There are many kids of badge makers and no single badge maker can provide all the answers. Many badge makers don’t actually make badges – they simply act as agents sourcing from the many varied badge makers that do exist!
So how to find the right one? First you need to define the type of badge you are looking for. Some badge makers confine themselves to metal or plastic badges. Some concentrate on name-bar badges or promotional badges. Other badge makers provide button badges or keyring style badges.The important thing is to find the badge maker who is an expert in the style of badge you want.
In the early days a badge maker worked primarily in precious metals, using long-standing techniques such as casting, soldering and ceramic baking. Badge makers then were more craftsmen making individual pieces. Nowadays badge makers rely on state of the art technology such as computer graphics, laser and offset printing.A badge maker now will spend a lot more time on electronic equipment than the metal foundries that old-time badge makers relied on in the past.
So, if you need a name badge with a company logo for example, look for a badge maker who has the latest in graphics technology to print directly onto plastics or metal. Need a cheap promotional badge? Badge makers who have a name for volume runs and have high-speed equipment are the place to start.
Most badge makers can produce high quality printing in full colour. But to choose the badge maker that suits your need may require a little more research. Is your badge maker able to supply a list of previous customers? Will your badge maker send you samples so you can see the quality and style of their work?
Can your badge maker supply your badges in the required time-frame? Sometimes just Googling “badge maker” or “badge makers” may nod give you all the answers you need. Be prepared to dig a little deeper to find the badge maker among badge makers – the one who will right for your project on price, quality and turnaround time.