Marking Methods According to the Thickness of Your Metal Nameplates

Metal NameplatesMetal nameplates come in a wide variety of sizes and thicknesses. The thickness and size of the metal being used for the creation of such plates is a person’s prerogative, however with that choice comes a number of restrictions. One such limitation that certain thicknesses bring with them is the marking method that you can choose with these.

When it comes to marking mediums used with metal nameplates, you will find that you actually have quite a wealth of choices. There are many procedures for you to choose from, and choosing the right thickness metal will make some of these marking methods work better for you. There are also a few of these that cannot be used on thinner metals, but are excellent with thick metals, and a few that are amazing on thin metals but may not be that ideal when used on metals that are thicker.

Apart from the thicknesses, you also need to take into consideration that since manufacturers use machines that can only carry metals up to a specific size. If your metal plates are too big or too small for a particular procedure, you might have to opt for another kind of marking method that is similar to what you want. What do we mean by this? Let us venture to understand further.

For example, if you are choosing between a thin kind of aluminum and a thicker one, you need to understand that a very thin piece of metal may be difficult to mark with the use of etching. Since this will need a metal thick enough to create the raised and recessed parts that are made with the use of acid, you will need to choose a thicker metal for this. If you want the raised and recessed designs for your nameplates, you might have to choose an alternative method with similar results, like engraving.

Apart from this, other marking methods that you can choose to use for thin metals as opposed to thick metals include stamping for thin metals, and embossing for thicker metals. You can also choose hot stamping for the thicker options, although this can still work with slightly thinner options as well.

What you choose in terms of marking options will depend partly on the metal thickness you choose, so it might be a good idea to ask an expert or your favorite nameplate manufacturer for advice on what thickness is best for the design you have in mind. You should also ask about what thickness is best for the kind of tag you are creating, since this will also play a part in you choosing the best kind of tag for your requirements.

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