How are Casino Chips Made?Most casino chips used in land-based casinos are known as clay chips even though they are not made of clay but rather could be called compression moulded chips. Despite this common appellation casino chips have not been made of clay since the 1950’s.
What are Casino Chips Made From?Today casino chips are made from different materials that are more durable than clay. Part of the casino chips are made from a material such as chalk, sand or clay. The exact manufacturing process is kept a secret by the manufacturers themselves and varies from one to another. It can be a time consuming and expensive process in many cases. The outer parts of the casino chips are formed from removing part of the casino chip and replacing it with a different colour material rather than using simple paint. This can be done individually per chip or otherwise in a block before the material is divided into individual casino chips. Finally, the casino chips are placed into a mould and heated up to 149°C and densely compressed.
The inlays are made from paper covered with plastic and added before the compression process. These inlays are the graphics that appear on the casino chips. When the casino chips are moulded the inlays become part of the casino chips and can no longer be removed without breaking the casino chip.