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One of the classic applications that many engravers will be faced with is completing a plaque or sign that is significantly larger than the engraving area offered by their present equipment. Many computerized engraving systems offer software features that help in accomplishing this. Often referred to as long-plate or extend-a-plate, the software will guide the operator in the process of advancing the plate under the engraving spindle in increments that correspond to sections of the overall plate.
Here is a simple approach that can work for applications where the overall height of the plate is no greater than twice the size of the engraving table bed size. This method would be used if long-plate is not an option or not available in your system. Our example assumes an engraving table with a bed height of 12", something very common in many designs.
Example: This process works for ALL systems regardless of the manufacturer. This job example will be cut in only one move and will not require the text to be broken in any place. We will simply engrave the first half of the job right side up and then the balance of the job upside down. Only one measurement of the plate is required at the 12" dimension. Our job example will be cut in two set-ups as described below: