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  1. That's great - thanks everyone. I'll have to have a play about!
  2. I read years ago about a watch repairer who got fed up of working on fiddly, not very profitable jobs so he shot his prices up thinking he'd get rid of a lot the lesser jobs and have more time for the better ones. He actually got busier as people saw the value in his expertise was reflected in his new prices and had greater confidence in him.
  3. Hi all, I have a Gravograph M40 machine which is running the explorer package on gravostyle 7. I've been asked a few times recently if I can engrave logos and pictures so I was thinking of upgrading to the next software package. Whilst I investigate the upgrade can anyone suggest where I could get the logos converted so my machine will recognise them? What sort of file do they need to be so that they are recognised? Thank you,
  4. Thank you, I’ll give it some thought. I probably only do four or five a year so it will take a good while to pay back or a real marketing push!
  5. Thank you. Is it really as easy as the video suggests? How many fonts does it have as I believe you have to buy fonts? I have the mechanical gravograph ring engraver but I have to admit it doesn’t get used very often and pretty much every time I do use it someone wants a heart engraved which it can’t do!
  6. To be honest, I only wanted the ring engraver that was being sold as a part of the package, I had just thought that if the dongle could be swapped over to upgrade my software it would have been a bonus. I believe they've managed to sell both machines now.
  7. OK, this might seem a daft question but if the solutions you are using dissolve the stem do they not damage the crown? On odd occasion I have managed to file a slot using a razor file then extract it using a screwdriver but I've not tried acid before.
  8. You might be right! Both machines are the M40, I'm currently running gravostyle 7, explorer theirs has the gravostyle 5. I did make enquiries with gravograph and it seems their software would need to be upgraded to be compatible with my PC so I don't think they are the bargain they first seemed! Thanks anyway.
  9. I've come across stems snapped off flush with the crown before and given up on them - how do you dissolve the stem out of the crown? I'd love to know!
  10. Hi everybody, I have been offered a couple of Gravograph machines, one is the same model as my current one but with a better software package, however the machine is older and isn't in as good a condition as mine. If I were to buy it, could I swap the dongle over to upgrade my machines software? Is it as simple as plugging the dongle in to my PC? I use explorer at the moment and their's has the gravostyle Max. Thanks,
  11. Ah, that's the sort of thing - do you fancy a one off job?
  12. Hi all, I have a customer who would like an A5 size piece of sticky back metal (like the trophy plates) engraved, however - he has seen the wording done in black, almost as if it were printed on ther rather than engraved. I'm sure I was saw a company that produced a printer that printed off trophy plates from a roll but I don't know where to go to find a piece this size. There's quite a bit of text to go on. Failing that, I need an A5 self adhesive sheet in silver colour. Any ideas?
  13. Just for future reference I bought the one off ebay and have returned it already. It looked too good to be true and it was. It's a cheap chines knock off which was awful in every way! They've given a refund so nothing ventured etc etc. Daft thing is I didn't even think of trying Rona machines and they had a proper gravograph one. All sorted now.
  14. Brilliant when everything runs smoothly but a pain in the backside when something goes wrong. They make you jump through hoops if you need to return a faulty item and they always manage to make you feel that it's your fault!
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