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    Hello! My name is Ryan Hausmann. I'm a self taught metal engraver and I started my company Open Road Design about 4 years ago. I've always wanted to share some of the skills, tips and tricks, equipment information for people interested in getting into metal engraving or just curious about how it's done. If I wanted to sell you shit, I'd post a blog on my website and make you go there to get the information. But I'm just here to share the love I have for the trade and give a helping hand to anyone who can't afford the ridiculous over priced engraving lessons out there.

    I hope you folks dig it and I'll be back next week with my first post on what equipment I use! Ride safe
    !
    Going to make the metal fly!

  • #2
    Hello Ryan, I look forward to this and I thank you in advance.
    I have no spare years of learning this skill set BUT I would also dream to have my own custom parts engraved one day.
    Thanks for sharing, I love your work.


    http://selectedgrub.blogspot.com/

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    • Open Road Design
      Open Road Design commented
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      Thanks a lot! I hope this thread will help you out. The photo below looks great. On the right path!

  • #3
    Barbaric.
    This is a piece I cut with a chisel.
    I then use grinder to dig up to the line, using blunt force "wells" the metal and makes it proud.





    http://selectedgrub.blogspot.com/

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    • Cisco
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      You are way too humble! I wish I had an iota of the talent you posses!!

  • #4
    Ryan thank you for doing this! I’m looking forward to this especially from someone with your talent!!

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    • Open Road Design
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      Thanks so much man!! I've wanted to do this for a while. Glad I finally got off my ass!

  • #5
    LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED!



    I'm going to give you a quick run down of the main tools I use and a bit about how they work. I'll go into more detail about the individual tools in future posts and of course how to use them to engrave.

    FIRST OFF, everything is run off of a compressor. This compressor is hooked up to an Airtact System or what I call the control panel. The actual engraving tools are connected by hoses to this control panel. The control panel (photo below) allows you to adjust the amount of air to your hand tools and allows you to switch back and forth between tools easily.
    TWO MAIN TOOLS:
    HIGH SPEED ROTARY AND AIRTACT HANDPIECE (PHOTOS BELOW)




    HIGH SPEED ROTARY: Every go the dentist and they use that high pitch "dear god make that sound stop" tool to grind away the tacos and filth from you teeth?

    Same tool!


    Imagine a dremel on crack! A Dremel or Foredom spins at about 30,000 rpm. This tool spins at 320,000 rpm! This is mainly used to remove the background material and texture the background of the engraving. Used for all those little dots you see, also known as stippling. There will be an entire post on this tool so don't worry!

    AIRTACT HAND PIECE: This hand piece, used for details and fine lines very simply is a chisel controlled by air. Imagine hitting a chisel with a hammer. This is the same thing, except it fits in the palm of your hand and no hammer. A small pin inside the hand piece hammers the chisel point by means of air pressure. Using a foot pedal you can stop, start, speed up or slow down the chisel. This tool relies on the control panel the most! Depending on the type of chisel you are using, type of cut and depth of cut, you are adjusting the air and strokes per minute (how many times the mini hammer inside hits the chisel). FYI: it's not actually called a chisel, it's called a GRAVER but that always sounded stupid to me and I refuse to say it. (entire post on this tool coming)


    HEADS UP: 90% of engraving equipment is made by a company called GRS. It's expensive because they can make it expensive because no one else sells this shit! Thankfully, they make quality tools so that makes it less painful when you whip out that Visa.

    So to sum it up: Rotary makes metal fly, makes those engravings deep! Chisel carves out details and makes those fine lines. All controlled by a box with a bunch of buttons that is hooked up to a compressor. Not that complicated, all about the practice! SO MUCH PRACTICE! fuck my life!


    I want to keep these posts short and sweet! (first time doing anything like this so if you have any tips please do share)! I'm going to go into much more detail week by week. I hope this gives you an idea of whats used and of course ask any questions you might have!
    RIDE SAFE YOU DIRTY BIKERS YOU!
    Last edited by Open Road Design; 01-11-2019, 12:36 AM.
    Going to make the metal fly!

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    • #6
      Keep it coming, this is awesome!

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      • Open Road Design
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        Thanks for the love!! Glad it's being enjoyed!!

    • #7
      Sweet! Thanks!

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