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Cutting Tactile Letters

iam808

New Member
I have a directory to update, in an office building. All the copy is Rowmark tactile, which I have a decent size piece to work with. My end goal is to cut the letters, leave them in the skeleton (or carrier) and then install on site. I've outsourced this plenty of times but this order is so small my supplier hardly want to look at it.

I have a CNC, and cutting the letters isn't an issue. The problem is, I can't get all the letters to stay in place during machining. Normally for small pieces I use double faced banner tape as my hold down, but the Rowmark already has double faced tape on the back side and my hold down tape isn't sticking to the liner, as would be expected.

Am I missing a step, any workarounds? Is this even reasonably possible?

I totally get that the right machine for what I want to do here is a laser, or I need a vacuum but for the moment I don't have access to either.
 

johnnysigns

New Member
You can try peeling the current adhesive side backer, mounting laminate or vinyl backer that's got the paper backer side and tape down in place with hem tape. Not sure if it'll still stay in place, but it's worth testing.
 

iam808

New Member
You can try peeling the current adhesive side backer, mounting laminate or vinyl backer that's got the paper backer side and tape down in place with hem tape. Not sure if it'll still stay in place, but it's worth testing.
It stays in place alright, a little to well! I think I need to tape to the MDF...D/F tape releases easier from then from PVC

cut with bridges and shave em down with xacto after install.
Tiny little tabs... I think that might help a few of the tight areas.

Is it not possible to bring the panel in and route the copy on the sign?
No, I'm replacing suite numbers on a sign, but not tenant names.
 

Medina Signs

Old Member
You can also try some 3M spray glue to glue the backer onto the table, I've used it on 3mm pvc - works good - but then you have to clean the glue. If you glue the backer, the glue will come off when the backer is peeled.
 

MikePro

New Member
Tiny little tabs... I think that might help a few of the tight areas.

Clean corners, keep you from losing letters, but also works well holding your layout/spacing until application & a couple flicks with the xactoto lop them off onsite.
 
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