Engraving Stainless Steel Cups like Yeti and Hydroflask
Yeti cups and Hydroflask containers are HUGE right now. You see people customizing them all over the place. In the Lubbock area, you mostly see vinyl lettering and decals on them. In my opinion, that's not the best way to protect a $40 cup. If you want to make it your own, have it laser etched with bold, black, permanent markings.
To mark on vacuum sealed cups and mugs, we use an additive marking system. No metal is removed and no damage is done to the metal's integrity. One thing you should be aware of is that Yeti's warranty is voided by ANY modifications to their products, not just laser marking. If you're going to mark a yeti, make sure that it's a method that will not compromise the integrity of the item because you won't be sending it back in.
The big questions most people have are:
1) What is the cost?
The cost is simple on the cups, $15 for the first side and $10 for the second. The marked area is approximately 3"x3" on most items. The turn around time is usually next day, but that varies with order levels in the store and the size of your order. We get them done as soon as physically possible.
2) What can be etched onto a cup?
The possibilities are almost endless. We can do business logos if they are in a black and white vector format, line art works best. We can do text in a vast number of fonts, and we can do unlicensed artwork that is in a vector format as well. We are currently working on doing photographs. Once we have the process perfected, that will be an offering available with an additional charge for the photo conversion.
3) What if my logo isn't in a vector format?
Most reputable graphics designers will have vector file formats available for you. Just get in touch with them and see if they can send you the file in AI, EPS or CDR formats. If they don't have your logo in a vector format, we can attempt to convert it from a high quality image. If it's an easy conversion, we won't charge you a dime. If it's more difficult, but still possible, it's a $20 charge. For those logos that can not possible be converted because of detail, or quality issues, we can have our graphic designer recreate it for you for a fee. The fee is generally in the neighborhood of $65-$120, but that can vary with the scope of the logo.
4) Can it be marked in other colors?
Unfortunately, the only color available for laser marking at this time is black. The manufacturer of the chemical used, the only manufacturer for that product at this time, is actually working on color marking solutions, but they have not announced success or a release date as of yet.
5) Do they come in colors?
While aftermarket engraving can be questionable, with all the FDA's requirements for food safety, there is one manufacturer that has their tumblers available in a variety of food safe colors, SIC (Seriously Ice Cold). We liked their cups so much, we started carrying them in our store and dropped the "other" manufacturers. We keep about 12 different powder coat colors of SIC cups in stock at any given time, not counting the traditional stainless. All these colors are engravable (the laser removes the powder coat in the engrave area). Curious about SIC? Take a look at their product.
I hope this answers everyone's questions about their cups. If you're ready to get them done, just drop by the store. We will be happy to get you taken care of.
- Jerry Moriearty