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Crystal Clear Edges
Face protection and protective guards - the Corona era evokes the advantages of a well-known material: but the efficient machining of this material is complex. Special tools such as Hufschmied's Plexiglas milling cutter 110FPRV "Raven-V" are needed here.

A challenge in the machining of PMMA, acrylic, Plexiglas ® or Makrolon® is that these plastics become too hot during processing and may even melt. Their answer to this problem is the 110FPRV milling tool. An innovative cutting-edge geometry allows the sensitive transparent materials to be machined burr-free and with virtually crystal-clear cutting edges despite high feed rates. With the roughing and finishing tool, machining is possible in one step without tool change and without re-polishing. Additionally, superior tool life increases efficiency and profitability.

Other tools in the series are the radius cutter 110FPER for 3D machining and the V slot cutter 110V, the tool for lettering, chamfering or profile cuts. You can find more information about these tools in their product flyer.

For more information, contact Steve Holbrook, Hufschmied USA, 42 Ozick Dr., Unit 6, Durham CT 06422, 419-341-6337, E-mail:, Web:

Multi-Color Engravable Polymer Sheet
Founded in 1921, Summit Metro Parks in Ohio conserves and sustainably manages a collective 14,300 acres. The annual attendance average is 5 million visitors across 16 parks, several conservation areas, over 125 miles of trails, and 22.4 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail.

Hampton Hills Metro Park is approximately 655 acres. The new outdoor signs include an entrance park sign and new Mountain Bike trailhead signs to indicate the trail is open or closed. The signs are made with 3/4” gauge, 48” x 96” size sheets of King ColorCore®, the multi-color engravable polymer sheet, in a custom color of brown/ yellow/brown. The main entrance sign has a bright yellow, reflective aluminum component, and routed leaf to match the Summit Metro Parks branding.

Summit Metro Park’s signs were originally made from Douglas Fir lumber that often needed to be primed and stained. In 2015, the signs were replaced with King ColorCore ® a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) material that is environmentally stabilized and developed to withstand the harshest outdoor conditions. It will not rust, delaminate, or rot when exposed to humidity or water. The new signs are low maintenance and will never need painting or refinishing.

For more information, contact Michael Fabbri, King Plastic Corporation, 1100 N. Toledo Blade Blvd., North Port, FL 34288, 941-493-5502, E-mail:, Web:

PC Corner Angles & Channels
Petro Extrusion Technologies, Inc., (PET) offers clear polycarbonate corner angles and channels from stock. Extruded from clear UV grade PC, these channels and angles offer clarity, impact resistance, and ease of fabrication.

PET Inc. offers three sizes of 90° angles, from 1/4 inch to 1 1/2 inch as well as three sizes from 1/8” gap opening up to 3/8” gap. All parts are .050” thickness.

The channels and angles are available from stock in 2’, 4’, and 6’ lengths. Parts are available in custom cut lengths as well.

For more information, contact Mike Patterson, Petro Extrusion Technologies, Inc., 205B Hallock Ave., Middlesex, NJ 08846, 800-229-3338/908-789-3338, Fax: 908-789-0434, E-mail:, Web:

Plastic Sign Making Tooling Package
Vortex Tool Company offers a comprehensive plastic/ sign making tooling package for CNC routers. The package includes three sizes of Series 5600 upcut or Series 5700 downcut “O” flute spirals. The upcut and downcut spirals’ polished flute design allows chips to curl/form better, #6F4E37uces heat and adds lubricity without the use of coatings. Double-edge “O” flute straight tooling featuring two cutting edges to #6F4E37uce chip load and produce a stronger cross section with harder plastics is also included. The package also contains a spoilboard cutter with replacement inserts, three sizes of ballnose spirals, and engraving bits. The Vortex staff can consult with you to determine your router applications and select a specific set of tools and accessories to meet your design needs. Most items are in stock for immediate shipment.

American owned and operated, Vortex Tool Company, Inc. designs and manufactures a wide variety of standard and custom high-performance router and insert cutting tools for the woodworking and plastics industries, and provides re-tipping and sharpening services for all makes and models.

