The Different Engraving Processes

engraving processes


Engraving is an art of incising a design onto a hard, flat surface by cutting groves onto it. An engraving is a resultant picture from the art. This art can be learned from various institutions while other some people have the art as a talent. There are various sources where one can buy this kind of art. One of these sources is Able Engraving, where you can get products such as nameplates, memorial plaques, instrument panels, rating plates just to mention but a few. Able provides their artworks services using either machine or hand with materials such as; bronze, brass aluminium, stainless steel, and Perspex. These pictures can be used by companies for logos, labels, awards and also awesome gifts to individuals. There are various processes that are followed to make different kinds of arts. These processes include the following;

  • Laser
  • Etching
  • Burnishing
  • Rotary
  • Diamond-drag

Laser Engraving

Laser engraving is the process where a laser is used to scan a document and laser the intended design or picture directly into acrylic, stone, leather, coated metals, and wood. This method is used to produce designs, lettering, logos, picture frames, name badges cut boards and portfolios.


Etching is a method whereby a corrosive is used to make designs or pictures on surfaces such as metal, acrylics, and glassware. Ink is then applied to make the impression as clear as possible. This method is used to brand items such as awards, gifts, line arts and logo making. Take a look at some examples of our etched signs here.


This a process where a rotating tool made of either diamond or a carbide cutter is used to make the artworks. The cutter is of limited pressure, and varying tip width. This method is excellent on plaques and trophies as it can be used to produce arts with large letter heights. The method is virtually not limited to stroke width.


This a method where a single or multiple fluted cutting tools are used to make the artworks. The cutting tool rotates through the hard and flat surface to remove the material. This leaves a trough of exposed core. This is the process which provides the most permanent results on any artwork. This method can also be used to produce 2-D and 3D appearances.


Unlike most of the other, this method does not use a rotating tool. Instead, a none-rotating tool with a diamond tip with a shape of a cone is used. The tip is dragged over the hard flat surface to create the intended impression. This method provides a higher quality artwork as compared to hand method. It is the fastest and least expensive method to use as it does not require a motor to rotate the cutting tool.