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What is the difference between etching and imprinting on growlers? Is there a big cost difference?


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Ryan Crosby from Brew Pack Products

Etching removes material from the piece, where imprinting adds ink. We don't offer any etching, so I can't really speak to the cost difference. There is an ink color called "satin etch" or "glass etch" which duplicates the look of actual etching on clear glass. 

Oct 3, 2013

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Heather Bradley from Brewsuit.com

Etching is  a permanent imprint and definitely more costly than screen enamel on glass. There are laser, surface, deep etches and sandblasting/frosting. The deep etch can be color filled but it gets pricey and normally used only for commemorative growlers or vino bottles. I'm not exactly sure what etching glass
does to the integrity/durablility of the vessel.

We offer a chemical surface etch  as an alternative to screen enamel on our SS Growler stainless flip tops at no extra charge it does add more time to production, yet rich ,  a nice, hot grey/black contrast on a 304 stainless steel.

It's important to note that with the tech of today, screen enamel is extremely durable and I very rarely hear of chipping or negative comments other than
someone tethering a bottle to a canoe while rafting down the Yellow Stone to 
keep their precious cargo cold!

Cheers!

 


Oct 8, 2013

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Tom Russo from TouchPoint/TapSwag

We offer etching and screen printing. Etching is far more costly than screen printing, however, there are essentially no MOQs on etching. That makes etching a great option for doing a higher-end gift item, as a reward for frequent customer programs, etc. Etched growlers/glassware can actually be individually personalized with different names/information on each.

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Zengyu Chen from DIHORSE LLC

We offer laser engraving machine which could etch and mark logos, pictures and words on growlers, glass cups and other brewery materials. 
www.dihorse.com

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Bill Sherritt from Cascade Graphics

You have some great input below on the etching process.  We see Laser and Air etching being the most common request.   We charge the same for both methods. Most etchers charge $1-$2 per minute of run.   A 4in x 5 inch logo will take approx. 3-4 minutes to completes. 

Ink on glass is the most common branding method.  Durable and the least expensive method of labeling if you exclude a paper label.   We charge $1/ print plus set up, freight and art time if needed. We provide the first 45 minutes of art for free.   There are minimums in most shops because it takes 45 minutes to setup and mix inks whether you are printing 12 or 288 vessels.
 

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Branded Brewsky Unknown from Branded Brewsky

Etching is essentially carving into the glass and imprinting is applied ink using a silk screen. However, I would not recommend etching or imprinting satin etch to an amber growler. The growler is a dark amber glass (unless you go with a clear growler) and the etching or satin etch ink will not contrast well and your logo would be lost. I'm a big fan of bright colors on the amber glass, easy to see from across pub.

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