Engraving signs
with a CNC milling machine

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General information

Workpiece:Signs
MaterialBrass – Plexiglass – PVC – wood – stainless steel and others
Traverse path
Type of application:2D engraving – 3D engraving
Used machine & accessories:High-Z S400, Two cutter
Used software:ConstruCAM 3D

The sign engraving


Engraving wooden signs

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The theme “nameplates engraving” is a little more extensive. Name signs are all the lsigns that contain a name. Starting with the typical name plate for the trade fair or an event which is easily readable by the customer or tagged to the customers clothes, to address the person by name or simply to remember his name.

Likewise, however, name signs are also conceivable as front door signs. Here, the name is cut out of the material as a whole name, or engraved into a certain material as an inscription.

Name plates are also found at weddings on the respective tables of the guests, or even in schools or at seminars in the places of the pupils and participants in order to be able to better memorize the names of the participants or students.

Nameplates are available with various mounting options. They are stuck, glued, magnetically held or bolted to a front door sign. Name tags are made of all conceivable materials. Sign engraving and material: The selection of the material is always a question of the practicality and the aesthetics and not least the taste of each individual 🙂

Nameplates can also be produced with all engraving machines and milling machines offered by us!

Engrave brass plates

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The engraving of brass signs is absolutely easy to implement with our CNC machines and is also used by several customers. Brass plates of various sizes can not only be engraved but also milled out. Here everything is just a matter of the milling tools used. Brass plates are often polished after the engraving or the engraving is filled with varnish.

Doorbell signs, nameplates and door plates are often made of brass because they not only look good and of solid quality after the painting but are also weather resistant. For engraving brass plates, it is best to use an engraving tool.

Engraving doorbell signs – House number plates

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Bells are offered and manufactured from a variety of different materials. At the top of the trend are the stainless steel and plexiglass bells. Stainless steel bells (V2A or V4A) can only be produced on high-quality CNC milling machines because of the toughness of the material, very high cutting forces and / or engraving forces are generated.

For the production of doorbell plates from stainless steel you also need special cutters, a stable milling motor and a coolant device since otherwise the tools will burn up and become useless after a short time due to excessive heat.

For Plexiglas bell signs you have to make sure that the Plexiglas itself does not become too hot because otherwise it glues the miller with the melted Plexiglas and breaks the tool. Cooling is also necessary here. However, air as a coolant often suffices here.

The finished Plexiglas doorbell signs are often backlit and are a highlight at every door or building entrance wall.

Wooden signs engraved with V-Carving

Wooden signs are hardly included in this section when it comes to engraving. Most of the wood signs are milled because they are usually larger, because of the long fiber of the material. With engraving tools, only hardwoods can be engraved. A spiral-toothed engraving cutter is imperative for small wooden signs.

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For wooden signs often the technology of the V-Carving is applied during “Engraving”. This engraving technique is a 3D traversing technique and is usually realized with a so-called V-bit, a cutter with usually 60 ° or 90 ° tip angles.

Wooden signs are often found as signposts for shops with an ecological background or ecologically produced articles or articles from nature, wood carvings, wood signs and in the wild as a signpost, trail signs, in quaint pubs or restaurants etc.

The engraving of wooden signs with the V-Carving process is also easy to implement thanks to our 3D milling function in the software ConstruCAM-3D. This is where the process is pointed out and can be realized both in negative and positive.

The production of wooden signs is regulary called milling, as shown in the right picture. Here, wooden signs are simply milled from a flat wood material, usually plywood.

Door signs – engraving door signs

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Front door sign engraving is also very easy with the CNC machines from our range. All engraving of engraving signs is extremely simple with the help of our free * CAD CAM software ConstruCAM-3D, since the finished engraving file is automatically created in a few steps from your door sign design in order to send it to the machine which ultimately engraves the front door sign, or even other signs.

Door signs are often also directly provided with house numbers or even with a hole for the bell. The preferred materials for door sign engravings are also stainless steel and plexiglas. Often one also sees one or the other nicely designed home door sign of wood. Here here are no limits whether 2D or 3D engravings are incorporated into the signs.

It is also possible to use special weather-resistant engraving plastics, which are available with colored or metal surfaces, in order to produce door signs. There are no limits to the creative design of the door signs.

Therefore, one should not necessarily come directly from the first sign makers when seeking an individual door sign for yourself and your family. Often it is a small service provider,  which can engrave first-class and individual signs and do not act so price-intensively.

Signs, prohibition signs and warning signs

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In the end there are of course also the so popular warning signs and prohibition signs (caution watch dog, warning caution slippery, caution oil track, no smoking, parking prohibited, everything prohibited :-)) and the often helpful signs and warning signs.

Since these are almost exclusively commercial signs, without any aesthetic value, these signs are generally expedient. These types of signs are therefore usually engraved in inexpensive materials.

These include plastics, engraving plastics such as Transply or Ply, as well as Trotec (the company name), which is only indicated differently. All of these plastics are multi-layer, colored laminates specially for engraving and the sign engraving.

Signs made of engraving plastics

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Useful signs are mostly made of weather-resistant engraving plastics. Here, various multi-layer plastics are available for up to 3 color layers. From Transply, Plexiglas or PVC.

Plexiglass is engraved from behind mirror-inverted. This two-layered material has on the back a colored, thinner layer, which is engraved from the back to the transparent plexiglass layer. If you place the shield in another color, the color appears from the front through the transparent plexiglass layer. If you set nothing behind, the engraved characters or letters are always black.

In the case of backlight, of course, the light color of the lamp is seen.

TRANSPLY is a multicolored plastic for signs engraved with final result to get more colors in a sign. Here you can choose from countless top coat colors to the chromatically glossy surface or alu brushed, satined surface.

Making nameplates

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Most types are available in industrial or commercial use. Here, they usually label or characterize machines or devices with corresponding information such as the date of manufacture, device type and manufacturing number or other important information about this device.

It is also possible to engrave the type plates with all CNC-STEP machines. Here a decisive role is placed on the material to be used. If, for example, the type plate has to be mounted on a motor which is used for outdoor use, it is important to engrave a correspondingly durable plate made of stainless steel or aluminum.

Special type plate module for exact positioning

With the special type-tag module of our software ConstruCAM-3D, you can even photocopy or copy prefabricated typesheets, and then insert your inscriptions in the desired font, in the software, which later can be engraved in your sign ,with precisely this position litter.