Engraving need , laser or rotorary or etc.

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Steve S
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Engraving need , laser or rotorary or etc.

Post by Steve S » Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:08 pm

I'm getting all my trailers squared away , I need plates engraved with the vin number . Laser engraving , rotorary tool or even stamped .
I had checked with the local trophy shop ,but they don't do engraving - so hopefully one of our members can help me out .
Thanks ,
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Re: Engraving need , laser or rotorary or etc.

Post by Steve S » Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:11 pm

Maybe this is something a CNC machine can do ?

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Re: Engraving need , laser or rotorary or etc.

Post by SteveM » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:38 am

Yes, that is something that CNC can do.

I looked at laser engraving for a project and the setup charge was $75, and this was going to be for a one-off piece.

Do you have a local makers club in the area? Maybe you can contract with them. It might cost a lot less than an engraving shop and the money would go back into the shop.

I can't believe that a trophy shop doesn't do engraving.

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Re: Engraving need , laser or rotorary or etc.

Post by Harold_V » Thu Aug 09, 2018 5:03 pm

I suspect that the "engraving" is just scratch, not cutting. That's not all that uncommon for trophies. And they may not do anything but trophies, so they, for all practical purposes, don't engrave.
A guy might be well served to just buy a small set of stamps, which could then be used for other things as well. Might not be all that expensive if they have them at Harbor Freight.

I own a couple sets of stamps marketed under the name Modelmark. The individual characters are inserted in a holder, with words stamped instead of individual characters. Used in conjunction with an arbor press, the end result can rival engraving. Once stamped, I draw file the surface, flattening the displaced metal. Follow up with a bead blast operation. I've made small dashboard plates by this manner with excellent results.

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Re: Engraving need , laser or rotorary or etc.

Post by Steve S » Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:58 am

I do have two different size sets of stamps . I could stamp one to several digits at a time , but not enough to stamp the entire number at one time ...

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Post by ctwo » Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:12 am

I was having a lot of fun with scratch engraving. My old BP is just not really fast enough for an engraving bit, but it works too, slowly.
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Re: Engraving need , laser or rotorary or etc.

Post by Harold_V » Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:07 pm

Steve S wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:58 am
I do have two different size sets of stamps . I could stamp one to several digits at a time , but not enough to stamp the entire number at one time ...

Steve S
If that's the case, using a straightedge to locate the stamps for each series you create, and use an arbor press instead of a hammer. By doing so, you should be able to produce results that rival engraving.

Note that the amount of pressure needed for a good impression rises quickly. I use a 3/6 ton compound arbor press, and it taxes the press when stamping hard material (like steel). You can get around the ever increasing amount of pressure needed by shortening the number of characters you stamp per session. With a straightedge and care, you can get the characters properly spaced, at least within reason.

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Re: Engraving need , laser or rotorary or etc.

Post by LIALLEGHENY » Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:02 am

Is there a reason why you want to make plates for the VIN rather than using stamps on the frame of the trailer ? I ask because it would be very easy to remove a plate from the frame if the trailer were to be stolen, whereas the stamps would make a permanent marking in the frame. Even if the numbers were to be ground off, there are ways to recover the numbers.
http://www.evidencemagazine.com/index.p ... iew&id=366


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Re: Engraving need , laser or rotorary or etc.

Post by Steve S » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:38 am

Nyle ,
All the trailers I've owned have had the VIN on a plate attached to the trailer .
I guess it's done like that for the same reason auto makers do it .
Besides if someone is intent on stealing a trailer , I highly doubt the vin application matters to them ....
Steve

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