As you browse the Pinsource website looking for the perfect pin, wristband, key chain or lanyard for your next order, you’re likely to come across a wide variety of terms that you may or may not be familiar with. These terms are used to describe how all of our products are made, and each of them has some slight differences that you might not be aware of if you don’t know much about these processes.
Here are some definitions that may be helpful to you in your Pinsource browsing:
• Cast: Die casting involves taking molten metal and pouring it into a carved out die, also known as a mold. This method offers a great deal of detail in metal products.
• Die struck: To create a die-struck product, the manufacturer uses a die to push an image into a soft metal, such as gold or brass. The die has contours and recesses in it that create the image when the metal is pushed into it. While the level of detail in a die-struck product isn’t quite as deep as in casting, it is still an effective way of creating patterns and designs in metal.
• Embossing: The simple stamping of an image directly on to a material such as leather, suede or paper. The image then rises above the surface of the object that gets embossed.
• Engraving: The cutting of a design or lettering on a material, such as glass, wood or metal to give a permanent imprint.
• Etching: The product gets coated with a special acid-resistant solution in a special pattern. When the image is exposed on the product, the exposed metal gets attacked by the acid, leaving the etched pattern behind on the surface.
• Laminating: The process of coating an item with a layer of clear plastic. Paper can also be laminated by sticking it between two plastic sheets and running it through a laminating machine.
• Photo etched: This specific type of etching involves taking an illustration, picture or document and imprinting it on to metal with acid, then sealing it for protection.
If you have any other questions about any of the terms you see on the Pinsource website, please feel free to contact us. We’re happy to help in any way we can.