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Engraving Tool Bit Selection

Tool Bits - Engraving Tools, Styles and Uses


Our Solid Carbide Engraving Tools, End Mills, and Cutting Tool Bits are made from a Premium Ultra Fine Submicron Grade Solid Carbide for maximum tool strength and durability.

We design and test our tools on many materials and manufacture in house to ensure we produce the finest cutters available.

2L Engraving Tools are used when engraving with:

  • CNC Milling Machines,
  • Standard Holders Such as Collets, End Mill Holders, or Shrink Fit Holders,
  • 2L Spring Loaded Engraving Tools,
  • Top Loading Engraving Machines, or
  • Other Industrial Engraving and Marking Equipment.

The type of tool bit used and the material you are engraving or cutting will affect your end result. Our list below indicates the materials our cutters are frequently used on and is based on our testing and customer feedback.  As the end result is strongly influenced by several factors you may need to try a few different tool styles or sizes to determine which fits your application best.

For a quick list see our Most Popular Engraving Tools and the materials they engrave

This list is specific for Engraving Tools. See our complete materials list for Engraving Tools, End Mills, and other Cutting Tools here.

Engraving Tools, Cutting Tools & End Mills
Materials & Applications


Materials For Engraving
Commonly Used Engraving Tools
GENERAL PURPOSE ENGRAVING

 
  1. Standard Conical - General Purpose
3D ENGRAVING

 
  1. Conical Ballnose
VERY SMALL ENGRAVING

  • Many different materials (review each tool bit for specifications)
  1. Profiler
  2. Micro Profiler
  3. 2D Data Matrix Tools
  4. Diamond Tip
  5. Conical Ballnose with small radius
  6. Pyramid
ALUMINUM

  • 2024 Aluminum
  • 6061 Aluminum
  • 7075 Aluminum
  • Aluminum - General
  1. Tough Tip Engraving Tool for Aluminum*
  2. Standard Conical for Softer Materials
  3. Conical Ballnose
  4. 2 Flute Conical Ballnose
  5. Profiler for Softer Materials (for very small/fine engraving)
ALUMINUM - ANODIZED
  1. Standard Conical for Softer Materials
  2. Tough Tip Engraving Tool for Aluminum*
  3. Conical Ballnose
  4. 2 Flute Conical Ballnose
  5. Burnishing
  6. Profiler for Softer Materials (for very small/fine engraving)
  7. Diamond Tip (for very small/fine engraving)
  8. Carbide Point (for very small/fine engraving)
ALUMINUM - HARD COAT ANODIZED
  1. Standard Conical for Softer Materials
  2. Tough Tip Engraving Tool for Aluminum*
  3. Conical Ballnose
  4. 2 Flute Conical Ballnose
  5. Profiler for Softer Materials (for very small/fine engraving)
  6. Diamond Tip (for very small/fine engraving)
  7. Carbide Point (for very small/fine engraving)

For Hard Coat Anodized Aluminum try using a 90 degree included angle, with a .015" tip and larger.

STEELS

  • 1018 - Low Carbon Steel
  • 1045 - Medium Carbon Steel
  • 4140 High Strength Steel
  • A36 Tool Steel
  • Carbon Steel
  • Cold Rolled Steel
  • Gun Steel
  • Nitinol Steel
  • P-20 Tool Steel
  • Tool Steel
  1. Tough Tip Engraving Tool*
  2. Standard Conical - General Purpose for Harder Materials
  3. Conical Ballnose
  4. 2 Flute Conical Ballnose
  5. Quarter Round - General Purpose for Harder Materials
  6. 2D Data Matrix Tools (for very small/fine engraving)
  7. Carbide Point (for very small/fine engraving)
  8. Profiler for General Purpose (for very small/fine engraving)
STAINLESS STEEL

  • 17-4 Stainless Steel
  • 303 Stainless Steel
  • 304 Stainless Steel
  • 316 Stainless Steel
  1. Tough Tip Engraving Tool*
  2. Standard Conical - General Purpose for Harder Materials
  3. Conical Ballnose
  4. 2 Flute Conical Ballnose
  5. Quarter Round - General Purpose for Harder Materials
  6. 2D Data Matrix Tools (for very small/fine engraving)
  7. Carbide Point (for very small/fine engraving)
  8. Diamond Tip (for very small/fine engraving)
PAINTED METALS / PRONE TO CHIPPING
  1. 2D Data Matrix Tools (for very small/fine engraving)
  2. Standard Conical for Softer Materials
  3. Carbide Point (for very small/fine engraving)
  4. Diamond Tip (for very small/fine engraving)
OTHER HARD METALS

  • Hastelloy
  • Inconel
  1. Tough Tip Engraving Tool*
  2. Standard Conical - General Purpose for Harder Materials
  3. Conical Ballnose
  4. 2 Flute Conical Ballnose
ARMOR / ARMOR PLATE
  1. Tough Tip Engraving Tool*
  2. Armor Mill  - this tool should be held rigidly and is not recommended for use with a Spring Loaded Engraving Tool.
SOFTER/GUMMY METALS

  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • Copper
  • Titanium
  1. Standard Conical for Softer Materials
  2. Tough Tip Engraving Tool for Aluminum*
  3. Conical Ballnose
  4. 2 Flute Conical Ballnose
  5. Quarter Round for Softer Materials
  6. Profiler for Softer Materials (for very small/fine engraving)
  7. Diamond Tip (for very small/fine engraving)
STONE, ETC.

  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Stone
  • Brick
  1. Tough Tip Engraving Tool*
  2. Standard Conical - General Purpose for Harder Materials
ACRYLIC

  • Acrylic 3D/Reverse Engraving
  1. Conical Ballnose
  2. Standard Conical for Softer Materials
  3. 2 Flute Conical Ballnose
  4. Quarter Round for Softer Materials
  5. Profiler for Softer Materials (for very small/fine engraving)
PLASTICS

  • Engraving Plates
  • HDPE
  • Nylon
  • Plastic - General
  • Polycarbonate
  1. Standard Conical for Softer Materials
  2. Conical Ballnose
  3. Tough Tip Engraving Tool for Aluminum*
  4. 2 Flute Conical Ballnose
  5. Quarter Round for Softer Materials
  6. Profiler for Softer Materials (for very small/fine engraving)
COMPOSITES

  • Carbon Fiber
  • Epoxy Composite
  • Glass Filled Fiber
  • Graphite
  • Honeycomb Materials
  • Modern Composite/Laminates
  • PC Boards
  • Wood Composite
  1. Composite Tool
  2. 2D Data Matrix Tools (for very small/fine engraving)
  3. Tough Tip Engraving Tool*
GLASS
  1. Diamond Tip (for very small/fine engraving)
  2. Carbide Point (for very small/fine engraving)
  3. 2D Data Matrix Tools (for very small/fine engraving)
  4. Tough Tip Engraving Tool*
JEWELRY APPLICATIONS

  • Gold
  • Jewelry
  • Silver
  • Wax
  1. Profiler for Softer Materials (for very small/fine engraving)
  2. Standard Conical for Softer Materials
  3. Conical Ballnose
  4. 2D Data Matrix Tools (for very small/fine engraving)
  5. Diamond Tip (for very small/fine engraving)
  6. Pyramid
MISCELLANEOUS

  • Corian
  • Woods - Various
  1. Standard Conical - General Purpose for Harder Materials
  2. Profiler for General Purpose (for very small/fine engraving)

* The Tough Tip Engraving Tool is covered by U.S. Patent 8,021,085.

 

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