printing & artwork processes

To provide a high-impact long lasting visual message, the choice of acrylic awards and embedments is clearly unique. There is almost an unlimited variety of sizes and shapes to choose from. 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. Check out our different processes we can do to put your own personal touch to your 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?  Do you want a white card with printing, or a clear “acetate” insert with your logo floating?  How about a full color digital print?

 

For further customization methods, check out the processes listed below:

Digital Printing – easiest full color option – Photo of your artwork

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  as a digital print, as a photo version of 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.

Printing on 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.

Description: Clear Lucite rectangle with printed card insert and beveled edges.

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.

Part 1 Name: Open Faced Prism

Description: clear Lucite open faced prism.  Embedments in back two panels to face out through the wide side front.  Printed card financial tombstone in back left panel.  Electronic Digital Print of mountain artwork in back right panel.

Part 2 Name: Trapezoid

Description: Clear Lucite trapezoid with 3 panel back and a slant top. Printed card embedments on the back 3 panels. Laser engraved logo on the slant top.

Silk Screened Clear Film 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.

Description: Clear Lucite square with customer supplied item and acetate embedments.

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.

Part Name: Wedge Prism

Description: Clear Lucite wedge prism with 1/8 black plex bottom.  Screened gold brass plate embedment on the slant.

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!

Description: Clear Lucite rectangle with acetate embedment. Laser engraving on the back.

Double Casts & Inner Core

Our in house artists have the ability to take multiple cards for various shapes and reproduce them and embed them so they look suspended in place within a cube or multi-side piece.  Through the use of our double cast process ( cube within a cube) we can align the cards to a second casting of the same shape and pour over this core piece.

Description:  Clear Lucite pentagon block.  Clear double cast inner core with custom double cast Lucite cheese wedge with acetate attached To side. Electronic printed cards and acetates on the five sides and top facing out.

Digital Photo Prints

Digital Photo Prints ( or “E” Prints) are electronic photo prints that allow you to use most artwork easily since we just use our special photo process to copy the artwork you provide to us. Please remember however that the final result will be exactly what you provide – ( staple marks or folds will show if your copy has them). 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. No PMS Matching or color matching available as is the case with a photo.

Part Name: Hexagon

Description:  Flat hexagon shape with die cut electronic printed card embedment.

Metal Castings -Mini Parts

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

Mini-Booklets

We can miniature & reproduce your booklet or individual pages into an 8, or 16 page min booklet. We fan the pages within the Lucite shape. All 8 or 16 pages will be printed and you can select the order or leave some blank.

Part Name: Hexagon block

Description:  Clear Lucite hexagon block with fanned booklet reduction embedment. Acetate embedment in top floating above The fanned booklet.

Oil Drops

We can add an oil drop ( we produce the drop & can also provide the oil) & add your own oil or our oil to the Lucite piece/shape you choose.

Part Name: Machined Oil Barrel

Description:  Clear lucite machined oil barrel shape. Century oil drop embedment in center of barrel. Acetate embedment of logos And copy.

Accessories & Printing Options

for your Lucite Project

To provide a high-impact long lasting visual message, the choice of acrylic awards and embedments is clearly unique. There is almost an unlimited variety of sizes and shapes to choose from. 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. Check out our different processes we can do to put your own personal touch to your award.

PYRAMID 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.

RECTANGLE

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.

WEDGE

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.

PRISM SHAPE

This award features a standard prism shape, with an embedded globe. The text is achieved through a screened acetate insert.

HALF OVAL

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.

OBELISK

This standard obelisk award features a screened acetate insert with a black plexi bottom

OVAL

This standard oval award features a screened silver plate with a black plexi bottom

TRIANGLE SHAPE

This standard triangle award features a screened acetate insert and a black bottom with beveled edges.

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ART DEPARTMENT

A Better Idea’s production Art Department’s job starts with the preflighting of every piece of artwork that is sent for a project. The goal is to provide our customers with as much information before starting a project. Once artwork has been submitted to our art department, highly trained artists process the art to the specific characteristics for our unique and custom processes. Our artists are skilled in all the major art platforms, which include Illustrator, Freehand, Corel Draw and PhotoShop. Have extra time and need help with recreating or typesetting? On a case by case basis, our talented artists can help for an art charge. Contact your sales representative.

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.

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.

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.

Machining

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

  COLOR LUCITE FOR BACKGROUND OR BOTTOM