I'm a newbie here and hope you can help.
I would like to engrave lettering into small plaques (about 80 x 45 mm) of stainless steel or brass. I currently have them made by an outside company but this gives me no flexability in doing cusomised lettering. The engraving is deep enough to be infilled with paint so that the print really stands out.
Can this kind of work be done with a CNC router? With proper tooling are there any machines that might fit the bill for under £2000? Are the CNC routers I've seen on Ebay from china up to the task of engraving in stainless steel?
For future work, I would also like the ability to work with larger materials like mdf or hardwoods. A bed size of 600 x 400 seems about right. Although I would love to have the time to make my own machine, I think that it will take too long. I'd rather get something that can be upgraded as required...
Really appreciate any guidence you can give.
edit: should say that I could get the plaque blanks pre-cut.
Last edited by JayPunchbuggy; 13-02-2013 at 04:26 PM.
Brass is easy to engrave with a CNC router, however stainless steel is much more challenging since the cutting forces are greater. The machines on eBay from China would be fine for engraving brass, but would struggle with stainless steel due to their high spindle speed and poor rigidity, so you would need to make some upgrades. That may still work out cheaper than making the whole machine yourself, so I would compare the price of the components to find which is the best option. With the right tools the spindle being limited to relatively high speeds may not be a problem.
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Thank you Jonathan for your advice.
I've been looking at some options and ran across Redsail,Cutting Plotter,Vinyl plotter,Vinyl cutter . I will contact them directly to see if theirs can do the job. Its a bit more money, but it also seems to be a good price for a much larger machine... Perhaps they well run a test.
I larger bed would be nice, and I'm sure I could find work to create for it.
Or maybe I should just limit myself to brass... There are a lot of options for me to consider.
Jay i have done some engraving on SS with a much flimsier machine than the one you linked too. I used V bits and got very acceptable results with adding coolant and watched my feed and speeds. As an observation though you may be better off buying a mill for this type of work dedicated. If this is a bread and butter scenario the then savings you could make yourself, buy a router later?If the nagging gets really bad......Get a bigger shed:naughty:
That eagle is familiar.. Seem to recall someone on here bought one of them a while back and was having problems setting it up...?
Ah, try this; Cockneyrebel was the guy. thread here;
a UK seller (Middlesborough) on Ebay knocking them out at £2k rather than £3 as advertised!
Last edited by mocha; 16-02-2013 at 02:31 AM. Reason: Further and better
Last edited by Tenson; 01-03-2013 at 03:54 PM.
Well, I ordered a 6040 machine from eBay and it is meant to arrive tomorrow. I figured that ill be able to learn a lot from it without breaking the bank. Should do what I need for now. Fingers crossed. Will post my experiences...
Maybe my next machine will be home built.
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