CNC (computer numeric control ) is widespread technology and an essential part of industrial manufacturing plants. With Computerized Design, CNC cutting machines create a wide range of designs and outputs on various substrates.
CNC router, cutting, and engraving machine allows us to make the unique design in 2D/3D layers, customized signs, or Signages. It helps create beautiful huge signs(posters)of different shapes and sizes, 3D Alphanumeric characters and cutouts, prints to cut graphics, and designs on almost every substrate ranging from a precious metal to a block of wood or any specific plastic composite like acrylic.
Examples Developing an ADA-compliant Braille sign, 3D cutouts, and letters, huge directional signage with one CNC machine. Cut sign foam of plastics material (including acrylic and PVC), metals substrates (including Dopped stainless steel plus ¼ aluminium), wood.
In this article, you’ll get the ultimate guide about sign marking with dot pin and laser engraver, so you’ll know what to choose.
Sign Making with Dot pin & Laser Engraver
Sign Marking by dot peen and scribing machine always offers a permanent marking on the metal, wood, and plastic surface. The marking is tamperproof on any shape or size with any surface finish. With the invention of dot-peen technology, industrial applications were made accessible. Heatsign is a futuristic company, which has developed solutions for almost all the industry.
We have developed the machine with the demand like industrial laser engraving and cutting machines. With the high demand for a larger laser cutting area or larger engraving area, we build the laser engraver and cutter. These machine has helped the industry in many ways. We integrate the best of the best technology into our systems with reverse engineering. We build the most reliable, efficient, and affordable machine in the market.
Dot peen marking systems offer permanent deep Marking on different metals for making small Signages and plate making. It provides a high return value with an affordable solution to create small signages. They are easily integrated into the product line because of their compact design, increased efficiency, and rugged body.
What are CNC machines and Laser Engraving Machines?
A CNC Router combined with CNC typography software help in creating a colossal signboard. A typical CNC router uses a bit attached to a spindle to cut and shape the metal or wood. At a speed exceeding 10,000 RPM, an industrial induction motor drives a CNC router.
A laser Engraver with Laser Marking/ engraving software makes it easy for your customer to process their substrate with their Customized artwork. The laser engraving machine is a very useful application for branding, serialization, and sign making on Wood and Thin sheets of metals.
Every operation was manual. When there were no computers, no software to create the design. The worker uses to give shape to woods and metals with their tools. Working day and night.
The human tends to get tired, which may lead to irregular sign making and less precision. Many thanks to Advanced and evolving technology. The CNC routing machine and Fiber laser systems help create elegant, eye-catching signs with the impossible precision of traditional handheld machines.
The sign-making technique is where the artwork or alpha character is engraved and cut manually with no precision. CNC Lettering software controls the 3 Axis movement of the CNC router. The computer-aided design is fed into the CNC lettering software.
The router mounted over the large CNC table moves in the 3D motion and creates the sign. Software is the heart of the CNC routing machine. The computer-aided software used the instructions, and the CNC Cutting machine automatically cuts the Graphical sign part.
Software-guided CNC machines and laser engraving systems work on different materials, and they get optimized according to the different types of substrates.
The greatest strength of the CNC and laser engraver is its capability to operate on Varieties of Sign making substrates and products.
Some of the Substrates are mentioned below:
• Acrylic composite
• Plastics (polymers)
• In metals, Aluminum, and even non-ferrous materials
• Any type of wood like Hardwood & Plywood
• Wood composites for sign making
• Polycarbonate substrate like Lexan
Once the sign is cut and ready to use, it becomes necessary to mount it. Pneumatic CNC drilling helps to drill with it, drilling bits used for mounting the signages. The high-resolution camera ensures the accuracy of engraved and cut signs. It enables the machine by creating suitable precise sign artwork.
These CNC router machines are Controlled with Computer-aided lettering designing software under the supervision of an experienced Skilled CNC Cutting and engraving machine operator technician.
What is the Importance of Wood Sign and its applications?
Wood is one of the commonly used substrates in day-to-day life. Its application is continuously spreading because wood is easily crafted and because of more eco-friendly awareness in the world. Laser engraving and cutting technological solutions are the best way to double up the beauty of wooden material and Creating a unique graphically crafted piece of art. It is only possible with a precise cutting and engraving laser machine.
These laser engraving and cutting systems can process on huge wooden blocks. There are varieties of woods like Oakwood, pine, maple and cherry wood, etc. all these woods are easy to process using co2 laser engraving systems. After that, varnish and paints are used to decorate and give it a colorful appearance.
Some examples of woods that are processed quickly with laser engraving systems are hardwood, plywood, natural cork wood, MDF/HDF, chipboard, etc.
