The term “fonts” refers to letter styles. But beyond the look and shape different uses require different font types. Fonts used for different purposes are not the same.
Printers work with pixels per square inch and lay down ink in dots to create the letters and images desired.
Vinyl lettering requires a font which just cuts out the perimeter of letters and images which are then applied to a substrate. Vinyl letters are size limited from 1/2 to 24 inches. Virtually any font can be cut in vinyl. If we do not have existing fonts to suit your needs you can provide us images in jpeg or btmap [1200 pix/inch] which we can adapt to readily vectorize for cut-out purposes.
Engraving which is more involved requires a font that provides machine paths either singularly or in multiple to achieve the proper carving of the letters. The attached list shows existing engraving fonts that are commonly used [ link: Engraving Fonts PDF, 233 KB]. We can create machine paths to engrave other fonts and images. These jobs are priced individually based on the information you send us.
Though it is much more cost effective to use existing available fonts, unique letters and scripts can be reproduced as images. But this requires efforts to not only design the images but also to create the necessary machine paths. There is a broad enough availability of existing fonts to satisfy most language needs as Russian, European, Arabic. Oriental, ancient, even hieroglyphics can be accommodated as images rather than letters. Please contact us directly if you do not find what you are looking for.