Sign & Digital Graphics

July '17

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84 • July 2017 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL L ook around, you'll find that you interact with more plastic compo- nents than you probably realized. Your phone, your keyboard, your garage door opener, television, pens, water bottles, and on and on. The great part about plastic materials is that they work across a multitude of applications—even those that aren't at the front of your mind. They are highly conformable, which makes them able to take the shape of A summary of how plastics can be used to create sign projects B Y R Y A N F U G L E R Ryan Fugler is a free- lance writer and for- mer editor of Wraps magazine. He can be reached at rnfugler@ gmail.com with ques- tions or comments. P O L Y C A R B O N A T E S A N D A C R Y L I C S Plastic Paradigm nearly any intended design. They are relatively inexpensive when compared to other alternatives. They have a reli- able level of durability. And they work well in concert with other materials and components. What does this mean in the sign world? Well, quite a bit. For starters, plastics provide another option to sign makers that want an alternative to metal, wood or other common substrates— an outlet to give customers variety. Additionally, there are choices within the plastics family that can add to the brilliance of a sign project. Characteristics Polycarbonate and acrylic materials are widely used in the sign world. And Sign makers love acrylic because it is easy to cut and shape using a CNC router. (Image courtesy of MultiCam)

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