Awards & Engraving

March '16

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• Photographic image processing on high-definition materials • Engrave and cut fabric and paper products • Wood etching and profile cutting • Rubber stamps and stencils • Printed media cut-out • 2.5D and 3D engraving abilities • Flame polished cut edges on acrylic • Finishes ADA tactile elements without the need to clean chips after processing • QR, UDI and Barcode processing • Ability to produce black markings on metal when marking compounds are applied • Fewer consumable items • Complements the abilities of a rotary engraver The engraving market is extremely diverse. Do not limit your- self, but keep your workload manageable. Make sure to consider the size of the substrates you would like to engrave. Engraving machines come in various sizes, so be sure to purchase one large enough to engrave all your products accurately. ENGRAVING MACHINE ACCESSORIES Along with choosing the right engraving machine for your shop's needs, you may consider auxiliary machines to make the manufacturing process quicker. A few examples of these machines include: Shear or Saw—cut plastic and metal to proper sizes for engraving. Cutter Sharpener—save money by sharpening cutting tips in-house. Beveller—create eye-catching boarders on badges and other signage. Corner Shaper—quickly and easily create decorative corners on plastic and metal pieces. Cylindrical Attachment—ideal for engraving bottles, cups, glasses and other round items. Exhaust Units—a recommended purchase with every laser engraving machine. During the lasering process, gases, vapors and particulate matter are released into the air, some of which can be harmful if ingested. These particles are not only harmful for the operator, but the laser itself by remaining in the machine. Automatic Plate Feeder—automatically position ID plates, name badges and more in your engraver and reduce your production time. Chip Collector—make cleanup a breeze and pair your rotary engraver with a chip collector to automatically remove frag- ments produced by the engraving process. Cutters—rotary machines require a cutter to create a mark on the surface of an object. Cutters are available for a variety of different materials with various tip sizes for different character heights. Both laser and rotary machines have the ability to create 3D engraving. A&E MARCH 2016 • 25

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