How are Embossed Metal Plates Made?

BY Rowena Taylor

Embossed Metal Plates

You may have seen embossed metal plates in many different places before; on a kitchen appliance you own, on that new lawnmower you just bought, on that cool baseball cap you got for your kid. These plates are easy enough to distinguish due to the tell-tale raised and recessed parts that are on them. The reason why businesses use nameplates that are embossed is due to the fact that this particular marking method produces 3-dimensional designs that capture the attention of people.

How exactly are these 3D tags made? What materials can you use when you create embossed metal plates? Where are these plates ideally used?

Let us begin with how these tags are usually made. Embossed metal plates are made with the use of pressure and heat. The patterns that you find on these plates are sometimes made with the use of a pair of rollers, one male and one female, creating the designs that are needed for the plates. Sometimes, these metal plates are crafted with the use of a pair of stamps, with one still considered a male stamp and the other a female stamp.

The materials that you can use to create embossed metal plates are metal sheets that are easy to mark. Included in the list of options you have are metals like aluminum, brass, bronze and stainless steel. These metals need to be of a specific thickness for these to carry the embossed designs well enough, and for such designs to last for as long as is needed. If the metal you choose is too thin, chances are, the design can easily get dented and damaged.

When it comes to usage, embossed metal plates can be used almost anywhere. As long as you feel you need a tag that has a 3-dimensional look, you should consider using embossed metal for this. Some examples of where these are used include name tags for heavy duty products like lawn mowers and drills, as well as branding tags for kitchen appliances like mixers and refrigerators. You can also find these embossed tags used on products for serial number and model number marking.

The method used for making these plates usually depends on where these are to be used. For example, if a company orders thousands of one design for labeling and branding needs, the manufacturer would probably have roller dies made (both male and female parts) and use this to create numerous tags that look all alike at the same time. If the tags that are needed are for a smaller company that requires only a few hundred tags or so, then stamping may be what will be used to create such tags.

To find out what best suits your needs, you should talk to your chosen nameplate manufacturer and ask about your options when it comes to embossed metal plates. They can present you with the kinds of manufacturing procedures that may be best for what you need, as well as the kinds of materials that will best suit your particular requirement and your budget. You can also ask about other marking options that can produce a 3-dimensional look, if you find that embossing cannot create the design you have in mind for your metal nameplates.

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