Engraving Tool Selection Assistance
Help with choosing the best tool based on your application.
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 both our in-house 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.
To choose the best tool for your application start with the following questions.
1. Are you using a Spring Loaded Engraving Tool or are you you holding rigidly with a collet or end mill holder?
2. What material are you engraving or marking?
3. How large/tall are the letters to be engraved and what is the desired depth?
Try our Engraving Tool Selector to choose an Engraving Tool by the Material being engraved.
|Most Commonly Used Engraving Tools With A Spring Loaded Engraving Tool|
|Hard Materials||Tough Tip Engraving Tool for Steels/Hard Materials||Standard Conical for Harder Materials||Single Flute Conical Ballnose||2 Flute Conical Ballnose|
|Cold Rolled Steel||1||2||3||4|
|Woods (Hard Woods)||——–||1||3||4|
|Soft Materials||Tough Tip Engraving Tool for Aluminum||Standard Conical for Softer Materials||Single Flute Conical Ballnose||2 Flute Conical Ballnose|
|Aluminum – Standard Anodized||2||1||3||4|
|Aluminum – Hard Coat Anodized||2||1||3||4|
|Acrylic – Engraving, 3D Engraving & Reverse
|Plastics – Generic||3||1||2||4|
|Small Engraving (under .100″ Tall Letters)||Diamond Tip Engraving Tool||Carbide Point Engraving Tool|
|All Materials||Use in a Spring Loaded Engraving Tool
with a Heavy Spring.
|Commonly Used Engraving Tools Held in a Rigid Toolholder (A Collet or End Mill Holder)|
|Material/Application||Cutting Tool Selection|
|General Purpose Engraving|
|Very Small Engraving
|Aluminum – Anodized|
|Aluminum – Hard Coat Anodized||
|Painted Metals – Prone to Chipping|
|OTHER HARD METALS
|Armor / Armor Plate|