Significant Cycle Time Reductions Obtained When Engraving With A CNC Mill Using The Spring Loaded Engraving Toolholder And The Tough Tip Engraving Tool

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Engraving Cycle Times Decrease By 76% Using The Spring Loaded Engraving Tool, The Engraving Tool For CNC Milling Machines.

2L inc. announced today that its' Spring Loaded Engraving Toolholder and Tough Tip Engraving Tool significantly decrease cycle times and increase your tip life when engraving stainless steel using a CNC Mill.

"The Spring Loaded Engraving Toolholder offers a considerable benefit to machine operators requiring decreased cycle times when engraving in high production environments," the company spokesman noted. "As more and more jobs are outsourced overseas, US companies are seeking proven ways to decrease their costs and production time to maintain a competitive edge; the Spring Loaded Engraving Tool can perform the engraving in one-quarter the time."

The Spring Loaded Engraving Toolholder allows operators to engrave flat, curved and uneven surfaces using a CNC milling machine. Its patented design allows the engraving tool bit to float over inconsistencies in the engraving material and to be operated at much faster feedrates in comparison to engraving with a rigid tool. Instead of slowly feeding into each engraving line as with a rigid tool, using the Spring Loaded Engraving Tool, the operator makes rapid moves into the material at the start of each engraving line; therefore the cycle time is decreased significantly.

Engraving Cycle Time Comparison

Spring Loaded Engraving Tool vs. Rigid Tool Engraving

Engraving with a Rigid Tool:

Material: Stainless Steel

RPM: 3000 RPM

Cutting Feed Rate (IPM): 6

Plunge Feed Rate (IPM): 3

Letter Height: .150"

Letter Height: .125"

Depth of Engraving: .005"

# of Characters: 25

Cycle Time per Part: 194 seconds

Engraving with the Spring Loaded Engraving Tool

Material: Stainless Steel

RPM: 3000 RPM

Cutting Feed Rate (IPM): 13

Plunge Feed Rate (IPM): 250

Letter Height: .150"

Clearance Plane (Rapid Height): .125"

Depth of Engraving: .005"

# of Characters: 25

Cycle Time per Part: 47 seconds

Cycle Time Reduction: 147 seconds (2.45 minutes) per Part Using the Spring Loaded Engraving Tool.

Time Saved: 76% less time engraving.

"As well, the combined use of the Spring Loaded Engraving Tool in conjunction with our newest patent pending engraving tool, the Tough Tip Engraving Tool, offers an additional benefit when engraving and marking harder materials," the spokesman added. "The Tough Tip Engraving Tool is designed to offer more tool strength and last longer when engraving Stainless Steel." He added, "Using both the Spring Loaded Engraving Tool and the Tough Tip Engraving Tool offers a collective benefit of decreased cycle times, longer tool life, and the ability to engrave difficult materials."

Tough Tip Engraving Tools are solid carbide, in diameters of 1/8", 3/16", 11/64" and 1/4", lengths of 2", 4.5" and 6.5" and tip widths of .010", .015", .020", and .030".

2L provides a wide variety of in-stock Engraving, Workholding and Industrial Products available for same day shipment.

Please refer all inquiries to:

2L inc.

P.O. Box 105, Hudson, MA 01749


About 2L inc.

Since 1998, 2L inc. has been designing, developing, manufacturing, and distributing innovative tools and product solutions for the manufacturing, engraving, and industrial markets.


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