We are in the process of designing a new Stainless Steel Label/Nameplate that gets mounted on our different pcs of furniture and I would like to know the best process to use.
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Thanks - John
East Coast - USA
My day job is as a Design Engineer, hence my use of SolidWorks. However, my wife and I own an engraving and awards business. This type of customized plate you describe seems to be a perfect application for laser engraved anodized aluminum plate or as some posts above mention a stainless plate marked with CerMark or Thermark. I believe the quality would be inline with what you are looking for. I would happy to discuss with you further offline, if you are interested.
I've done these in too many years but best would be to use Laser AFAIK to get speedy production and quality. You can get the outer shape and holes in the same setting
Of course Laser marking ! More durable , high contrast , super fast!
Need to apply the ink!
Deepak - Shaodun - I will be posting pictures as we progress - the basic design concept now is to leave the lettering original material and etch/laser around the lettering.
If you're looking at adding some depth to your badge coined badges look pretty smart and are fairly economical to produce. LaFrance Corp - Coined Aluminum
That is the exact look I am designing the first phase, with the letters a whole lot less bold, something crisp & elegant is the design concept at the moment..
I've used these guys in years past. http://www.mcloone.com/products/nameplates/ They have other pages of plates that may fit your need etc better.
My dad used to have a mechanical engraving business. I have engraved the gold key to the city when President Nixon came here, sight tubes for 50mm cannons going to Viet Nam If it was 30 years ago I might have been able to help you out more! LOL!
Thanks Bernie - 30 yrs ago lol
I know years ago we got something etched with a plasma and it was really rough especially the arc starting point, so I was a little apprehensive with that process. I did suggest to the owner here that engraving or etching would be the way to go, however the technology changes over the years could have changed the appearance of the plasma etching.
If it was my decision for that plate style I would want to use a die cast plate. The color is the recess area and it always rough but very good looking as well. You might have monetary considerations to satisfy.
From recent experience, etching is most durable and long-lasting, but from some angles the words almost disappear.
Laser marking with Cermark gave the darkest print, nicely visible from all angles.
Try google image search for Cermark Stainless
Thanks Chris will be checking that out
My company has various products made from hardened 416SS that are laser marked. We blast the surface with extremely fine glass bead to give a frosted/matte finish before laser marking. You can only get black engraving on a metallic background.
The type of laser and the person programming the laser makes a big difference. If you don't like the initial results one or both of these 2 things needs to change to get improvement.
Also, colored anodizing on aluminum plates makes a very nice looking laser marked plate. This creates a whitish aluminum colored engraving with background of any color you want. The contrast is very good with colored anodized plates.
Thanks M.B. - Will be checking into that process as well.
I'm guessing that budget limits
and styles of product may put
this suggestion in deep left field
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any hoo my 2cts worth-
'cos I'm way ol'school
have a good'n kelef
Interesting - my guess it'll be out of Brushed SS or Aluminum - but good one - yep got the old school as well, still go there
What type of volume per year for the nameplates? That will be a big driver for the mfg process.
Good question Anna -
Unfortunately there will be orders of one at a time or blanket order per year etc.. , as each label will have the option of being personalized, so we know the costs will be high.
I was looking for the best process to produce a high end quality product.
Thank you Brett Buzzy it was a longer process, but we finally decided on a style that works and then you sent us a fine sample to match what we needed, service was much appreciated, thank you for your help. Thermark is an awesome process, high quality for a crisp clean look.
Share some final pictures.
The only pictures I have at the moment is the different rendering shots I took, for the final design selection, I do need to say the actual label is a whole lot better than the rendered one below.
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