How To Make Signs Using Volumetric Light Letters?

The article is useful not only to those who want to make letters on their own, but also to people who want to buy a sign. In it, we will talk about the intricacies of the process, and about what result you will need to get.

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The technology of manufacturing volumetric light letters with your own hands for an advertising sign is not very complicated. If desired, they can be done independently. When we needed interior sign design in one of our offices, we decided to make a small photo report and describe for you all the technologies and subtleties, give advice on self-production.

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Before starting, we will need a layout for the future sign. We are preparing the layout in the program in Corel Draw. This is necessary in order to then cut the necessary headers on the CNC milling machine. If you have not worked with this program, we can advise you to contact a familiar designer, he is familiar with it.

It’s better to prepare the front faces (the front part of the future letter) “with an understatement” (the second milling contour for the sidewall thickness + 0.5mm). Next, in the same program, we convert the image into curves with ultra-thin lines. If the designer is not familiar with the “humiliation”, then specialists in the milling industry will help you with this. Read about them below.

Do not forget to invert the letters for cutting horizontally. Backs (the back of the future letter) are prepared along the inner future letter of the contour. Those. they should be slightly smaller than the front parts. On the thickness of the side wall.

Make the front and back of the letter

For the front of the letter, we need acrylic milk glass with a thickness of 2 millimeters (we have small letters, for large letters they take glass thicker). For the back – 3 mm thick PVC sheet. We cut the faces and backs on a programmed milling machine. Of course you can do it yourself, but it’s easier and faster to order from specialists. It costs 30-60 rubles per linear meter of cut. Milling can be done with us, or google the company closest to you. More or less large advertising companies, as a rule, have their own milling machine. By the way, materials can be sold to you there. You will greatly save on the fact that you will not need to buy a whole sheet. You will pay only for the right amount.

The article is useful not only to those who want to make letters on their own, but also to people who want to buy a sign. In it, we will talk about the intricacies of the process, and about what result you will need to get.
The technology of manufacturing volumetric light letters with your own hands for an advertising sign is not very complicated. If desired, they can be done independently. When we needed a sign in one of our offices, we decided to make a small photo report and describe for you all the technologies and subtleties, give advice on self-production.

How to make the side parts of letters for a future signboard with your own hands?

The letters we have will be 5 centimeters deep and 8 centimeters high. For the side, we need a sheet of PVC with a thickness of 2 millimeters. The thickness of the selected material depends on the height of future letters. Two millimeters is suitable for letters up to 15 centimeters high. Further up to 40 centimeters – three millimeters. If the letters are higher, then for strength we use thicker sheets – 4, 6, 8 and 10 millimeters.

Please note that we have chosen a letter depth of 5 centimeters (not less) so that when they are lit there are no light spots from the LEDs. Letters should shine evenly and equally. If we want to reduce the depth of the letter, we will have to use special “lensed” LEDs or make letters using a more complex technology that is beyond the scope of this article. Otherwise, spots of light cannot be avoided.