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The Saab emblem uses embossed bright aluminum details to define the logo. Opaque and transparent colors are combined in contrast with the reflective surface of the metal. A high gloss protective topcoat protects the nameplate from the environmental elements of an engine.
Under the hood automotive badging is exposed to harsh environments. A clear topcoat protects the nameplate from temperature extremes, harsh chemicals and abrasion.
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Designers often turn to textures and patterns to add detail and interest to product identification. Our pattern library is a rich resource in the exploration of finishes available to you in your product branding. It offers a diverse range of patterns on aluminium which can be integrated into nameplates. Simple micro textures are the most popular category of finishes. We've gathered several here for your inspiration.
All patterns can be customized in color and scale to meet your product branding needs. Request a Nameplate Materials and Processes Guide to begin exploring the options available to you. Custom color matches, texture and assembly are only some of the options in creating your unique design.
This article explores options in embossing aluminum to create dimensional nameplates for product identification. The embossing process uses a metal die to create a three-dimensional image in metal by squeezing the metal and raising the image. It is one of the final steps in manufacturing a nameplate or label. All brushing, spinning and printing is applied to the sheet of metal prior to the embossing operation. A topcoat protects the decoration during the tooling operations. Precise registration of printed decoration to embossed details is achieved through a combination of printers marks and guides.
This simple process is the most commonly used embossing option in nameplate design. The height of the emboss is dependent on the thickness of the metal substrate and the type of tool used. Typical embossed graphics range in height from .005" to .025".
A 3-D emboss opens up a world of possibilities in creating intricate detail and depth. Combine this process with the wide variety of options in decorating aluminum and to create an attention-getting look to represent your brand.
Debossing uses a metal die to create a recessed image in aluminum. Options include recessing graphics or raising the background area leaving the graphics at original height giving the effect of recessed graphics. Debossing is basically the embossing process used to create recessed graphics. Special considerations need to be taken into account when choosing an attachment method for debossed nameplates to assure good adhesion.
Coining uses a metal die to disrupt the surface of the metal. Since the bottom die is flat, the depth is limited in the coining process. Therefore, it is best suited to fine graphics with a minimum stroke of .010". The wider the graphics become, the more difficult it is to perceive the relief.
Embossing and coining aren't limited to only graphics and borders. They also are also used to create hammered effects and crisply detailed geometric textures and patterns.
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The stealth-like appearance of the Bullitt includes minimal badging and logos. This VIN plate is prominently featured on the engine, doubling as an underhood badge, which means it must stand up to this harsh environment. Multi-level embossing adds dimension and detail to the plate. A combination of brushed aluminum and metallic grey delivers on creating a look which supports the power and performance of the Mustang.
The VIN plate isn't the only contribution we make to this modern classic. The centerpiece of the interior of the Bullitt is machined aluminum trim manufactured by Northern Engraving which brings back the feel of the 60's while staying true to Mustang's modern design.
Request a Nameplate Materials and Processes Guide to begin exploring the options available to you. Custom color matches, texture and assembly are only some of the options in creating your unique design.
In the Design Center at Northern Engraving, there is a mixture of art and science in everything we do. Whether designing a trendy new aluminum pattern, a bold new nameplate or assembling a product display, we fuse craftsmanship with technology.
Our nameplate display boards are no exception. We've been told more than once that they should be framed as art. The Design group puts a little bit of ourselves into our work and it shows. Judy Webber, our Sample Coordinator, put together this heart shaped nameplate display board to share with you for Valentine's Day. When asked where she started, she commented "it's like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, one piece at a time". By the way, it's also Judy's birthday today. Happy Birthday Judy!
imag·ine verb \i-‘ma-jən\: to form a mental image of (something not present)
Choosing from the variety of colors, processes and materials available to create product identification that helps you stand out from your competitors requires imagination. This is one of the most important steps in designing a nameplate to support your brand identity. It is also a step that need not be taken alone. Manufacturers are a key resource in the beginning of a nameplate project.
Designers and suppliers work together in the early stages of product development – when anything is possible, any material can be considered and any manufacturing process is still on the table. Suppliers ask questions to better understand design requirements. This understanding drives materials and processes innovation. Designers ask questions to understand options in materials and processes also driving innovation and determining product direction. Both are benefiting from the process and exploration. This interaction fuels imagination and results in a stronger end product.
Request a Nameplate Materials and Processes Guide to begin fueling your imagination. Explore the options available to you in creating your product branding. Custom color matches, texture and assembly are only some of the options in creating your nameplate.
If you're not familiar with debossed graphics, they are elements of a nameplate which are recessed as result of a tooling operation. In nameplate design it is common to emboss graphics to add visual interest and depth to your product branding. Debossing is less common but just as effective in adding detail to nameplates. So for your inspiration, here are 12 nameplates with debossed graphics.
This week I was looking through our nameplate samples and came across these multi-color old Apple nameplates. I instantly thought it would be fun to share them here. It's not the first Apple logo but it is widely recognized as the predecessor to the white and silvery chrome design in use today.
The Apple logo is one of the most recognized corporate logos in the world. These multi-color Apple nameplates where printed with seven spot colors and embossed.
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