How to design metal business cards:
Metal is the material used to makebusiness cards. Metal is typically hard which is hard, shiny, fusible andductile. This material is used because it has good electrical and thermalconductivity. The most important thingwhile choosing material depend upon budget and personal aesthetic. This processof making metal business cards is very difficult anddifferent as compare to paper, wood or plastic. After selecting material nextstep is to choose design. There are different tools use for designing andmaking process and Ponoko is one of them.There is different thing to keep in mind while making the design of cards:
Logo is very important because it is the identity of anybusiness and unique design of a log is first and foremost need.
The most common shape for businesscard is square with rounded ends because it easily adjusts in wallets and ifthere is a small hole in one corner then it easily become the key ring, printing techniqueof die-cutting allowsyou to cut out any shape you want and still print in bulk, and if you reallywant to be playful or stand-out, you can use virtually any shape: animalmascots, outlines of products your sell, or a shape that is wholly original.
It is very important step. This mostly depends on the standard of the country, so that’s agood place to start
- North American Standard: 3.5 × 2 in. (88.9 × 50.8 mm)
- EuropeanStandard: 3.346 × 2.165 in. (85 × 55 mm)
- Oceania Standard: 3.54 × 2.165 in. (90 × 55 mm)
No problem the size, you constantlywant to think about three things when designing:
- Bleed area:the outmost part of the card expected to be removed.
- Trim line: cuttingcards tagline of company
- Safety line: everythingbeyond this line is focused to cut down errors. Do not let important elements like text or logos fall besidethis line.
Name : name of a person
Companyname : professional name of yourcompany
Jobtitle : title of your job which letothers how you met and what you do and how you even met
Phonenumber : professional contact number
Email :norm for non-urgent business communication
WebsiteURL : URL of your business website
Socialmedia: profile of your social accounts
Address : address of your company
QRcode : viable shortcut totransferring whatever data you desire.
Slogan :it is optional to print the slogan or tagline of your company
Do not use thin fonts as you areusing metal so thin fonts become indistinguishable. Typography is verynecessary factory because font of text should be completely legible.
Atthe end of the designing save the design in pdf format after you make sure thatevery is good and up to the standard what your client want.
After this, design is use in productionphase in which we cut metal but before cutting metal according to the size,shape and design first upload design file and metal is ready to start cutting.Chemical etching is the process used for cutting of metal. Etcher is the place which is sprayed by acidvery carefully in a controlled amount and then metal sheets are placed onto thatetcher.
Chemical etching can also createpartial engraving into the card’s surface. For any etched content, thechemicals etch approximately 10% into the card creating a slight indentationyou can see and feel. During chemical etching process there is also optionof adding textured finish to the specific positions on Business master cards.
For business metal cards efficiency and precision isvery important for good and quality work and that is why chemical etching is used for the production of metalbusiness cards to get good quality of work.
Chemical etching is good method for business metal cards but forcolorful business metal cards screen printing is used . For colors each metal card is chemically etched andthen screen printing done individually by hand.
Another method which is used for chemical etching of metal is Laser etching. In this method, low wattage of laser is used to hit the surface of metal sheets instead of chemical(acid) which is used in chemical etching but laser etching does not create much depth and this method etches on metal sheet in silver color. A great example of this is a QUICK METAL CARDS. Lasers are also used for cutting cards that are 1mm+ thick. Chemical etching does not give this one properly textures ahead of 1mm, so we laser cut these cards as an alternative.
Afterthe production of all cards last step in to check the quality of cards and forthis purpose all card are inspected through Quality control.
Thereare different methods which are using for metal business cards making. Thereis positive and negative impact of every method. While choosing the method itall depends which kind and design of metal business cards you want. Keepin your mind while making that is must fulfill your customer demand and also inbudget and within given budget it is efficient and precise.
One issue you may not be aware of isthat fingerprints may be obvious on your metal businesscards.They are especially visible on the specification of stainless steel, standardbrass and matt black stainless steel card finishes. On a metal business cardsthis is not actually a concern because cards are normally passed out just onceto the recipient. Though, for metal member cards, trustworthiness cards and bonuscards this may be further of a concern. To address this specific problem,development of card finishes to help mask fingerprints on cards. These arecalled brushed, prism and frosted finishes.
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