It’s been said that investing in a CNC plasma cutter is like buying a money printing machine. While we would agree that plasma tables are well worth the money and can pay for themselves, there’s a little more to it than that.
CNC plasma tables are available in an array of options. When choosing between them, you should consider speed, volume, size, and price.
You might already know what’s in store for your CNC plasma table, but we know firsthand that many people purchase a table simply because they know that demand is high for plasma-cut objects. They may not have even fully considered exactly which products they will produce. If you are in the latter camp, we’re here to help you plan.
Consider the following ways that you might put your CNC table to use, whether as its main function or for things that can be fabricated in the off-hours to give you a bit of extra revenue.
CNC Plasma Cut Signage
Signs forged from iron and other metals have an organic, understated feel. They can adorn everything from a restaurant to a retail outlet to a man cave or she shack. In other words, pretty much everyone potentially needs or wants a sign.
Granted, there are a lot of people making signs on Etsy and other outlets. That could seem daunting, but it shows one important thing: there is a market for these items. Your challenge is to make your products stand out from the rest. With a little creativity, that won’t be difficult to do. Incorporating color or mixed materials is one way. Finding a niche and focusing on providing as much choice as possible to that one market is another. When someone is in business just to make money, it shows, because their items can lack originality. So don’t be just one of many. Find a way to stand out.
Plasma Cut Home Improvements and Decor
A CNC plasma table has numerous applications in creating objects for the home’s interior and exterior, and it allows you to make furnishings that stand out. Buying from the usual retail outlets restricts choice and typically leaves clients to choose from what is most popular at the moment, not to mention the ever-lowering standards of furnishings that are inevitably made in China. Homeowners who want something special that expresses their personality and creativity are looking for a shop that can make just what they want. Many are surprised at how cost effective a custom fabricated fence, gate, railing, fire pit, fireplace screen, or other metal furnishing can be.
CNC Plasma Cut Custom Vehicle Parts
If you know a Jeep or Harley-Davidson owner, for instance, you know how fanatical they can be about their vehicles and their brands. If you’re a car or motorcycle enthusiast, why not turn your passion into cash? There are untold numbers of social media accounts and other online and offline communities where drivers gather, discuss their projects, and show off their customizations. Tap into this or another passion of yours by fabricating parts for like-minded people in your niche.
Burn Table Custom Work
Once clients find out about the range of possibilities available with your CNC plasma table, you might find potential customers approaching you about custom work. It will be up to you to decide how far you want to branch out from your chosen niche. You will learn something new from each project you take on, but of course, there will be additional time spent in terms of planning, interfacing with the client, and perfecting the finished product. Make sure to be realistic about what you can and can’t do.
Turn into a Marketing Ninja
Once you’ve decided what you’re going to make with your new CNC plasma table, let people know that you’re open for business! You will probably want to spend a chunk of your workday—at least one to two hours—marketing your products. The right tactics will depend on your target audience. Should you send out a direct mail piece? Go to markets and festivals in your area? Run ads on social media? Develop relationships with local businesses? Most small business owners just want to get to work, but it helps to be realistic and to budget some time each day for marketing. If it’s built into your schedule, you’ll be more likely to just do it instead of avoiding it. And when it pays off, you’ll be glad you did!
How Much Money Can You Make with a CNC Plasma Table Business?
Above are just a few of the ways that you can make money with a CNC plasma table. It’s easy to say that the sky is the limit—and it is in a way—but how much you make depends on the market you serve and the time you’re going to put in. A side hustle will be a lot different than having a dedicated shop that is fabricating full time.
Again, be sure that your business plan is realistic and that you have a general idea of what you’re going to earn before you select your machine. Squickmon’s is an industry leader in CNC plasma table engineering, and we can advise you regarding which of our packages would be the best fit for you. Contact our knowledgeable representatives today at 877-916-7477. We’d love to discuss your ideas and how we can best serve you.