looking for a source that I can send a drawing and have a
plastic, wax or metal pattern made from the art work.
There are a number of ways to handle this, some of them cheap.
One is to go to a photo etcher and have you camera ready art work
done in magnesium (about $20.00), there is a fair amount of
"drift" , meaning the walls of the cut are not perfectly
vertical. Another way is to go to a stamp maker and have them
make the design in rubber but not attach it to a stamp(about
$15.00), you can then cast it. There is the model master that
uses light sensitive polymers (costs about $300.00 I think), I
have one and am not thrilled but have not really given it a
chance to prove itself. Or if you are making enough units have a
steel die made to stamp out a couple hundred, thats really the
way to go if its in the budget. The problem with the police badge
is the tiny little letters are hard to reproduce perfectly when
shooting wax into a rubber mold. You can usually get acceptable
reproductions however. I have made a bunch of these tie tack
sized police badges and frankly they are a pain in the ass, they
are hard to do, cops are cheap and you don't want to disapoint
them (you never know when your alarm will go off). The rubber
stamp method is a winner for logos etc. Mark P.