Articles by Fabrication: Knife Cutting
Sintra® Material, an expanded PVC sheet product, can be cut using common methods for plastic materials. These methods include, knife cutting, sawing, and routing operations. Shearing with a guillotine shear is generally not recommended.
Sci-fi enthusiast Cris Knight built a costume using Sintra expanded PVC board for the Comic-Con convention in Las Vegas. The character “Bender” from the popular animated television series Futurama, written and designed by Matt Groening, was the inspiration for the costume.
Dave Myers cut his teeth, so to speak, on Gatorfoam® graphic display board as an educational-TV set designer in Hagerstown, Md., in the ’70s, when he used the industry’s leading heavy-duty foam board to create cut-out letters and 3-D props. Myers later opened his own commercial sign shop – DMG Studios in Hagerstown – a business in which he often turned to Gatorfoam as his rigid substrate of choice for sign-making, including such memorable point-of-purchase displays as 4-foot tall milk cartons for a local dairy.
When 3A Composites USA launched its “Legends” marketing communications campaign in 2004, company executives reviewed a wide field of internationally recognizable graphic arts icons to be recreated in print advertisements with one of the company’s leading graphic display boards, including those in the Sintra®, Dibond®, Gator™ and Fome-Cor® board lines. Choices included everything from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to New York City’s Statue of Liberty and Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis transatlantic record-setting airplane.
In 1995, when James B. Campbell started working as an exhibit designer for Channel-Kor Systems, Inc., of Bloomington, Indiana, he became intrigued with the properties of Sintra Material –– for fine art projects as well as exhibits.