Some of the Wood applications in industry and day-to-day life are Sign making:
Architectural sign making, crafted signs, Huge winner display trophies, Artistically pleasing awards, interior designing and crafting for creating ambiance, educational toy making, furniture making, and personalization.
Celebrations and anniversary wooden card and event card, gifting and packaging. Innovative Large books and sacred books, which are typographed and crafted using laser marking systems.
What is the Definition of CNC and Laser Lettering Software?
CNC and laser computer-aided designing software are designed and built specially to create from huge to small signs of any design or alphanumeric shape and character. Once the design is ready, the file with artwork is fed to the system, and then the command is given to do its operation on the respective substrates.
CNC and laser numerical software is there since the 1975s. With advancements in technology, the CNC machine got upgraded with cutting operations, and the Laser got upgraded to the Laser cutting machine. The background source code and logics of the engraving software help the machine tool operate as per the operator’s instruction.
The engineer uses a CAD file, which is converted into a CAM file in CNC software, to create an artwork. The engineer’s presence is vital to check the operation and troubleshoot the problem at the time of cutting and engraving operations.
How do the CNC system and Laser engraving systems works?
By Operating CNC systems, the industry’s sign makers can create highly precise and perfect Signs. These Signs are developed with so much accuracy that it looks like the design’s mirror of the “product design file” fed to the CNC machine. All the original graphics and letters are the result of the blessing of CNC Systems.
The steps performed to operate the CNC machine and bring the productive output of the CNC machine.
- The design of CNC Sign artwork is on the workstation with the CNC software interface. The Created original graphical design is then fed to the CNC Router.
- The CNC router machine cut the graphics/artwork/design of any size and shape made up of any material of any kind and according to design specifications.
The CNC Router machine does only that operation which is there in the programmed design. If the design is right according to customer requirements and there is no glitch in the designed artwork, it will complete the project perfectly and accurately. There won’t be any waste of material, time, energy, and unnecessary labor cost.
In very simple words, in the Laser engraving machine, the Laser beam with high power concentration falls on the substrates and Creates the Graphic on the surface of the provided substrate. The Laser marking and engraving artwork file is fed to the machine that in .ai and STL formate in most cases.
What are the Different Types of CNC and laser engraving Lettering?
Once you know how to use the CNC/laser Lettering and Artwork making software, You are only limited by your imagination; it’s your imagination; whatever you want to create, whatever you design, it will be there right in front of you. It will only happen if you have a CNC router/laser engraver, and obviously, the software and its design-making ability.
CNC/laser Engraving – CNC/ laser cutting Cutouts- CNC Scrolled lettering
CNC Router uses CNC lettering software, where the design is fed to the route. It precisely creates the letter or graphical 3D design and artwork by engraving. Laser engraving software is fed with a.STL file for creating 3D mesmerizing artwork on the metal surface. With the right frequency and high power, the 3D laser engraves precisely.
Correct CNC/laser designing software input and the right setting up of the engraving tool bit path engrave intricate output on various substrates. CNC or laser marking and engraving are carried out on aluminum metals, precious metal trays, ceramic& crystal cups, gold and silver jewelry making, and composites.
One of the most popular craft applications is symbol making and Lettering. The cutout is the one where the letters and messages are shown in the embossed form. And where the wood, acrylic, and aluminum-like material then pops out of the background. The cutout is the most popular object for indoor and outdoor decoration.
What are some of the applications OF CNC lettering and laser engraving?
CNC/ laser engraver in Signs making Serve its benefits :
- To advertise a brand logo and for brand equity
- To attract clients with an ambiance to enter and explore
- Safety and caring messages, male and female signs in the airport and restaurant, exit and enter sign, precautions about hazardous material and products, sign in-hospital medical centers and police station sign
- Building maps and layout, office directories, mall elevator, and stair signs
Acrylic alphanumeric letters and alphabets are widespread in marketing for creating an attractive Brand logo of café, coffee, and regional restaurants for making brand viral, Local dress, and shopping malls. This Logo and artwork are cut and engraved in any shape and size and then decorated using colors and lights embedded in it.
The LED light gives a presence and live appearance of signs in both day and night. This light, once projected through this acrylic letter, the sign graphics letter, get sparked up like a beacon for our customer. Any types of icons, symbols, and electrical signs of all types and sizes are produced using CNC marking and Laser marking.
These signs can be illuminated both from inside and outside. It allows amazingly presenting our company. It can create a beautiful ambiance in the restaurant that will make the customer in a different world that will increase the restaurant’s recall value.
What are the Challenges We Face while CNC Lettering or Laser Signs Making?
Although computer design aided CNC sign lettering software or laser marking/engraving software is very User friendly for any of the engineering technicians, that is why just a design and a command sent to the machine is good enough to create beautiful artworks and signages.
