Durable Technologies does not offer or recommend alloy types like lead or zinc. Not only is the process of producing alloy type unhealthy, these materials are simply not made to our high standards of quality. Alloy or lead type is also referred to as service type or foundry type.
We're all familiar with the old adage that "you get what you pay for" and that couldn't be more true in this case. Lead type does not react well with heat and is known to melt, mushroom and has even been known to explode in extreme circumstances. Not to mention the rough and dull corners and edges that come with lead type, which translates into a poor quality impression on your product. Alloy type may be less money up front, but in the long run, brass is a much wiser investment. By the time you've replaced your lead type 3 or 4 times throughout the course of a year, you will have already paid for the higher quality brass type that you should have started with!!
Our brass and steel printers' type is perfect for medium to long production runs and will outlast softer alloy metals like zinc and lead. Brass and steel will hold up much better when stamping under elevated levels of heat and/or pressure. Brass and steel type also produces a much crisper, cleaner stamped mark than cheaper alloy types.
Click here for more information on our brass and steel printers' type for decorative hot stamping.
Magnesium dies are also available for shorter production runs.