Excited about the design, we moved to the 3-D printing phase. This technology has come a long way in a short period of time. There are many materials to choose from in a variety of colors and the resolution available now produces a near-smooth finish.
At $800 per copy, its cheaper than cutting a $12k mold and then finding out it doesn't fit. In our first effort the fit was too loose so we made some adjustments and the second try was just right. The team over at Proto Technologies, Inc. were very helpful throughout the process.
On the rapid prototype shown above is the first version of our logo. The decision was made not to include the logo on our final design. We anticipate future versions can be made out of a material suitable for screen printing so that any logo can be applied in that space...like maybe your team or organization?