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Add personalization of metal, plastic and glass to your offerings FACT BOX: Estimated Cost of Entry: Equipment $10,000 to $20,000; standard tools $20 to $33 Basic Equipment Needs: Rotary engraving machine; selection of spindles; non-rotating diamond and a burnishing attachment; diamond graver; shear or saw; cutter sharpener; beveller; chip collector; cutters; software such as CorelDRAW and computer Shop Space Required: Rotary space needed depends on the size (foot- print) of the machine, but typically a 3´ by 8´ table area gives you room for the average size machine plus a computer and a little work space. Time Needed to Become Proficient: Depends on the complexity of engraving and the type of product you will engrave. If it's just add- ing personalization or identification to a flat/square product, you can become proficient in hours. If its engraving on an odd-shaped piece, at a specific depth, it could take weeks to become proficient depending on the individual. Newer software has helped speed up the learning curve. Understanding types of cutters, setting cutters, and controlling cutter depths can take weeks. BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO Rotary Engraving By Cassie Green S T A R T H E R E 2 0 1 8 30 Those looking to add rotary engraving to their shop's offer- ings must examine the machine options as well as what tools are needed. (Image courtesy Gravotech)

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