Printmakers engrave or etch metal, wood, rubber or other materials to create images which are transported onto surfaces, generally using a printing press. Printmakers often use tools such as etcher-circuit processors, pantograph engravers, and silk screen etchers.
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- Realistic / Conventional
- Position engraving equipment
Position and clamp work pieces, plates, or rollers in holding fixtures.
- Ensure accurate engravings
Closely observe the actions of the mechanical cutting tools, resulting in a flawless engraving process.
- Maintain engraving equipment
Regular maintenance of cutting wheels and other mechanic engraving tools.
- Determine quality of engraving
Quality control of engravings and etchings; check for cuts, burns, rough spots and irregular or incomplete engraving.
- Select engraving templates
Select, prepare and install engraving templates; operate cutting tools and routers.
- Sketch designs on workpieces
Sketch or scribe layouts and designs on workpieces, plates, dies or rollers. Use compasses, scribers, gravers, pencils, etc.
- Transpose designs to engravings
Examine diagrams, sketches, blueprints and samples, and calculate how they are to be engraved onto work pieces.
- Handle etching chemicals
Brush or smear acid over mechanic engraving tools, in order to improve the visibility of the inscriptions.
- Adjust properties of cut
Adjust cut sizes and depths of cutting tools. Adjust heights of worktables and machine-arms.
- Sterilise workpieces
Remove dirt from workpieces or specialised machines.
- Verify engraving accuracy
Examine design results to verify engraving accuracy, rework engraving where needed.
- Transfer designs on workpiece
Operate stylus and cutting tools, duplicate design or letters on a workpiece.
- Engrave patterns
Engrave and print designs and patterns onto a variety of surfaces.
- Operate engraving equipment
Operate mechanical engraving tools and machines, set controls of cutting tools. Make adjustments if necessary.
- Prepare etching chemicals
Prepare etching chemicals according to formulas, mixing solutions of specified concentration.
- Clean engraved areas
Polish and clean engraved etching areas.
- Fill etchings
Fill etchings with opaque paste to improve readability.
- Prepare workpieces for engraving
Prepare mechanical tools and workpieces for engraving by polishing their surface and bevelling the workpiece to remove sharp edges. Polishing is done using different sandpapers and sand films which applied from rougher ones to very fine ones.
- Inspect etched work
Inspect finished etchings in detail, using microscopes and magnifying lenses.
- Compute engraving dimensions
Measure and compute dimensions of lettering, designs and patterns to be engraved.
- Prepare workpieces for etching
Prepare mechanical tools and work pieces for etching by polishing their surface and bevelling the work piece to remove sharp edges. Polishing is done using different sandpapers and sand films which are applied and vary from rough to very fine ones.
- Scale etchings
Operate reduction scales and set pantograph controls.