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Lightweight and soft industrial metal with corrosion resistance.

Material Highlights

Aluminum is lightweight and provides good corrosion resistance. It is easily machined and formed because it is softer than anodized aluminum. Its familiar silvery-white color offers great contrast and readability with nearly any color, making it a popular choice for many nameplate, sign, panel and bezel applications.


Material Characteristics

.003″, .005″, .008″, .012″, .020″, .032″, .063″, .090″, .125″
Matte – non-reflective with flat finish Satin – lustrous semi-reflective finish #4 – brushed to resemble a stainless steel finish Gloss – highly reflective, mirror-like
Graphic elements are applied to sheets of aluminum using a digital or screen printing process, or chemically etched (with or without a color fill). Afterwards, we use our advanced fabrication capabilities to match your design requirements. Depending on your product and specifications, fabrication may include die-cutting, punching, milling, countersink and counterbore holes, bending/forming, stud insertion, stand-offs, and permanent pressure-sensitive adhesives.

Although aluminum is a durable material, you should avoid choosing colored parts for exterior, direct sunlight applications because colors will fade over a period of time. If your application requires the ability to withstand direct sunlight, Metalphoto anodized aluminum, with an outdoor durability rating of over 20 years without fading, would be a better option.

Specialized Material Options for Your Application

Metalphoto of Cincinnati offers nameplates in a variety of standard material options, including our proprietary Metalphoto®  substrate. Metalphoto is photosensitive anodized aluminum, which features a silver and black photographic image that is embedded within the sapphire-hard anodic layer of the aluminum. This combination gives a Metalphoto part an outdoor life of over 20 years, and makes it extremely resistant to damage or degradation from environmental factors like abrasion, UV fading, harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures, and corrosion from saltwater exposure. The National Association of Graphic and Product Identification Manufacturers (GPI) Industry Standards and Practices Manual identifies Metalphoto as the most durable printed aluminum substrate available, and it has been trusted by industry, government and military organizations like Caterpillar, The US Navy, NASA, and Boeing for over 50 years.  Metalphoto offers many unique features including:

  • Lasts over 20 years outdoors without fading or degradation.
  • Uniquely resistant to damage or degradation from environmental factors like abrasion, UV fading, harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures, and corrosion from saltwater exposure.
  • Exceptional image resolution that allows for photo image, security and microprint options.
  • Ability to support unique information, including a unique barcode or QR code and letter/number combination on every piece.
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