Get Inspired With This Latest Addition To The NZ Catalog
With metallic colors and contrasting engraving, adhesive-backed plastic is a great choice for making designs that pop. This latest addition to the NZ materials catalog is comprised of acrylic modified with styrene for strength. It has a thin layer of brushed gold on the top, black in the middle and an adhesive on the back. The result is an acrylic sticker that’s tailor made for laser cutting products to sell or for use when building your brand.
What You Can Make With Adhesive-Backed Plastic
We wanted to see if this material could be used for creating designs that stick. (Ok, bad pun. Sorry.) So we put our design skills to the test and created nine sample products—some as stickers in their own right and others combined with additional laser cut materials—to learn exactly how adhesive-backed plastic reacted with the laser. Check ’em out:
Let’s start with the basics: A simple sticker. What makes this a winner is not only the laser engraving, which adds depth and texture, but also the scalloped edges. That’s totally custom—and not something you’ll find with a stock item in a catalog.
What’s great about these acrylic stickers is that they not only work on flat facades such as plaques but also on round surfaces such a trophy bases. So whether you’re crowning the winner of a 5k or celebrating the achievements of valued employee, give awards that are truly customized and beautifully presented.
Along those same lines, you can get even more creative when making medals. Adhering this gold-on-black acrylic sticker to a clear acrylic base at an angle provides quite the visual interest that can’t be achieved with a single material alone.
While some stickers may be created for decorative purposes, these electronics enclosures stickers are quite functional in nature. This kind of labeling enhances the user experience by clearly marking inputs and output. Plus, it makes a big difference to the finish of electronics project boxes if you’re making a product to sell.
Name badges are essential for any event. Because of the number of attendees and logistical needs for being able to print badges on site, most conventions opt for paper badges slipped into plastic sleeves. While practical, it’s not really enough for VIP guests. Instead, pair gold-on-black acrylic stickers with clear acrylic (or other materials based on your budget and aesthetic preferences) and create an event badge that’s not only functional but also serves as a nice takeaway gift post-show.
If you’ve wanted the ability to laser cut double-sided signage, there’s now a legit hack—and these stickers are the hero. First, engrave “Closed” on the gold-on-black acrylic sticker. Next, engrave “Open” on clear acrylic. Stick the two together…and…boom! A double-sided sign. (The black you see is the back of the sticker.) Clever!
Bouncing back to basics, what’s more foundational than restroom signs. Since the acrylic sticker is heat-, solvent- and abrasion-resistant, it’s durable enough to withstand bathroom cleanings.
Even though these acrylic stickers are durable enough for restrooms, they’re also elegant enough for boardrooms.
Here’s an interesting jewelry idea: Add custom monogrammed gold-on-black acrylic stickers to clear acrylic for personalized earrings to sell on Etsy. While the stickers have high durability, you may want to finish off with a resin or lacquer (depending on your base material) to ensure permanence for daily wear.
Now Available: Gold-On-Black Acrylic Stickers
These flexible, self-adhesive stickers are a laser-engraving breakthrough. At only 0.1mm thick, this adhesive-backed plastic adheres securely to a wide range of materials, easily accommodates curved surfaces and takes laser engraving into whole new realms. Since it’s heat, solvent and abrasion resistant, this adhesive-backed plastic is extremely durable and can be used for both interior and exterior applications—everything from industrial nameplates and signage to awards, promotional products and even jewelry.
Maker Tips: Adhesive-backed plastic is modified with styrene to improve impact-resistance and flexibility. However, this also lowers the melting point of the material and the cut edge is not as cleanly vaporized as with standard acrylic. Caution is advised for very detailed, intricate cutouts as well as for large areas of engraving as the build-up of heat can cause the sheet to deform.
What Will You Laser Cut With Adhesive-Backed Plastic?
What do you think for this new material? Any of the ideas above stick out in your mind? Hopefully you’re ready to jump into Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape and turn your inspiration into to tangible ideas. Whatever your laser cutter project ideas, give us a shout in the comment box and let us know what you can’t wait to make. We’d love to hear all about it!