Continuing with the theme of engraving, we will mention the main machines for engraving each material. You will be able to observe that there are machines that are repeated in various materials, this is due to the engraving process of the materials, they are very similar. Remember these are not the only processes.
- metal engraving
In metal engraving, one of the main pieces of equipment used is called an Engraving Pantograph .
The pantograph is a piece of equipment that allows you to copy drawings, increasing or decreasing their size. With the pantograph you place templates , in the area of the tray with the design you want to engrave and calibrate the equipment to redraw the design reducing or increasing the size, then you turn on the machine and exert pressure where the piece for engraving is located while you go through the outline of the design to reproduce. This equipment is the most common for the engraving of delicate materials such as jewelry, it has a variant for the engraving of jewelry inside. This process can be used on wood and acrylic.
This is an automatic pantograph variable
Example of engraving with this process
Engraving by cnc router is a much more automated process, this process consists of a " rotating tip " that removes part of the material, likewise, it can be a " diamond tip " that " scratches " the surface. Although, to apply the rotary blade process, equipment with enough power to work the metal must be sought. This process can be used on wood and acrylic.
In this case, a diamond point is used to make the engraving on the surface.
Another option for metal engraving is the laser , this process consists of " burning the surface " at high speed. But as in the previous process, the laser machine must have the ability to engrave metal, the same happens with paper, depending on the type of metal and the capacity of the machine to work with it. This process can be used on wood and acrylic.
Laser Engraving Example
And the last of the processes that we will mention is the engraving with the Silhouette Curio , although this process can be carried out in other cutting plotters such as Silhouette Portrait , Silhouette Cameo , Cricut Maker , among other models, the process used by these teams is with a chisel tip, which " scratches " the material. This process can be used on acrylic.
We hope that after this development of the topic, you can continue to expand your business by applying these techniques, and adapting your machines with these accessories.