These solid aluminum plates are designed for use in sublimation Dye-Sub image transfer machine and can be used for a variety of purposes from personal pictures to desk or door plates to plaques and awards (not intended for engraving). Other uses are jewelry and artwork. Print directly to metal with these specialty formulated aluminum plates that will give you a reflective metal finish.
These are made from high quality aluminum designed for dye sublimation and will have a finish that uniform, smooth, and blemish-free. All of our engraving plates are guaranteed to be manufactured as the ‘best available’ in the industry and you will receive the highest quality that is proudly made in the USA.
- Solid Aluminum Made In The USA
- Material Thickness; aluminum is .020" inches / .51 mm
- Brushed aluminum has a brushed/satin silver finish
- These metal plates are intended for use with sublimation (Surface heat and pressure transfer). These engraving plates are not intended to be used for laser type engraving machines
- The custom cut plaques come with a clear thin plastic coating to protect the image side of the plate and should be removed before sublimation
- If you order customized holes punched into the plates, the actual size will be 3mm in diameter and is placed approximately 3mm from the edge of the plate
Plates have a soft "Poly-coating" that allows you to transfer in a short time (at about 390 heat) 40-45 seconds with very light pressure (usea image/paper about 1/8 " inch larger to cover entire plate)
If you need a size not listed above, please feel free to contact us for quotations of special cut sizes
Custom sizes, holes, and corners or any other customization fall under our "Customization's Return Policy"
How to choose plates
Our best selling engraving plates are Brass and Aluminum (Brushed are a bit more popular than and Bright) that are used on trophy's, plaques, awards, memorials, desk nameplates, and other engraving work. If you choose brushed brass or brushed aluminum, you will be using the most popular engraving plates. For coated engraving plates, our black aluminum and laser black aluminum (if your using a laser engraver) are the top choices for customers.
The various aluminum colors can be used to match a background or picture and the anodized aluminum is designed for accessories or outdoor use. Both the colored aluminum and anodized aluminum are designed for scratch or rotary engraving.
Choose by exposure
Solid metal brass and aluminum will maintain their color but painted or coated plates can wear off from physical wear and abrasion or when the plates are significantly bent, heated, or exposed to chemicals. The anodized metals are designed to withstand weather and wear and will maintain their surface even with outdoor exposure, sunlight, and moisture.
Looking to use them for another purpose?
The solid metal engraving plates can be heated, bent, or soldered (coated plates should NOT). Brass and aluminum without colors can be bent and modified (there can be some surface discoloring applying a torch and you may need to protect the metal when heating or possibly polish it after) because of surface treatments, you should do some testing before starting important projects.
If you need help choosing plates, just contact us and we will try to provide some help in choosing the best plates for your needs.