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    Default Engraving options

    I need to engrave some aluminium parts with text etc

    Needs to be fast and easy, does anyone here use drag engraving, if so does it work ok??

    Any drawbacks?

    Any preference in tool - carbide/diamond etc??



    Thanks


    Dave

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    I frequently use drag engraving with my manual New Hermes floor model pantograph. I use diamond point tools as suppplied by New Hermes. The depth. Of engraving is controlled by hand pressure on the stylus. On aluminum you should get a good depth of engraving and you will probably be satisfied with the results. My New Hermes has a spindle drive arrangement providing a greater variety of engraving line depth and width. The engraving produced by the single lip rotary cutters is more satisfactory in my opinion, and requires only a little more time than drag engraving.

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    Thanks,

    one of my biggest issues with the single tip/rotary method is that the metal is not machined so not 100% flat, there is no option to machine a flat area either.

    I'll try and find a diamond spring-loaded tool and have a go.

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    On a manual engraver the spindle nose maintains a consistent depth when rotary engraving. My business was
    using New Hermes equipment until switching to CNC machines. Either way an absolutely flat surface was not
    necessary. Retired now and still engraving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davek0974 View Post
    I'll try and find a diamond spring-loaded tool and have a go.
    Dave, it's fairly easy to make a spring loaded cartridge for an off the shelf 1/8" shaft diamond drag tool.

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    Nice, thanks

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