When it comes to designing your custom metal tag, Detroit Name Plate Etching offers various options to create the finished product. In addition to the type of material you will select, you will also want to consider the most appropriate process for your unique needs. Detroit Name Plate Etching offers for 14 different processes for creating custom tags. Continue reading to learn more about selecting a process for your custom metal tags.

Types of processes:

  • Chemical Etching
  • Screen Printing
  • Metalphoto®
  • Die Cutting
  • Dye Sublimation
  • Laser Cutting
  • CNC Machining
  • Embossing
  • Diamond Cutting
  • Injection Molding
  • Electroforming


Choosing a Process

Certain processes require a specific type of metal. For example, chemical etching is most effective on aluminum, brass, mild steel, stainless steel, and zinc. You will also want to take into consideration the environment your metal tag will be used in. Screen printing, for example, would not be appropriate for items being exposed to chemicals or abrasives.

The intended use of the tag will also play a role in selecting an appropriate process. Will you be using it as an asset tag? Will it be primarily used for branding purposes? Knowing how you plan to use the tag will help you identify the process that will best help you achieve your desired result.

When choosing a process, it is also important to keep your design needs in mind. If you are placing your metal tag on a surface that does not lay flat, like a cylinder, metal forming is a process you should consider. When your design calls for shapes and patterns to be cut out, laser cutting would be the best process for you.


If you are unsure of which material and process is most appropriate for your business needs, contact the experts at Detroit Name Plate Etching for more information. Our skilled and knowledgeable team will work with you to produce a durable and attractive metal tag that meets your needs