow, or both of the direction.
  • Feather Edge – To choose the feathering type.
  • Shadow Fade – To adjust the amount of fading at the edges of the drop shadow.
  • Shadow Stretch – To adjust the length of the drop shadow.
  • Transparency Operation – To choose how the color of the drop shadow blends with the color of the underlying object.
  • Shadow Color – To choose the color of the drop shadow.

A Drop Shadow can create great depth and dramatically change the appearance of an object when used correctly.  For best results, use a drop shadow on a white or light colored background.

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If you want to revert the image back to its original state you can remove in a few easy steps.

TO REMOVE A DROP SHADOW

  1. Select an object’s drop shadow
  2. Click Effects -> Clear Drop Shadow

ATTENTION: ALL VISION OWNERS – Join Us in Arlington, Texas! 8/25 & 8/26

Aug 22, 16 • Front Page, NewsNo Comments

ATTENTION: ALL VISION OWNERS – Join Us in Arlington, Texas! 8/25 & 8/26

Engravers Network will present a two-day training workshop featuring Cliff Cabral, Applications Specialist with Vision.  Whether you are new to Vision engraving & routing machines, our two-day event is tailored to your experience level, and designed to inspire new ways for you to achieve your specific business goals and objectives.

Vision for BEGINNERS

Day 1 – Thursday, August 25, 2016
1:30 p. m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $25

Topics Included:
-ADA
-Routing techniques and bit selection
-Sacrificial materials and techniques
-Deep metal engraving
-Reverse engraving acrylic

Vision for ADVANCED

Day 2 – Friday, August 26, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $50/includes lunch

Topics Include:

-ADA in exotic materials (metals, woods, corian, granite, glass)
-Thermoformed ADA
-Inlayed ADA tactile
-Part marking
-Rotary engraving on the 2550
-Surface mapping
-Jewelry cutout
-Fixture making and multiples

 

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CorelDraw for Laser Engravers – SIGN UP NOW!

Aug 8, 16 • Front Page, NewsNo Comments

CorelDraw for Laser Engravers – SIGN UP NOW!

Join us for a TWO DAY CorelDraw Seminar! As the owner of a small business, there are a number of tools in the market to aid in completing your projects and making them stand out from the competition. CorelDRAW is one powerful tool that should not be overlooked or dismissed lightly. CorelDRAW is a complete graphic design suite that has applications for illustration and design, raster to vector, page layout, web graphics and photo-editing and is unsurpassed when sending to the laser.

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AUGUST 19TH & 20th, 2016

Where: 637 107th Street, Arlington, Texas 76011

Time:  9:00AM – 4:00PM (both days)

The TWO-DAY training and lunch are $175 per participant.

Click here for more details!

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INDUSTRY EVENT ALERT: MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Jul 11, 16 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

INDUSTRY EVENT ALERT: MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

ARLINGTON, TEXAS – Engravers Network Technology Showcase

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Where: 637 107th St, Arlington, TX 76011

When:  August 8, 2016 from 1pm – 5pm and August 9, 2016 from 9am – 4pm (hourly appts)

For more information click here

CorelDRAW Training Seminar w/ Roger Wambolt

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Where: 637 107th St., Arlington, TX

When:  August 19th and  August 20th, 2-Day Event!

Time: 9:00AM – 4:00PM each day

Cost: $175 per person (includes lunch)

For more information click here

VISION Training Seminar w/ Cliff Cabral

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Location: Engravers Network ARLINGTON Facility, 637 107th Street, Arlington, Texas 76011

Vision for BEGINNERS

Day 1 – Thursday, August 25, 2016

1:30 p. m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $25

 

Vision for ADVANCED

Day 2 – Friday, August 26, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $50/includes lunch

For more information click here.

CorelDRAW X8: Setup for Universal Laser Systems

Jul 5, 16 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

CorelDRAW X8: Setup for Universal Laser Systems

Discover the latest features in your graphic design software with the new CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8.  With advanced support for Windows 10, multi-monitor viewing and 4K displays, the suite lets first-time users, graphics pros, small business owners and design enthusiasts deliver professional results with speed and confidence.

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Top new features include:

  • Multi-monitor, 4K and Real Time Stylus Support – NEW
  • Corel Font Manager – NEW
  • Show Objects – NEW
  • Copy Curve Segments – NEW
  • Gaussian Blur Feature – NEW
  • Healing Clone tool – NEW
  • Workspace customization – NEW
  • Startup assistance – NEW
  • Border and Grommet Dialog box – NEW
  • CorelDRAW & SDK Developer Community – NEW
  • Get More Docker – NEW
  • Royalty-free, quality content – NEW

Learn how to set up CorelDRAW X8 to work with your Universal Laser System: DOWNLOAD NOW!

