Best rigid transparent sheet for printing & laser cutting?

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Sprout_Design
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Best rigid transparent sheet for printing & laser cutting?

Post by Sprout_Design » Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:51 pm

Hi,

I've just had a BN-20 installed with CMYK+white ink

We are using it for prototyping products but I need some advice.

We have some parts to make that are 1mm thick acrylic disks with a white print on the reverse.

My plan was to mirror the illustrator file, apply the Roland White swatch and run the cast acrylic through with crop marks, then set up cutting on a laser cutter.

It turns out that the white ink doesn't adhere to acrylic and spreads/wets the surface quite dramatically and wipes off easily.

I chose acrylic because it is safe to laser-cut and gives a clean edge, plus its nicely scratch resistant.

However if I can't print on it, perhaps there is another material I should choose?

Can you think of any rigid clear plastic sheet that can be printed on, and is safe for laser-cutting?

Thanks

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Re: Best rigid transparent sheet for printing & laser cuttin

Post by woolly » Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:39 pm

Quick fix print on to clear vinyl apply to acrylic then laser cut agreed not quite the same Finish but you will get the look.

Perhaps you should have looked at a uv printer presume they would do that job.

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