Custom Pattern Plates
Have an idea for a custom plate? Metal Maven can make a custom pattern plate with your design.
Your submitted design is yours and yours alone. We will not sell your design to anyone else or use it in our stock designs.
Steps for requesting a custom plate:
So what are the steps for requesting a custom plate?
You will receive an email confirming that Metal Maven has received your request.
Metal Maven will contact you via your preferred method of communication to begin the design review process.
Our custom design pattern plates are on 1/8" thick mild tool steel and come in three sizes.
2-1/2" X 4" mild tool steel
4" X 4" mild tool steel
2-1/2" X 6" mild tool steel
Quote for Pattern Plate:
A price quote will be provided for each piece before any work begins. The following details will be used to determine the quoted price:
Complexity of the design
Graphic design time
Laser engraving time
Tool steel cost
As an example, if a customer has artwork that is a black and white laser-ready vector design sized to 2-1/2" X 4", then the graphic design time will be minimal. If the artwork can be engraved on the laser in an hour or less, then the cost will be close to $150 for the custom plate.
If, however, the artwork is a scanned drawing or a jpeg file that will require graphic design time to get the artwork converted to a laser-ready vector design, then we will need to factor in the cost of the graphic design time. We charge $25 per hour for graphic design.
In our experience, when working on our stock designs, on average, a simple jpeg file can be converted to a laser-ready vector design in about 2 hours. Once the design is laser-ready, engraving usually takes about 1-2 hours.
Very complex designs will take longer to design and engrave and will be reflected in the quote.
When you submit your artwork for a quote, we will determine if the design is usable. What this means, is that our experience with engraving our own stock plates we have learned what types of designs work best when engraving on tool steel. If a design has too many lines or the lines are thin, then we know that the artwork is going to require tweaking to reduce the number of lines (vectors) or thicken the existing lines. The artwork tweaking means that additional graphic design time will be required to get the drawing laser-ready. Additionally, there are some submitted pieces of artwork that are copyright protected and would requires us to verify that you are the owner of the copyright protected artwork. An example of this would be submitting Disney themed artwork or a screen shot of an artist's personal designs.
2-1/2" X 4" plate: cost starts at $150.
4" X 4" plate: cost starts at $200.
2-1/2" X 6" plate: cost starts at $200.
Graphic Design: $25/hr
We reserve the right to change our prices based on the current cost of tool steel.
Preferred File Formats:
We prefer vector designs that are stark black and white.
File formats that we accept are .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .ai, or .dxf.
Only designs that are stark black and white will work for engraving - grey areas or halftone shading will not work!
Vectors can be purchased fairly cheaply on the web from places like VectorStock, Shutterstock, and Dreamstime, and some sites offer freebies, so that is always an option!
If you send us a pen or pencil drawing, we might be able to use it, but please scan it at high resolution (minimum of 300 dpi).