Print & Etch Fees Explained
Screen Printing vs. Laser Etching
Both screen printing and laser etching are popular options to create durable, striking designs on our vessels. However, depending on your aesthetic preference, design, and cost consideration one option may be preferable.
Screen printing is a process of applying ink to our vessels, based on a custom “screen” that our printers create from your logo. Depending on your desired coated Pantone color(s) our printers will mix ink that is applied to the vessels and cured at a high temperature. Screen printing is a highly versatile customization method because our printers can mix almost any coated Pantone, and apply up to five colors per design. Screen printing also can be our most affordable customization method, since it is priced on color rather than artwork dimensions. Screen printing is priced at $1.00 per unit, per color + set up costs. The limitation of screen printing is that since the ink is mixed in a liquid form, there is no way to print a color gradient, and any color must be solid.
Laser etching is the process of using high powered lasers to remove the powder coating of our vessels and expose the shiny stainless steel underneath. Because your design is being etched into the surface of our vessels, laser etching is highly durable. However, we do not have an option to customize the color of a laser etch and any etch will be a shiny stainless steel. The only exception to this is when we etch directly on stainless steel products. Etching on stainless steel is known as a “high-contrast” etch, and will produce a charcoal colored design rather than shiny steel. Laser etching is priced on artwork dimension at $1.00 per unit, per inch of artwork width + set up costs.