Rotary Engraving Noses Part 3: The Different Types

Build on your understanding of how each type differs.

There are several different types of noses for rotary engravers:

  • Those with chip removal tubes – These noses are typically not interchangeable with the others. Older noses were made out of Teflon, but because of its cold forming problems, most manufacturers now use Delrin.
  • Drop-in and screw-on noses – Metal noses from SST are also common for times when the spindle exerts low pressure and/or some ghosting is not objectionable. These will work on most spindle micrometers.
  • Noses without vacuum removal tubes – On some applications, using a nose with no vacuum collection can be utilized. Usually, I utilize these when a surface is mare-resistant, a protected layer is applied, or can be finished afterwards.
  • Noses with vacuum removal – A chip removal system connects to a nose assembly tube to remove chips during engraving.
  • Tapered noses – For small lettering on contoured material. Mold work would fit this requirement. The end of the nose can be a small as 1/16″.
  • Bigfoot noses – These noses allow for engraving wide and/or multi-line text. The wider nose will not allow the depth change when larger areas are engraved.

Look back on Part 1: Challenges and Part 2: Advantages or consider these pieces of advice for rotary engravers.

Fred Schwartz

Fred Schwartz is the project engineer at Quality One Engravers located in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Quality One Engravers has been in engraving industry for over 35 years and has a wealth of knowledge on old and newer engravers, as well as software, parts, service, tips, and tricks.

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