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Posted on 13 Jan 2020

How to Decide Which Type of Engraving Technology is Apt for my Product?

The companies which would like to engrave their brand name on their products for the sake of highlighting the brand and leaving a lifelong impression of the brand shall know which type of engraving technique is best suitable for their product. Different types of engraving techniques are used for engraving on different materials depending on the type of material/product to be engraved, content to be engraved, and preferred choice of the customer. Here is a glimpse of different types of engraving techniques which can be used to engrave a message, logo, mark, or other characters on various materials:

Rotary Engraving:

Rotary engraving is done in two ways viz. Rotating Carbide Engraving and Diamond Drag Engraving. The former is one of the most popular methods of engraving on metals, acrylics, plastics, woods, etc. because the spinning carbide bit of the rotating carbide engraver engraves greater depth and wider tool path without compromising with the quality of the finish. For paint filling letters in metal surfaces, rotating carbide engraving works best and so an established metal engraving service mostly recommends this for engraving on metals.

Whereas in diamond drag engraving, diamond-tipped bit does not rotate but glides on the surface of the material to be engraved. The resultant depth and width of engraving on the material are much less than what can be achieved with rotating carbide engraving technology. Diamond engraving when done on metal surfaces produce little dust. Besides achieving the desired task at a faster rate, a blackened engraving area on some materials can be produced by darkening with a marking compound. Diamond engraving is mostly applied to jewelry, serial plats, industrial data tags, etc. An engraving specialist can guide you on which type of engraving should you choose for your project.

The benefit of choosing rotary engravers is that it does not have a risk of fire or gas release and does not have any odor too. Both the types of rotary engravers produce a smooth finish and can be done on almost any surface. This type of engraving does not require special plastics or acrylics as required by laser engraving. So, when you want wood engraving service, metal engraving service or plastic engraving service, check for rotary engraving technology.

However, there are instances when laser engraving proves better than rotary engraving due to the limitations of rotary engraving technology. Rotary engraving requires line art, also called vector-based files, which the machine can follow to engrave a path, thereby limiting the use of rotary engraving for text and basic shapes and that too in limited fonts. Furthermore, the rotary engraver hardly clamps the item to be engraved due to which the item can crack or receive an uneven mark which is not so in the case of laser engraving where the material remains intact as it is placed side to side in the laser bed. Let us know more about Laser engraving and its benefits.

Laser engraving:

This relatively new technology of engraving cuts the materials like wood, acrylics, metals, etc. by using a beam of highly focused light. Fine details can be processed with laser engraving in UK. All fonts that can be read by a printer, raster-based graphics and endless designs can be made using laser technology at 1,000 DPI quality. Besides many benefits, laser technology can be used in limited materials and also the process of laser engraving produces toxic fumes/smoke and it requires regular ventilation or cleaning provision.

The technology of laser engraving London is also of two types viz. CO2 Laser engraving and YAG & Fiber Laser engraving. The former has a 10 times larger wavelength than the latter. The former technology can be used on a wide variety of materials than the latter.

Gift engravers and jewelry engravers:

Laser engraving and rotary engraving technologies primarily work upon flat items. But if random shaped and different objects like glasses, bowls, pens, gifts, jewelry (ring, bracelets, etc.) and other similar items are to be engraved then gift engravers or jewelry engravers offer an apt solution. Gift engravers are different from laser engraving technology and rotary engraving technology because it uses tools similar to Swiss army knives for engraving.

The above-mentioned application preferences of engraving techniques, their advantages and disadvantages can help you decide which type of engraving services are apt for your product. If you are still unsure about choosing the type of engraving technology then established laser engraving service in UK can help you to do the task. Hire one and outshine your product amongst the competitors.