Find the Hidden Savings in Engraving Design & Production Software
Engraving software is designed to have more features than necessary to produce any sign, tag or instrument panel. So, rather than selecting a software based on features that virtually all of them have, it’s smarter to look at how each software affects the overall long-term cost of operation. Our unique software, free with each machine, lowers cost in three compelling ways.
1. Cost of Deployment and License Management – Scott Machine’s software, provided by Vectric, gives you ownership of three licenses…one for your desktop, one for the PC connected to the engraver and a third for your notebook, to take home. Store your jobs locally or in the cloud so they’re available everywhere – and no dongles!
2. Cost of Learning and Free Trial – All of our software functions are straightforward, logical and represented by easily-memorized icons. No confusing workbooks, impersonal instructional sessions or frustrating hotlines required. Though if you do want help getting started, consider our economical
3. Cost of Production – Most of our clients create a library of shapes and layouts, where only the text changes. Consistent sign panel size and colors suggest a message (welcome, warning or directional), even before the text is read. From this library, you simply open to your created template, edit as needed, save the file and save time, too!
Three Licenses -- Ownership not Subscritpion
You have perpetual use of three licenses, one for your desktop, one for the PC connected to the engraver and a third for your notebook, to take home. You'll receive free updates for a year. This is a license, not a subscription.
Your licenses are managed remotely and automatically; no dongles. We provide a license key embedded in a unique link that allows you to download and install the Vectric Cut2D Desktop engraving software.
Multiple engravers, multiple PCs, multiple years -- ONE license
When you replace a PC or choose want to relocate the software to a different PC, follow this sequence.
(1) Uninstall the software from the old PC
(2) Perform a fresh install on the new PC
(3) During un-installation and installation, the software will connect to the licensing system to update the number of active installations.
If your software becomes corrupted, you can initiate a fresh installation. During installation, the software will connect to the licensing system, recognize that you are reinstalling software on the same PC, and permit the re-installation.
Design Your Sign
Before you begin your design, spend some time reviewing some of our helpful online videos. With more than 90 hours’ worth from which to choose, you’ll likely find an introductory video with examples that fit what you need. Our support group is enormous, too…25,000 members strong in the users forum alone.
This software has been designed with you in mind, though your network manager may need to assist during the installation if you do not have administrator permissions. If you are completely unfamiliar with using design software and operating engraving machines, please consider purchasing an hour of
SignGraver Manager -- Unique for the SignGraver 11/16
This time-saving software accepts your design, helps you set up the engraver and manages the operation, so you’re free to walk away as it’s engraving your words and images.
Simply press your blank sign panel onto the “tacky” engraver bed. Next, select cutters and feed rates, and set the depth of the engraving. When you’re ready to engrave, view the tool path in the window, so that you are confident of where the engraving will occur on the work piece. We’ve strategically included these features to help you avoid engraving errors and spoiled parts.
Once the job is done, the engraver head retracts and stops, allowing you to return to a finished job that you simply lift off the bed.
Made in Just Moments
Just like that! Every job is quick and competent when using the Scott SignGraver engraving machine, from its simple software dynamics to the efficient tool path, quiet operation and clean, debris-free results. Turn your office desktop into a smooth-running sign shop, with minimal training and effort.
Watch the animation below to see the actual cutter tool path.
Single Line, Single Pass
Brisk engraving with a single-line, single-pass font is used for 90% of engraving in plastic.
The example above was engraved using a 0.015" diameter carbide engraving cutter and a single line font.
The two samples below were also engraved with a single-line, single-pass font.
What could be easier than a single line? Legible, fast, straightforward.
Templates remember, so you don't have to
Signage throughout a facility is most effective when it's standardized. People "read" the color and shape of a sign, in combination with its font and layout; that's half the message. Then they read the text to learn the other half of the message.
Create a software template to store all the standardized traits of your sign, then enter only the changeable text when you need to make more. Need to produce hundreds of signs? Manage all the text in an Excel file, then import the data directly into the template. Valve tags? The software handles automatic serialization.
Templates help you be efficient at the PC. Read about fixtures, below, to become efficient at the engraver.
Load 'em & leave 'em -- Unattended Operation
Talk to us about a custom fixture for engraving high volume parts. In the example to your left, see how you can press several dozen blank valve tags into the holes in the blue template. The tags are easily popped into position where they’re held in place by the reusable gray gripping surface.
Our optional vacuum, a welcome companion, quietly removes dust and small bits of plastic created during engraving.
