Engraving: Not Your Childhood Etch-A-Sketch
We’ve previously discussed methods of printing such as flexo printing, screen printing, and letterpress printing. While these methods of printing are commonly used on paper, Engraving is commonly used for customizing metals.
Engraving is the art of carving or etching designs or letters into a hard surface, such as metal, wood, or stone. Think of a necklace engraved with your initials, an address engraved into a plaque, or a trophy displaying the winner's name. Where printed materials with ink sit on top of a product, engraving is etched into a product and typically no additional color or ink is involved.
Engraving can be done by hand, machine or with a laser.
- Hand Engraving - is a traditional technique that involves using hand tools to carve designs or text into a surface. This method is typically used for more intricate designs and requires a high level of skill and precision.
- Machine Engraving - is a faster method that uses a rotary tool to etch designs into a surface. This method is often used for larger items with less intricate designs.
- Laser Engraving - is a modern method that uses a high-powered laser to etch designs or text onto a surface. This method is extremely precise and can be used on a variety of materials, including metal, wood, and plastic.
A favorite for adding personalization and meaning to any object, engraving is a timeless and classic technique that is sure to leave a mark.