Awards & Engraving

January '20

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60 a-e-mag.com • A&E JANUARY 2020 T he awards, personalization, and signage industries have seen many new marking technologies emerge in recent years. One could argue that the kingpin of these marking technologies is laser engraving. Laser technology is widely popular and rightfully so, considering all of its many features and benefits it brings to the table. However, mechanical/rotary engraving is one of the foundational technologies that revolutionized the industry. Though it may not be monopolizing the spotlight these days, rotary/mechanical engraving remains one of the most versatile and effective marking methods available and is still highly relevant to today's industries. Markets ranging from the weekend DIY hobbyist to the most advanced sign shops can all benefit and profit from mechanical/ rotary engraving technology. There are two main forms of mechan- ical/rotary engraving. The rotary engraving method uses a rotating bit or tool to carve away material. A similar engraving method commonly known as diamond drag engraving utilizes a non-rotating diamond-tipped tool that drags across the material, scribing lines and shapes into the surface to create the design. For the scope of this article, we will focus primarily on rotary engraving. Chris West is an Applications and Product Testing Specialist at Rowmark. Formally trained in graphic design, Chris has gained experience with Rowmark and JPPlus products not only from a graphics and fabrication standpoint, but also from a technical stance. Most recently, Chris has served in numerous roles developing and testing new products, integrating new technologies, troubleshooting and improving current products and processes, and supporting customers internally and externally with product and technology needs. Chris can be reached by email at cwest@rowmark.com or by calling 419-429-0184. By Chris West Rotary Engraving: The Seasoned Veteran of Professional Marking Rotary engraving overview and tutorial Rotary engraving adds flexibility, versatility, and profit to those who have discovered the latest and greatest but still seek that one last tool to complete their arsenal of fabrication potential. IMAGE COURTESY U-MARQ Though it may not be monopolizing the spotlight these days, rotary/mechanical engraving remains one of the most effective marking methods available and is still highly relevant to today's industries. IMAGE COURTESY ROLAND DGA

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