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2D vs 3D Pins

Striking 3D 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 bring your ideas into lifelike reality. Drawing from the traction of various industries, 3 dimensions are found throughout the fields of entertainment, technology, and now, even marketing. From 3D movies to 3D printing, and to 3D promotional products, these techniques add a “pop” of life to their products. And when it comes to elevating your custom pin designs, few styles can compete with the added dimension of 3D. Because you don’t live your life in two dimensions. And now, your logo, brand, or messaging doesn’t have to either.

Whether your personalized design is best portrayed through imagery or lettering, incorporating another dimension allows you to add detail and realism into your product. This eye-catching style can create intrigue and awe or playful whimsy, depending on the design. Made from real bronze and copper metals, these custom pins have a sculpted look and feel, with even the smallest of lines, ridges, and recessions captured. And because of this lifelike detail, 3D pins become statement pieces that stand out in a crowd.

Die Struck or Casting?

With limitless design options, it’s easy to create three-dimensional pins that will fit your team or organization's 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. three-dimensional 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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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 three-dimensional 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. three-dimensional 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.

Three Dimensional Pins and Casting

Unlike die striking, where a preset logo is physically struck into a blank (a smooth piece of metal), 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 Casting takes 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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Color Accenting on Your 3D Pin

Incorporating color into your three-dimensional pin design is like adding sprinkles to the top of an ice cream sundae. It takes something that’s already great and makes it even better. This color is often added to a design with both two and three-dimensional areas, on which the flat, recessed areas of the 2-dimensional sections are filled with vibrant shades. Then, emerging from the recessed and color-filled areas are the life-like, detailed 3D designs that stand out in striking contrast. This raised effect, in combination with the recessed color, draws extra attention to the 3D design.
Another way to incorporate multiple shades into your 3D designs is through accenting with plating varieties. From real gold to antique bronze, and shiny silver, the Monterey Company has everything you need to make an eye-catching piece that you, your employees, and your clientele will love to wear.