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After being regularly asked by my shop customers about trophies and engraving, i took the plunge and I've now owned a computerised engraving machine for 6 months or so. Unfortunately, i rarely have the time to really experiment with the machines capabilities to the extent that i'd like - other than engraving basic trophy plates i havent really ventured into the many other possibilities my machine can offer. Is there someplace or resource where i can learn about some of the fundamentals... Images ( what the hell is a vector?!), Infilling, plastics, brass signage, cutting etc... it seems a shame that i am not using my machine to offer a fuller service. I know that Roland run some day courses for some of their products, is there an engraving equivalant....or is it a case of the long slow slog of self discovery ( which will result in foul language, violence and broken windows) ?

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After being regularly asked by my shop customers about trophies and engraving, i took the plunge and I've now owned a computerised engraving machine for 6 months or so. Unfortunately, i rarely have the time to really experiment with the machines capabilities to the extent that i'd like - other than engraving basic trophy plates i havent really ventured into the many other possibilities my machine can offer. Is there someplace or resource where i can learn about some of the fundamentals... Images ( what the hell is a vector?!), Infilling, plastics, brass signage, cutting etc... it seems a shame that i am not using my machine to offer a fuller service. I know that Roland run some day courses for some of their products, is their an engraving equivalant....or is it a case of the long slow slog of self discovery ( which will result in foul language, violence and broken windows) ?

WHAT MACHINE ARE YOU USING

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Sorry, should have said. Gravograph M40G.

I've looked at the tutorials on this site - the engraving related ones do look very helpful and inspiring, but they do presume an amount of knowledge on the matter. i'm looking for an idiots guide i guess.

sorry i cant help much i dont use gravograph

Craig

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