3D Letters

Polystyrene Letters

Posted in Polystyrene Letters by Sign Man on March 31, 2011

POLYSTYRENE LETTERS AND STYROFOAM LETTERS

3D letters can be supplied in either HDFR grade polystyrene or blue styrofoam. Thicknesses range from 25mm up to 600mm. All letters are cut to order and to the sizes and thickness required. Polystyrene letters can be supplied in a natural white finish or card and vinyl faced – for a smooth gloss or matt face. The sides can then either be painted or left natural. They can also painted on the face and sides .Styrofoam letters have to be painted as their natural colour is blue. The styrofoam material is particularly suitable for small letters and logos due to its close cell structure which when painted gives a lovely smooth and high end finish. It also means that more intricate shapes can be cut than with standard polystyrene. 3D cut out letters are painted with water based acrylic resins so the choice of colours available is far higher than with built up acrylic letters(the nearest alternative). When the letters are card and vinyl faced with chrome silver face and black painted sides for example you can achieve a classy, expensive looking internal display.

APPLICATIONS
Generally 3d cut out letters in polystyrene or styrofoam are used in exhibition displays. They can be made relatively quickly and are cheaper than their nearest 3D alternative which is built up acrylic however it should always be remembered that they are all cut , painted and made to order and do not come off the shelf. They can also be painted to match a companies corporate colour. They are easily fixed to display panels with double sided tape or velco (depending on the size and weight). Larger letters can be made so that they stand up on their own.
3D letters are used in photo shoots where models can hold the letters up or they can stand up on their own. Shop window displays where the letters can be window dressed or used on shelves around the store advertising either the department or a particular brand. Internal corporate displays. The 3D letters can be mounted either directly to the wall or onto a clear acrylic panel . Exterior shop fascia signs. The letters can be coated with an exterior masonry paint and fixings applied to the back. Once the letters are in place above a shop they will last the same as any exterior fascia.
Styrofoam is an extruded polystyrene and is identified by its blue colour. It was first developed and produced in the 1940’s by Dow Chemical in the USA. The process of extruding polystyrene results in a material with uniformly small, closed cells and an unrivalled set of properties which make it ideal for cut out letters and logos. Styrofoam combines low thermal conductivity and low water absorption to make it the choice of specifiers in a wide range of demanding insulation applications.
The small uniform cell structure of Styrofoam is ideally suited for use in markets such as hobby and crafts where traditional modelling tools can create three-dimensional models. HDRF grade polystyrene is a High Density Fire Retardent material.

http://www.arro-signs.co.uk/polystyrene.htm

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