There could be problems like old tools, unsharpened tools, wrong diameter tool bit, malfunction, faulty laser source, no static fixture, and another fault in the CNC and laser systems. Substrates could also be a problem used to make different attractive signs. As we know, the CNC works very well on and overall the material.
Laser engraving systems can mark and engrave with high power to create beautiful signboards. There are chances that the CNC or laser engraver designer would have chosen the wrong material while machining/ engraving to create the signs.
Unbearable dusty and untidy plant conditions can also be one of the reasons for trouble. The operational workstations temperature(very hot or very low) could be one of the reasons.
Which sign CNC Router, Laser marker engraver, Dot pin machine is right for you?
Dot peen marking systems are being used for years and continue to stay an efficient option due to their low market value and permanent markings. However, laser marker systems have become a solution when peak performance is required, which delivers better, high speed, and easy-to-read distinctive markings.
Dot Pin marking constrains the max size that is 160 x160 mm with no ability to cut. Only marking happens. Where in Laser engraver and cutting machine has larger area and is a costly option for the customer. Because it is one of the best solutions for sign making with precise cut, engraving & marking.
Laser engraving offers users exquisite clarity with some discoloration, while CNC engraving gives you depth. The laser cutting offers users extremely sharp edges but is very often discolored and confined to sheet metals.
In contrast, CNC cutting allows rigid materials and cuts to even more precise depths to produce completely three-dimensional artifacts. But the CNC is one of the costly deals and high maintenance machines
Please contact us today. We will help you with all design and industrial technical consultancy for your requirements. We will assist you in each and every step of buying the right CNC machine or a laser engraver or dot pin machine according to the application with our industrial experience.
We will help you in designing customed signs with our CNC and laser engraver machine and will match your need up to your satisfaction. Size, substrate, and production will decide the right system for you.
The HeatSign’s 1325 CNC Engraving Machine is designed for different purposes – it can mark, mill, engrave, and even cut shapes(3D-cutting). Considered as very high-quality equipment, it features the high-speed three-axis motion controller that creates the most difficult shapes and geometric forms fast.
Engraving area: 1300mm x 2500mm
Substrate: Plastic, woods, and soft metals (Al &, brass. etc)
Please visit: https://www.heatsign.com/products/cnc-engraving-machine/
The Inventables X-Carve is for CNC cutting, marking, and engraving on wood. It’s huge, Economical, and delivers outstanding results.
Price range: ~$2,400, ~$9,000
Cutting and engraving area: 29 x 29.5 x 2.5 in, 48 x 24 (or 48) x 4
Substrate : Plastic, woods, and soft metals (Al,CU,brass. etc)
Quality: 0.05-mm dimensional accuracy
Ease of use: Inventables makes a bold claim: The X-Carve can be used with zero CNC knowledge or experience. The entire workflow from CAD to cutting is straightforward and easy to master.
Please visit the following link: https://all3dp.com/1/inventables-x-carve-review-specs/
STINGER I CNC Router is the most robust and reliable bench top-class CNC cutting machine. It is one of the rigid and flexible CNC machines for high production
Price range: 6500 to 7000 US dollar
Table size: 25 x 36 x 5 in
Speed: 60 IPM
Substrate: Heavy hard metals, woods
Please visit the following link: https://www.camaster.com/cnc-routers/stinger-series/stinger-i/
HERCULES: Laser marker, cutter & engraver
Hercules is a laser machine with almost all the working ability to mark, engrave, texture, deep engrave, cut, drill, on big parts, with great repeatability.
Laser Engraver with Laser working arear for making signages, of 300 X 300 mm size
The price range is: 28000 $
the substrate to be processed: wood, plastic, metals.
Please visit the following link: https://www.markolaser.com/lasers/laser-standard-machines/hercules
HS-FL50 50W Fiber Laser Marking Machine
The 50W laser machine is mainly used for deep metal laser engraving or a large area content marking, such as some customers require the machine to reach the working range 300mm x 300mm on hard structures like steel.
Price range: 4900-9500 $
The substrate to be processed: wood, plastic, hard metals.
Please visit the following link: https://www.heatsign.com/product/50w-fiber-laser-engraver/
HS-DE01/HS-DE03 Dot Peen Marking Systems
Electrically driven HS-DE series of Dot Peen Marker is also known as a high-speed desktop engraving machine. The marking content includes English letters and numerals, graphics, logos, dot matrix 2D codes, bar code, circled text, and special symbols.
The small metal engraving machine can be used to mark Part identification, part numbering, lot/shift/batch codes, nameplate engraving, label engraving, dog tag engraving, metal tag engraving, etc.
The price range is: 2000-3300 $
Please visit: https://www.heatsign.com/product/electric-dot-peen-marking-systems/