Our rotary/rout engravers are designed to engrave flat and curved surfaces on certain plastic and metal materials. This engraving is performed by a motorised spindle with a rotating tool or cutter, producing cuts of specified widths and depths.
How are our products Rout Engraved?
Rotary engraving is the process by which a spindle driven tool cuts into the surface of the material to a set depth carving a groove or character into the surface. Alternatively in softer metals a diamond tipped cutting tool drags or routs the groove into the surface of the award / trophy / substrate (without using a spinning cutter). Graphics and text are sent through, much like a printer, to the rout machine from a PC. Each job is programmed with settings for speed, depth and pressure. The machine is loaded with the material and clamped in place to allow the rotary head to contact the material without damaging it. This type of engraving can create a striking effect on the right awards and trophies.
Materials and products suitable for Rout Engraving
We have a variety of quality trophy cups and other awards that are suitable for rout engraving; we commonly engrave perpetual plaques with this method. Custom medals or die cast medals are also commonly engraved using the diamond drag method. On occastion, we can engrave customer supplied items, however this is usually better suited for hand engraving.
Why does Rout Engraving cost more?
Rout engraving is a more complex and time consuming process than laser engraving. The greater setup and engraving time necessitate the greater expense. Conventional laser engraving remains the most cost effective solution to engrave trophies and awards for most clients.
Can I see an artwork proof?
Yes. If you are purchasing from our range of corporate awards (glass trophies, crystal trophies, acrylic awards, wall plaques and other recognition awards & corporate awards), we will email you artwork proofs for your approval before we engrave. The first 2 proofs are free but if you require more proofs after this the cost is $20 per additional proof. Generally we do not provide artwork proofs for products outside of our Corporate Awards range, however if you require this service please let us know and we can email these to you; a $20 proofing fee may apply.