The personalized medals speak a lot about the value and importance of the award given to the recipient. There are hundreds of companies who providing the medals personalized according to our choices. You can choose the type of engraving on the medal from various options including edge marking, plating, color enamel, personalized engraving and more. The size of the medal is another criterion – medallion (diameter of 3), medalet (one inch in diameter) and medal which are large, small, in-between medals. When you approve the detailed designs, distinct shapes and crispy finishes to the vendor, you must also know the detailed process of the medal making.
- Once the detailed design is given, the experts do a virtual artwork of the image, say the company’s logo to be printed on the medal. Note, the image provided should be in high-resolution.
- The skilled artisans and craftsmen create the steel dies used for the medal design. The corporate logos are generally replicated using 2D dies and for portraits or landscapes, they use 3D dies.
- The silver is melted in an induction furnace where introduces an alternating magnetic field inducing electric eddy currents causing adequate heat to melt it. This process eliminates the impurities when they are heated.
- Billet is created. A billet is formed from the molten silver when powered into cylindrical molds to cool down. These billets are heated again about 15-39 minutes to ~1000 degrees ℉. In the case of gold, it is cast into flat molds.
- After reaching the massive machine called extruder, the billets are converted into strips pushing the metal into a narrow slot under high pressure.
- The strips when get cooled are then trimmed with the help of a hydraulic shearer followed by rolling. The thin strips are fed into the rolling machine under high-pressure to achieve proper specifications. With a micrometer, the thickness is measured precisely.
- Then the strips are sent to the ‘blanking’ press which is responsible for creating the final size shape of the medal.
- Then they are fed into a vibratory finishing machine which has a lot of tiny ball bearing with a solution of soap and warm water, for the ultimate polishing and removing the rough spots.
- Up to 1500 tons of hydraulic pressure, with each strike, the medal flows into the small parts of the die.
- Last but never the least, final touches are given to the personalized medals according to the customer’s required specifications.
About Fia Medals
FIA stands for Factory of Artistic Insignias, this company was created in 1928 since then they have been creating stunning custom medals. FIA deals with stamping precious metals and bronze awards for many organizations.