MATERIALS

Acrylic

About Acrylic:

Acrylic is a glass like material that has a natural appearance and an ability to be polished, making it a popular sign and display material choice for a variety of retail settings. Acrylic is manufactured in a variety of different thicknesses, colors, and textures. Our standard thicknesses are .093, .118, .177, .236, and .500. Other gauges are available.

Acrylic Applications:

Because acrylic is easily printed on, illuminate with LED lighting, use during fabrication (machined, bent, welded, etc.), it can be used in a wide variety of applications that include signage, sign and brochure holders, POP displays, store fixtures, etc. While acrylic is extremely aesthetically pleasing, it can also be relatively fragile, which is why choosing the right thickness for you application is vital.

PETG

About PETG:

PETG is a clear material that is very cost effective and durable, allowing it be worked with in much thinner gauges of material, which saves money. PETG is similar to acrylic in that it is a clear material, but the noticeable difference lies in the materials edges. PETG edges are a darker, gray-like color, and they cannot be polished. Standard thicknesses include .040, .060, .080, .100, .118, and .177. Other gauges are available.

PETG Applications:

PETG is often used in sign holders, tag holders, and brochure holders. If the display is going to be used in a highly trafficked area — where it is at risk of being bumped into, knocked over, etc. — using PETG as a material is highly recommended as it can withstand abuse more than acrylic. When budgetary needs are a priority, PETG can be a good alternative to acrylic because the material can usually go through “down gauging”. PETG can be also printed on and is easily machined, bent, and welded.

Acrylic

About Acrylic:

Acrylic is a glass like material that has a natural appearance and an ability to be polished, making it a popular sign and display material choice for a variety of retail settings. Acrylic is manufactured in a variety of different thicknesses, colors, and textures. Our standard thicknesses are .093, .118, .177, .236, and .500. Other gauges are available.

Acrylic Applications:

Because acrylic is easily printed on, illuminate with LED lighting, use during fabrication (machined, bent, welded, etc.), it can be used in a wide variety of applications that include signage, sign and brochure holders, POP displays, store fixtures, etc. While acrylic is extremely aesthetically pleasing, it can also be relatively fragile, which is why choosing the right thickness for you application is vital.

PETG

About PETG:

PETG is a clear material that is very cost effective and durable, allowing it be worked with in much thinner gauges of material, which saves money. PETG is similar to acrylic in that it is a clear material, but the noticeable difference lies in the materials edges. PETG edges are a darker, gray-like color, and they cannot be polished. Standard thicknesses include .040, .060, .080, .100, .118, and .177. Other gauges are available.

PETG Applications:

PETG is often used in sign holders, tag holders, and brochure holders. If the display is going to be used in a highly trafficked area — where it is at risk of being bumped into, knocked over, etc. — using PETG as a material is highly recommended as it can withstand abuse more than acrylic. When budgetary needs are a priority, PETG can be a good alternative to acrylic because the material can usually go through “down gauging”. PETG can be also printed on and is easily machined, bent, and welded.

High Impact Styrene (HIPS)

About High Impact Styrene (HIPS):

Styrene, or high impact polystyrene, is a commonly used material that is often used for signage, POP displays, and store fixtures. High Impact Styrene, as its name implies, has a very high impact resistance. Standard thicknesses for styrene include .060, .080, .100, .118, and .177. Other gauges are available.

High Impact Styrene (HIPS) Applications:

High impact styrene is typically used for signage, POP displays, and store fixtures. The material is also a great substrate for graphic printing, both digitally or by screen. Styrene is quite easy to machine, bend, and solvent weld, making it a popular choice for suitable projects. It is almost exclusively used in colors such as black and white, but it can also be made in most standard colors (blue, yellow, red, etc.).

Expanded PVC

About Expanded PVC:

Expanded PVC is often times referred to as PVC, or by its other brand names (Sintra, Komatex, or Celltech). Expanded PVC gets its name because the inside of the material is made out of a foam structure, while the surface is more of a closed cell surface. Typical thicknesses of expanded PVC are 3mm, 5mm, and 6mm. Other gauges are available.

