I often get asked by customers what the difference is between anodized aluminium vs lamacoid tags, let’s review them side by side using our CNCROi.com logo on each.
The nice thing about anodized aluminium tags is that they are incredibly durable, light weight and can be riveted or welded to projects.
The nice thing about lamacoid tags is that they can be had in tons of different color combinations and can be produced in one-offs far more cost effectively, especially in very low unit production runs.
Here’s a video showing you a bit more detail specifically focused on lamacoid tag production by CNCROi.com.
And you can compare that to its anodized aluminium tag cousin.
As I tell CNCROi.com customers and soon-to-be-customers, there is no “best” material, just the one that best suits your application and spec requirements given your budget, volume and design requirements.
There are literally hundreds of material combinations out there that CNCROi.com can offer you, anodized aluminium can be had in a variety of colors and even custom spec’ed with textures and reflectivity.
While lamacoid tag options are available in endless color combinations and can even mimic acrylic and metals regarding their “looks” and “feel”.
For more industrial applications, anodized aluminium tags are really the best way to go more often than not, they are durable, easy to maintain and won’t fade or dry out over time like their plastic lamacoid cousins.
Where lamacoid tags come into their own though are applications where high contrasts are required, such as safety signage.
It’s very hard to get “neon bright” with anodized aluminium cost effectively and yes, it always engraves off-white so getting black on anodized aluminium for ultimate contrast isn’t yet available using our industrial CNCROi.com laser.
Here’s a sample of what the vaporized anodized aluminium looks like across several different colors.
Notice it’s always off-white.
For the CNCROi.com demo, I chose similar color combinations just to make the comparison more even but unlike anodized aluminium tags, the “base color” of the lamacoid can be any other color you want relative to the “top coat”.
This custom anodized aluminium plate looks great, won’t fade, crack or peel over time, unlike the lamacoid tag option.
Taking a look at this anodized aluminium tag at another angle, it has a little dust on it from the vaporized aluminium, just like the lamacoid tag would have, it’s quickly and easily removed regardless.
The reflectivity of the anodized aluminium is tough to beat though, it has a very solid feel though light weight.
A look at this anodized aluminium tag from another angle with the CNCROi.com logo.
A quick side by side comparison, lamacoid tags have depth while anodized aluminium tags don’t.
Lamacoid tags are brighter though than anodized aluminium.
As you see, there is no perfect material out there, just the best given your custom application that CNCROi.com makes for you.