Trophy Plaque Marking Processes You Can Use
Of the many marking processes popular today, the best marking processes you can use with a trophy plaque are the engraving marking processes. There are three major types of engraving worth considering when working with trophy plaques. There is manual engraving, scribing, and laser engraving.
Choosing the right one depends on the material your trophy is made of, your experience, efficiency, and desire for craftsmanship.
Manual Engraving of Trophy Plaque
If you are a football lover, you would have witnessed a possible manual engraving process before. The Champions League Trophy is manually engraved with the winner’s name before awarding it to them.
Manual Engraving involves preparing a stencil containing the inscription to be on the trophy. The trophy designer places the stencil on the trophy plaque and then uses an engraving tool which is majorly a stylus, to cut the inscriptions on the trophy plaque.
Manual engraving is a measure of artisanship. Therefore, the trophy subjected to such methods is of high regard. Consequently, they are very costly and of high value.
Why Is Manual Engraving Suitable for Engraving Trophy Plaques?
Manual engraving is a suitable method for engraving trophy plates based on many reasons. Below are the reasons why you should consider the method for engraving trophy plaques.
· It Provides Highly Readable Markings
Like laser engraving, manual engraving also provides markings of very high readability. Due to the operator control, readability can be further enforced on the trophy plaque.
· Thermal and Chemical Stress
Unlike laser engraving, manual engraving does not subject the trophy to thermal and chemical stress. The method does not generate or use any form of heat and chemicals. Therefore, there is no need for a cooling system, and the surface finishing of the trophy is unaffected.
· No Mechanical Stress
Unlike other marking methods such as dot peen marking systems, manual engraving does not lead to manual stress.
Limitations of Manual Engraving
Manual engraving is an effective method for engraving trophy plaques. However, there are many limitations and associated with it. Below are a few things limitations you need to know:
· It Requires a Steady Hand
The designer working with a manual engraving tool must have a steady hand. Any error as a result of the hand or platform movement can prove fatal to the process.
· It is Costly
Being a result of artisanship and steady hands, it is not surprising that using a manual engraving machine on your trophy will require more capital.
· There Is a Limitation on The Type of Material
There is a limitation on the type of material you can cut using a manual engraving tool. The type of materials you can cut depends on the sharpness, sturdiness of the engraving tool and the designer’s experience.
· It is Not Production Efficient
People use manual engraving for single or low-volume trophy plaque marking. Due to the monotonous procedure involved in marking plaque via the method, it is not production efficient.
· There Is No Repetition
You have to always create a stencil for each trophy material you have to engrave. Unless you are engraving the same inscription on the trophy, this can be challenging.
Also, most manual engravers rely on the designer’s astuteness as there is no software for storing data. Therefore, it is not possible to replicate whatever you want to engrave.
Scribing Marking System
Scribing is another popular trophy engraving process involving a scribe cutting the required inscription on the trophy plaque. Depending on the scribing machine you use, you can have different readability levels.
Scribing tools also depend on characteristics such as hardness and thickness. Therefore, you make sure that the scribe you are using is harder.
Why is Scribing Marking Machines Suitable for Engraving Trophy Plaques?
Below are a few reasons why you should use scribing marking machine for engraving trophy plaques.
· Highly Readable Markings
Depending on the stylus’s tip you use, a scribe will produce markings of high readability against a contrast. Common stylus tip material you can use includes diamond and carbide.
· It Does Not Lead to Thermal and Chemical Stress
Scribing marking machines do not generate or use heat. They also do not work with chemicals. Therefore, the trophy plaque will not be subjected to thermal and chemical stress.
Limitations of Scribing Marking System
Scribing marking system limitation in trophy marking is based on the readability against contrast. Therefore, the method is only applicable in places where the contrast will promote readability. Like manual engraving, it is also not production efficient.
Laser Engraving Process
Laser engraving is the more popular method of engraving trophy plaque. It involves using a laser engraving machine such as the CO2 laser, UV laser marking machine and fiber laser marking machine to engrave the trophy plaque.
The marking inscribed on the trophy is permanent and highly readable. Together with the overall efficiency of the machine and method, laser engraving is the most popular method of the three processes.
Why Laser Engraving Is the Most Suitable for Engraving Trophy Plaques?
Why then should you use laser engraving to make your trophy plaque? Below are a few reasons why you should choose the method.
· It is Computerized
Most laser engraving machines used in plaque engraving are computerized. For example, the HS-FL20 laser marking machine uses software to store data and control the laser beam responsible for engraving the inscription. As a result of the computerization associated with laser engraving machines, there is a near-total avoidance of error during the process.
· It is Compatible with Many Materials
Unlike manual engraving, laser engraving is compatible with a wide range of materials. It does not matter whether your trophy is made up of glass. The method allows you to cut a highly readable marking on any material.
· It is Production Efficient
Laser engraving, due to its computerization, is also production efficient and effective. You can use the method to work with many trophies, either with the same inscription or different inscriptions.
Limitations of Laser Engraving
Laser engraving also has its limitations. Below are a few you should consider before selecting it as the right method to engrave your trophy plaque.
· It Leads to Thermal Stress
Laser engraving works with laser beams, which is a heat generator. Therefore, using a laser engraving machine can result in the need for coolants during the process.
· Laser Machine is Expensive
Fiber laser engravers are suitable for marking on metal, prices start from $3000. UV laser markers are more suitable for marking on plastic and glass, prices start from $7000. So all laser engraving equipment is high cost.