New and Improved Sign Panel Production Guide
Provides updated technical information including illustrations and step-by-step instructions
The new 19-page guide covers the best practices from panel handling, storage, prep and set-up to cleaning, cutting, routing and
installing/mounting our panels. It also outlines how to apply vinyl, films and paints as well as digital and screen printing applications.
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Have projects that require routing and bending?
Here’s a quick how-to for v-groove routing and bending:
Note: All fabrication and bending of ACM panels must be performed in a temperature controlled environment. If unsure as to what bit to use, contact Laminators to learn more about purchasing their recommended bit.
- Bits should be carbide tipped and kept sharp.
- Set-up a worktable large enough to hold the largest panels flat in both directions. Place panels on the work table (finished side face down).
- Set up router with the recommended router bit (90 degree V-groove bit with 3/32” radius ground onto tip). Use a bit with a rounded blade rather than an angled or cone-shaped blade.
- We recommend using an oversized and solid edge guide on the router made out of ½” high-pressure laminate to ensure a straight v-groove.
- Carefully rout the first edge of the panel, creating a v-groove.
- When creating the v-groove for corrugated panels (Alumalite, Econolite, D-Lite, Pro-Lite), use a “radius” bottom V-Groove bit, be sure to control the depth of cut so that the base of the bit almost meets the surface of the aluminum (do not score aluminum or remove all plastic). Repeat for each edge.
- When creating the v-groove for solid core panels (Omega-Bond Standard/Premium), use a “radius” bottom V-Groove bit, be sure to control the depth of cut so that only a thin layer of polyethylene core material remains. Do not rout through to the aluminum. Repeat for each edge. Note: Omega-Bond Economy is for flat signage only; Laminators does not recommend bending or folding panel.
- Apply caulk to the v-groove to seal the joint prior to bending. Bend edge creating a 90 degree angle on all four sides. (Applies only to corrugated core panels.)
- Clean out excess caulk after bending the panel edges. (Applies only to corrugated core panels.)
- The outer side of the sheet can then be bent manually. The result is an exact and clean fold which follows the routed groove. The whole fold should be done in one action, exceeding the desired angle by 10-20 degrees, meaning that the bending/folding should not be repeated as it weakens the material and could cause it to break. By bending slightly past the desired angle, it can be eased back to the correct position without repeated bending. Note: To bend a long and narrow panel, we recommend using a bending aid made from an ACM panel and a joint U or H shape profile.