We use different processes depending on which one has the best effect on a particular product. These include:
Laser Engraving - a laser is used to etch your design 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, crystal awards, glass awards, plaques and more.
UV Printing - is a process where UV curable 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. Our new generation UV printers allow us to print directly onto flat surfaces of glass, crystal, plastic, metal and timber products, creating beautiful, realistic textures and vivid colours with incredible detail. Hugely versatile, we can use this process for printing on sports trophies, acrylic awards, crystal awards, glass awards, plaques and more.
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. Although attractive, this is an expensive & time intensive method which we generally only use for our range of prestige silver cups, or to match engraving on existing perpetual awards.
Colour Sublimation: is a process through which sublimation inks are printed onto specialty paper, which is then heat transferred to aluminium plate with a colour receptive coating. Sublimation has mostly been phased out by UV colour printing, although we still use the process in a small number of applications where UV can't be used.