The meaning of embossed is “stamped on a surface” or “decorated with a design in relief”. In particular, embossing is a stamping process for producing raised designs or relief on paper, metals and other materials. By touching the surface, the designs and images in relief will be felt as they are raised with respect to the surrounding area and, therefore, three-dimensional.Embossing is quite similar to engraving because both techniques are used to bring a sense of depth into materials, whether it be a design or lettering. During embossing a roller is used which makes an incision on the previously heated material (cardboard, metal, sheet metal, tin, etc.): this creates a three-dimensional impression. The embossing process can be applied to any surface to make e.g. business cards, tags, leather belts, wedding invitations and more.
Since we have already specified that embossing is a process that can be applied to multiple materials, it’s not difficult to think that embossed aluminium can also be made. Usually this material is chosen because it’s more aesthetically appealing than a smooth surface; possesses high hardness ratio and strong mechanical strength; it’s particularly resistant to corrosion and ensure the right grip to prevent slipping. Embossed aluminium is usually used in making refrigerators, air conditioners, refrigeration equipment, and pipe insulation; the choice is due to the good thermal conductivity of the final product. This material is also widely used for parts of wine cabinets, solar panels, lighting fixtures, kitchen cabinets and central air conditioning system.
In addition to the construction and HVAC-R sectors, in recent years embossed aluminium has also become the protagonist of artistic productions particularly in demand in the Interior Design market.