Engraved signs are the most durable type of sign you can buy. Engraving can be done on a variety of materials such as plastics for indoor and outoor, plexiglas, brass, aluminum, stainless steel, and many other materials. Engraving is the process of using a machine, now computerized or laser, that can engrave or cut into the material being used (substrate). Some materials are duo color - that means they are one color laminated on top of the other. In simple terms the top layer is cut into which exposes a second color. For example a white top sheet may have a black core, so when it is engraved it shows a black letter. On solid materials, like plexiglas or metals they get engraved and then they usually are "paint filled" with a contrasting color. This paint color can be just about any color desired. we specially make pms (pantone) colors or benjamin moore colors for example.
Types of Engraving:
Computer Engraving is the act of Engraving using a computer to do all setup. The layouts are set up using different software products to accomplish the desired effects. Once the layouts are done, the computer sends a file down to the engraving table which actually does the engraving. Of course all of this process is monitored closely by a trained operator. The operator supervises the machine and is responsible for changing tools on the table and the final outcome of the job. Computer Engraving is mostly done on any flat materials. Plastics and Brass are the most common. We can be very competitive on one piece or on one thousand pieces.
Laser Engraving is similar to the above listed computer engraving however there is one major difference. The table is a Laser Engraving Table. There are no bits or tools to be used just the laser beam. The final outcome can be a much finer look. Generally speaking the laser engraver can produce much smaller, intricate letters than the computer engraver. It can also be used to cut out materials. The one major downside of laser engraving is that it can not be used to engrave into metal. It can only be used on coated metals such as colored brass, aluminum or steel. See our web page on Laser Engraving for some things we can do!
Hand Engraving is a very specialized art that is only done by very few people. The art is highly the result of the individuals talent. Unfortunately we do not do hand engraving at Cab Signs at this time.