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The Society Awards casting process is industry-leading. Through this superior process, we are able to achieve much greater detail than others. However there are times when an awards project calls for our high-end machining. This depends on a number of factors.

Casting, as the name implies, involves creating an initial mold which is used to cast the award. The intricate mold used in the casting process must be crafted before production can begin, so lead times are often longer. The mold is very durable and extremely precise over long production runs. If your project is sculptural, involves a moderate to high production (even over several years) and has sufficient lead time, we will likely recommend our casting process. Some of our most famous cast projects include the Golden Globe, Emmy, Clio, ACM and the MTV VMA. You can see some examples of custom cast awards in the below image.

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Although casting is used for many of the world’s most famous trophies, it is not the best choice for all projects. Instead of pouring a liquid material into a mold, as with casting, the machining process starts with solid blocks or sheets of material – which can include aluminum, acrylic and a number of other materials. The digital files of the award are programmed into our high-end equipment, which shaves away at the blocks until the final shape is achieved. It’s a modern-day form of sculpting, which means that there is a fair amount of material waste involved. The amount of material wasted depends on the standard material sizes available and the size of your award – which can increase the cost significantly in some cases. An added benefit is that, with no mold needed, the initial set-up is faster.There are three primary methods of machined award construction: fixed, axis and fabrication.

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The first method, fixed machining, involves cutting out a flat shape. There is surprising flexibility in the result of this process, as a custom fixed machined shape can have finishes applied and be mounted on stock or custom bases of any number of materials. This type of machining can actually be cost effective even at higher volume because it is so well-suited to these more simple, flat forms. Some examples of fixed machining displayed in the above image, from left to right: VH1 Big, Incubator, Vimeo Festival, European Excellence, 4A’s.

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The second method, axis machining, involves a different machine from the fixed method. As the name implies, the machine used for axis machining operates on multiple axes, which makes it capable of producing three-dimensional forms. However, not all three-dimensional designs can be produced with axis machining. For example, designs involving deep undercuts or hollow and curving centers are typically not possible with machining. However, beautiful sculptural forms can be created. There are several reasons to utilize this method instead of casting, including projects with lower production volume and tighter deadlines. Some examples of axis machining are displayed in the above image, from left to right: Music Educator, Society Awards Limited Edition Figure 1, Diamond Play Button, Super Clio (although the regular Clio Award is cast, the 2′ tall version – known as the Super Clio – is axis machined), BMWi, Explorers Club Award.

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The third method starts with machined components of one or both of the first two methods, which are then manipulated and assembled into a more complex form. This involves a greater degree of hand-crafting and is known as fabrication. Some examples of fabricated machining are displayed in the above image, from left to right: Hall of Fame trophy, Player of the Year, Hip Hop Honors, UFC Hall of Fame, SheBelieves Cup.

Each custom project requires a unique approach guided by expertise. No matter the method, Society Awards brings to life custom awards projects with a luxury craftsmanship no other brand can match. To begin your custom project, reach our concierge team at (646) 290-7448