At Luminati Ltd we specialise in the design and manufacture of many different products from retail and POS displays to custom designed and manufactured products each with their own set of property requirements, from strength, impact resistance and anti-theft to purely aesthetic requirements. To ensure we produce not only fantastic looking units to display, merchandise and promote your products but also units that stand the test of time we always ensure we select the right material for the job.
Our design experts are on hand to offer advice and recommendations on the materials best suited to you requirements, so feel free to call us now to chat through your options +44 (0)1752 698720.
Below is an example of some of the materials we work with and the advantages they offer.
If you would like any further information, or would like us to work with a material not listed below please contact us and we will be happy to help
Acrylic (Perspex®, Plexiglass, Lucite, Acrycast etc)
Acrylic is the most common material we work with due to its many beneficial properties. Our production facility is fully set up for the specialist fabrication of acrylic, from line bending to laser cutting and engraving.
Acrylic is often known by brand names such as Perspex® and Plexiglass. Clear acrylic is by far the most popular due to the fact that is has better optical clarity than glass, and will not smash like glass will. Acrylic is also available in a huge selection of colours including solid high gloss colours, frosted finishes, opaques, fluorescents, pearlescent and mirror finishes. Furthermore, finishes such as unique pastel colours, naturals range, wood effects, stone effects and even glitter sparkle effects are all available.
Acrylic is available in several different grades including Extruded (the most cost effective solution), Cast (the best mechanical properties for machining and optical clarity, and suitable for laser engraving), Impact Modified (for increased strength)
It is also available in a wide range of thicknesses from 2mm up to 30mm.
The main advantages include:
- Half the weight of glass
- Impact resistant
- Unaffected by sun or salt spray
- Temperature range of -30 to 160° F for continuous service
- Good outdoor weathering
- Clear sheet optical clarity better than that of glass
- Easy and cost effective fabrication
- Fully recyclable
- Excellent surface hardness and durability
- Superb chemical resistance - better than most plastics
- Food gradable
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Well suited to digital printing and branding
The majority of our product range is made entirely, or partly from acrylic.
Polycarbonate is similar in appearance to Acrylic but is much stronger with a high impact resistance and will withstand higher temperature.
Like Acrylic, Polycarbonate is highly transparent to visible light and actually has better light transmission than many kinds of glass.
Unlike acrylic, Polycarbonate can be processed and formed at room temperature without cracking or breaking.
The disadvantages of Polycarbonate are that It does not Laser cut well, cannot have its edges flame polished, and may scratch easier than acrylic.
Some of our products made from Polycarbonate include our Fire Rated Poster Kits and machine guards.
PVC – Poly Vinyl Chloride
Solid PVC is a Flexible material, available in clear and white forms. It is a very cost effective material, used for ticketing and card channels. It can be cold formed in thinner sections but cannot be laser cut as it produces chlorine gas!
We often use PVC on our print trap headers on dump bins & as ticket strips.
Foam PVC (Foamex, Fomalux, etc.)
Like Solid PVC, closed-cell Foam PVC is solid and has a very rigid structure but it is also very light (as little as half the weight of solid PVC). It is highly resistant to moisture and some chemicals, and very easy to cut and shape. It can be heat formed and has excellent print adhesion properties making it ideal for signage and printed wall boards. Being closed cell, it is suitable for interior and exterior applications and has excellent UV resistance.
Foam PVC is commonly used on our dump bins
PETG Polyester terephthalate glycol
PETG is a rigid sheet that has a high transparency and toughness which it retains even at low temperatures. It is easy to machine and fabricate including cold bending and is suitable for printing.
PETG has excellent inorganic chemical resistance and is suitable for contact with foodstuffs and medical applications. It also has excellent thermoforming properties and unlike polycarbonate there is no need for predrying.
It is ideally suited for machine guarding and all fabrication requiring strength and good fracture resistance.
ABS – Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
ABS is usually available in white and a limited range of colours. It is not available as a clear material. The most important mechanical property of ABS is its impact resistance and toughness. ABS has good stability under load. It has a higher forming temperature than both acrylic and PETG.
ABS can be used to create a highly resistant dump bin requiring impact resistance and vandal proof properties
HIPS – High Impact Polystyrene
HIPS sheet is an inexpensive, lightweight plastic with a good degree of resistance to impact and tearing. It can be supplied in a range of colours including Opal, Cream, Yellow, Orange, Red, Green, Lilac, Blue, Purple, Brown, Silver and Grey.
HIPS is an easily printed surface for single and double sided printing applications and can also be easily thermoformed. Its properties ensure compliance with strict food and medical regulations.
HIPS is commonly used in a variety of our POS Displays
We work with many different types of wood from solid woods to MDF, Plywood and other composite panels. Wood is great material to work with due to its strength, machinability and aesthetic properties.
Check out our YouTube channel for further information on materials, product range, cleaning, fabrication techniques and much more
Vacuum forming is a simplified version of thermoforming, where a sheet of plastic is heated to a forming temperature, stretched onto a single-surface mold, and forced against the mold by a vacuum. We offer vacuum formed components and products within our range.
For further information on any of the materials listed above, or any other material enquiry please contact us today