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Engraving Guide

A Guide to Engraving

Here at Trophy & Medal Boutique, we offer a variety of products and services. One such service is the ever-popular engraving, which we do on the premises. We can engrave logos into plaques or keep it simple with names on plaques.

We believe it is important that our customers have an understanding of what our services entail. You deserve to know all the ins and outs before making any decisions. After all, an informed choice is a safe choice. To do this, you will need to know that there are different techniques that all come with pros and cons.

Hand Engraving

Let’s start with the tried, true and traditional method. Nowadays, this technique combines the expert skills of a craftsman with the accuracy of a machine. The engraver guides the machine over the material by hand, following a given pattern. The depth is entirely determined by how much of the material will be removed by the engraver.

One of its pros is that this method can cut deeper lines than a laser. Since it is done by hand, this ensures that the finished product will be unique and can more easily meet the needs and wants of the customer. So, if you want a more bespoke experience, then this is the method for you.

Laser Engraving

Fast becoming popular due to its efficiency, this technique is quite versatile in nature. It is a technique most commonly used on signs and plaques, among other things. The laser is controlled by a computer which has a specific pattern inputted. Since no actual contact is made with the material, this is the perfect method for more delicate objects. You also don’t need to lose out on having a custom product as different styles can be achieved by simply changing the settings on the laser.

Due to the precision computer technology provides, the finished products will always be guaranteed a consistent result. It is also fast, so you can wait on the premises while your item is engraved and not have to worry that your entire day will be taken up in the process. Since the laser does not cut as deeply as when it is done by hand, you could remove the marks by simply filing them off. This can be quite conveniently in the event of an error or if you change your mind. Just remember that this is not possible with materials that the laser will automatically create a deeper cut in, like wood or plastic. If you want to know more about laser engraving, you can check out our other article on laser cutting.

If you would like to make use of our expert engraving services for your awards or other items, visit Trophy & Medal Boutique at our new address: 301 Trevor Gething Street, Garsfontein. You are also always free to contact us.