Although CNCROi.com‘s promo packs have evolved over time, one constant has been our anodized aluminium cards… they started out 0.5″ thick (still available btw) and are now half that, with rounded corners and we actually have them in about a dozen colors too!
I’ve made hundreds of these using our Austrian Trotec Speedy 400 flexx (anodized aluminium cards not jigs holding them thankfully!) and after running through my last production run, I decided it was time to do more! My last run was red ones so this time I did black and blue ones on my “new” custom acrylic jig.
Unlike most of our work here, these cards are done on both sides, this saves on material and demonstrates to our customers that CNCROi.com isn’t just a one-sided company. Although a great way to decrease costs of making my sample packs would be to just use a paper brochure, over the long-term, customers want to touch and feel your work, something that photos just don’t do justice of. I believe in investing INTO our clients, and this is the first introduction, it’s got to be a good one!
As I can only do 30 of these at a time, on purpose as I’m still very much refining the wording on these cards, I tend to run out pretty quickly while I’m out on meetings with new customers (they need a sample pack!) and mailing out to ones that don’t know of us yet. Expensive? Absolutely… but that’s the market I’m serving. If I mailed out laser engraved paper and pictures of steel to the companies I’m trying to gain access too, the response rate and the reputation I’m trying to build would all go for not.
Once I have my wording and more insight based on customers reactions, I’ll make a far bigger jig for these anodized aluminium cards that fits my whole table but for now, 30 at a time, a few changes, another 30 approach makes more sense. Having jigs is one thing, finding storage for them and keeping them in tip-top shape is quite another though this 3 mm thick white acrylic is essentially maintenance free. The warping I get from these is almost nill compared to my earlier MDF jigs.
The advantage of using thinner plate for my sample packs is reduced weight, it gives me a bit more room to add other elements into them while at the same time, maintaining the same shipping weight… not that anodized aluminium is the heaviest of materials to begin with.
On the day I did this production run of 60 double-sided anodized aluminium business cards, I made a few more slight changes to these cards… the advantage of short production runs is changing things and not being stuck with useless inventory! How long did these cards last? Less than a week! I can run one side after a job is done and do more another day, this material doesn’t change and there isn’t enough allowed movement on the jig to be affected by moving the materials around. Here’s a video of the black anodized aluminium business cards… I wish my Trotec Speedy CNC laser engraver was really that fast! This is massively time lapsed!
As for the blue anodized aluminium business cards, here they are!
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