Hello, I am working on a small project and I need some help. It is a aluminum sign that I would like to either be etched, relief cut, engraved (laser or cnc), really anything that leaves an embossing. That being said, I don’t know how to do any of those things. I could hand engrave it but I think that it would take forever. I would appreciate any help that anyone can give me in regards to choosing a process and how to go about that process.
Okay so some details. It is 1/8 aluminum. I believe 6xxx series but I am not sure, I know that it is easy tooling. The piece is roughly 12 inches by 4 inches and the thing that I am trying to do is relieve the area behind the script on the piece (pull the lettering forward I guess). Outside of abrasive removal, I don’t know how I could pull this off. If the lasers could etch the pattern deep enough, I would be happy to use those but I have no idea how to use the laser nor how to set up a tool path on it.
I could also do vinyl die cut and applied so the metal could be acid etched away but alas I have never used a vinyl cutter either. Again, any help is highly appreciated and I look forward to any help this community can provide.