Horizontal Engraving Machine
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
In order to insure clean and sharp engraving, it is important to place the engraving machine on a firm, flat surface. The engraving should be done in a comfortable, seated position.
UNPACKING THE ENGRAVING MACHINE
When you first unpack the machine. First loosen the knob at the rear of the pantograph assembly arm, and raise the assembly to the top of the support rods. Remove the plastic cover off of the Diamond engraver tip.
Now check to see if you received all of your items.
• PEPE Deluxe Engraver
• Type End Stops
• Male Vise Pins
• Practice Plate
• Type Set (If included)
SETTING UP THE PATOGRAPH ARM
The height of the pantograph assembly (The part that holds the engraving scribe and the tracing stylus) can be adjusted by tightening or loosening the knob on the two rear mounted support rods. For accurate engraving, lower the pantograph assembly until the engraving scribe comes to about ¼” above the work surface.
The reduction ratio can be set on the pantograph to range between 2 ½:1 to 6:1
To determine your desired ratio divide the height of the letters on the selected engraving type by the desired height of the engraved letter. (For example, your engraving type letter is 1” tall and your wish is to obtain a ¼” engraved letter. Divide 1” by ¼” and you obtain a ratio of 4:1) The resulting number is your engraving ratio. You must set this number on the ratio scale on the top portion of BOTH arms of the pantograph. On each arm, there is a black knob that must be loosened. You then slide the gauge until the guide on both arms line up to the desired ratio. It is extremely important that the scales be positioned very accurately.
When adjusting the ratios, your eyes should be directly above the scales on either arm.
SETTING UP THE VISE TABLE
The pantograph arm assembly should be moved out of the way by moving it to the extreme right position. Place the male positioning pins into the female vise at appropriate intervals. The female vise is opened and closed by pulling on the silver, spring-loaded, thumb knob located to the right of the vise. The vise will close under its own pressure. For maximum pressure, push the vise knob closed and tighten the vise knob so it will not slip open. To rotate the female vise table, press down on the black thumb spring located directly opposite of the silver thumb knob. The vise will rotate a full 360 degrees and lock at all right angles and diagonal positions. The female vise table can slide left and right on its carriage by loosening the
vise table screws. You can center the female vise by sliding the vise table until the red arrow on the vice lines up with the “C” on the vise carriage. The female vise can be positioned vertically by moving the carriage forward and backwards by loosening the black knobs on the side of the carriage. To determine the proper vertical position of the table, first select an engraving ratio on both upper pantograph arms. Now place the tracing stylus in the centering hole in the middle of the Type Holder, Slide the carriage until the engraving scribe is centered over the female vise table. Lock the carriage by tightening the knobs.
MOUNTING THE ENGRAVING TYPE (FONT)
After selecting the style of type, the individual pieces are positioned in the Type Holder. The letters to be engraved should be centered in the Type Holder by positioning them in accordance with the scale on the top of the Type Holder. Always put one blank spacer at the beginning and the end of your letters. This will allow for the stylus to have enough space without hitting the stops. To secure the Type tighten both the End Stops and the Type Holder Tightening Screws.
THE ENGRAVING SEQUENCE
• After you have mounted the work to be engraved into the female vise. Lower the pantograph arm assembly until the engraving scribe is ¼” away from the work. Now raise the Type Holder up until the Tracing scribe is about ¼” above the Type.
• Insert the Tracing Stylus in the grove of the Master Copy Type.
• Lower the Engraver Scribe to the surface of the engraving material and trace the letters with the Tracing Stylus.
• Always release the Engraving Stylus BEFORE moving onto another letter. Otherwise, you will engrave random marks on the item.
• When you have finished the line, check to make sure that the lettering is evenly and cleanly traced. If not, retrace where necessary. Do not remove the item from the vise until you are sure that the engraving is satisfactory. Accurate retracing will be difficult once the item is moved.
HELPFUL ENGRAVING TIPS
Most users operate the machine by using their right hand to lower the Tracing Stylus and their left hand to depress the engraving scribe. When holding the Tracing Stylus, you may hold it by the lower cone shaped cylinder above the tracing point between the thumb and index finger, much the way you would hold a pencil. Some prefer to hold the stylus between the thumb and four-finger while depressing the upper spring portion of the stylus with their index finger.
Avoid the common faults of bearing down to much on the tracing stylus or using repetitive washboard type strokes. Pressure is required on the Engraving Scribe, but too much pressure will cause distorted letters. We suggest you practice on flat, brass sheets before your first attempted on a customer's piece.