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Using Laser Engraving Machines Safely

Posted on March 31, 2017 at 10:02 pm

Engraving machines often make use of high powered lasers in order to create intricate and precise designs. While these laser engravers are precise and accurate, they can also be dangerous machines to use, requiring the right level of protection to be used safely.

A common way of protecting those around a laser engraver is by using a laser safety viewing window. These provide a solid wall in close proximity to the laser, but are also made from transparent materials, allowing the laser to be viewed if necessary.

Viewing windows like these are especially useful for design or manufacturing work, which require visibility of the laser as it is being used. They are available in several different materials, each of which are suitable for various applications.

Opaque laser protective barriers are also available but are recommended more for automated laser applications such as production lines and manufacture.

 

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How Efficient Engraving Materials Save Energy And Money

Posted on November 27, 2016 at 7:51 pm

All engraving materials cost some kind of energy to produce, transport and use. This is known as the embodied energy of the material, and determines it’s overall energy consumption up to the point of manufacture and usage. Understanding this process and how it saves energy can not only improve knowledge of the origin of a material, but can also serve a manufacturing company for many years. Allowing the company to reap the rewards of energy efficency through understanding and application as to how it affects the cost of materials over time.

Embodied energy is the energy used throughout the lifecycle of the material; from the processing of raw materials, to manufacturing through to product delivery. If an engraving is constructed with poorly chosen materials, the embodied energy used could diminish or cancel out the benefits of years of sustainable use. In other words, using resources that are quickly accessable and applicable saves time and energy which in turn saves money over long periods of time.

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Understanding The Different Types Of Laser Cutting Materials

Posted on October 27, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Laser cutting materials are used by a laser cutting machine in the production process. Since lasers are specialized machines they can only be used to cut certain types of materials.

Examples of materials that can be cut with a laser cutting machine are: Wood sheets, paper, card, clear cast acrylic, acrylic sheets, styrene, abs, polypropylene and other types of plastics. Depending on the material, there is usually no limit to the thinness of the material to be cut. However laser cutting is restricted when it comes to cutting very thick materials. But this can come down to the availability of equipment used by the manufacturer.

With regards to engraving a much broader range of materials can be etched upon. Examples include: Ceramic, glass, mirrors and aluminium. Etching can be done more easily and on more materials due to the fact the laser does not need to be as powerful. This

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Quality Engraving Machines

Posted on August 7, 2016 at 2:40 pm

Engraving is a process of the art of etching, cutting, or carving a design or mark with an engraving equipment onto a metal such as steel or non-metal like plastic. The engraving equipments are typically pushed into the metal plate in order to produce cut & design of the marking. The deeper the marking or design penetrates into the material, the wider the line becomes. The link between the engraving width and dipping depth is determined by the top-angle of the tool. Result could be a decorative design or mark in itself, as when gold or silver are engraved, or may offer an intaglio plate whenever copper is engraved or a relief print-block when wood is engraved.

Different engraving-machines exist to work through diverse methods of marking or on different materials. You can find a complete line of high-quality engraving machines for sale at prices that cannot be beat. Engraving machines are available in a broad range of product types, brands and versions to meet the client’s needs. There are several different business applications for engraving machines. The machines will satisfy all possible engraving needs – from those just beginning an engraving business, to professionals having their own sign or gift shops – there is always an engraver for a wide-range of clients. Typically, if you manufacture or work with materials such as all metals types, glass, wood, crystal, plastic & acrylic, ceramics, rubber or cardboard, you might be able to gain from the use of these machine types. Materials that can be engraved include gemstones, wood, metal, plastic, leather and stone. (more…)

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An Engravers Toolset

Posted on June 19, 2016 at 7:57 pm

Engraving is a highly skilled profession, requiring a great amount of dexterity and ability in order to create detailed engravings. Of course, machines and computers arguably take out some of the raw skill required to engrave. But there still remains many manual engravers that hold true to traditional ways.

For traditional engravers the tools used are somewhat different to that of an engraver that uses a computer. For example, to manually engrave accurately a variety of hand chisels and a steady jig are necessary tools. Whereas an engraver who uses a computer controlled engraver may not even need a hand chisel. Instead relying on the engraving machines cutters to do most, if not all of the cutting and finishing.

