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 is fitted with a stylus and 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 superior engravings without 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 much more. 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.


Rotary, scribing

Marking Capacity

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

Max objects 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)

Z axis auto



<80 dB

Type of spindle

Top load spindle
Deported motor

Point & shoot


Connection to computer

Manual machine not connected to a computer

Maximum speed
Z stroke (Z travel)
Rotation speed

18 000 rpm

Tool diameter

3,17 mm (0,12 in)

Operating temperature

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

Vintage engraving machine

The Pantograph is both timeless and a journey through time: the IM3 is the creation 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 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, jewelry, watches, badges, pens and depth adjustment noses. 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!

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

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