The Construction of Plastic Sheets for Engraving

Understand this fact pertaining to plastic sheet materials.

Reviewing the basics of plastic sheet materials starts with understanding their construction. Comprised of two parts, a base and a cap material, plastic engraving sheet stock is engineered for optimum engraving and cutting results.

An important fact about these plastic sheets is that they are thin. The cap material is super thin, measuring just a few thousandths of an inch thick. It is a combination of the thin gauge and plastic formulation that gives this substrate the flexibility and durability that make it ideal for so many applications including plaque plates, awards, name badges, and signage to name just a few. These thin plastic substrates also have a downside: they are susceptible to the heat of the laser, which can generate undesirable distortion and warping.

-Mike Fruciano, Coherent

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Mike Fruciano

Mike Fruciano

Mike Fruciano is the Distribution Sales Manager - The Americas 3D Printing & Laser Systems at Coherent Inc. Mike brings 25 years of laser systems, laser processing, and materials experience, and is a frequent writer and speaker on these topics. Contact Mike at 602-616-4971 or at mike.fruciano@coherent.com.

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