Expanded PVC Applications:

Similar to styrene, expanded PVC is a great material choice when making signage, POP displays, and store fixtures. It is extremely cost effective and budget friendly and is also a great choice when a project has any printed graphics involved.

High Impact Styrene (HIPS)

About High Impact Styrene (HIPS):

Styrene, or high impact polystyrene, is a commonly used material that is often used for signage, POP displays, and store fixtures. High Impact Styrene, as its name implies, has a very high impact resistance. Standard thicknesses for styrene include .060, .080, .100, .118, and .177. Other gauges are available.

High Impact Styrene (HIPS) Applications:

High impact styrene is typically used for signage, POP displays, and store fixtures. The material is also a great substrate for graphic printing, both digitally or by screen. Styrene is quite easy to machine, bend, and solvent weld, making it a popular choice for suitable projects. It is almost exclusively used in colors such as black and white, but it can also be made in most standard colors (blue, yellow, red, etc.).

Expanded PVC

About Expanded PVC:

Expanded PVC is often times referred to as PVC, or by its other brand names (Sintra, Komatex, or Celltech). Expanded PVC gets its name because the inside of the material is made out of a foam structure, while the surface is more of a closed cell surface. Typical thicknesses of expanded PVC are 3mm, 5mm, and 6mm. Other gauges are available.

Expanded PVC Applications:

Similar to styrene, expanded PVC is a great material choice when making signage, POP displays, and store fixtures. It is extremely cost effective and budget friendly and is also a great choice when a project has any printed graphics involved.

Polycarbonate

About Polycarbonate:

Polycarbonate, or polycarb, is typically a clear material that is extremely durable and has excellent scratch, crack, and wear resistance. While it may appear similar to PETG or acrylic, it is much more durable than both. Typical thickness include .177, .220, and .375. Other gauges are available.

Polycarbonate Applications:

Polycarbonate is normally used in industrial applications, including safety shields, viewing windows, medical applications, etc. Polycarbonate is a fabrication friendly material, but the fabrication processes (bending, solvent welding, machining, etc.) can often take longer than other materials due to its extremely dense nature. If the item is going to take any sort of beating during its life, polycarbonate may be a viable option.

Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS)

About Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS):

Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene is a dense and durable material suitable for many applications. ABS also comes in a variety of colors and textures.

Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS) Applications:

ABS is used in a variety of areas, including industrial applications, store fixtures, signage, POP displays, and others. The durability of ABS makes it ideal when used in thinner gauges, therefore allowing room to save money compared to some other materials. The added choice of texture or finish on the surface of the material adds another way for designers to personalize a display. Depending on texture, ABS can accept printing graphic images very nicely, as well.

Polycarbonate

About Polycarbonate:

Polycarbonate, or polycarb, is typically a clear material that is extremely durable and has excellent scratch, crack, and wear resistance. While it may appear similar to PETG or acrylic, it is much more durable than both. Typical thickness include .177, .220, and .375. Other gauges are available.

Polycarbonate Applications:

Polycarbonate is normally used in industrial applications, including safety shields, viewing windows, medical applications, etc. Polycarbonate is a fabrication friendly material, but the fabrication processes (bending, solvent welding, machining, etc.) can often take longer than other materials due to its extremely dense nature. If the item is going to take any sort of beating during its life, polycarbonate may be a viable option.

Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS)

About Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS):

Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene is a dense and durable material suitable for many applications. ABS also comes in a variety of colors and textures.

Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene (ABS) Applications:

ABS is used in a variety of areas, including industrial applications, store fixtures, signage, POP displays, and others. The durability of ABS makes it ideal when used in thinner gauges, therefore allowing room to save money compared to some other materials. The added choice of texture or finish on the surface of the material adds another way for designers to personalize a display. Depending on texture, ABS can accept printing graphic images very nicely, as well.

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