Fabricated Metal Awards
One of the most popular types of custom awards we create for our clients are our fabricated metal awards. Our customers often ask about the difference between sculpture awards and fabricated awards. In short, sculpture awards are created using a traditional casting process, which utilizes an original model and mold, while fabricated awards are hand-produced one award at a time. Fabricated awards can be produced from many different materials, including metal, wood, crystal, glass, and pre-existing objects that are meaningful to organization commissioning the awards. This page focuses on our fabricated metal awards, which are created by using high-precision machining or waterjet cutting to extract custom images and shapes from raw metal materials.
One of the advantages of fabricated metal awards is that the simpler metal designs can deliver very affordable price points for organizations and individuals with a strict budget, since a model or mold are not required. Or, conversely, the more complex fabricated metal awards can deliver truly stunning visual results.
In addition, fabricated metal awards are extremely flexible in terms of the aspects of the award that can customized for your specific awards, including their shape, size, finishes and colors. Some of the variables that can be adjusted with these custom awards are outlined below.
As stated above, custom fabricated metal awards can be created in nearly any size, ranging from a small medallion to large, freestanding awards that can be mounted on a large stand and displayed in a lobby. Because there are no molds involved in the fabrication process, resizing an award is a relatively painless task, often saving money in the long run.
A Different Look
Fabricated metal awards often have an 'industrial' or 'modern' look. Due to the fabrication process, the end result yields custom awards with a sharper-edged or 'machined' look, which works better than sculpture awards in some situations that require this design aesthetic. A number of process-specific finishing options are also available when choosing fabricated metal Awards. A few of those processes are outlined below.
Fabricated metal awards can be created in an endless variety and combination of colors. We utilize a number of processes to add color to your fabricated metal awards, including anodizing, powder-coating, painting, electroplating and several others. Outlined below are some of the most common finishes for fabricated metal awards. Be sure to talk with our knowledgeable sales team to find the best fit and finish for your project.
Anodizing is a quick and simple way to add a touch of color to a fabricated metal award. Anodizing is an electrochemical process that converts the metal surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion-resistant, anodic oxide finish. The finish quality of the color is dependent on the finish of the metal. A high polished metal will produce a glossy look, while a brushed metal will produce a duller, flatter finish. Anodizing is perfect for adding color to an award while still keeping the raw material features (metal grain) intact. Anodizing is best utilized when applying one color to a large area. While anodizing is one of the least expensive options for adding color to an award, it is limited in the variety of colors you may choose, making some unusual brand color schemes tough to match.
Powder-coating is a type of coating that is applied as a free-flowing powder, not a liquid like paint, making it much easier to apply color to areas that traditional painting cannot reach. Powder-coating is by far the most durable of all the color finishes and was specifically created for such a purpose. This finish is best for covering large areas with a single color. This premium finish will hold up to the elements and works perfectly for both indoor and outdoor applications. Like anodizing, powder-coating finishes have a limited palette, so matching a custom branding color may prove difficult. But, unlike anodizing, there are literally hundreds of colors to choose from.
Painting is easily the most versatile of all of the finishing options for fabricated metal awards. Our fabrication team can create, mix, and match nearly any color or finish that your project may require. We work with many different types of paint, ranging from high quality automotive finishes, to epoxy resins, all the way down to a less expensive acrylic or enamel based paint. Paint can be finished in a number of different finishes as well, including high-gloss clear finishes, colored "candy apple" finishes, and matte flat finishes. The options are nearly endless. Just be sure to talk with a member of our sales team to find the right fit for your project.
Much like our other awards, metal plating your fabricated metal awards is also an option. Metal plating has a very limited palette, however. We mostly work with the industry standard gold, silver, and copper plating. For a more detailed description, please see our Plating Options page.
Raw Metal Finishing
Another finish option when choosing fabricated metal awards, is to leave the metal, well, metal. We can opt to high polish the surface to give it a mirror-like appearance, or bead blast it to dull the surface (like most Apple products). We can provide a custom brushed finish, a scored finish, or even a custom grind finish to achieve the look you're after. As always, if you have any questions about raw metal finishes, consult a member of our sales team and they will answer any questions you may have.