2D vs 3D Pins

Striking 3-D designs offers detail and when additional details or small cutouts are needed a casting process may off the detail needed and your sales rep will make suggestions to the best process.

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The difference between 2D and 3D lapel pins?

3D pins have been gaining popularity. First with the movies, then with printing and now with promo products. But what is the difference between 3D and without?  3D gives a design a whole new perspective and character. One of the best things about a sculpted pin is their ability to mimic life. Life isn’t 2D and neither does your logo have to be. Whether you design your product with lettering or an image, 3D will give your design a detailed and realistic appearance. Sculpted from the bronze or copper metals, your design will stand out. At The Monterey Company, we specialize in getting your 3D pin design down to the smallest detail. Whether you are looking to take your logo or a selected image to the next step, 3D sculpting will bring your design to life. In fact, if 3D movies and 3D pins had one thing in common, it would be pop. Both have the detailed power to capture their audience’s attention, arguably even more so, it seems, than their flat cousins.

Die Struck or Casting?

With limitless design options, it’s easy to create 3D pins that will fit your team or organizations style while being uniquely eye-catching. Nonprofits, sports teams, businesses, and schools also use lapel pins. With so many uses at so little expense, these high-quality items are hard to beat! Both 2d and 3d can be made by die striking your logo into either copper, brass or bronze. 3D pins can also be made using the casting process. Casting allows for your design to include really fine details or small cut-outs.

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Design your own 3D pins today with any logo or image! Simply click here to fill out a free quote request.

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2D vs 3D Lapel Pins

There is often a question on what the difference is between a 2-D and a 3-D. A 2-D or two-dimensional design has only 2 layers vs 3D designs. 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.

3D Sculpted Pin Designs

Two-dimensional designs are made with a raised area and recessed area to achieve the details of your design. While we can sometimes add up to three levels to your design in order to achieve the desired look, 3D sculpting can add impressive elegance to your finished product. 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.

3D Pins And Casting

Unlike die striking, where a preset logo is physically struck into a blank (a 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 molds used to create Cast 3D take a bit longer to make than standard 2D dies because they are more complex and are handmade. Once the color has been poured and hardened, it is time to add the plating.

Die-cast pins are made through the casting process, as opposed to the stamping or die-striking processes of other pin styles. Casting is achieved through the creation of a custom mold, based on the pieces’ design, in which liquid metal is poured, creating a three-dimensional representation of the design. Die casting showcases a design’s intricate details, unique shapes, and varied textures better than other processes.

Three-dimensional pins are made through the die-casting process in which molten metal is poured into a mold, filling into the cracks and crevices of the design. Once the hot metal has hardened and cooled, the contents are removed from the mold, leaving a multi-dimensional look.

Add color to your custom 3D pin: Just because a pin is die cast, creating a three-dimensional representation of your design, doesn’t mean you can’t add color accents and details to your finished product. Add soft or hard enamel color to the recessed areas in your design, making a vibrant “pop” for your logo or image. Finish your piece with gold, silver, or bronze plating, and add textures and finishes for added detail.

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