There are many different business applications for engraving machines. Typically, if you work with or manufacture metal, glass, or wood, you might be able to benefit from the use of these types of machines.
With the invention of laser CNC machines, practically any surface can now be engraved with relative ease, even stainless steel. This has helped to give engraving options an even bigger base than formerly. Still, the basic engraving materials are different wood types, metal, and glass.
Engraving machines are often used on glass products such as mugs or champagne glasses. This is usually part of a commemorative gifts business. In such a business, souvenirs of events and special occasions are sold in the form of beer mugs, wine glasses, champagne glasses, etc. The special event could be a family picnic, an anniversary, a birthday, a wedding, or something else.
In any event, the attendees are all given engraved glassware souvenirs to commemorate the wedding. Engraving machinery is used to etch a commemorative statement or description on the glassware. Many commemorative retailers offer free glass engraving using a laser engraving machine.
Metal items are often produced as a commemorative as well. Metal plates, platters, and plaques are sold to memorialize the same type of events as previously listed. Businesses are particularly fond of awarding employers with plaques for outstanding job performance. We have all seen an employee of the month plaques at one time or another.
The engraving on these plaques was probably produced by a CNC machine. A CNC or Computerized Numeric Control machine is a fancy name for a computerized machine. Most industries now use CNC machines as opposed to hand engraving.
The wood engraving market is a little different from the glass and metal business applications for engraving machines. In the glass market, you might want a champagne glass engraved with names and dates for a wedding commemoration. In a metal carving application, you might have a trophy engraved with the names of everyone on your championship bowling team. However, you might use a wood carving machine to have the stock of your rifle engraved with a particular design.
Wood engraving is done more often for aesthetic design purposes than marking anything with a tag or a commemoration. Woodworkers enjoy engraving as part of the design process and final customization of a wooden work of art. Wood boxes are often hand-turned and design engraved.