Does Anyone Know How Those Metal Emblem Stickers are Made?

10-16-2013, 08:06 PM
Howdy from Texas,

Those metal emblems that can be got from Hobby Design or FMD that feature the car logos like the kind you would normally get as photo-etch...does anyone here know how they are made?

Thanks in advance.

10-18-2013, 11:41 AM
They can be made by one of two methods:

1) They invented a shrink ray and reduced full sized metal emblems.
2) Oompa Loompas are using extremely small CNC machines.

My money is on #2.

10-18-2013, 02:55 PM
Oh please! Everybody knows, there´s no such thing as shrinking rays.
It is definitely the Oompa Loompas, but they´re not using CNC machines:grinno::

United States Patent 6916518
A transfer sticker with metal powder made by the steps of coating a substrate with a first isolating layer; coating the first isolating layer with a resin layer; coating the resin layer with a metal powder layer by an electroplating process; printing a first protecting resin layer pattern on the metal powder layer; etching the metal powder layer for shape and to cause the patterns to protrude; washing away the etching reagents; printing a second protecting resin layer on the first protecting resin layer to protect the patterns in shape; printing an adhesive layer on the second protecting resin layer; and then attaching a second isolating layer to the adhesive layer. The transfer sticker made in accordance with this method has exquisite patterns that can be transferred completely without other residual parts of the sticker.

10-18-2013, 03:39 PM
The best thing about them, besides added realism, is that they are scratch and sniff.

10-18-2013, 09:17 PM
They make these metallic foil stickers in hobby craft too, there are kits for simplistic ones, which you can buy, the more detailed ones are done on more sophisticated machines

I don't have an ALPS printer, but being a ribbon cartridge style, they print white and possibly metallic also, though would not necessarily be raised intaglio style print method

10-23-2013, 09:22 AM
All kidding aside, thanks to everyone for your help.

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