 

Vision Tip of the Week: Cleaning Your Multi Mat

Jun 20, 16 • Tips, Front PageNo Comments

Vision Tip of the Week:  Cleaning Your Multi Mat

The Multi Mat for your Vision system eliminates the need for double stick tape, clamps, and vacuum tables.  It is produced with a special rubber coating on both sides and cleans easily for longer use.  To clean your Multi Mat we recommend using glass cleaner or dish soap and water along with paper towels.  Follow the step-by-step instructions below:

Clean Multimat

Step 1: Apply your cleaning solution to the Multi Mat.

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Step 2: Wipe the chips in one direction.  The goal is to pull the chips off of the mat completely so avoid short, back and forth strokes.

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Step 3: Be sure to keep both sides of the Multi Mat clean, as buildup on the bottom surface may allow the mat to slide across the table.

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How to Install and Clean Your Multi Mat

Application Tips: VISION Firearm Marking Systems

May 23, 16 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

Application Tips: VISION Firearm Marking Systems

Vision Firearm Marking Systems provide significant advantage in terms of control, safety, and reliability.  Vision marking systems are effective tools for direct part marking for the purposes of traceability, branding, and product adornment, and offer a versatile solution for both short and long run production cycles.

  • More consistent depth of engraving vs. other marking methods
  • Multiple platforms for your specific needs
  • Increase production and streamline work flow with automatic serialization software
  •  Mark on curved, flat, round, coated or bare surfaces
  • Work with a variety of metals including iron, steel, brass, aluminum, stainless steel, and exotic metals and composites (i.e., titanium)
  • Our systems are backed by a dedicated & knowledgeable technical support team based in Phoenix AZ
  • Manufacturing rugged reliable systems in the USA for over 33 years

Firearms Marking with Vision Engraving & Routing Systems:
Learn more about Vision’s firearms marking systems.

Deep Marking On Stainless Steel:
Deep engraving into stainless steel using a VISION 2550 CNC Router with optional Unist Misting System and NSK High Frequency Spindle.

TherMark & CerMark

May 11, 16 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

Cermark Thermark

TherMark’s patented laser metal marking products offers a unique solution for creating permanent, high contrast, high resolution marks on a wide variety of surfaces, including most metals, ceramic, glass and many plastics. The revolutionary TherMark process uses precise lasers and marking materials scientifically formulated to permanently fuse to metals, plastics, ceramics, glass and other hard surfaces creating high-contrast, high-resolution marks.

CHOOSING THE PRODUCT TO USE

Choosing the correct TherMark product for your marking needs depends on what your priorities and requirements are for both your mark and marking process. For some, the blackness of the mark is the determining factor, while for others a required production quota makes marking speed the most important consideration. In other situations, delivery method is a key factor.

TherMark’s LMM series laser marking materials are specifically engineered to create high quality black marks on a wide variety of metals. The contrast, resolution, and durability of these marks make TherMark materials ideal for Bar coding, 2D data matrices, product serialization, direct part marking, text labeling, part traceability, branding, and logos and decorative marking.

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COMPATIBLE METALS

There is an appropriately formulated TherMark laser marking material for almost every metal surface. The process window for creating high quality marks may vary depending on substrate composition and/or thickness, application method, and laser type.

Metals that can be mark include stainless steel, brass, pewter, copper, chrome plating, galvanized steel, silver, nickel plating, aluminum, gold, anodized aluminum and titanium.

LMM6000 VS LMM14

LMM6000, a CerMark™ product, is one of TherMark’s two general purpose laser marking inks and is recommended for creating black marks on a variety of metals. LMM6000 has been specially designed to dry in a hard coat which can be handled prior to laser marking without rubbing off.

The following list is made up of substrates on which LMM6000 works well. This list is not exhaustive, however, so if your substrate does not appear on the list, this does not mean LMM6000 will not mark it.

Stainless Steel Stainless Steel – Bright Annealed Chrome Plating
Titanium Galvanized Steel Nickel Plating
Brass Aluminum Gold Plating
Copper Pewter Silver Plating

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LMM14 is one of TherMark’s two general purpose laser marking inks and is recommended for creating a black mark on most metals. The combination of its flexible process window and wide range of applicable substrates makes LMM14 an extremely easy product to use.  LMM14 dries quickly as a light-gray powder coat and is extremely easy to wash after laser marking.

The following list is made up of substrates on which LMM14 works well. This list is not exhaustive, however, so if your substrate does not appear on the list, this does not mean LMM14 will not mark it.

Stainless Steel Chrome Plating
Stainless Steel – Bright Annealed Nickel Plating
Galvanized Steel Gold Plating
Brass Silver Plating
Aluminum Titanium
Copper Pewter

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LASER SETTINGS

Power and speed are the two most important variables to control when using TherMark laser marking materials with any laser, but there are other relevant variables depending on which laser you are using, such as length of lens, PPI, DPI, frequency, or hatch spacing.

Click here to download the recommended settings chart!