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Custom Die-Cut Acrylic Foam Tapes

JBC Technologies is both a 3M™ Preferred Converter and Avery Dennison ADVantage Converter Network member. This means we have direct access to the industry’s own experts, making them ad-hoc members of our team and, by extension, our customers’ teams. Pair these world-class partnerships with our three decades of converting experience, over a dozen high-speed, tight-tolerance rotary and platen die-cutting presses, a ridiculously talented team of manufacturing engineers and seasoned technical experts, and the choice is clear.

What are Acrylic Foam Tapes?

If you’re here, you’ve either taken one heck of a random wrong turn or – and this is what we’re hoping – you’d like to have some acrylic foam tape die-cut into a custom shape. Then again, maybe you’re just an acrylic foam tape enthusiast. Either way, you’re in the right place.

Acrylic foam tapes (AFTs if you want to sound cool) are double-sided, closed-cell foam tapes known for their exceptional bond strength, durability, and elasticity. Like the name implies, double-coated tapes consist of a carrier, in this case, foam, with a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) on each side. The difference here lies in the fact that AFTs are much stronger than the average double-coated tape which means they’ll typically last longer when subjected to harsh conditions.

And... What Makes Acrylic Foam Tapes Great for Die-Cutting?

We’ve worked with hundreds of different flexible engineered materials. We’re talking everything from polyester sheeting to open-celled foams and adhesives, so we know a thing or two about what makes for a good die-cutting material. Acrylic foam tapes have a number of inherent physical characteristics that make them ideal for cutting into small parts of various sizes and internal geometries. Here are just a few:

  • Robust internal construction – The foam carriers used in acrylic foam tapes are, by their very nature, more rigid than their thinner counterparts. This means that the blades used in die-cutting have an easier time cutting through them. This means cleaner edges, tighter tolerances, and finished parts that retain their shapes during shipment.
  • Less adhesive bleeding – When compared to acrylic tapes with much thinner or no-carrier construction, acrylic foam tapes are less prone to adhesive bleed. Basically, this means that cut-outs and slugs are often easier to remove in-line making for cheaper parts and more efficient assemblies.
  • Flexible part presentation – Some materials can only be cut so that the finished parts are loosely packed in bags or boxes. Not so with acrylic foam tapes. Parts cut from AFTs can be kiss cut on liners, wrapped into rolls, through-cut, and even designed with pull tabs on the release liner for easier application.

Applications for Die-Cut Acrylic Foam Tapes

Sure, you can get acrylic foam tapes in 4-ft wide rolls that are hundreds of feet long, but that’s not why you’re here, is it? You probably need hundreds or thousands of smaller parts cut out of the AFT all to very exacting dimensions, maybe even with a few internal cut-outs. That’s where die-cutting comes in. Die-cut acrylic foam tapes come in all shapes and sizes and are used in just about every industry you can imagine.  Acrylic foam tapes are ideal for product designers looking to bond substrates while simultaneously eliminating buzz, squeak, and rattle.

Example applications include:

  • Attaching logos, trim, and extrusions
  • Bonding lenses and touch panels
  • Affixing architectural signs to frames
  • Adhering panels to frames
  • Applying stiffeners to panels
  • Glass and window mounting
  • Automotive and appliance nameplate bonding

3M™ Very High Bond (VHB™) Tapes

If you’re looking for an acrylic foam tape that stays where it’s stuck for as long as you need it to, creating a near-permanent bond between substrates, few would argue the merits of the VHB™ family of tapes from 3M. The VHB product line has multiple tapes to choose from, including low surface energy (LSE) and high-temperature (GPH) options.   With so many to choose from, making sure you select the 3M VHB tape perfect for your application can be overwhelming. No worries. We’ve got you covered. The 3M™ VHB™ Product Selection Guide is loaded with useful information that’ll have you speaking fluent VHB in no time.

 

Another really cool feature of the 3M™ VHB™ tapes is their high viscoelasticity. That’s just a fancy way of saying that they can absorb energy, relax stress, accommodate sheer, tensile, and compression loading and provide a 100% surface bond.

Additional benefits include

  • Immediate handling strength that builds over time
  • The ability to withstand high heat, cold, and vibration
  • Strength & Permanence: can replace screws, rivets, welding and other fastening methods
  • Multi-functional: Accommodates differential expansion between surfaces, helps distribute loads over the greatest possible area, and enables the joining of dissimilar materials
Watch our on-demand webinar for more detailed information on the features, benefits and use cases of VHB

Avery Dennison Acrylic Foam Bond (AFB™) Tapes

And because we’re all about providing our customers with options when it comes to materials selection, may we present to you the Acrylic Foam Bond (AFB™) line of tapes from our manufacturer partner Avery Dennison Performance Tapes. Avery Dennison’s AFB line of tapes is designed for industrial applications that require exceptional bond strength. These tapes offer strong tack and adhesion properties and are designed to adhere to a wide range of substrates. They also feature a rugged closed-cell acrylic foam carrier, and paper and film easy release liners.

Just what makes AFB™ tapes so great? We’re glad you asked:

  • They can help eliminate the need for mechanical fasteners, drilling or grinding, and related cleanup for certain applications
  • They feature uniform bonding performance for excellent adherence across the entire bonding plane
  • They have very good resistance to UV, moisture, and high-temperature conditions

If you’d like even more details on the AFB line of acrylic foam tapes, you can view the AFB Portfolio Brochure here.

How a Converter Like JBC Adds Value to Acrylic Foam Tapes

Chances are, you’re not looking to buy a dozen 60” wide x 300-feet rolls of tape, but that’s exactly how some AFT manufactures sell them. That makes sense, though, they’re in the business of selling tape, after all. But what about making small, intricately-designed parts cut from acrylic foam tape for a specific assembly application like an automotive rear-view mirror or high-end range? That’s where JBC comes in.

At JBC, we’re experts at creating custom products out of flexible, engineered materials like acrylic foam tape. We use techniques like high-speed precision slitting and rotary and flat-bed die-cutting to transform the tape into the exact size and shape our customers need for their applications.

But at JBC, our service extends well beyond the cut. We offer guidance on optimal part presentation – kiss-cut on rolls, pull-tab release liners, through-cut and bulk-packed – as well as early engagement and product consulting in the design stage, to custom-designed automated assembly solutions.

Contact JBC For Precision Die-Cut Acrylic Foam Tapes

JBC Technologies has over 30 years of flexible materials converting experience, a state-of-the-art, high-speed, precision manufacturing facility and world-class industry partners like 3M and Avery Dennison. Your business needs skillfully-crafted acrylic foam tape parts delivered on-time and on-budget. We’ve got the machines, the know-how and the passion to help make your next acrylic foam tape project a massive success. Let’s get started.

Contact JBC Technologies Today!