Gravotech - manual engraving machine

IM3: The iconic pantograph by Gravotech

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


    The IM3 engraving 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 manual Pantograph, you can produce superior engravings without screens.
    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!
    Thanks to the ingenious vibration-resistant depth adjustment nose, the engraving remains constant regardless of the material. Engraving on plaques, brass, copper, steel, plastic, wood, plate engraving, 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 (9.8 in) x 140 mm (5.5 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 (22.83 in) x 510 mm (20.07 in) x 280 mm (11.02 in)

Machine weight

11kg (24.25lb)

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 a timeless journey through time. The IM3 engraving pantograph 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 engraving, engraving on plaques, 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 limited you with 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!

This pantograph can handle more than 30 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

Service & Support

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

Gravotech Services

Our training modules are designed to optimize the 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, online, remotely, or onsite and at our training facilities. Training is a fully integrated part of the support of our solutions.

Training & commissioning

All our machines are guaranteed 24 months for the supply of spare parts and the cost of in-house labor performed at GRAVOTECH’s premises. We offer warranty extensions and additional service benefits according to your needs. Developed to fit your requirements, we also offer standard or customized service contracts, Global service contract, Software service contract, and a 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 support in more than 50 countries, where we have an established presence and with our distribution partners. Each of these local teams can, in turn, get support from a regional center close to our production locations and connect with our group international support center based in France, in close connection to our R&D center. 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 continued service 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 distributors, we can offer you a wide range of services. Developed to fit your requirements, we offer standard or customized services, Global service contract, Software service contract, and a Preventive or curative maintenance contract.