Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between 3D Laminate and 2D Laminate

3D Laminate describes a family of plastic products that can form over a routed core in a thermoforming process. It is also known as rigid thermofoil (RTF) or membrane pressable film. 3D Laminates are designed to be processed in automated equipment such as membrane presses, membraneless presses or vacuum formers. 3D Laminates typically come in thicknesses of 10 mils (250 micron) to 20 mils (500 microns). The ideal thickness for thermoforming depends on the finish and the shape of the part to be formed.

 

2D Laminates are also plastic films but are typically thinner than the 3D Laminates for economy and improved processing. Despite the difference in thickness,  the color, printing and finishing are a perfect match. The performance characteristics such as water-hold out, scratch, stain and wear are  very similar. 2D Laminates are processed not in a press, but by flat lamination and profile wrapping. Flat laminated components can be miter-folded to create economical boxes for speakers, furniture and fixture components.

 

 

 

What size samples do you offer for pressing?

Pressable samples are offered at 6 LM rolls.

 

How many samples can I order?

For colors never used before, a 6 LM sample is offered at no charge.

How quickly can I expect to receive samples?

Please allow up to 72 hours for pressable samples to ship. Prepaid UPS Ground is used for all samples. If you require expedited shipment of samples, please provide your UPS or FedEx account number and specifiy how quickly you need the samples to be shipped.

Am I ever charged for samples?

For colors never used, all samples are at no charge. If you require additional samples of colors already sampled, we offer a cut to length program of 50, 100, 150 LM rolls at normal pricing and a surcharge of $55.00 for cutting.

What is the difference between North America and Global Stock?

North America stock is material stocked in Swedesboro, NJ.

Global Stock is stock available out of Europe and require a lead time of 4-5 weeks for transit time.

Are all colors stocked in North America?

No. Material stocked in North America is designated as North America Stock. Global colors are stocked in Europe but are available one roll a time.

What is "cut to length" program?

Cut to Length Program was adopted to allow customers minimum inventory. All items stocked in North America are eligable for Cut to Length Program at 50, 100, or 150 LM rolls.

What is the length of your full size rolls?

Full size rolls are between 200-250 LM.