We use different processes depending on which process has the best effect on a particular product. These include:
Laser Engraving - a laser is used to etch your wording either directly into the surface of your award or on an engraving plate attached to your award, using a high energy, focused laser beam. Hugely versatile, we can use this process for engraving sports trophies, acrylic awards, plaques and more.
UV Printing - specialty inks are laid down directly to the surface of the award, which are then cured by a UV light for a bright, textured and durable finish. On some (but not all) corporate awards we're able to use full colour UV. These versatile machines can also be used to print colour or monochrome on sports trophies, medals, acrylics, plaques, timber and most other flat surfaces.
Rotary/Diamond Drag Engraving - is the process by which a spindle driven tool cuts into the surface of the material to a set depth, carving a groove or character into the surface. Alternatively in softer metals, a diamond tipped cutting tool drags or routs the groove into the surface of the award (without using a spinning cutter). Although very attractive, this is a time consuming and expensive method to engrave; we generally only use this process on our range of prestige silver cups, or to match engraving on existing perpetual awards.
Colour Sublimation: is a process through which special inks are printed onto sublimation paper, which is then heat transferred to sublimation plates (aluminium plate with a colour receptive coating). Sublimation has mostly been phased out by the much more versatile UV Colour Printers, although it's still used in a small number of applications.