Awards & Engraving

June '19

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40 • A&E JUNE 2019 What applications/substrates are best for the beginner? Chuck Donaldson, Antares Inc. • Shops will most likely be using the same substrates they use on their rotary engraver: plastics, acrylic, soft metals. The difference is in the increased volume a user can achieve (if engraving with the router), or the application (if the user is creating stock material such as custom badges, awards, etc.). Steve Alvarez, Laguna Tools • Operating a CNC machine is rela- tively simple once you get the basics down. Whether you are cutting acrylic, aluminum, wood, or rigid foams, the operations are the same. • Most shops start out cutting 2-D parts. These types of designs are straightforward to draw and tool path. As you grow with the machine, you may decide to play with three- dimensional engraving or carving. This type of work requires more skill to draw and tool path. • Standard CNC equipment can route most any material found in a typical shop: acrylic, Lexan, HDU, rigid foams, wood, non-ferrous metals, gatorboard, choroplast, thicker PVC products, and many more. IMAGE COURTESY LAGUNA TOOLS

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