Gravotech - manual engraving machine


IM3: the iconic pantograph by Gravotech
Tool types

Rotary, diamond engraving

Marking area

250 x 140 mm (3.94 x 3.94'')

Compatible Materials

Plastics, glass and metals.

In 1938, we revolutionised the world of engravers with a new definition of pantographs, simpler, more reliable and user friendly. The IM3 manual engraving tool is one of our best-sellers for plate engraving, signage and personalisation.
  • Manual engraving tool
    The IM3 pantograph machine works on its own, without a computer, electronic device or software. Select your characters among a full set and start manually engraving. The arm fitted with a stylus moves in the groove of the model, while the other arm fitted with a pin reproduces the composition. With our timeless engraving pantograph, you can produce outstanding engravings while having a rest from screens.
  • Simple engraver with a vintage mechanic
    No fancy design or decorated structure, the IM3 engraver is a vintage engraving machine that claims its belonging to the old industrial times. The mechanical structure is easy to access when needed as it is entirely bare. Watch your engraving being done while making it, and instantly see the result of your work!
  • Constant engraving line
    Thanks to the ingenious vibration-resistant depth adjustment nose of the engraving pantograph, the engraving remains constant regardless of the material. Engrave brass, copper, steel, plastic, wood and more, depending on your needs and desires. Several styluses are available for different results.


Technical Specifications

Auto-centring jig
Quickly position the item on your engraver for instantaneous engraving.

Centring bracket
The line to be engraved is automatically centred.

Easy cutter adjustment
The pin mechanism is designed to easily fasten and adjust the cutter of the engraver.


Rotary, scribing

Ideal for:
Plate engraving
Manual engraving

Marking Capacity

Marking area max
250 mm (9.843 in) x 140 mm (5.512 in)

Max. object size (L x W x H) (weight)

unlimited x 250 (9,84 in) mm (10 kg - 22,04 lbs)

Dimensions (L x W x H)

580 mm (22.835 in) x 510 mm (20.079 in) x 280 mm (11.024 in)

Machine weight

11kg (24.251lb)

Noise level

<80 dB

Spindle Type

Top load spindle
Deported motor

Operating Temperature

min. +5°C (+ 41°F) - max. +40°C (+104 °F)

Connection to computer

Manual machine
Not connected to a computer

Rotation speed

18 000 rpm

Tool diameter

3,17 mm (0,12 in)

Vintage engraving machine

The engraving pantograph is both timeless and a journey through time: the IM3 is the best outcome of decades of enhancements while using a technique that has existed since Ancient Greece.

Surprise and amaze your customers by manually engraving their gift, plate or flat jewel: it is your know-how and rare expertise that will make their objects unique.

Why not even invite them to select their characters and put them on the character runner themselves?

IM3 pantograph character set

Having a pantograph machine does not mean that you are limited in your engravings.

We provide a full range of clamps and tools to suit all of your applications: jaw covers for plate engraving, jewellery, watches, badges, pens and more, depth adjustment noses, etc. Engrave, bevel and score with our different cutters made from steel, carbide or diamond.

More than 40 international character sets are available with our IM3 engraver.

Plaques engraving with a pantograph

Help reduce the CO2 emissions with our IM3 pantograph machine. Suppress the need for power by replacing the spindle with a diamond tip that does not rotate.

The simplicity makes transport easy and our pantographs stood the test of time!

Our pantograph machine can engrave 20+ materials

Glass, crystal
Stone​, granite​, marble
Wood​​, varnished wood
PMMA, Acrylic
Anodized Aluminum​​
Coated metal
Gold, silver, nickel, platinum
Stainless steel​​
= Marking / Etching
= Cutting
= Engraving / Deep marking

IM3: Gravograph first machine

The IM3 pantograph: Gravograph first invention in 1938

The IM3 pantograph story begins in 1938, when Norbert Schimmel, a German immigrant, and Werner Dannheisser founded New Hermes Inc in the United-States. Although engraving machines were widely used in Europe, none were available in the US. They decided to improve what already existed and designed the first portable pantograph engraver in the US.

When New Hermes became Gravograph in 1989, the team decided to keep the IM3 as its main manual engraver. The same decision was made when Gravograph became Gravotech in 2021.

Throughout the years our IM3 pantograph remained about the same: a sturdy and precise manual engraving machine that lasts for decades. We are proud to say that the first engraver ever created by our historical founders still is one of our flagships engraving machines, almost 100 years later.


IM3 pantograph - Gravograph