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How Poker Chips are made

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How Poker Chips are made

Post  SiresNme on 2009-12-17, 23:03

Composition of Materials

1.Although most people think that authentic casino poker chips are clay, in reality the majority of chips made after 1950 are a composition of materials, including clay, that have been compression molded. Along with clay, the chips also contain an earthen material such as sand or chalk.

The actual process of making the chips is kept a secret, but some details are known. The edges of the chips are differently colored, not because they are painted, but because tiny pieces of clay are removed and replaced with a different color of clay during the process. This is done before the chips have been cut and are still in one long cylinder.
Compression Molding

2.After the cylinder is cut into chips, the inlays are added. This is done before the molding process begins. Inlays are the graphics found on clay chips. They are usually made of paper covered with a very thin layer of plastic. The paper and plastic are put on the chip before the molding process begins.

To mold and compress the chip, each chip is put in its own mold, which slowly compresses and heats the chip at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. During this time, the clay and other materials are fused together, and the inlay is also fused to the chip.
Ceramic and Plastic


3.Ceramic and plastic chips are also popular, especially with casual home poker players. Ceramic chips are often called clay chips, but they are actually made from a resin formula (another trade secret) that makes a chip feel and sound like clay. These chips are made by injecting the resin into closed molds. Other chips are obviously plastic. These are the least expensive type of poker chips and are made by injecting ABS plastic into a mold. After it dries, the mold is removed and excess plastic is trimmed off the edges if needed. The molds sometimes have a common design imprinted on them so that when the chips are removed, they have that design impressed on them.


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