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Stickers. Stickers are the best. I love stickers. Did you know we can cut stickers? We have a vinyl plotter.

Sublimation, It's Science

SUBLIMATION.Dye Sublimation to be exact and you’re about to experience more science.We print an image onto transfer paper, lay that on top of an item designed for sublimation and then press them together usually at 390 degrees for usually a minute. Time and Pressure.Maybe if it was more pressure, more heat and more time I could make a diamond…Anyway, [...]

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We also have a diamond-drag engraver. This is more of a traditional engraving where a diamond-tipped stylus pounds and drags into metal. Why use a diamond? Because a diamond is a 10!This means that we can take our stock aluminum (2-3 Mohs) or brass (3-4 Mohs) and as they will always engrave well since they’re softer than a diamond. Steel [...]

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A large part of the job at Awards of Excellence is running our engraving machines. For this post, I’d like to focus on our laser engraver. Yes, I get to vaporize materials with light energy.However, our laser isn’t as good as say, Dr. Evil’s sharks with lasers attached to their heads.We can’t cut metal with our laser engraver, [...]

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Rubber Ducky, You're the One!

It’s nice to work in a positive industry where people are being recognized for their hard work, achievements, or loyalty. I very much enjoy when someone comes in looking for something that will very specifically reflect the personality or achievements of a certain individual.I also enjoy it when there’s a bit of humor involved like when a gentleman came [...]

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I Forgot About My Deadline!

Having a physical shop in Dayton and not just having an online presence, we get a lot of last minute orders and while I truly love trying to save the day and make projects happen when we can, we do often institute a rush charge when the workload piles on. The good news: We only ask for a [...]

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Darwin Awards

Need a Darwin Award for someone? We can help with that.

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I certainly wouldn’t.I just copy them off the internet… =)

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I'm Not Crying, You're Crying

My favorite project to have worked on was a grandmother came in to commemorate her daughter’s graduation from high school. The family could trace their matriarchal lineage back to being slaves in the south, and each generation achieved a little more than the previous one, and the grandmother was particularly proud of the accomplishments of the granddaughter, so the plaque [...]

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