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document Determining the proper cutter size to use
In order to determine which cutter to use, you should consider the height of your desired engraved character and if it is a single line or multiple line font. Rule of thumb: If using a single line font, multiply the letter height by 12%.  If using a multiple line font, multiply the letter...
document Using the Light Touch Burnishing Adapter
Using a burnisher allows for a more polished finish to surface style engraving. By using a rotating bit, the engraving lines come out very clear and even. By burnishing on coated brass, the the clear coating is removed to expose the raw brass. This exposed brass can then be oxidized, which will...
document Stainless steel engraving using the metric system
Stainless Steel Engraving   Metric Version:   Our systems can engrave into stainless steel.  With our collet spindle and standard spindle motor on a 1313 or larger system we can engrave up to .08 mm per pass.  Engraving .1 mm per pass is pushing the strength of the...
document Tips for Stainless Steel engraving
With the right system and setup most of our rotary engraving systems can engrave into stainless steel. Stainless steel tags and signs hold up very well in corrosive environments. Many chemical and offshore companies prefer the use of stainless steel tags. If the text is engraved...
document What power and speed settings should I use on my laser?
With all of the different types on materials and different wattage lasers, it is not a simple answer.  That is why we created a chart listing different materials, with different wattage lasers.  We created 2 charts, one for the XLE laser and one for the XLT laser. The charts are...
document Engraving on rings
If you are going to engrave on the inside or outside of rings, the attached document will explain exactly how to do it.  It is not rocket science if you just follow the steps in the document.
document Engraving Barcodes
Why should I engrave Barcodes? Who are some of the potential customers for this product? The engraving system that you have in your shop is a profit center. Finished product easily translates into profit. Barcode tags can be easily created with your existing equipment, so why not add this...
document How to eliminate Shadowing on rotary engraver
This is a problem that has plagued engravers since the development of the computerized engraver.  Engravers have blamed the material manufacturers and the machine manufacturers for this problem  There is no cut-and-dry solution to this problem.  I can just give you some...
document Xenetech Drawing Tools
Xenetech drawing tools will allow you to draw directly into the Xenetech layout area.  You can create graphics, logos, and do some node editing.  All users of XGW have the ability to hatch-fill TrueType fonts, but with the drawing tools package, users can hatch-fill any closed...
document Information about importing files in XGW
Please note that this article covers only the "mechanics" of file import it does NOT get into all the "ins and outs" of the various graphic file formats such as .EPS, .BMP, .PLT, .DXF, etc., their incompatibilities and limitations, etc. Whenever you import a graphics file, there are 3 things that...
document How to control the order of engraving from CorelDraw
One of the more frustrating aspects of engraving logos is to have your engraver jump all over the engraving bed while it is engraving the logo. Your engraver may jump down to the bottom left of the logo and then up to the top right of the logo and then back down. This can start to cause your...
document Using CerMark to mark Stainless Steel with Laser
The following information was supplied to Xenetech by Ferro, www.ferro.com manufacturers of CerMark.  LMC-6001 Bronze Marking Material LMC-6013 Blue Marking Material LMC-6044 Black Marking Material LMC-12 Black Marking Material LMC-28 Bronze(Brown) Marking Material LMC-48 Blue Marking...
document Xenetech Electrical Etcher Attachment
The Xenetech Electrical Etcher attachment is used when engraving on metal object and a mark that is more pronounced than traditional drag engraving is required. As an alternative to Drag engraving and burnishing, the electrical etcher is used to mark on metal using a current over a closed...
document How to use the laser to report position of material
Traditionally, XGW asks the software user to input values about the material to be engraved. Most commonly, these values include the size of the material and the location (material offsets). Typically, it is much faster to use the rulers on a laser table to determine offset, and a...
document How to use your laser to create raised letters
You can use your laser to raster away the background of a plate, leaving the letters raised.  This can be used to produce different effects.  You can place colored foil on a wood plaque and laser away the background and leave the foil untouched.  It could be used to make...
document How to effectively use the Get Viper XY function
Imagine you have manually jogged the cutter to a temporary home position for engraving away from the top left corner. If the power goes out in your shop during engraving, you might have difficulty resetting the temp home for re-engraving. By pressing the GET VIPER XY POSITION button in the...
document Problems with performing multiple pass when engraving large characters
When attempting to engrave with multiple pass, the engraver seems to leave a mark on the material during the last pass. if you run a test on the same job but make the characters smaller, (bring them down from 4 inches tall to 1.5 inches tall) everything seems to work fine. This...
document Using a bar code scanner to input data into XGW
You can use a hand-held bar code scanner to input text information into XGW for output to an engraver. In such a scenario, the scanner simply replaces the keyboard input. You will need to create a layout in XGW to use as a template. Create a NEW job in XGW. Press...
document How to justify both sides of a text paragraph with straight margins like a newspaper using PARAGRAPH GROUP
Xenetech Graphic Workstation uses many routines to automatically adjust text objects for layout positioning. In XGW, the term "JUSTIFICATION" refers to the mathematical positioning of an object between the margins applied to that specific object. This is slightly different than what...
document XL DUO Preventive Maintenance Poster
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