Bespoke Fabrication

Bringing your ideas to life

Take the next step and make NE Plastics your source of plastic fabrication!

At NE Plastics we are well acquainted with fabricating to customers individual requirements,
creating quality pieces to specification.

The top 5 reasons to trust NE Plastics with your all-important bespoke jobs

Quick
Turnaround

Raw materials stocked on site, leading to quicker turnaround times.

Fast
Delivery

Delivery network in place.

Manufactured
in house

State of the art machinery and manufacturing ability in-house.

Support &
advice

Advice from concept to completion.

Quality
Control

Quality control from experienced staff.

We take pride in bringing to life works of art and the completion of intricate designs. With many jobs under our belt, we have provided a short list of the standard bespoke works we undertake on a daily basis. These are not exhaustive so please contact our Sales Team for assistance with your specific needs.

Sign trays

Sign traysWe offer a bespoke sign tray fabrication service at NE Plastics. Using aluminium composite as our base material, we supply sign trays in either a flat or made up form. Dimensions, cut outs and other specifications of the final project rest on the customer’s decision.

Sign trays supplied flat come with v-grooved routed channels, set out by the trays overall size and returns. These fold lines can then be easily manipulated to shape, either on site or at a customer’s place of business.

Made up trays are fitted with aluminium angle and bonded together with our Bostik adhesive glue.

In order to start fabrication on a sign tray we require the following information:

  • The overall sign tray size
  • The returns dimensions
  • The internal or external dimensions of the panel
  • Whether the face is to be gloss or matt
  • Whether the joins required are along the short or the long edge
  • Whether a fish plate is required (for made up trays, whether it is to be supplied attached or not)

Illuminated sign tray

Illuminated Sign TrayAn illuminated sign tray comprises of two trays that fit together as one. LED lights are then installed into a back tray. The front facing tray has a slightly wider set of dimensions in order to fit and overlap the LED installed box.

The LED positions are mapped on the back tray, to disperse light in the most effective way possible for the bespoke piece. Acrylic inserts (usually opal 050) can also be introduced, to back any cut out elements and serve as masks for light distribution.

Pushed through letters

Pushed through lettersWe can create push through letters by milling acrylic on our CNC router. Pushed through letters are commonly fabricated as part of a sign tray. Routed letters are supplied with a rebated shoulder (usually 2 ½mm around) to stop them falling through the display.

In order to process a pushed through letter order we require the following information:

  • Whether the letters are front or back pushed through.
  • Are the letters required to be glued to the panel or supplied separately?
  • Are flush or projecting letters required

It is worth nothing that the CNC router automatically creates an internal 3mm radius corner. To provide a professional finish, we will route both the letters and the display to accommodate this.

Lightboxes

Using our trade partner we can supply lightboxes at bespoke request. Lightboxes consist of an aluminium box with lighting electrics inside, lit with either fluorescents or LEDs. A standard lightbox has a single sided opal acrylic face, whereas a projecting box is double sided.

In order to provide a quote for a lightbox we require the following information:

  • Dimensions
  • Thickness of box, whether it is to be a slim case (95mm deep) or a dual case (120mm deep)
  • Whether LED or fluorescent tubes are required
  • Whether the box is single sided or projecting

Display cases and boxes

Display CasesUsually fabricated in either acrylic, Polycarbonate or Viscom EasyPrint, we can supply display cases and boxes to bespoke requirements. For small boxes we will usually use a 5mm thick substrate, for anything up to 1m cubed. Larger boxes may need anything from a 10-12mm thick material. Display cases and boxes can be either five or six sided and are often also referred to as ‘plinths’.

When fabricating a box or display case, we can introduce either a mitre or butt joint based upon job requirements. To help you make an educated decision about which finish is required, we have listed the pros and cons of each below:

Butt Joint

Pros
  • Bubble free joints
  • Offers a stronger bond for boxes and plinths improving structural stability, meaning that they are built to last
  • Crystal clear edges can be produced after either a sand, buff or flame finish, joining lines therefore become difficult to see
  • Up to 50mm thick acrylic can be bonded
  • Less fabrication time is usually required making butt jointed jobs cheaper
Cons
  • In instances where edges cannot be polished or are left exposed a butt joint produces a less effective finish

 

Mitre Joint

Pros
  • Perfect for coloured materials as no glue line is displayed
  • Mirror plinths and boxes can be made using this process
  • Offers excellent light distribution when display cases or boxes are internally lit
Cons
  • Bubbles can appear in the joint depending on the glue and application
  • Excess and overspill with glue can occur
  • Structurally weaker joins (especially when UV glue is applied)
  • More time is required for fabrication
  • Can’t scrape or sand UV bonded edges due to rubbery residue layer

Adhesive suited for plastic bonding is finally applied to seal the edges of the material together. A 24 hour time frame is required for the adhesive to set.

Leaflet holders / Card holders

leaflet-holderAlmost exclusively fabricated from extruded acrylic, leaflet/card holders are perfect for POS and are usually comprised of 2mm or 3mm thick acrylic. To achieve the holders form, the extruded acrylic sheet is line bent to shape with the aid of a jig.

If the leaflet/card holder requires multiple components they are fixed into place with adhesive.

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Sign frames

We can supply branded PanaTrim an aluminium extrusion frame, suitable for 3mm, 5mm, 6mm and 10mm panel profiles. Acrylic, foam PVC or aluminium composite can then be slid into the frame for display needs. This type of frame is ideal when a non-illuminated sign is required or where trough lighting is present. A hanging strip, cut from the same material, is installed on the top of the panel. The strip in then glued to the substrate which is usually 12mm wide.

Panels can be installed into the front of the frame, this makes PanaTrim perfect for troublesome installations for example: under canopies; opposite signs; between pillars.

PanaTrim is available in anodised or powder coat painted. PanaTrim can be anodized in multiple colours including, white, silver, black, blue, green, and red.

We have access to a range of sizes including:

  • Lengths from 305mm – 15m
  • Heights from 305mm – 1829mm

In order to provide a quote for a lightbox we require the following information:

  • The overall frame dimensions
  • Are fishplates needed?
  • Is a hanging strip required?
  • Anodised or powder coated?
  • Is a packing strip required (only applicable for aluminium composite)?

Lecterns

LecternsWe can fabricate lecterns to bespoke needs. Often found in churches, conference halls and public speaking events, lecterns are usually fabricated in acrylic at NE Plastics.

Counters and bars

Counters & BarsCounters and bars can made from acrylic at NE Plastics. A wide range of solid colours suitable for a vivid affect, are available alongside the standard white.

Due to complex nature of such a job, we require detailed drawings and measurements in order to quote and fabricate.

Split Battens

Split BattensPart of our hanging bar selection, split battens can be bespoke fabricated out of foam PVC and acrylic. Split battens can be cut to almost any length and are generally 50mm wide, unless specified otherwise by the customer. A bevel or mitre cut is introduced to create the two conjoining parts.

One part of the batten is attached to the material of choice and the other to the intended fascia.

To fabricated bespoke work outside of our usual parameters, we require detailed drawings and labelled dimensions as at present we do not design in-house. We prefer computerised drawings in Artcam or CorelDraw. Our creativity is only limited by your imagination.

Make NE Plastics your first point of contact for any and all bespoke jobs

If you can't find what you're looking for or require a bespoke item, please get in touch with our sales team

020 8308 9990 | sales@neplastics.co.uk Contact Us