How we do it
Learn some of the techniques and methods we use to make our awards beautiful and memorable.
We understand that it can be an overwhelming task while searching for your perfect awards. There is a lot of new jargon and options to go through. Therefore, to make your experience as easy and seamless as possible, we compiled a list of methods and processes we use to personalize our awards along with photos and examples for your to review. Feel free to ask us any questions in our chat room.
Surface engraving can be performed using several techniques such as UV print, Sandblasting and CO2 Laser. Regardless of the method used, surface engraving refers to any type of engraving that is placed on the surface of glass, stone or any other material. Read more
2D Subsurface engraving
Subsurface engraving, another words “under surface” is only possible in glass and crystal. 2D subsurface engraving refers to engraving or etching any two dimensional objects such as text and/or logos beneath the surface of the glass and is often done for plaques and any type of flat glass.
3D Subsurface engraving
Just like 2D Subsurface engraving, 3D subsurface engraving can also only be made beneath the surface of glass and crystal. However, instead of two dimensional objects, it allows us to engrave 3D objects such as 3D models, 3D text/logos and graphics.
Sandblasting or sand carving is a method where a stencil is used to mask the area to be engraved. A highly pressurized stream of fine sand is blasted on the award covered by a stencil. Highly pressurized sand carves text, logos or graphics directly in glass, crystal or stone.
Sandblasting with color fill
Same exact technique is used as in regular sandblasting. However, after the sandblasting is done, we later fill the carved text, logo or image with a color paint, usually white or black, although virtually any color can be used. This allows us to achieve the look of sandblasting but with a nice touch of color.
UV Printing technology allows us to surface print any text, image, logo or graphic in full color on glass, acrylic and stone. The UV printer can print directly on any flat surface. It uses specialized ink that is hardened when exposed to UV light. This allows the print to be protected from the elements such as dust, chipping and water.
Although sublimation has many uses in other industries, we mainly use this technique to imprint metal tags or plates that we can attach to various awards. This technology works by printing text, image or logo in black or full color on a specialized sublimation paper to later transfer the printed image to a metal plate using a heat press.