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3D Signs

3D signs protrude from, or ‘float above’ the background surface that they are placed on. They are signs that have a length, width and height and depending on fabrication and design, can also be freestanding or Illuminated.   All of our 3 Dimensional signage is custom made to your specifications and fabricated in-house.  For this reason, we can ensure that you receive consistent, quality signage, wherever you may be in New Zealand.

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BENEFITS AND PLACEMENT

Getting your business noticed is the main objective. 3D Signs are often more visible to passers-by, and in situations where there are multiple businesses competing for the same foot traffic, dimensional signage stands-out from the crowd.

3D Signage is extremely versatile, and manufactured using a host of different materials and techniques. These materials are durable, long lasting and most are weatherproof, making them suitable for indoor and outdoor use. In addition, this type of signage lends itself well to the incorporation of LED lights, generating even more design options (See Illuminated Signage.)

Sign placement for this product is almost limitless.  3D Signs can be fixed to a wall, positioned on  a reception desk or be completely freestanding. In certain circumstances, they may even be suspended from the ceiling. You will find  dimensional signs in many locations, ranging from Business Fascia’s, Store Fronts and Reception Areas to School Halls, Grocery Stores or Doctors’ Rooms.

Designing a 3D Sign

Creating a 3D Sign

Designing a 3D Sign

3d Design Considerations

3D Signage calls upon an additional set of design-skills and there are many factors to take into consideration.

Sign Location:  Where the 3D sign is to be located is critically important and a professional site-check is essential.  Location will dictate the design-area available and surface-type will influence the colour and materials used, as well as the installation process.

Indoor/Outdoor:  Whether a sign is to be placed indoors or outdoors is also key.  Landlords and Local Government impose more regulations on exterior wall signage and weatherproof materials need to be used, whereas, interior 3D signage is often free from additional requirements but is generally viewed up close and is therefore designed with a stronger sense of aesthetics.

Viewing Distance:  The distance from which dimensional signage needs to be viewed is also vitally important, as this determines the size and kerning of the typography as well as the depth of the engineered letters.

Designs and Plans

Initial designs are created (or provided by an agent or customer) and and will include height length, depth and elevation measurements. For Large Commercial Jobs, building plans and drawings should also be provided by an architect, engineer or skilled surveyor. A superimposed image of the approved design on the intended surface is also recommended.

Designs for 3D lettering or acrylic welded signs must be created in a vector-based software like Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator. An accurate, full-size vector shape is created and exported into the correct file format, for example EPS / AI / DXF which can be read, either by a Laser Cutter or CNC Router. These files are sent off for Fabrication.

Engineering

Our designers are qualified and experienced, they know which printing techniques work best and what limitations certain materials have. They are also aware of engineering and installation processes and whether or not specialised mounting will need to be considered and accounted for in their designs as it can often add-to or detract-from a sign’s appearance.

We know our stuff, we can design your sign from scratch or are happy to work with your Designer or Agency to ensure that your sign will work perfectly in 3D.

Creating a 3D Sign

Laser Cut Letters and Forms

Various techniques are used when creating a 3D sign. Generally, basic forms are Laser cut from signage materials such as Acrylic, MDF, Corflute. Depending on the desired effect, and intended substrate, these 3D Cut Letters and shapes are painted, wrapped in vinyl or left as-is before they are screwed, glued or taped into position. Alternatively, they can be layered to increase dimensional depth  or  mounted to a wall or backing with stud fixings allowing your sign to ‘float above’ the surface of the wall.

CnC Routered 3D Signs

The Cnc Router is an extremely versatile piece of equipment. Materials such as Cardboard (if you are looking for a more eco-friendly signage option) and Palite Foam, (which is not suitable for the Laser machine), can be cut by drag-knife then mounted or constructed into 3D Displays  or letters. The Router also has the ability to Carve 3D logos and forms out of blocks of wood as well chisel hollows into thick Acrylic panels, to produce seamless, hollow shapes. 

Engineered Letters

Engineered Letters are constructed from more robust materials like Acrylic or Metal. Our Fabrication team produce 3D logos and hollowed out plastic lettering in a number of ways. 

