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Dazzel

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Post Tue Mar 15, 2005 12:20 pm

how i can make bendy plates?

http://www.malplates.co.uk/showbike.html
BENDY PLATE

Anyone any idea, how i can make these please ?

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Post Tue Mar 15, 2005 12:32 pm

.5mm or 1mm pvc with printed vinyl applied or laser on .5mm rowmark plastic.

Sure cox plastics and other can help.
Hope I helped, Mark. :D
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Post Tue Mar 15, 2005 12:33 pm

Looks like 900micron Styrene covered in vinyl to me and radius cut corners

Europoint call it Kaledonian

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Post Tue Mar 15, 2005 1:27 pm

Maybe thin polycarbonate as this is also fire proof, I've been using white .5mm PVC out side and it has become brittle, and splitting after about 6months

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Post Tue Mar 15, 2005 7:51 pm

1.5mm or 2mm Polycarbonate (Lexan) would be the only way to go. It is very strong and quite flexible. Neither styrene nor pvc are strong enough.
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Post Tue Mar 15, 2005 8:32 pm

James is right - polycarbonate is the way to go on these. The other materials are too brittle. But you should bear in mind that polycarb is not wonderful at uv resistance, there are special varieties which are so choose one of these to be safe. The standard lexan etc will be fine but goes a kind of yellowish/milky colour in the sunlight after some time.
You could also consider PETG which is a little cheaper than polycarb and almost as good in most ways.


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Post Wed Mar 16, 2005 6:13 am

I think this stuff is for bike shows and they do say its not for road use so probably isnt supposed to last indefinately.
1mm Yellow abs would work as well , thats what I would use for that with vinyl lettering.
1mm/1.5mm UHI acrylic (ultra high impact) with black/yellow vinyl reverse applied would work well for long term use , its flexible without breaking is water clear , will cut easier than polycarbonate (especially on a laser) and wont yellow at all and is fairly cheap. (we pay about 10 quid per sq meter) Should last 10 years or more. Lexan and polycarbonates are buggers to work with , clogs bits, doesnt saw cut nicely and discolours when laser cut.
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Post Wed Mar 16, 2005 8:36 am

Thanks guys i will sort some materials and do a few tests.
The plates are for "trials" bikes, they need a "legal" plate as the bikes shold not be "modified" !!! but legal plates "break" on the track. So we need something that "looks" legal but is bendy.
Advice appriciated.

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Post Sun Apr 17, 2005 9:11 pm

I've seen these plates and can't quite work out how they are made.

They appear to be made from a PVC material with the letters printed.
They can be bent/rolled almost like a piece of paper.

Someone must know :(

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