Awards & Engraving

March '20

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W hat is the most popular sub- strate to engrave using a rotary machine? What projects are great for this technology? How do I rotary engrave metal? These are just a sampling of the ques- tions you might have when it comes to rotary engraving. A personalization method that has been around for a long time, not everyone necessarily knows how to use it. Like any other technology, the more research and education you get, the better the end result will be. So, if you're looking for the best rotary engraving techniques and tips, look no further. A few industry experts spoke on the topic to help you achieve the best results possible. Some Cutter Tips to Go By Fred Schwartz, Quality One Engravers • Keep your cutters sharp and have a couple extra of the ones you use the most. • Use a set of cutters to cut only plastic and another set to cut metal. A plastic cutter may go years while cut- ters used on metal may dull on the first character. • Adjust all cutters to the same length when setting/ adjusting the initial zero. Thereafter you can change out the cutter to a larger tip size with no readjusting. Cutter length adjusters are available. Set one cutter and set tool, then use the tool to set the rest of cutters. • If you do a lot of metal engraving, get a cutter sharpener. Exceptional Engraving: Tips to ensure successful rotary engraving practices By Cassie Green Rotary engraving machines are versatile — they can be used to process a variety of materials including plastic, metal, glass, and wood. IMAGE COURTESY U-MARQ Plastics are among the most popular substrates to process with a rotary engraver. IMAGE COURTESY GRAVOTECH IMAGE COURTESY ANTARES 46 a-e-mag.com • A&E MARCH 2020

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