There are many benefits of having your coins designed in 3D.
You can put anything on a lapel pin including the face of a loved one.
One customer recently asked The Monterey Company to create a commemorative pin of their beloved golf pro, coach and friend. They provided a photo of him, with a big smile, touching his cap, while his shirt lapels blew in the breeze.
There were a couple of options. One would be a printed pin with his face in full color, or a 3-D die struck pin with no color made to look like the image on a penny.
The salesperson at The Monterey Company strongly suggested the later. A 3-D CNC rendering would be like a clay mold of the man’s face, she said. It shows much more than 2-D, including the curves of his nose and the thickness of his cheeks and chin. It even showed his rounded fingers!
To add 3-D to any lapel pin, there is a $150 set-up charge. The best part is that you only need to pay that once, added Paul Stark, president of The Monterey Company. All 3-D set-ups on exact repeat orders are free.
The artwork for the 3-D CNC molding is included in the $150 production price, but it takes time to create. Generally, it takes 3-5 days. It’s a nice thing to show the client, if you have time, the salesperson added. That way, they’ll know exactly how the image is going to turn out.
She chose a ¾ inch shiny gold round pin with the pros 3-D image in the middle. Around the outside were the words, Coach, Friend and PGA Pro.
Once completed, this lapel pin is going to be part of the sign-up package of a golf tournament that the pro had started 30 years ago.
A lot of people who will be playing in that tournament knew him well, said the customer. This pin will be a nice tribute to him.
She said that the extra pins will be sold separately at the pro shop and given to a charity in his honor.
3-D CNC molding has been used to create people’s faces, animals and historical buildings, to name a few.