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Cutting a New Path: Andres’ Leap from Culinary Arts to Laser Crafts

by linjacob 21 Mar 2024
Cutting a New Path: Andres’ Leap from Culinary Arts to Laser Crafts

In Southwest Florida, Andres Castro has turned a new page in his life, showing us all how change can bring about great success and happiness. Once a chef, Andres now runs Maran 3D with his wife, thriving thanks to their Creality Falcon Laser cutter.

From Cooking to Cutting: Starting Maran 3D

Born in Colombia and pursuing a good business in the U.S., Andres spent 22 years navigating through challenges in different careers, like Tatooing and Cooking. Everything changed six months ago when he bought a Creality Falcon Laser, marking the start of an exciting new chapter. This machine wasn't just a purchase; it was the beginning of something big.

Andres and Maran at Lightburn Experience 2023

Andres and Maran at Lightburn Experience 2023

Together in Business: A Creative Duo

Maran 3D began with a simple yet innovative project – creating a custom engagement ring box. This initial endeavor, sparked by a friend's request, showcased the potential of laser technology not just for intricate designs but as a foundation for a business that combines artistry with practicality. It led Andres and his wife to start their own company with laser crafts and 3D printing products, combining their creative minds and efforts.

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Andre's "niche": custmozed caps


Finding a Niche: Customized Baseball Caps

The leap from culinary arts to laser engraving might seem vast, but for Andres, it was a seamless transition fueled by creativity and a desire for a balanced life. No longer confined to the rigorous schedule of a chef, he now enjoys the freedom to create, design, and innovate from the comfort of his home, soon moving to a dedicated workshop to accommodate their expanding business.

Maran 3D's foray into customized baseball caps illustrates the power of niche marketing and quality craftsmanship. By focusing on local brands and organizations, Andres tapped into a demand for personalized, high-quality apparel. Each cap, priced at an average of 20USD, reflects a meticulous attention to detail, from the precision of the laser-cut tags to the care taken in their attachment, ensuring a product that stands apart in the marketplace.

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Custom craft made with 3D printer and laser engrave

Custom tumbler engrave

Custom tumbler engrave

Stronger Together: A Successful Partnership

Beyond the financial success, which saw earnings of over $1500 a week, lies a deeper story of personal growth and partnership. Andres and his wife have found a rhythm in their collaboration, with each taking turns at the laser and design work, proving that their strengths complement each other perfectly. This venture has not only provided financial freedom but has strengthened their bond, turning their individual dreams into a shared reality.

A Blueprint for Success: Quality Over Quantity

For those considering starting their own business, Andres advises focusing on quality over quantity. It's crucial to maintain your profit margins and always strive for the highest quality product. Avoid selling inferior products at all costs. Customers continue to return to Andres because they trust the consistently high standard of quality he delivers. This commitment to excellence not only secures repeat orders but also leads to new customer referrals.

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Laser craft gift Maran made for Andres

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Valentine's laser craft gift Andres made for Maran

Maran 3D's Story: A Tale of Change and Success

Andres and his wife's experience is more than a business success story; it's about finding your path, embracing change, and enjoying the journey with a loved one. It shows that with the right attitude, tools, and company, there are no limits to what you can achieve. Here's to hoping Maran and Andres' venture continues to flourish!

Like many laser craft business owners, what are your thoughts on Andres' journey? Do you have personal stories or experiences you'd like to share with us? Join Creality Falcon Laser Engraver Official User Group to engage in the discussion.

  • From Cooking to Cutting: Starting Maran 3D

  • Together in Business: A Creative Duo

  • Finding a Niche: Customized Baseball Caps

  • Stronger Together: A Successful Partnership

  • A Blueprint for Success: Quality Over Quantity

  • Maran 3D's Story: A Tale of Change and Success

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quotation-mark Did a little something for myself for a change. Engraved my stainless steel ciggy case. Surprised how crisp it came out! quotation-mark
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quotation-mark 100 Wedding Gifts, with a falcon 5W (I had to make 3 layers of 0.4mm wood). I cut the adhesive paper itself with my own laser. Besides, I made a custom keychain design for the friends of the couple that formed the figure of the meplee. quotation-mark

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