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Clark Mehan
By Clark Mehan | Oct 4, 2018
A guide to die-cut components

The world of design engineering and manufacturing is gradually changing. Cumbersome liquid adhesives are being substituted with pressure-sensitive adhesives. Bulky metal housings are being traded for flexible EMI shielding foils and fabrics. Very high bond (VHB) tapes are taking the place of classic O-rings. By replacing and improving these traditional practices, die-cut components are prompting us to address design challenges in a more effective and efficient manner.

If die-cut components spark your curiosity, we have the perfect thing for you. We have created a free guide that sheds light on some of the most widely employed die-cuts solutions. It walks you through the various areas where die-cuts components can enhance the functionality and longevity of your product including thermal management, EMI/RFI shielding, and vibration dampening. It also dives deeper into the unique advantages, characteristics, and properties of die-cut components, and equips you with few design considerations for your next product.

To download the free guide, click here.

Clark Mehan
By Clark Mehan | Sep 6, 2017
Die-cut adhesives

Mechanical fasteners and liquid adhesives have been used to fasten and hold two materials together for centuries. However, this does not mean that they are the best or most cost-effective option out there. These traditional practices are quickly being replaced by a superior alternative: die-cut adhesives. In this blog, we will help you understand how strong double-sided tapes and VHB (very high bond tapes) can be, and how they can save your manufacturing process time and money.

Two of the most common examples of die-cut adhesives are double-coated tapes and VHB. Both are products offered by companies such as 3M and can be die-cut and converted by GM Nameplate (GMN).

Problems with mechanical fasteners

Mechanical fasteners such as screws, nuts, bolts, and rivets, are often visible and distracting on a device and prevent it from having a smooth, sleek appearance.

Mechanical fasteners require holes to be drilled in your product. The holes made for these fasteners can accelerate corrosion, and therefore decrease the life of the product. When fasteners are under stress or vibration, they can loosen or slide, which exposes unattractive unpainted areas and speeds up the corrosion process even further.

In addition, if the product is used outdoors and subject to rain or other forms of moisture, the fastening holes can also cause leaking. Leaking can allow moisture and other unwanted materials to enter into your product and cause damage.

Problems with liquid adhesives

During the application process, liquid adhesives can be irritating to the eyes and skin, and produce nauseous fumes. In environments like this, respirators and gloves are often needed during the manufacturing process which can be cumbersome.  

When applying two substrates together with a liquid adhesive, such as metals, the bond line thickness can be inconsistent; this can weaken the strength of the bond, as well as alter the true dimension of the part. Push out or “squeeze out” of adhesive can occur, which creates a mess and adds extra time for unnecessary clean up. Liquid adhesives also need time to dry, which holds up the manufacturing process and causes bottlenecks. Lastly, equipment for dispensing liquid adhesives is very expensive and adds extra manufacturing costs.

Solution: Die-cut adhesives

GMN and 3M provide die-cut solutions that can replace mechanical fasteners and liquid adhesives in many scenarios. VHB and double-coated tapes are generally water-resistant and can provide solutions for gap-filling, bonding irregular surfaces, cushioning and dampening vibration, sealing, attaching and hanging lightweight objects, and providing long-term durable bonds. The viscoelastic properties of the adhesives can help to reduce stress, squeaks, rattles, and noise vibrations as well. These adhesives are a great fit for small electronic devices, metal skins, bonding decorative metals, and assembly of devices such as computers, tablets and cell phones.

Assembly is made quick and easy by just peeling off a few release liners, and attaching the two substrates together. These tapes are highly effective in hot, cold, and even humid conditions. Being U.V. resistant, die-cut adhesives can maintain strength and withstand all outdoor conditions for up to 35 years.

Tapes can also be easily placed in areas where it’s difficult to utilize mechanical fasteners. An example of this is in the placement of a small cooling fan in an electrical device. It is easier and more efficient to use small die-cut pieces of tape such as VHB to fasten the cooling fan in place. This can also help dampen the noise from the fan. 

GMN is a preferred converter for 3M products. Contact GMN to discuss how die-cuts can replace your mechanical fasteners, thus reducing your manufacturing costs, bonding issues, and improving the appearance of your product. 

By Rachel Wienckoski | Oct 18, 2016
GMN has direct access to Laird materials and resources.

GM Nameplate is happy to announce it is now a designated Laird Technologies Converter Partner.  As a Converter Partner, GMN can offer Laird materials directly to its customers, faster and more affordably than before. Laird provides a variety of performance-critical solutions for electronics applications, including shielding and thermal management.

As one of only four companies designated as a Converter Partner for Laird, GMN is positioned to offer the best solutions at competitive prices. Many customers purchase fabricated Laird materials from GMN as either individual die-cut components or as part of larger assemblies.

To learn more, visit our press release.

Cynthia Schulte, GMN
By Cynthia Schulte | Apr 14, 2015
Lyft Glowstache

If Lyft is in your city, you probably know the company for its fuzzy pink moustaches that are strapped to the front of vehicles. For those of you that aren’t familiar with the business, they are pioneers in the transportation industry who have spearheaded the ridesharing movement. 

In early 2015, the company began rolling out updated branding. This included a transition from the furry pink moustache on the front of vehicles to a glowing pink moustache that sits on a driver’s dash. As they put it on the Lyft website, “We’re rolling into 2015 with a brand new look, starting with the Glowstache. As the latest evolution of our iconic mustache, the Glowstache pays tribute to the spirit and personality of the original ’stache while delivering a more sophisticated, illuminated in-car experience.”

While the innovative new Glowstache looks stylish in its simplicity, developing the project was anything but simple. Led by GMN sales representative Scott Ose, it took savvy R&D and engineering to get that glow just right. However, the team at GMN always loves a good challenge.  

The problem was creating uniform glow to the tips of the moustache with just two LED bulbs. To solve the problem, GMN developed a light spreader that would ensure an even distribution of light throughout the product. The fact that the light spreader looks like a clear polka dot moustache or “Polkastache” seems fitting for a fun company like Lyft. However, those polka dots have a purpose as does the paint around the edge. The LEDs are inserted into the center holes and shine through the acrylic. The white dots act as reflectants and push the light forward. The paint around the outside reflects the light back inside allowing it to glow uniformly and smoothly throughout the moustache.  Sounds easy right? Well, it took many variations to get the right aesthetic.  However, we’re delighted with the luminous end result.  

Overall, GMN provides a variety of parts for the Glowstache including adhesives, die cuts components, films, closures and more.  However, we’re most proud of our Polkastache. To learn more about the making of the Glowstache, check out Wired Magazine’s article.