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Durable substrate

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by sewfun52, Sep 3, 2015.

  1. sewfun52

    sewfun52 New Member

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    I am making new signs for tennis court nets. They are attached to the nets near the sides. I have used 3MM WHITE EPS UNMASKED EXPANDED PVC with a laminated vinyl sticker (2' x 2' round). The problem is that the players evidently think it's fun to tag the signs while playing and they break (the signs, not the players ;-)) on impact. Is there a sturdier material out there that doesn't cost an arm and a leg and that can easily be cut round? My closest supply center is in Vegas. The courts are outside.
     
  2. TXFB.INS

    TXFB.INS Very Active Member

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    you can get thicker PVC material. say 12mm or thicker.

    otherwise the better option is to get ACM or aluminum 063 maybe 080
    cutting these materials are easy with a jigsaw or a hand router and then come back with a file and clean the edges up
     
  3. Christian @ 2CT Media

    Christian @ 2CT Media Major Contributor

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    ACP - Aluminum Composite Panel... It's not much more and far more durable!
     
  4. sewfun52

    sewfun52 New Member

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    Cutting ACM

    I used a tool similar to a rotozip (or whatever they are called) to cut the PVC. Would that work on ACM? I have NO experience cutting ACM. With the PVC I drilled a hole in the center and used an attachment to keep the radius stable. I'm not that great at freehand but couldn't find anywhere to buy pre-cut blanks in that size.
     
  5. TXFB.INS

    TXFB.INS Very Active Member

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    ACM - aluminum composite material or ACP (they are both the same thing) can both be cut very easily by a rotozip.

    we never freehand, if it is a lot of cut we will make a jig.
    otherwise we will stick the graphics and have whatever shape is intended already on the graphics and then take pre-mask / transfer tape and cover the cut path.
    This tape is clear enough to see and protects the graphics as you cut.
    Again take the cut product and use a very fine file to clean the edges.
     
  6. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    or polycarbonate (lexan)
     
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