3D signs are most often created by cutting flat panels known as the front face, back face and return, on our laser or CNC Router machine then heating the returns (sides) which need bending, and shaping them into the perfect formation before taping and welding them together.  A specialised acrylic glue is used to secure the plastic panels while metal letters are welded for rigidity. 

Vacuum Formed Signage

For a seamless finish,  Our Router machine can produced a 3 Dimensional Shape or letter which is coated before being inserted into the Vacuum Form Machine.   This machine heats up a sheet of plastic and vacuum-forces it over the pre-made 3D logo or letter until it is stretched into shape. Consequently, producing a tough, weather resistant, seam free end-product that can be made quickly and cost-effectively.

We have the technology, the tools and the know-how to create your business a distinctive 3D Sign

3d Design Considerations

3D Signage calls upon an additional set of design-skills and there are many factors to take into consideration.

Sign Location:  Where the 3D sign is to be located is critically important and a professional site-check is essential.  Location will dictate the design-area available and surface-type will influence the colour and materials used, as well as the installation process.

Indoor/Outdoor:  Whether a sign is to be placed indoors or outdoors is also key.  Landlords and Local Government impose more regulations on exterior wall signage and weatherproof materials need to be used, whereas, interior 3D signage is often free from additional requirements but is generally viewed up-close and is therefore designed with a stronger sense of aesthetics.

Viewing Distance:  The distance from which dimensional signage needs to be viewed is also vitally important, as this determines the size and kerning of the typography as well as the depth of the engineered letters.

Designs and Plans

Initial designs are created (or provided by an agent or customer) and and will include height length, depth and elevation measurements. For Large Commercial Jobs, building plans and drawings should also be provided by an architect, engineer or skilled surveyor.

A superimposed image of the approved design on the intended surface is also recommended.

Designs for 3D lettering or acrylic welded signs must be created in a vector-based software like Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator. An accurate, full-size vector shape is created and exported into the correct file format, for example EPS / AI / DXF which can be read, either by a Laser Cutter or CNC Router. These files are sent off for Fabrication.

Engineering

Our designers are qualified and experienced, they know which printing techniques work best and what limitations certain materials have.

They are also aware of engineering and installation processes and whether or not specialised mounting will need to be considered and accounted for in their designs as it can often add-to or detract-from a sign’s appearance.

We know our stuff, we can design your sign from scratch or are happy to work with your Designer or Agency to ensure that your sign will work perfectly in 3D.

Laser Cut Letters and Forms

Various techniques are used when creating a 3D sign. Generally, basic forms are Laser cut from signage materials such as Acrylic, MDF, Corflute. Depending on the desired effect, and intended substrate, these 3D Cut Letters and shapes are painted, wrapped in vinyl or left as-is before they are screwed, glued or taped into position. Alternatively, they can be layered to increase dimensional depth  or  mounted to a wall or backing with stud fixings allowing your sign to ‘float above’ the surface of the wall.

CnC Routered 3D Signs

The Cnc Router is an extremely versatile piece of equipment. Materials such as Cardboard (if you are looking for a more eco-friendly signage option) and Palite Foam, (which is not suitable for the Laser machine), can be cut by drag-knife then mounted or constructed into 3D Displays  or letters. The Router also has the ability to Carve 3D logos and forms out of blocks of wood as well chisel hollows into thick Acrylic panels, to produce seamless, hollow shapes.

Engineered Letters

Engineered Letters are constructed from more robust materials like Acrylic or Metal. Our Fabrication team produce 3D logos and hollowed out plastic lettering in a number of ways.

3D signs are most often created by cutting flat panels known as the front face, back face and return, on our laser or CNC Router machine then heating the returns (sides) which need bending, and shaping them into the perfect formation before taping and welding them together.  A specialised acrylic glue is used to secure the plastic panels while metal letters are welded for rigidity.

Vacuum Formed Signage

For a seamless finish,  Our Router machine can produced a 3 Dimensional Shape or letter which is coated before being inserted into the Vacuum Form Machine.   This machine heats up a sheet of plastic and vacuum-forces it over the pre-made 3D logo or letter until it is stretched into shape. Consequently, producing a tough, weather resistant, seam free end-product that can be made quickly and cost-effectively.

We have the technology, the tools and the know-how to create your business a distinctive 3D Sign

LETS WORK TOGETHER

LETS WORK TOGETHER