For more information, contact Lucas Molepske, Vortex Tool Company, 5605 East Jelinek Ave., Schofield, WI 54476, 800-355-7708/715-355-7707, Fax: 715-355-7353 E-mail:, Web:

Polishing Tools for Plastics
Wood-Cutters Tooling Inc. is now representing EURACRYL products. Since 1980, Wood-Cutters Tooling has provided customers in the plastics, wood, and metals industries with quality products and service.

This new partnership allows Wood-Cutters Tooling to offer customers in North America, the complete line of products from the world’s largest selection of polishing tools in the plastics industry.

Tools for edge polishing include 2,700 options of diamond milling heads for over 180 models from at least 50 different machine manufacturers.

Tools for CNC milling machines include over 1,000 standard tools featuring cuttings edges of monocrystalline diamond, polycrystalline diamond and solid carbide.

EURACRYL products enable processing of PMMA, PC, PETG, SAN, mixed materials (e.g., PMMA + aluminum or paper), as well as production of high-gloss, standard gloss and satin surfaces or surfaces to be glued.

Wood-Cutters Tooling can help you choose the optimal tooling solution for your application.

For more information, contact Eric G. Jansen, Wood-Cutters Tooling Inc., 4685 Spartan Industrial Dr. SW, Grandville, MI 49418, 616-257-7930, E-mail: or, Web:

4-Foot 120V Bending Table
Abbeon’s exciting new 120V 4-foot plastic bending table with top and bottom heat for faster cycle time and thicker material! This table is made of durable scratch resistant Trespa panel. This table features one top heat, one bottom heat, and one controller. The temperature is infinitely adjustable and the heating wire height can be adjusted. Working width: 1250 mm (48”). Material thickness: From 0.5 to 10mm (.02 to .39”). There is an optional timer available.

Abbeon offers a complete range of plastic bending equipment including Free Standing Heating Trays, Adjustable Bending Fixtures, Plastic Bending Bars, Silicone Heaters and Heating Blankets, Accessories and Insulations Boards.

For more information, contact Jim Early, Abbeon Cal Inc., 1363 Donlon Street, Unit 1, Ventura, CA 93003, 800-922-0977, E-mail:, Web:

Large-Format CO2 Laser
Kern Lasers introduces their economical, large-format CO2 laser the EcoFlex. Available in 50 - 250 watts with work areas of 52” x 50” or 52” x 100”. This laser is a perfect economical solution to manufacturers of signs and P.O.P products.

Signs incorporating LED backlighting is found everywhere these days. The translucent acrylic can be placed on the front side of the LED lit panel, consisting of high-efficiency LED light strips which are snapped to the edge of the acrylic panels which effectively diffuse light across a dot or line pattern laser etched into the acrylic sheet. This creates a brightly lit panel with a consistent glow.

At Kern Laser they understand the relationship between lasers and acrylic, and they invite you to inquire about which laser system is right for your needs.

For more information, contact Sales, Kern Lasers, 1501 Industrial Dr., Wadena, MN 56482, 888-660-2755/218-631- 2755, Fax: 218-631-3476, E-mail:, Web:

CNC Edge Polishing
The Euracryl ABP 310 CNC is a large format, high volume, CNC controlled polishing solution with full CNC control over the length, depth, and angle (bevel) processing abilities of the machine. The polisher is capable of multiple part processing. Parts can be stacked up to 120mm max thickness. There is an innovative integrated vacuum zone for increased workpiece control and the unit has a 3100mm max part length (single pass). It can perform both perpendicular and beveled operations 0 to +63 degrees with adjustable milling and feed speeds.

There is a pre-configu#6F4E37 graphical control including material library, milling values, tool selection, and calculations for beveling. It offers 8 workpiece clamps (up to 20 are available) and it operates the flexible Euracryl ES quick change diamond tooling system.

