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September '19

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18 • September 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL Glass is not as easily scratched as plas- tic, but it is not as forgiving, can shatter easily and is prone to chips, bubbles and other imperfections, plus does not result in as precise of detailing, Thompson says. "It can look more chipped or flaky and not just a coating reaction like cast acrylic where it leaves a nice frosted look," Thompson says. "The look and weight of glass gives people that feeling of it being high-end or super expensive." Laserable rubber, made out of syn- thetic silicone and used for things like rubber stamps and stencils, can also be engraved and cut on a laser engraver. "Make sure the material is laserable, so you don't release toxic fumes into the environment," Anthony says. The Gold Wedge Acrylic, left, which is available in three sizes in blue or silver; the Clear Magnetic Acrylic, a two-piece award held together by magnets and available in three sizes; and the Blue Cathedral Soaring Acrylic, available in two sizes in blue or black. Image courtesy of JDS Industries. Processed, clean-cut acrylics in a variety of colors. Image courtesy of Trotec Laser. A close-up image of an acrylic thumb shape application lasered on the Trotec SP 3000. This demonstrates the smooth, polished finish that comes with laser processing acrylics. Image courtesy of Trotec Laser. Three types of awards created by JDS Industries in Sioux Falls, SD, include the Unite Diamond Ice Acrylic, which is available in two sizes in blue or black; the Rectangle Soaring Acrylic, available in two sizes in blue or black; and the Silver Diamond Acrylic, available in two sizes in blue or gold. Image courtesy of JDS Industries.

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