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Processes

In-House Capabilities

  • Lasering
    Laser engraving is the practice of using lasers to engrave an object.  The technique does not involve the use of inks, nor does it involve tool bits which contact the engraving surface.  laser engraving affords the ability to engrave detailed images and has a much crisper, cleaner appearance than traditional scratch (machine) engraving or hand engraving.
     
  • Engraving
    Engraving is the practice of incising a design or lettering onto a hard, flat surface by cutting grooves in it.  The machine is controlled by a computer and uses various cutters to cut into the engraving object.  There are two common processes for machine engraving.  The first would be "Diamond Drag" which pushes a diamond cutter through the surface of the material and then pulls to create scratches.  The direction and depth of the scratch is controlled by the computer input.  The second would be "Spindle/Burnish" which used a V-shaped engraving head.  The machine uses an electronic spindle to quickly rotate the head as it pushes into the material and pulls it along while it continues to spin.  This creates a much bolder impression than a diamond drag. 
    Today, machine engraving is not as widely used as laser engraving but still very popular for engraving items such as jewelry, knives, serving trays and other metal items that are not able to be laser engraved.
     
  • Sandblasting
    Sandblasting is the practice of forcibly propelling a stream of abrasive material against a surface under high pressure to remove the material.  Protective film or masking is applied to the piece being sandblasted.  Then the image to be places on the piece is created using a laser to cut through the film or making to reveal the material (glass, marble, stone) underneath.  The piece is set inside a blasting cabinet and the abrasive material is propelled at the piece.  The longer the abrasive material is propelled and the intensity of the stream will determine the depth of the etching.  etched areas will appear frosted on materials such as crystal or glass and more of a tone-on-tone look on marble, granite or Corian.  Color can be added to any of these substrates in the etched areas to create a bolder look.
    The materials we sandblast on are crystal, glass and some stones (marble, granite Corian).
     
  • Sublimation
    Sublimation is the method of applying an image to specially coated ceramics, metals, polyester cloth, acrylic and glass using three main ingredients - sublimation ink, heat and pressure.  Sublimation ink is unique in its ability to convert from a solid to a gas without going through a liquid form (just like dry ice).  The conversion is done using heat and controlled with pressure and time.  A mirror image of what it to be imprinted is printed on specially coated paper using an inkjet printer and applied to the product.  The product is then placed in a heat press for a predetermined amount of time and a specific temperature.  The result is a crisp, full-color image that will not crack, peel or wash away.

Vendor Partnership Production Capabilities

  • Metalphoto
  • Castings
  • Etched Metal
  • Screening, Digital Printing, 4-color Process
  • Embedments
  • Entrapments
  • Medallions - die struck, sandblasted, etched
  • Printed Certificates
  • Hotstamping
  • Debossing/Embossing
  • Vinyl Cutting
  • Embroidery