This is a custom polycarbonate stencil made by CNCROi.com, we can handle production runs from one to thousands whether they are all the same or different makes no difference.
In this case, we made a custom stencil using polycarbonate because it’s easy to clean, incredible strong and extremely light weight even in huge sizes.
There is a protective masking on polycarbonate which is a good thing as the cutting process is very messy and dirty, this makes no difference to our Austrian CNC laser which powers straight through it to begin custom stencil production.
The finish quality on the edges is fantastic and sharp, if you want sharp inner corners or a pattern that’s easy to set-up on a wall with minimal underspray, custom stencils made out of polycarbonate by CNCROi.com is the only way to go!
We have compressed air shooting down on the polycarbonate to quickly cool the melted plastic, keeping its shape and also blowing debris away from the cutting field, which is what those little pieces are doing sitting on the custom stencil.
CNCROi.com makes custom stencils at any shape, size or material, if you want these made out of plywood or acrylic or anything else, we can make them just for you!
Another major advantage of polycarbonate for custom stencils is that it’s completely transparent, which makes alignment easy as you can see where your work will go before you do it.
After the our industrial Austrian CNC laser has cut out the shape, numbers and letters, it’s time to remove the protective covering on this custom stencil.
It’s bullet proof glass available in a huge variety of thicknesses, here’s a video as to why we use polycarbonate instead of PETG for making custom stencils.
As you can see, polycarbonate is incredibly strong even when lots of custom holes are cut all over it. Even with my bulging muscles, I could not rip this apart and even with scissors, cutting through this paper-thin sheet of polycarbonate is difficult.
I took off one layer of the polycarbonate’s protective covering on this custom stencil and you can begin to see how it’s already starting to “clear up”.
Taking the other layer reveals a completely transparent custom stencil out of polycarbonate, that’s why in the video it looks like I’m holding nothing but you hear the sound of it folding.
Adding a bit of dust to the polycarbonate custom stencil you can see it a bit clearer, all the edges and details are incredibly sharp and highly detailed as per customer’s spec.
One thing to watch for is to make sure you add “supports” for inner parts, such as the inside of the “o”, “p” or “d” as they will fall out, if you look closely at the image above and below, you’ll see these supports to hold the parts together.
They can be made thinner but I prefer to have them thick, the reason being is that these tend to get hooked on things and that extra strength will come in handy and make clean-up even easier.
Here’s a close-up so you can see the supports, this can be as extensive as you wish, don’t worry if you aren’t a graphic designer, we have in-house custom design capabilities.
If you are curious as to how these look like done out of paper, check this video out.
And here’s another done out of MDF (wood and glue thermoforming), the quality regardless of shape and custom stencil spec is always sharp.
In this image below, you can see how sharp the details are, what’s great about our custom stencils is how accurate they are, our industrial CNC laser is able to be accurate within 5 nanometers and this allows your vision to become completely accurate to your initial drawing.
Here are some pictures of the custom stencil made out of polycarbonate at a few more angles, it’s hard to see this as it’s so transparent, of course, if you want something more solid, polycarbonate can be easily painted AND after the first use, there will be some paint on it but keep in mind, it’s easily cleaned.
Keep in mind that because this is done in-house, we are also able to make matching stamps, steel frames or any other accessories using a huge variety of materials to compliment or augment your custom stencil.
Do you need a custom stencil made out of any material? Any size? Any shape? Any application? Contact CNCROi.com right now and we’ll make an awesome custom stencil just for you!