Do your customers really care if its actually metal? Or would a cold- cast metal-like product be acceptable? Costs stay down and quick turnaround, and looks can be as good.Originally Posted by Laff Riot
The intro on this site shows a quick and relatively easy way to cast resins
You can add bronze, brass, aluminium powders to the resins to get a product that has the look of metal - and durability (read no polishing) of plastics. For more on cold Metal casting check out: http://www.smooth-on.com/casting.htm#Powder
[both companies have helpful literature/tech details on site and via mail] You'll note the demold time can range from 10 minutes to maybe an hour.
I've done some small statues (buddhas) using bronze powder and if you add a bit of weight - you can't tell the difference from a metal one.
Again, the customer requirements are the key.
Cheers - Jim
PS my Dad sold the family sign company years ago 'cause we couldn't get the labor pool - congradulations - you've got some.