What We Do
We are quite picky about the services we do in house, matching the best method to the product at hand. The services we offer that are made by others, we’re just as picky about. Here’s why.
This sounds so cool (and it is). A beam of light burns into the substrate (product) either reacting with elements in the product (silica in bricks), simply burning (wood) or by coating the substrate with a carbon solution that causes a bond. There are many things that engrave beautifully this way. Wood, plastic, bricks, acrylics, it’s great. For metal – it stinks. I know, most of our industry produces wood plaques with coated metal plates on their lasers – generally the only machines they have. Here are some examples of what’s great and what’s not.
The older fashioned way has, rightly, been supplanted for many applications. We used to do everything this way. Now we mostly use them for metal engraving because they run on air pressure – meaning they can cut into the metal and the software we use allows for beautiful fill patterns. Here are examples of why we will never laser award plaques.
I know, it sounds like a psychological problem, but in the awards/engraving industry it is a full-color process that embeds dyes into specially coated products – it is permanent, doesn’t fade or flake and can’t be picked at like silk-screening.
A lot like sandblasting only with very fine grit that allows for delicate depth and detail. Once upon a time we did glass by rotary engraving, then tried the laser, but were never satisfied. The deep etch, shading possibilities, and hands-on artistry of sand carving in glass sold us. Glass, rocks, marble, slate, almost anything can be etched, given the time to create the artwork and the skill to create the finished product.
Why do we bother to offer this when you can order them online cheaper? Here’s a reason. Annually we order high-quality medals for UVM with the green/gold ribbon we’d all recognize. One year they came in aqua/gold. What would you do? Us? We shipped the medals back and had the company reattach all the ribbons. Because we have an ongoing relationship – with future orders at risk – we can be assured of service an Internet customer might not.
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Similar to above but we have also found that we can often beat the online prices (you will find hidden costs like run charges, set ups, etc.) and again we offer an ongoing relationship. We belong to Sage which gives us access to zillions of products at all price points (would you believe an outdoor kitchen for $7,000? Naturally it would have you logo on it!)