Engraving Methods and the Types Of Materials That Can Be Used With Them
When deciding to engrave a trophy, it’s important to consider what kind of material you want and what method you’ll use to do it. At Tyleen Sportswear, Awards and Promotional Products, we offer a variety of services that includes the engraving of sports awards and trophies. Let us take you through the process and help you select the right material for your trophy.
Hand EngravingAs the name suggests, hand engraving refers to the process of engraving an item by manually using the requisite set of tools and a magnifying glass. Because it’s done by hand, this process is the most time consuming, and therefore expensive, of the bunch. This is the most commonly used method for valuable items (which in turn increases their value). This is the method that is used to engrave important items (like money and check plates) when it’s critical that no one is able to replicate the engraving. This method should be used if you want to engrave something extremely small with numerous fine details (hence the magnifying glass). It’s an ideal choice for engraving a trophy.
Machine EngravingThis method of engraving uses rollers to reproduce pre-existing designs onto a new surface. It was popularized in the 1800’s due to its simplicity and low production cost. It’s a method still used for engraving trophies in Edmonton today. It’s much quicker than hand engraving and is good for anyone that wants to get the job done on a budget.
Computer aided engraving uses a computer to plan out exactly what the surface will be engraved with. This process combines the efficiency of machine engraving and the intricacy of hand engraving. It takes a digital scan of a particular design and uses it to reproduce the image onto whatever piece of material you want.
There’s a wide range of materials that can be used to engrave the base of your trophy. Here is a short list of some of the most common types of material to be engraved:
- Stainless steel