Built Up 3D Letters
Built up acrylic letters are an extremely versatile approach to create style specific letters and logos which can either be bold and funky or sophisticated and contemporary.
Built up acrylic letters are often illuminated using LED modules but can equally catch your attention being non-illuminated. Built up acrylic letters can be finished in a wide range of colours and styles allowing your creativity to be almost limitless.
There are many different effects that can be achieved with acrylic built up letters. The bright and funky colours that are available make acrylic signs eye catching, You can combine the use of acrylic with other materials such as stainless steel and wood to create signage that really stands out from the crowd, whether your project is completely bespoke or a standard font lettering.
At McRobb we use leading brands of acrylic to ensure that all of our built up acrylic letters and logos are manufactured to a high standard.
Powder coated, built up letters and logos can be achieved on materials such as de-scaled 304 or 316 grade Stainless Steel or Aluminium. This method of painting promotes an extremely hard wearing and immaculate finish, that really does stand the test of time.
Powder-coating uses a polyester or epoxy powder, which is baked to fuse into a protective layer. Powder coating is also used on heavy duty plant equipment and machinery to ensure longevity and create a protective outer layer that can last for longer periods of time.
The most common way of applying the powder coating to metal objects is to spray the powder using an electrostatic gun, or Corona gun. The gun imparts a positive electric charge to the powder, which is then sprayed towards the grounded object by mechanical or compressed air spraying and then accelerated toward the work piece by the powerful electrostatic charge.
Built up stainless steel letters, are used as both primary and secondary signage on an array of architectural and high-end projects.
Brushing gives metal a distinctive look, as it retains some but not all of its metallic lustre and gives it a pattern of very fine lines parallel to the brushing direction. For this reason, it is commonly used for decorative items both as an interior and exterior solution. In contrast, mirror polished stainless steel gives an extremely reflective and high quality ‘chrome’ look to the letters. Both finishes can be combined with other materials such as glass and wood to portray the latest trends and fashions.
Stainless steel letters and logos can be used internally or externally being a totally weather proof product with a tough finish. If the signage is to be used near the coast or in a high pollution area we would always advise you use 316 marine grade stainless steel as salt water & air pollutants can deposit on the chromium layer causing tarnishing and surface staining unless cleaned and maintained regularly.
Aluminium letters are generally used for the sides of large buildings and places where bigger lettering is required. 3D built up aluminium letters & logos can be used internally or externally once treated to a finish. Aluminium is a totally weather-proof product and gives you a tough robust finish once coated.
Most companies buying built up aluminium use it for is high strength and it's light weight properties. Aluminium built up letters are generally used for letters that are over a certain size. Due to its lightweight nature it is much better for larger sized letters and logos.
Built up rim and return letters are an extremely fashionable and trending design build for brands and businesses, usually used on the larger projects. Unlike rimless letters, rim and return letters get their name from the stroke or rim that meets the face material, which is usually around 20-30mm in width.
The rim is not only used as an aesthetic finish but also acts as a fixing method for the face material on larger built up letters where flexing of the face and potential movement may be a concern. With a little creativity, lots of different effects and looks can be achieved using an eclectic mix of face and carcass materials, creating whole new looks.
A back tray would then be made to suit the 3D letters, either from Foamex, Aluminium, Steel or Polycarbonate with your preferred method of illumination taken into account for either a face lit, face & halo, or halo only illumination.
The face material is either opaque or opal (translucent) acrylic. This can have a wide range of translucent coloured vinyls applied to the face or a bespoke, digitally printed translucent vinyl can be used to increase the possibilities. We even have the capability to have the sign face change colour from day to night!