Gravotech - manual engraving machine

IM3: the iconic pantograph by Gravotech

In 1938, we revolutionized the world of engraving with a new definition of pantographs, simpler, more reliable and user friendly. The IM3 manual engraving machine is one of our best-sellers to engrave flat items for signage and personalization.


  • Manual engraving machine
    The IM3 pantograph 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 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 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, 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-centering jig
Quickly position the item for instantaneous engraving.

Centering bracket
The line to be engraved is automatically centered.

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


Technology : Rotary, scribing

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 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 customer 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 manual pantograph 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.

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!

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

Service & Support

We offer solutions for the installation and commissioning of your equipment that fit your settings and expectations. Do you want to be autonomous? We will provide you with our standard operating procedures with training videos available on our online support centre. Do you wish to have our technicians present alongside your teams? We visit on-site for commissioning with our experts working hand in hand with you.

Gravotech Services

Our training modules are designed to optimize your use of our solutions and are available for our full range of machines, software and accessories and are designed to fit the level and profiles of the training participants, available online, remotely, or onsite and at our training facilities. Training is a fully integrated part of the commissioning of our solutions.

Training & commissioning

All our machines are warranted 24 months for the supply of spare parts and the cost of in house labour performed at GRAVOTECH’s premises. We offer warranty extensions and additional service benefits according to your needs.Developed to fit your requirements precisely, we also offer :-

  • Standard or customized service contracts
  • Global service contract.
  • Software service contract.
  • Preventive or curative maintenance contract.

Our local technical sales representative is available to provide you with all the necessary information.

Gravotech engraving machine warranty

We bring you local support in your language in more than 50 countries, where we have established presence directly and with our distribution partners. Each of these local teams can, in turn, get support from a regional competence centre close to our production locations and in direct link with our group international support centre based in France, in close connection to our R&D centre. This makes us efficient and reactive to your needs for assistance. With the expertise of our support, we can address 80% of your requests remotely, for a quick resolution that secures the service continuity of your operations.

Technical support

Thanks to experience gathered with Gravograph and Technifor and our global presence in more than 50 countries with 150 Gravotech technicians and our distributor partners, we can offer you a wide range of services.Developed to fit your requirements precisely, we offer standard or customized services: -

  • Global service contract. 
  • Software service contract.
  • Preventive or curative maintenance contract.