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Adhesive Backed Plastic - Copper on Black

0.020 inches

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What is it

With metallic colors and contrasting engraving, adhesive backed plastic is a great choice to make designs that pop. It is copper on one side with a 3M adhesive on the other

How fast will this material ship?

Orders using this material will ship as fast as same day. Find out more.

Can I get a sample?

You can get a sample here.

Design Notes

Adhesive backed plastic is modified with styrene to improve impact resistance and flexibility. This also lowers the melting point of the material and means the material along the cut edge is not as cleanly vaporized as with standard acrylic.

Caution is advised for very detailed, intricate cutouts as the build-up of heat can cause the sheet to deform.

The back side of the material is supplied without protective covering & as such can have surface scratching.

The brushed lined pattern will be cut running horizontally.

Engraving Notes

Adhesive backed plastic works well for engraving details such as text and labels, as engraving reveals the black plastic underneath. Caution is advised for large areas of engraving as the build-up of heat can cause the sheet to deform.

Additionally, the sintered powder may build-up engraved areas giving the engraved area a tint of the top material color. Cleaning is often required once parts are received to brighten the engraved areas.

Adhesive backed plastic is cut without paper on the top surface as it produces the best engraving results and some discoloration around cut lines is to be expected.

Adhesive backed plastic can be cleaned using isopropyl alcohol on a cloth. It is not recommended to soak your designs in isopropyl alcohol.

Engraving Acrylic

There are 3 types of engraving possible with laser cutting. Area engraving, line engraving and a combination of both.

Area engraving is great it you need to mark a large area on the surface of the material. To specify area engraving set your shapes to have a fill color of black with RGB values of 0, 0, 0. The way this engraving is performed is like an old dot matrix printer except instead of dots of ink it uses pulses of the laser beam. This is a surface finish not deep enough to be used for pocketing or inlays. The depth of the engraving ranges between 0.1-0.5mm.

Line engraving is like a really shallow cut. To achieve this effect the stroke color to red with RGB values of 255, 0, 0 and set the stroke style to a width of 0.01 mm. The laser beam follows along the red lines that you have in your design and marks the surface of the material. The result is crisp but it can be a time consuming technique if you have a lot of small details like text.

Using a combination of both engraving types typically gets the best result. Set your shapes to have a fill color of black with RGB values of 0, 0, 0, the stroke color to red with RGB values of 255, 0, 0, and set the stroke style to a width of 0.01 mm. The line engraving causes the laser beam to trace around the edges of the engraved areas making them more crisp and bringing the details to life.

Construction Techniques

Creating structures from acrylic can be tricky due to variations in the material thickness. Creating a design that can accommodate variations in the material thickness is the best way to go.

Typical Uses

Adhesive backed plastic is commonly used for making jewelry, trophies, plaques, ID plates/labels, signage and more

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