Matt Black Metal Cards

Key Features


Produced using marine grade stainless steel, our exclusive matt black metal business cards are truly exquisite. Using our photochemical production process, we cut through the steel and then laser etch the graphics and text into the tough, anodised matt black surface, bringing your design to life. Our black metal cards are available in your choice of 200, 300 or 400 micron thick steel.


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Exclusive Black Stainless Steel

We have produced a wide range of coloured metal cards for a while, but we kept being asked ‘can you do black?’. Our usual process for colouring the steel involves adding a tinted translucent lacquer to the surface of the card. However, without bending the laws of physics, creating a lacquer that’s both black and translucent is impossible. So we had to find an alternative solution. Instead, we anodise the marine grade stainless steel. This provides a tough, matt finish. We then laser etch and cut the artwork into its surface using the same process as our original metal business cards. 

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Cut & Etch

Using our precision photo-chemical milling process, we can etch and cut the steel with incredible accuracy. This allows for intricate patterns, perforations and grilles. Rather than printing onto the surface of the metal, which tends to rub away over time, we etch the text into the steel itself. The lighter core of the steel is revealed providing exquisite contrast between the etching and blackened surface.  

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Custom Shaping

Not only can we cut through the steel, but we can also alter the shape of the card itself by cutting away metal from the cards perimeter. Moreover, as long as the desired shape fits within the dimensions of a standard card, there is no additional charge.


Specifications

 

  1. Text and graphics are chemically milled away from the card by first applying a photoresistive film to the surface of the metal and exposing the steel to acid.
     
  2. Once the surface of the stainless steel has been etched away, the lighter core of the material is exposed, ensuring contrast and legibility. 
     
  3. Precision cut-throughs are achieved by etching into the same position on the front and back of the stainless steel, until the two areas meet, forming a hole.
A schematic illustration, shown in isometric perspective, that details some of the design features unique to the black metal cards. These include etching and precision cut-throughs. The maximum dimensions of 86mm by 54mm are also shown. 

Free Design Service

Designing a metal card is no picnic. Creating a stunning layout while maintaining the structural integrity of the card can be challenging. Fortunately, we provide a completely free design service to all customers who do not already have artwork. Once we have collected a few pieces of information, our design team puts together an initial concept. We then create a photo-realistic, digital mockup using our innovative proofing system. This shows how the card would look once produced. Using your feedback, we make revisions until you are 100% happy with the layout. 


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