Sign & Digital Graphics

October '14

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • October 2014 • 71 T here are a number of types of engrav- ing techniques and machines that are suited for different materials, prefer- ences and projects. Basically, the two most popular types of machines that are used in the sign industry are laser and rotary engravers. For shops new to the engraving busi- ness, some might be more familiar with laser engraving and not the latter. Rotary is where the engraving business began Bill Schiffner is a freelance writer/editor based in Holbrook, New York. He has covered the imaging industry for 25 years and has reported on many evolving digital imaging technologies including wide-format print- ing and newer electronic digital signage. He was the editor for a number of imag- ing publications and websites. He can be reached at Rotary engravers offer sign shops opportunities to create sign projects with depth, and much more. (Image courtesy of Roland DGA) Sign makers often use rotary engravers in creative appli- cations never imagined by the manufacturers. (Image courtesy of Vision Engraving & Routing Systems)

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