However, there are tools that both manual and computer engravers make use of. A vacuum to clean away dust and excess debris, and a way of lubricating the engraving are both widely used by engravers in the very same way.

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Modern Masonry Inscriptions And Engravings

Posted on May 30, 2016 at 4:53 pm

Many stonemasons create beautiful and informative engravings, which are made in such a way that they compliment the object that they are engraved on. Examples of this can be seen in  a number of instances in everyday life. Most commonly the stone inscriptions that feature on headstones to commemorate the life and death of those who have passed on. There are also other examples such as foundation stones for buildings and memorials that feature decorative stone engravings.

Creating stone engravings and inscriptions takes a great deal of skill. This is due to the hardness of stone which is naturally difficult to manipulate. However, using traditional techniques and tools to work with the stone, such as lettering chisels, points, mallets and toothed hammers, as well as modern power tools, an experienced stone mason can create detailed and decorative engravings, regardless of the rigidness of the stone.

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Modern Diamond Cutting and Engraving

Posted on April 22, 2016 at 2:21 pm

There are many ways to cut a diamond, and since they are so high in value, the craftsmanship required for this precise task has maintained a high standard. Over the past 100 years the technology used to cut and engrave diamonds has developed to a point where lasers are now used to craft many modern diamonds.

The laser saw is one such technology that revolutionised diamond cutting when it was introduced in the 1930s. Laser equipment is far more accurate and time efficient compared to traditional methods such as manual sawing and cleaving.

The biggest advantage of laser cutting by far is its precision. One reason for this is that there is no cutting edge to wear down, and lasers are less likely to warp the diamond because the heat is confined to such a narrow space.

This method also causes less friction on the stone, it is also safer. Efficiency is also an advantage, as less manual labour and higher speed technology means faster production is possible.

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Engraved Metal Tobacco Tins

Posted on February 27, 2016 at 6:12 pm

Nowadays smoking is an outdoor pursuit. So keeping your cigarettes and associated tobacco stored securely is close to a necessity.

Not only can a tobacco tin be used for storing tobacco though, it can be used to store rolling papers, matches or filters. This is especially useful for smokers who want to keep all of these things packaged together in a convenient way.

While the tins are highly functional, they can also be customised with an engraving. This can give a tobacco tin an extra level of personalisation. Any kind of message or image can be engraved onto a tin, which is great when giving them as gifts, either personally or professionally.

A common choice is to engrave some ones initials or full surname, and their date of birth. This gives the tin a truly personalised and thoughtful message. Which is popular between families, friends and loved ones.

 

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What is Used to Engrave Metal?

Posted on January 21, 2016 at 11:02 pm

Engraving is a process that utilises many tools and techniques in order to form a series of marks on a surface. Usually done for decorative purposes, engraving is a versatile method of crafting.

A hammer and chisel is a common tool used to make the distinctive marks in an engraving process.

Another tool used are pneumatic “gravers” or “burins”. These are typically not too expensive, and provide more stability and control.

A dremel with a carbide tungsten drill bit, can also be used

Bits and tips are also used for engraving. These are used in conjunction with handles and other tools.

There are many different shapes of tips or bits for engraving tools. The square “V” cut is one of the most versatile.

Unusually soft metals can be engraved with a mathematical compass or craft knife, but precision and a 3D appearance may be difficult to achieve.

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Engraved Pots, Ideas and Inspirations

Posted on December 28, 2015 at 9:49 pm

A fantastic way to make the most out of a pot is to add an engraving to it. Almost any pot can be engraved, and doing so can add a personal and stylish touch to the pot.

One type of pot that works well with an engraving is an old pot that may be stylistically out of date, needing that newer touch.

Older, traditional pots can be found in markets and second hand stores. While their styling may not directly match newer home decorations, if it is engraved upon, it can have a visually striking effect.

A great example of this is to use medium to large, inexpensive, Greek or Versailles styled pot (it doesn’t have to be an original), then to add a modern engraving to it. This could be a word or image, but if its done in a stylish manner, it can transform an old object into something completely different.

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