Do you have a hankering to launch a new techie-type business? Well, then consider buying a laser cutter and opening an etch shop. For a scant $18,000 to $24,000 you can purchase a laser cutter and bring the wonders of modern fabrication to your hometown. Even better, the good folks at Adafruit Industries will hold your hand throughout the entire setup/startup process by leveraging resources from other laser fab shops into your venture. This open source business model is unique to Adafruit Industries and has helped several young entrepreneurs open laser “tattoo” parlors across the country. —Dave Prochnow

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