Awards & Engraving

April '16

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I t's safe to say that many awards shops around the country own rotary engraving machines. Rotary engraving equipment is quite versatile, with the ability to engrave on substrates such as plastics, acrylics, stainless steel, brass, aluminum, wood and others. But what happens when a job presents itself that requires some- thing a little more heavy duty? Perhaps it's a thicker material that needs embellishing or maybe the customer has several large items needing decorating. Enter the router. While it may not be the most popular machine among awards retailers, it certainly has its place in the shop. The role of routing equipment is specific, yet important, stepping in when other smaller equipment can't fulfill larger scale needs. A Place of Its Own The role of routing equipment in an awards shop By Cassie Green 38 • A&E APRIL 2016 IMAGES COURTESY VISION ENGRAVING & ROUTING SYSTEMS CNC routers can mark metals, including stainless steel, without the extra time and expense of applying a chemical coating. Routers can handle a variety of substrates, including glass, aluminum, acrylic and wood.

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