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Materials for every application

Materials for every application

Leading trade supplier William Smith is the UK’s largest stockist and distributor of premium-grade signmaking films from 3M. It also supplies further options from Arlon and Contra Vision to meet niche market and specialist sign and graphics requirements.

Key products from 3M include 3M Envision Graphic Film 3730 and 3M Scotchcal Translucent Graphic Film 3630, both of which optimise LED technology in illuminated signage applications. William Smith also supplies 3M Scotchcal 80 and 100 Series of self-coloured opaque signmaking films.

100-Series-(2)3M 3630 is described by 3M as a ‘war horse’ vinyl. This 50-micron 10-year cast translucent film features a pressure-sensitive adhesive and synthetic liner and is available in a range of 57 colours. It provides uniform colour in both reflected and transmitted light, while the low surface gloss helps eliminate glare. The film claims a superior lay flat capability and can be applied to a wide range of substrates, including flat acrylic, polycarbonate, GRP and glass for use in internally illuminated signs, windows, fascias and awnings.

3M Envision Graphic Film 3730 performs in a similar fashion but has been developed to achieve the same level of luminance but requiring fewer light sources. It has a strong sustainability edge by reducing energy consumption and is therefore a ‘greener’ option. The Diffuser films in the range are available with two levels of light transmission (50 and 60 percent) to manage sign illumination more efficiently, while the Translucent films are available in both standard and customised colours and in an inkjet-printable format.

3M Scotchcal 80 comprises economy cast films in 84 colours, including matt white and black, eight metallic and 33 Pantone-matched formats. 3M Scotchcal 100 is available in 120 standard colours and 50 metallic formats.

The films are suitable for application to flat and moderately curved surfaces and carry a 12-year durability.

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