Affordable Tooling Options for Metal Nameplates

When looking for a nameplate for your product, one of the natural questions is how much it is going to cost. Tooling costs often need clarification. It helps to understand why tooling is needed for the project and that you have appropriate discussions to set cost expectations. This post answers some of the questions related to the affordability of tooling for nameplates.

Why is Tooling Necessary for Nameplates?

Every project starts out as flat sheets of material and is then decorated based on customer artwork in a repeated manner across the sheet. The nameplate gets cut out or stamped using blank dies which are built to the desired size and shape. Custom tools are needed to efficiently produce the project in mass production.

Is Tooling a Recurring Cost?

Tooling is typically established as a non-recurring cost on the first purchase order. New tooling is not required unless there is a change in part dimensions. Tooling costs are generally included in the setup fees shown on your quote. 

Affordable Nameplate Tooling Options

McLoone works with our customers to understand the individual application for each project that comes in. We are always looking for the most affordable and economical solution. Our in-house tool shop keeps costs and build times at a minimum. Each project is unique and reviewed based on the material, volume, and end application requirements. Options including die cut and hard tooling are evaluated.

Low-cost tooling for metal nameplates is a popular choice in industries including industrial applications and consumer goods. All tooling is custom built to your requirements. Common shapes like rectangles and circles are possible, while unique shapes and cutouts to allow for buttons, screws, and knobs are also available. Embossing can be added for dimension and can add to durability or aesthetics. Keep these considerations in mind if you are interested in keeping your tool costs down for your next metal nameplate project:

  • Avoid sharp corners or tight angles. Basic shapes with minimal cutouts are ideal.
  • Parts can be cut to the liner.
  • Materials need to be less than .032" thick, including adhesive. Metal and plastic options are available in a variety of finishes.
  • Allow for part tolerance of +/- .015" in dimensions and for any cutouts.
  • Nameplates edges may show a burr.

How Can We Help?

We will help identify a cost-effective solution to produce quality nameplates and labels no matter if it is using one of the thousands of existing blank dies in our library, or creating a custom build for your unique application.