Plexiglass fabrication is a lot like the fabrication of other plastics, and is another option used in making signs. Plexiglass fabrication, also known as acrylic or custom plastic fabrication is extremely hardy and versatile and is available in transparent, translucent, opaque, and even patterned options. Sign companies that focus solely on signs should be able to do custom work for you.
If the sign maker is working manually with a plexiglass sheet, he will undoubtedly make a number of repeats of smooth, steady cuts, in order to score the sheet for a clean cut. Once that is taken care of, he’ll need to line up the edge to the edge of the work table and strike the piece quickly with his hand. This should hopefully break off the extra plexiglass in a clean line. If you’re having a number of signs made, the process may well be more mechanical, but this might be how it’s done if you’re only having more than one of the same sign made.
Bending the material manually requires different tools than doing so on a machine. The sign maker would want to be sure to start out by clamping the material to the work table. Using a heat gun as the heat source, the plastic for the sign warms up and begins to soften until it is malleable to the touch. It is then bent until the proper angle is reached, and then allowed to cool and set. Then that step of making your sign is finished. If you’re familiar with the Vac-u-Form toys of the 1960’s you understand the basic procedure of vacuum formed acrylic fabrication.
There are quite a few different processes for signs made from plexiglass fabrication. Plexiglass can be extruded to make particular shapes. It can be vacuum-formed, which entails the heated material being sucked to a mold with small holes in it in order to form the sheet to the shape of the mold. Rotational molding is used to make items like water barrels. A mold is filled part way and heated as it’s rotated, and the heat and rotation cause the plastic to adhere to the sides. Plexiglass can also be injection molded, which describes a mold that has the melted material pumped in. Any or all of these might be used in a plexiglass sign.
A sign company that specializes in signs will more than likely have acrylic fabricators on staff so they can offer their customers the flexibility and options of plexiglass fabrication. Kaiser Industries is just such a company. They’ve been designing and making signs for over twenty years so they know signs, ADA regulations, and marketing. They will be able to help you through the process from design through installation services no matter how simple or complicated your sign may be.
Choosing an experienced company like Kaiser Industries for your signs and plexiglass fabrication is important. They’ll be able to help you choose the best material for your needs, design it, fabricate it, and install your signs whether they are important exterior architectural signs for your company, wayfinding or ADA signage or custom acrylic displays for your home or office. In addition they can also help you with all the signs you may need including banners, trade show displays, and vivid vehicle wraps.