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The Nameplate FAQ page covers common questions in the following areas.
It is now time to submit your nameplate artwork to your customer service representative at Northern Engraving. File sizes larger than 10MB can be submitted to our FTP upon request. If you are unsure of who your customer service representative is, please contact email@example.com (please include the part number and your contact information).
For best results and to minimize delay, send electronic vector based files and include print outs of your art for reference. You can find more information by clicking here about lead time, color specification and sample parts.
Designing your nameplate to be in alignment with your branding strategy strengthens your brand message in the marketplace. Concept drawings help you explore the possibilities available in the design of your nameplate. Options in size, layout and finish are evaluated quickly and economically. Our designers offer experience in the wide variety of processes available and can work with you to interpret your brand.
Prototypes are useful in making final decisions about overall appearance of your product branding or accent trim prior to production. Northern Engraving offers flexibility in prototyping to meet your requirements whether you are designing embossed and formed nameplates or accent trim with complex shapes. Prototypes are available flat and formed.
Click here to check out our prototype resource page.
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This article covers the tooling and processes used to create prototype nameplate samples on metal. Prototypes cover everything from hand-filed and hand-formed one-off samples to 500 samples using pre-production tooling. Parts produced at this level are to be used for conceptual purposes only. The information here is offered as a general guideline. Each application is unique. Our customer service representatives and engineers are available to answer questions specific to your project.
Types of prototype tools:
1. Throw-away tooling 2. Semi-production tooling 3. Pre-production tooling
Throw-away tooling for prototypes involves a combination of processes such as hand filing, wire cutting and hand forming. A limited number of prototypes are available in this manner. It is the quickest and most affordable type of prototype tooling Northern Engraving offers.
This type of prototyping involves a combination of processes such as hand filing, wire cutting and hand forming but includes hard tooling.
Pre-production prototype tooling involves a combination of processes generally using tooling very similar to production. The tooling is 75% production ready.
Contact us to discuss your specific requirements in nameplate and label prototyping. Our engineers are available to discuss your specific needs whether on plastic or metal.
Blanking, embossing and forming are only part of the equation when designing a nameplate. Request nameplate samples to begin exploring all the options available to you in product identification.
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