For more information, contact Stephan W. Waltman, Stiles Machinery, Inc., 3965 44th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512, 616.698.7500, E-mail:, Web:

Acrylic Mirror
FABBACK Acrylic Mirror from Plaskolite has the widest range of thicknesses, sizes and patterns. Available in over twenty (20) colors including clear and two textures for special design needs. FABBACK Acrylic Mirror utilizes the industry’s toughest protective back-coating to maintain a scratch-resistant surface during fabrication. The mirro#6F4E37 surface is obtained through a vacuum metallizing process with aluminum, which provides a superior reflecting surface.

FABBACK Acrylic mirror is ideally suited for a variety of applications using standard plastic fabrication processes and techniques. It is economical, does not shatter into sharp-edged pieces like glass, is easy to fabricate, has an abrasion-resistant coating available, is available in marine grade options and is made with OPTIX® Acrylic.

Applications include P.O.P. displays, security mirrors, artwork, home furnishing, novelty and license plates to name a few.

Run-to-size capabilities offer thickness from 0.060" – 0.236" in widths from 5" – 80" and lengths from 10" – 120".

For more information, contact Jane Nash, Plaskolite, LLC, 400 W. Nationwide Blvd., Ste. 400, Columbus, OH 43215, 800-848-9124/662-893-5409, E-mail:, Web:

Corrugated PP
Interstate Plastics now offers Bubble-X™, a premium eco-friendly fluted polypropylene signage solution.

Corrugated polypropylene, also called fluted polypropylene, is commonly seen in signage applications including outdoor advertising, billboards, and screen printing, as well as in industrial and agricultural packaging, construction, and shelters. Fluted polypropylene is more robust than corrugated fiberboard and lighter than non-fluted plastics. It’s waterproof, weather resistant, and stain resistant, performing well under in harsh weather conditions and when exposed to hard water or harsh chemicals.

Bubble-X™ by Primex is a high-quality co-extruded polypropylene that is quickly becoming a popular alternative to both expanded PVC and regular fluted polypropylene. This 100% recyclable, non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and eco-friendly air bubble corrugated sheet has a matte finish similar to expanded PVC but offers some of the highest resistance to challenging outdoor environments of any signage material. It also remains easy to work with when screen printing, digital printing, die cutting, scoring, folding, gluing, stapling, grommeting, drilling, laser cutting, and sonic welding.

Bubble-X™ is a green choice for those looking for a signage material that can be recycled into a normal waste stream. It’s also an excellent choice for outdoor signage, enduring conditions too harsh for standard grades of fluted polypropylene.

For more information, contact Christopher Isar, Interstate Plastics, 330 Commerce Circle, Sacramento CA, 95815, 888-768-5759, Fax: 916-422-1608, E-mail:, Web:

Thermoplastic & Biopolymer Processing
Fram Trak® Industries, Inc. is a plastic extrusion and injection molding company, which has been manufacturing custom plastic extrusions and molded products since 1978.

Their area of expertise is in custom profile, single and coextrusion processes. They work with client’s ideas and make them ready for manufacture, with the ability to produce and modify all tooling in-house.

The company has an 80,000 sq. ft., 100% solar powe#6F4E37, zero-waste facility. Inhouse computer part design begins with PTC Creo Parametric, rapid prototyping equipment, a complete machine shop with wire EDM, sinker EDM, CNC milling machining centers, and CNC lathe machines. Production equipment includes profile extrusion lines, injection molding machines, corrugated tubing equipment, cutting, punching, sonic welding, winding, bending, milling, drilling, adhesive application, and packaging equipment. Production equipment also includes decorating machines for hot stamping, silk screening, and printing. The company is fully equipped with inhouse packing, warehousing, and shipping facilities.

Their goal has been to coordinate all necessary processes under one roof - design, manufacturing, assembly, and shipping with cost-effectiveness and minimal stress for the customer.

For more information, contact Albert Santelli III, Fram Trak® Industries Inc., 205 Hallock Ave., Middlesex, NJ 08846, 732-424-8400, E-mail:, Web:

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