Our customer provided the text design and requested it be inlaid to a lower background layer. We used 1/8" thick matte black acrylic inlaid to a 1/16" thick textured composite layer for a low profile emblem to mount on the front of their Jeep.
Sometimes we use real wood like this solid Walnut we engraved and cut to make emblem sized items. These will be used inside only but are finished with a hand rubbed oil finish. They could stand up to exterior use on a show car but I wouldn't recommend wood on a daily driver. Nothing beats the look of real wood though. Measures 1-1/2" x 1" x 1/8" thick.
We made this 6.2L emblem as a test for a new 3-color engraving material. The surface layer is matte white then depending on how deep you engrave, either red or black will show through. It's a unique material that will allow increased detail and color emblems. Measures 6" x 2" x 1/16" thick.