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Old 03-13-2018, 02:26 PM
Charlie_L Charlie_L is offline
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Kyle,
Would a diamond drag accomplish what you need? Seems like it would still require lots of time filling the colors. The carving would be easy though.

These were simple little 3 inch wide name tags that were pre-branded. I chose to not color the text.
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Old 03-13-2018, 04:18 PM
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Ah yes...Photobucket ruining yet another thread...
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:23 AM
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Hi Brady,

I haven't used Photobucket in about a year and I was shocked at all of the advertising garbage now on their site. It looks like they removed my picture from the post. Is there another site that is more friendly?

Kyle
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:41 AM
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Imgur works well , fast , free , easier than phoneybucket ever was .
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Old 03-14-2018, 11:15 AM
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Kyle,
I'm curious what is the disadvantage of posting here on the forum using the paperclip tool?
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Old 03-14-2018, 07:09 PM
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Hi Kyle,

I work with ACM a lot. It's a great material in the sign world but I have noticed inconsistencies with the cheaper brands of ACM even within the same panel and there are some variances from panel to panel with Dibond brand as well. Dibond costs more but is better.

I cut it using a spiral O flute with good results. I've had to mess around with speeds and feeds a bit because of the variances I spoke of.

That said, one thing I should warn you about with engraving this material is that it will curl to high heaven if you don't leave enough aluminum face on it... even then you're risking it.
I've seen it with my own eyes and a guy I use for installing large signs for me told me quite the horror story of a really large job another company did using .25" Dibond and engraved a bunch of lines like tiles rather than applying vinyl. The panels were ok for about 2 days while in the shop but after they were installed and out in the weather they were completely curled and popped off the building before they were even up for 24 hours. The sun warmed it during the day and once the cool air hit that polyethylene core all was lost. Could have been very dangerous and I would think it would have been a very expensive lesson for the other company but they went and engraved a bunch of little hotel signs and those only lasted for a month. They also accumulated a bunch of dust and since ACM isn't slick and easy to clean like engraving material it looks like ****. Thankfully, I never engraved any of it because it has crossed my mind before. Maybe they went too deep or something but it made me not want test those waters. No reason for me to do it anyway since they keep making the same mistake...I can just learn from them, lol.

Dibond / ACM is great when used as it's supposed to be but it wasn't intended as an engraving material so I would be careful and definitely test this out for a while before selling it to anyone. Maybe there's a fineness to make it work just right but I just wanted to let you know before you spend a bunch of time and money on a project.
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Old 03-16-2018, 01:36 PM
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Hi Kenna,

Thank you for getting back to me. Anything I make will be for indoor use. Is there another type of engraving stock that has a brushed aluminum face with black underneath? That might be a good alternative for me.

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Old 03-16-2018, 02:34 PM
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Check out Rowmark. It is designed for that type of work and it comes in many colour combos. Their metalgraph+ line might be ideal for your project.
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