Start your job…and simply walk away. The reliable engraver motor turns off when done. When you return, just lift each tag from the template, reload and resume.
We offer templates, nests and sign blanks, ensuring that all of the pieces fit together for consistent results.
Multi-line "fill fonts" for engraving
"Filled fonts" create solid, broader letters with smooth edges, for bold, highly visible signs. The engraving cutter travels around the letter's outer border to engrave a perfect edge. By overlapping the strokes with a small cutter bit, the body of the letter becomes completely filled and well-formed. Serif fonts can be especially appealing. Watch the tool path in this video.
The tags below have been engraving using this process -- fine engraving cutter with a multi-line font.
These tags have been engraved using the "filled font" shown above. This yields letters that are gracefully formed, with thick and thin sections, and crisp serifs.
Click to watch a demonstration about engraving with a multi line font.
Multi-line Scribing or Burnishing
Use our diamond-tip scribing tool to create fine line, elegant letters on medals and jewelry. Here's an example of single line
Or choose a burnishing tool to achieve a thicker line width, ideal for brass and nickel name tags. Here's a page explaining how to burnish metal name tags.
Shape up your message
We manufacture our own engraving plastic, then supply sheets, custom-cut blanks, lamp bezels and OSHA sign blanks.
However, you can can "profile cut" any size by engraving the edge of the shape in three or four passes, where each pass is slightly deeper. Click to watch a short profile cutting Demo Video.
The profiles can use a vertical-edge profiling cutter to engrave "around" or "within" the shape. A second, standard engraver cutter is used to engrave the letters.
Or, you can use a standard engraving cutter, cut part-way through the plastic, and just snap apart the pieces. This is ideal when producing a high number of rectangular, lettered tags from a single sheet.
Please watch our Profile Demo Video Page.
An animation of profiling appears in the paragraph below.
Profiling - Using an engraving cutter
Here we engrave several successive passes, each slightly deeper, to cut out a custom shape.
This animation is using a standard engraving cutter, which has a slanted side. Therefore, as the depth increases, the line widens. This produces a part with a beveled edge, ideal for name tags.
For industrial applications like lamp bezels as shown above, where a straight, vertical edge is preferred, use a vertical-side profiling cutter.
Please watch our Profile Demo Video Page.
QR Code Engraving
Expand the information on your safety signs and lockout tags with the addition of QR codes that you can scan with any smartphone.
These codes are similar to line-art logos or ornamental images. Use your current QR code generators and produce the file in svg format. Our software imports most vector files. In a few steps you can process the file, then incorporate the image into your sign layout to be engraved along with the rest of the text.
Go ahead and "read" this one. When the animation ends, focus your smartphone on the image. Your phone interprets the image and will link you to another page on this site.
Imagine ID plates throughout a water pumping station, each having a QR code linked to a training video. Think about a valve tag with a QR code that dials the Director of Safety. Now that's a QReative solution!
We Can Help You Perk Up Your Signage!
Sure, engraved signs make it easy to Direct, Identify & Inform, but you can also do so much more. Welcome guests with friendly fonts and color-coordinated accents, or captivate them with novel logos and smart designs.
C’mon…pour yourself a cup of inspiration, add a touch of Scott Machine know-how and let’s imagine all the possibilities.
In the short time it takes to enjoy a cup of coffee, let’s explore these pages and consider all the creativity that’s brewing – inside this site and inside your head!
More Relevant Software Means More Productive Sessions!
Because we've been engraving for over 50 years, we know which features you need to be more productive, and we provide these top three, among many others:
It's likely that you already have files in raster or pdf format. In a few time-saving steps, most of these can be imported and converted into engraving files.
Data Merge & Auto-Serialization:
Do you have an Excel file containing text for hundreds of valve tags? Or a CSV file for dozens of serial number plates? Merely set up a template and stream your files directly into this software, then send it off to the SignGraver Manager for engraving. Combine this function with a full-bed template like the one shown above on this page, drop the blanks into the pockets, stream the file and simply walk away.
Auto-Size: Do you need to engrave many signs that have the same size, but variable content? Choose the auto-size feature, and your text will automatically adjust to fit the engraving window on your blank.
We build in all of our features for strategic reasons – namely to save you time, effort and errors. This enables you to do more with your sign system and provide the very best messages that Direct, Identify & Inform. We're happy to discuss your special high-volume jobs, and develop both hardware and software templates that enhance your productivity.
Software Compatibility - What Operating Systems and Engravers are Compatible and Supported?
For a comprehensive answer, please read our: