How to engrave using a CNC milling (router) equipment
The desire for engraved objects remains consistent from past to modern times. A glance around human settlements throughout any period in history reveals successful examples of hand engraving: rocks and small stones, ancient jewelry, armor and weapons. As society changes, so do the techniques. Hand engraving occurs sporadically in modern times, mostly replaced by achievements in computer technology.
Computer technology in engraving is witnessed through Computer Numerical Control software. Those in the business of CNC know that the benefits of computer technology include increased productivity, accuracy and efficiency. In addition, workplace safety improves significantly, since workers remain at a distance.
CNC milling machines are not fully operational when they are first started. Research the desired product and tools needed before starting the engraving. The type of tool required for engraving depends on the material. Spring-loaded engraving tools are highly sought after because they allow for even cutting on uneven surfaces, although rigid tools are still actively used as well. The size of the initial object is also factored in so that the computer knows which parts to leave and which to remove.
Once all details are finalized, the computer is programmed with the correct codes. Manual programming and conversational programming are the most common methods. Manual programming, in which engravers physically enter the necessary commands, is tedious but is the only available option in certain instances. Conversational programming includes graphics and menus in the programming. This mechanized option significantly reduces the preparation time. Either method creates products of high value and high demand.
Engraving with a CNC milling machine is a common occurrence in modern times. The savings in cost and time far outweigh the potential tediousness of programming. CNC milling machines are available for rent or purchase and add value to any engraving business or occasional hobby. Properly using a CNC milling machine requires experience. However, most engravers do not return to hand engraving afterward. Computerized engraving creates beautiful pieces with accuracy and efficiency.