printing & artwork processes

To provide a high-impact long lasting visual message, the choice of Lucite awards and embedments is clearly unique. There is almost an unlimited variety of sizes and shapes to choose from. The result is a classic gleaming award. You must select the "look" you want for your custom award.  Our sales specialists will ask you about your artwork:  how many colors?  1 or 2 sides?  Dou you want a white card with printing, or a clear "acetate" insert with your logo floating?

Combined with the design flexibility there are a multitude of methods to incorporate your message either embedded inside of the piece or imprinted on its surface. For further customization methods, check out the processes listed below:

           

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PYRAMID SHAPE RECTANGLE WEDGE PRISM SHAPE
This standard pyramid award features an embedded metal cast miniature, a blown glass water drop, and custom tinted bottom. The text is achieved by using an offset printed card. This standard rectangle award features custom cut miniature wood doors with metal cast door knobs. The rectangle has a custom tinted gray background. The text is achieved through a screened clear acetate insert. This standard wedge award features custom laser cut plexi letter in front of a custom molded acrylic wave. It also features a sand blasted frosted back. The text is achieved by using a screened clear acetate insert. This award features a standard prism shape, with an embedded globe. The text is achieved through a screened acetate insert.
HALF OVAL OBELISK OVAL TRIANGLE SHAPE
This standard standing half oval award features a cibachrome photograph, in front of a black plexi background. The text is achieved by using a screened clear acetate insert. This standard obelisk award features a screened acetate insert with a black plexi bottom This standard oval award features a screened silver plate with a black plexi bottom This standard triangle award features a screened acetate insert and a black bottom with beveled edges.

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Offset Printing - White Card
 

Normal printing and copy methods do not stand up to the heat and polymerization process involved in Lucite production. Our in house printing department prints on special white card stock a variety of flat colors, as well as four-color process print jobs. Cards, bond certificates, and books can all be re-produced. We cannot guarantee client supplied printed cards since we don't produce them.

Silk Screened Acetates - Clear Insert  

Your PMS color for logos or copy can be silk screened directly onto clear acetate film for the magical suspended look inside of the Lucite.....sometimes referred to as clear inserts.   Screen printed clear acetate film is embedded into the acrylic to give a magical suspended look to your imprint. PMS color matches are attempted, however due to the embedment process, cannot be guaranteed.  The most popular method.
Screened Brass Plates
 

By Screening inks onto a highly polished brass plate your copy presents an elegant, rich presentation. This can be enhanced by adding a black Lucite background 1/4" or 1/2". Several brass plate sizes available. 1 or 2 color printing on plates.  Silver plates also available. Call 401-841-5646 for pricing.
 
Offset Printing - up to 4 color process
 

Normal printing and copy methods do not stand up to the heat and polymerization process involved in Lucite production. Our in house printing department prints on special white card stock a variety of flat colors, as well as four-color process print jobs. Cards, bond certificates, and books can all be re-produced. We cannot guarantee client supplied printed cards since we don't produce them.

Laser Engraving

 

Through the use of hi-tech scribing lasers we can etch into the surface of the Lucite, leaving a frosted image of your logo or copy. This can be the primary copy or a background to other embedments inside the Lucite. Laser engraving is a highly specialized look.  A less expensive option is to surface screen in a frost white color on the front or back.  Please call us to discuss your options!

Laser Cutting

This unique process allows you to add dimension to your colored logo when embedded inside the acrylic. These sheets of color acrylic are laser cut into your shape and then embedded in the Lucite.  The laser cut setup and each insert piece is an additional charge added to the total price. Call 401-841-5646 for details.

Laser Engraving

If personalization is what you need, LuciteTombstones.com can engrave the award recipients name directly onto the Lucite to further customize the parts. The engraving can either be left as a frosted etching or highlighted by color filling.  You can ask about adding the recipient name on any piece, laser engraved on the surface.

2 & 3 Dimensional Molding

Our in house artists have the ability to mold and shape our products into many different designs. Through the use of our urethane molding we can also add product replicas to your custom awards. We will need a diagram or photo faxed to us or an actual part to replicate.  You provide the shape or shape drawing to have our designers work from.
Cibachrome - Digital Photo Prints
 

Ciba's are embeddable photographs, which can be used as the primary focal point inside the Lucite, or as a background for other copy. These are photographs or full color inserts.
 
Metal Castings -Mini Parts
 

We have hundreds of stock metal castings that we have designed over the years for embedments inside the Lucite.

 
Silk Screened Clear Inserts
 
Screen printed clear acetate film is embedded into the acrylic to give a magical suspended look to your imprint. PMS color matches are attempted, however due to the embedment process, cannot be guaranteed.
 



 
Computer Engraving
If personalization is what you need, A Better Idea! can engrave the award recipients name directly onto the acrylic to further customize the parts. The engraving can either be left as a frosted etching or highlighted by color filling.



 
2 & 3 Dimensional Molding
Whether a flat custom map or logo shape or a fully dimensional product replica, we can make what you need.



 
Cibachrome or Photos
Cibachromes are embeddable photographs printed on special photographic paper, which can be used as the primary focal point inside the acrylic, or as a background for other processes.



 
Metal Casting
Choose from one of our hundreds of stock metal cast miniatures to help enhance your imprinted message or we can custom mold a metal casting or medallion for you. All castings are made for embedment in our acrylic products exclusively.


 
Screened Brass Plates
For a more elegant look, we can screen print your imprint onto one or two sides of a silver or gold brass plate to be embedded into a acrylic memento.


 
Offset Printing
We can offset print your message or reproduce a miniaturized version of your existing art for embedment in clear acrylic. Our in-house printing department can print four-color process as well as a large variety of spot colors. PMS color matches are attempted, however due to the embedment process, cannot be guaranteed.


 
Laser Engraving

Through the use of high-tech scribing lasers we can etch into the surface of the acrylic, leaving a frosted image of your logo or copy. This can be the primary copy or a background to other embedments inside the acrylic or can be used to burn your image into wood bases.


 
Laser Cutting
Using A Better Idea's high-tech cutting laser, your logo may be cut from colored plex and embedded into acrylic adding a unique dimensional effect to your colored logo.


 
Machining
Special shapes and cuts can be made by machining the acrylic.


 
Art
Using your supplied electronic or camera ready art, or creating it in our in-house art department we will make your imprint look its best for our imprinting processes.


 
Sculpting
Our in house sculptors give the ability to add custom 2 or 3 dimensional shape to our acrylic or urethane resin molded products.

Machining or Hand Sculpturing - Special Quote Needed

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