Tools are the backbone of any trade. Knowledge is vital, but without tools, it is impossible to get the job done. We spend a lot of $$$ on tools and we want to be able to use those tools for years to come. Breakage, loss, and theft can not only cost us time but also money in replacement cost. You can try to be careful with your tools and reduce breakage, but what can you do for loss or theft?
Marking your tools is often an effective solution to both theft and loss. If you mark your tools and they are lost, the finder can return them to you. Likewise, marking your tools will make a prospective thief think twice, since it will be more difficult to sell or get much money for the tools. Tools can be marked with company logos, initials, names, or just about anything you can think of. Larger companies even mark their tools with bar codes for tracking purposes.
Why impact sockets?
One of the goals of Book Worm Laser & Design is to add beauty to everyday items. Tools often fit the description when used in a trade or business. People personalize and customize their cars, trucks, cell phones, and even their clothes. Why shouldn’t they personalize their tools?
When we mark our tools, it is often in a less-than elegant way using a marker of some kind if we do it at all. Most of the mechanic hand tools (sockets, ratchets, wrenches, etc) are difficult to mark at home. There are electric handheld engravers, but I have yet to see that method do a good job. Laser engraving and marking creates a durable, accurate mark that will last for years and most likely, the life of the tool.
Here is a video of one of the sockets being engraved by the laser. The video is about two minutes long and to keep it short, the laser engraving was sped up just a little.
Can You Etch It Roundup
For those of you who are keeping score, the list is as follows: 2 impact sockets, a drinking glass, industrial labeling, a baseball, a Frappuccino bottle, a tennis ball, 12 Scrabble tiles, a custom ink stamp, Thank You cards, M&M’s, a slice of bread, a clothes pin, a cinnamon stick, a sweet potato, a walnut, and a toothpick. Let me know if you have any suggestions for future installments.
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Have a great weekend.