There is often question on what the difference is between a 2-D finish and a 3-D finish. A 2-D or two dimensional coin really has only 2 layers. There is a background and a raised surface. This is a great option for a text only or silhouette custom piece. With a 3-D or 3 dimensional surface, there is a full range of textures and detail that can be added. 3-D is a great option for depicting nature scenes for example, as it can provide the kind of detail that can make it almost picturesque. Striking 3-D designs offers detail and when additional details or small cut outs are needed a casting process may off the detail needed and your sales rep will makes suggestions to the best process.
3D & 2D Gallery: A pin that captures the three dimensional style.
Casting Process: Unlike die striking, where a preset logo is physically struck into a blank (smooth piece of metal), 3D die cast lapel pins are produced when molten metal is poured under high pressure into a pre-created mold of your design. Pouring under high-pressure results in a clean smooth surface and a uniformly accurate final result. The dies used to create Cast 3D pins take a bit longer to make than standard 2D dies because they are more complex and are handmade. Once the pins have been poured and hardened, it is time to add the plating.
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3-D Lapel Pins:
A standard two dimensional die offers only a raised area and recessed area to achieve the details of your design. While we can sometimes add up to three levels to your coin in order to achieve the desired look, 3D sculpting can add impressive elegance to your coins. 3D dies offer multiple levels of relief, not normally attainable using standard die-striking methods. Instead of only one raised area and one recessed area (as in 2D styles) this type of sculpting shows topographical contours in order to create the complex shapes and detail of animals, architectural replicas and human faces.