Preventing Light Leaks on Backlit Overlay

Scope of the project: Our customer was looking for a backlit nameplate with a brushed metallic look and finish. As we worked on the project, light leakage became an issue that needed to be overcome.

This month’s rapid prototype solves a light leakage problem for backlit nameplates and overlays. The nameplate is backlit and, as you can see in the first picture, the light is leaking out of the sides. Because Marking Systems has worked exclusively for OEMs over the last 25 years, we have experience in fixing these types of issues.
We first solved this problem for an aerospace application. By incorporating a black material on the back of the nameplate, we were able to prevent the light from traveling to the sides of the label and “leaking”.

Don’t know where to start?
Here is how you do it:

Step 1: Send your Marking Systems CSR a blueprint or preliminary drawing.
Step 2: We will set up a quick conference call to discuss the scope of your project.

Questions we might ask:

• Environment: Indoor/Outdoor
• Application Surface
• Temperature Range
• Cleaning/Chemicals/Scratch Resistance
• Production Quantity
MicroDawn backlit nameplate produced by Marking Systems
With this information, Marking Systems can then begin your nameplate or overlay prototypes. In most cases, our R&D Department will provide you multiple versions of your prototypes with high production quality, quick turnaround, and a low cost.
It is that easy. Let Marking Systems help you design the labels and nameplates so you can design great products!

Specifications for this month’s label:

• Material: .008“ Steel (Brushed) Autotex polyester
• Adhesive: 3M467MPF
• Printing: Screen print two colors: Shiny Metallic Silver and Transparent Blue
• Cutting: Digital Blade Cutting
• Tolerances: +/-.01”
• Delivery: 1-2 weeks ARO


Contact Marking Systems today to learn more and start your nameplate printing.