Q: How are printed keys manufactured?
A: The production technique for printed keys is called dye
sublimation. Firstly, we order brass key blanks from a key blank
factory. We paint them all in white with a special lacquer to be
ready for sublimation. Meanwhile, we print out the colorful designs
onto a special kind of transfer medium. The printed transfer medium
is put on the heating plate of a heat transfer machine. Our workers
put the white painted key blanks one by one onto the transfer
medium, aligning each key to each printed design correctly. Then,
the transfer medium together with the keys are pressed and heated
to a preset temperature. After one to two minutes of heating, the
printed designs on the transfer medium are transferred to the
surface of the keys. By now, only one side is printed. Then, we
carry out the same process for the other side. After both sides are
printed, we inspect the quality, picking out defective ones and
pack the good ones.
Q: What kind of pictures can be printed onto the keys?
A: Virtually, any kind of images can be printed. However, to obtain
the best printing result, we would recommend colorful images with a
high resolution. Our printing method is high-temperature
sublimation. This printing technique does not work well with black
and white colors, or designs with large area of uniform colors.
Also, as the keys are manually placed one by one onto the transfer
medium, slight misplacement will cause slight misalignment of the
printing. We do not accept orders requiring strict alignment.
Please check and confirm samples before ordering.
Q: Can I send you my own pictures or designs to print?
A: Sure. We accept custom orders and can print any kind of pictures or
designs sent to us by customers. Please make sure your pictures are
of a high-resolution to obtain good printing result. File formats
can be jpg, pdf, eps, cdr, ai etc. Alternatively, you may choose
from our ready designs. We have hundreds of attractive designs in
Q: How can I get samples of printed keys?
A: If you just want to get a few random samples, we can offer to send
you several printed key samples, free of charge. All you have to
pay is the shipping cost. However, if you want to see samples of
your own design, you'll need to pay a sampling cost of US$50 and a
mold cost (US$300) if you're ordering a key style or shape that we
do not have a ready mold. We have ready molds for KW1, SC1, UL050,
and UL054 keys of the regular size and shape, and big-head KW1 and
SC1 keys in decagonal shape. Please inquire if we have ready mold
of the key style you want to order.
Q: How long will the production take?
A: After confirmation of samples, production will take 10 to 20 days
depending on the total quantity and number of designs.
Q: How are the products shipped to my address?
A: For order quantities of less than 5,000 pcs, we would recommend
courier, such as DHL, FedEx, EMS, TNT, SF-Express etc, which will
take less than 10 days to arrive depending on the remoteness of
your address. For large order quantities exceeding 5,000 pcs, sea
shipping will save a lot of cost. All shipping costs are assumed by