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5 Important Questions To Ask Before Buying An Engraver

If you’re adding a new engraving machine to your current shop, or if you’re just getting started in the engraving business, there are number of important questions to consider before you make a purchase. Here, we’ll take a quick look at five important questions to ask.

1.) What materials and objects do you want to engrave?

Do you plan to engrave metals such as aluminum and stainless steel? Or do you plan to primarily use your engraving machine for plastics such as acrylic, PVC, or plastic for signs? What about glass, ceramics, or wood? Engraving machines can engrave and cut all of these products as long as you have the right machine and cutting tools for the job.

2.) Next, what sizes and shapes do you want to engrave?

Do you plan to engrave and cut mostly flat surfaces, or will you want to engrave curved, round, or odd-shaped items as well? Will the items you work on fit on a small desktop engraving machine, or will you need a larger work table for bigger projects? Projects for engraving machines can often range in size from 8” x 10” up to 2’ x 4’.

3.) What is the maximum thickness you want to engrave?

For many engraving projects, a clearance of a few inches for your material will be sufficient, but if you need additional clearance for large work projects, you may need a customized engraving machine with special risers to accommodate your needs.

4.) What are your current challenges?

Are you currently outsourcing projects and losing potential revenue? Do you need a way to bring more work in-house? Are you looking for additional sources of revenue? Engraving machines can offer you a solution to help you work more effectively, efficiently, and profitably.

5.) Finally, do you have a business plan?

Whether you’re starting a home-based business or adding a new engraving machine to your existing line-up, you’ll want to answer some important questions about pricing and marketing your product, ways to differentiate yourself from your competition, and finding ways to promote your products to the right people. In addition, you’ll want to determine what kind of investment to make in your equipment. No matter what your application, be sure to choose an engraving machine that will be durable and reliable for many years to come.

Contact Vision Engraving & Routing Systems today to see how we can help find solutions for all your engraving needs!