28 Jul Using 3D signs for business effectively and the different types of materials available
Are you after some 3D signs for your business? 3D letters can create more impact for exterior building signs and reception signs. 3D letters are an upmarket alternative to sticker decals and handpainted signs on flat walls. For a greater impact and to enhance the ‘3D effect’, strategic lighting is used to cast dramatic shadows from the 3D letters onto the background of wall it is installed to. For the budget conscious, acrylic letters are cost effective and durable. Acrylic materials are available from 3mm to 30mm thick. The letters can be custom sprayed to any colour. They are usually permanently installed by glueing the letters to the painted wall or brickwork. Another alternative is to use special standoffs to raise the letters 20mm off the wall. This is ideal for painted gyprock walls in offices and reception areas.
Other 3D letter materials commonly used are aluminium, stainless steel, brass and normal steel. There are a few composite materials available that give a metal brushed look in silver, gold and bronze. These are a more cost effective solutions for metallic looking 3D letters.
For those wanting to really make a statement, much thicker letters can be made using styrene foam. Foam letters can be painted and also have an acrylic face colour coded to match. Foam letters can be up to 2.5mtrs high and 600mm thick, however common sizes are usually up to 1.5mtr high and 250mm to 300mm thick. Large foam letters are lightweight, therefore easy to move and are often used for events and promotional signs. Logos, branding, hashtags and symbols can be cut in solid freestanding foam letters and painted in corporate colours. These are then placed on stage in venues or can be pegged into the grass on ovals and arenas.
Fabricated Acrylic Letters
The ultimate 3D signs are made from fabricated acrylic letters. These are built from 3mm acrylic which is cut and bent to shape in a hollow 3D form. The finished letters are then be sprayed to any colour and ready to install. The benefits of this type of 3D letter construction is that it is extremely durable. 3D Letters can be made to any size, are easy to install and can be removed at any stage without any damaging the surface they are installed to. This makes fabricated letters perfect for businesses that will need to relocate or re shopfit at some stage.