Engraving

Engraving has a history dating back over 1500 years and is the method used for incising or marking a design or text on to a hard surface by cutting grooves into the substrate.  The result may be very intricate, decorative or a simple statement.  The industrial revolution changed the methods employed as machines did much of the work previously done by hand. The advent of the computer has more recently revolutionised the engraving industry.   Many different types of machines have been introduced that can do the work faster and more precisely, improving turnaround and cost effectiveness.

Click on the images below or use the scroll bar on the right to find information about the various engraving methods and applications employed by members of the Association. There are too many items to list - this only shows a small sample of what can be done for you.

 

 

 Hand Engraving

Hand Engraving
One of the most traditional methods, using fine hand held cutters & tools to achieve a very fine finish on small items of jewellery, precious metals & printing plates this is an art taking many years to perfect.

Hand Engraving | Machine Engraving | Acid Etching | Pantograph Engraving | Computer Engraving | Cast Bronze | Laser Engraving

 

 

 

 

 Machine Engraving

Machine Engraving
Sometimes known as Burr Engraving where a small drill is held in the engravers hand. The drill spins at very high revolutions to allow the hard-tipped drill bit to cut into the metal or substrate.

Hand Engraving | Machine Engraving | Acid Etching | Pantograph Engraving | Computer Engraving | Cast Bronze | Laser Engraving

 

 

 

 

 Acid Etching

Acid Etching
First an artwork or graphic is produced . This is then chemically exposed to the material. The acid then dissolves away the exposed areas leaving the finished article. Mainly used for producing large runs and high detail photographic images onto metals.

Hand Engraving | Machine Engraving | Acid Etching | Pantograph Engraving | Computer Engraving | Cast Bronze | Laser Engraving

 

 

 

 

 Pantograph Engraving

Pantograph Engraving
Prior to computer engraving, the pantograph engraver was the industry standard. Some of these machines are still used today from small desktop to large stand alone industrial units. Doing fine detail work to cut out letters, milling and die work.

Hand Engraving | Machine Engraving | Acid Etching | Pantograph Engraving | Computer Engraving | Cast Bronze | Laser Engraving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Computer Engraving

Computer Engraving
This is the most common technology used in the industry today.  These machines come in many sizes and variations which allow for the intricate engraving of very small pieces of jewellery through to the production of large three dimensional cut out shapes.  Images and lettering can be produced on curved and flat surfaces and on materials from plastics to stainless steel. Many different types of cutters are used to obtain the desired finish.

Hand Engraving | Machine Engraving | Acid Etching | Pantograph Engraving | Computer Engraving | Cast Bronze | Laser Engraving

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laser Engraving

Cast Bronze
Cast Bronze is a very unique method recommended for industrial and traditional methods of sign making.
A template is made from high pressure sand casting and molten metal is then poured into the mould.  The plaque is then hand finished to give an elegant look that can last for many years in extreme weather conditions.

Hand Engraving | Machine Engraving | Acid Etching | Pantograph Engraving | Computer Engraving | Cast Bronze | Laser Engraving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Laser Engraving

Laser Engraving
This is the very latest technology used in the industry today. The machine creates a high resolution beam that reacts with various surfaces & substrates. The heat generated by the beam gives a desired finish placed onto the surface of the material. These machines also come in many variations, sizes and uses from large promotional runs to one-off metal pieces, various plastics and component making.

Hand Engraving | Machine Engraving | Acid Etching | Pantograph Engraving | Computer Engraving | Cast Bronze | Laser Engraving