We find the entire success of our product is that people hold onto these forever – we get calls all the time of people that held onto a card for years.
Our manufacturing process requires screens and plates setup on a running production line, so while it isn't the easiest process, we can make production samples for your order.
How to get a Sample Run of Metal Cards
When it comes to production samples or making just a couple cards, this is a difficult process due to the costs and setup involved in our manufacturing process. While we don't charge extra any setup costs, we do typically require a minimum order quantity to cover these costs. With our production, unfortunately it’s not possible for us to make one metal card – the process is not "digital" as they can do in paper printing – We have to make plates and screens that are one-time-use, along with usual setup and production costs of running the line (such as calibrating alignment), so the cost of making 5qty to a 50qty short run is negligible. If you’re looking to make a large order, we recommend ordering 50qty, our "short run" minimum, as samples for a better cost break. That will be your best cost to benefit ratio, and why we offer the low run of 50qty to our customers.
If you need a sample run of your project prior to ordering, we can usually produce 3-5 samples of your card for a flat fee starting at $200 for an identical design.
This covers the cost of production, where the order will run on the same line and take the same turn time to complete – and if the same exact cards are ordered for mass production (over $500 within 30 days) we will credit $50 to your order. If you place an order over $1000 for these cards within 30 days we will credit the sample run cost to your order . While we can produce cards with custom data (name, date, etc) via variable printing, our minimum order is generally 50qty for a short run with specialty processes.
Looking for pre-made samples instead? We offer free samples of cards we have made here: https://our.ladesk.com/240610-How-can-I-get-samples