Today, we can get just about any hard and flat surface engraved with fine detail. As a gift idea, or for your business’s signage needs, engraving is a tried, true and trusted method for branding and creating unique designs.
You might not have given engraving a great deal of thought since it is very common and easy to come by, but engraving has one of the longest histories known to man.
In the beginning:
Starting around 60,000 BC, human people first engraved ostrich eggshells to be used as water containers.
Engraving was a process only performed by skilled craftsmen such as goldsmiths or carpenters and the fine details were dependent upon the materials used in the press. The process involved prints of drawings or paintings that were copied and then etched onto wood or metal.
In modern times:
There are various machines, such as the milling machine, that are responsible for truly amazing engraving techniques. We can engrave on a variety of materials such as metals, glass and laminates as long as it is a flat surface. You can create a design with computer-based programs as well as heavy-duty machinery.
Engraving is a permanent design used for engraving actual objects or for printing images on paper with prints or illustrations. The raised areas of an item consist of the engraved part.
With engraving, you can design images or wording. One of the types of machinery that is used for engraving hard flat surfaces is a milling machine. These machines work fast, are efficient and produce amazing engraved products.
At CNC Masters, you can expect quality products from our machine, and we would gladly discuss its benefits with you.
If you have a business that requires engraving or cutting, then you want to be prepared on how to use one of our machines.
Paint Ball Mark Making Shops, Gun Shops, Action Figure Shops, Jewelers, Craftsmen, Entrepreneurs developing their own parts for the market, Engravers, Engine Designers, Musical Instrument Makers, Machine Shops, Shoe Manufacturers, Military, Research Institutions, high schools, and universities have all decided to choose CNC Masters for their machining needs.
Here are some tips for those interested in CNC machining:
- When engraving a thing text pattern, using small cutting tools with tiny angle and nose work best for high accuracy results. Cutting tools with larger angle are for engraving larger text patterns. It is important to use the right size cutting tools because using the large tool on a small text pattern will affect the accuracy of the object being designed.
When carving machining path designing you should use cutting tools with the largest cutting angle and tip to help improve the efficiency of the carving. Also, when carving harder material you should use the largest cutting angle and tip possible.
- For maximum results, Small shank tools (3.175 mm, 4.0 mm) should be used with low-power spindle motors, and the cutting speed shouldn’t be too fast to maintain minimal resistance in high-speed milling. To increase speed, high power motors can use large shank diameter engraving tools.
- When selecting the appropriate blade length for carving knives, it is recommended to add 2-3MM on the measured processing sheet thickness. When cutting acrylic or when the motor speed is between 18000-24000 revolutions per minute (RPM), cutting tools with longer blade length shouldn’t be used to process hard material.
- For the double-edged combinations blade knives with carved lens, there is a formula for calculating blade diameter and choice length: Blade length= plate thickness – bevel depth. Ideally, the blade diameter should be more than twice the length of the blade.
- Excluding problems with the quality of your tools, if your tools are breaking frequently there is probably an issue with the carving settings, such as rail and motor precision, plate material hardness as well as fixture issues.
The optional engraving attachment combined with the 3-D machining ability of the CNC Jr., Baron, or Supra, offers engravers creative opportunities not possible before. Prime example – you could scan the autograph of your favorite baseball player and engrave it on a bat, or you could have a pool cue engraved with your own unique design.
For more information, contact us today at CNC Masters!
When milling a material, sometimes you are looking to engrave on to it. However, due to some limitations, you might not be able to get as creative as you would like. You could just keep it as is but that would end up being very dissatisfying and leave you with the final result you don’t desire.
How To Make It Look Great
One product you could use to make your final product look great is an engraving attachment to your milling machine. It is very easy to use as it mounts on the spindle axis of your machine and can be quickly attached or removed with a single clamping screw. What it also has in its favor is that it is very efficient so there is no need to worry whether it will get the job done.
The attachment is suitable for jewelry, mold-making, and fine machining or engraving and simply put, it can make a lot of creative ideas possible that weren’t in the past. So now creating a picture on a milling material or engraving something like a signature on a baseball bat suddenly becomes more of a reality than something you desire.
It would be perfect for any hobbyists that have been looking for a way to spice up their work and make it something truly special.
CNC Masters provides the finest milling machines and accessories across the country. We also offer different types of engraving attachments that will make your work unlike anyone else’s. For more information on our engraving attachments, please feel free to contact us today!