Adding Depth to Your Nameplate with a Formed Edge

There has been a strong trend in adding depth to product branding with a formed edge or skirt. Nameplates are often designed with a skirt to add to the visual weight of the product branding. In some cases this is used as an alternative to a heavy cast badge. In others it is used to offer a finished edge to the nameplate hiding a raw aluminum edge.

  metal nameplates with wiped down skirt


  • Depth
    • Minimum skirt length of .040"
    • Maximum skirt length of .200" (additional tooling is required for greater depth and requires more discussion and review to confirm feasibility on a case by case scenario)


  • Radius minimum of .040" - this can be impacted by these factors and are subject to review
    • Finish or Decoration Process
    • Material Thickness
    • Test Requirements
  • Additional tool operations are required

Attachment of Your Nameplate

There are several options for attaching a  nameplate with a skirt. Our engineers can help you understand the benefits and limitations of each. The four most frequently used options are:

  1. Design a mating surface with the same contour
  2. Fill the back surface with a backplate
  3. Apply a foam adhesive
  4. Design tabs into the badge
Mating Surface with Same Contour

metal bonded to plastic

In this option the plastic component that the nameplate is attached to is molded to have the same shape as the back side of the nameplate. In other words, the aluminum nameplate is formed to the contour and shape of the mating product housing. A heat activate adhesive is commonly used in this application.

Nameplate Back Surface Filled with a Backplate

plastic backer metal nameplate

A metal or plastic backplate is used to fill the space created on the back of a nameplate with a skirt. Adhesive is applied to both sides of the backplate for adhesion to the nameplate and bonding to the product. This example shown here uses molded-in features in the backplate to further assist with attachment to the end product.

Foam Adhesive 

foam backer metal nameplate

Foam adhesive is available in various thicknesses to be used as both a filler and a method of attachment for aluminum nameplates. This is a good choice when the nameplate is being applied to a rough surface.  It can be more cost effective than using a backplate since it requires minimal or no investment in tooling.


tabbed metal badges

Obviously this option requires accommodations in the mating part. Tabs can be designed as a snap-fit or to be crimped. A badge with tabs can eliminate the need for adhesive. They also assist with precise alignment of the brand identification to the end product.

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in October 2011 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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