I’ve been cutting and scoring acrylic sheets from Inventables that arrived with a plastic protective tape applied, as opposed to a paper cover like Proofgrade acrylic.
I tried leaving the plastic sheet on during cutting and scoring, and replaced it with TransferRite paper tape for some other samples to see if it makes a difference.
It does make a difference!
Here’s a magnified view of a scoring operation using standard Proofgrade settings and TransferRite paper masking:
Here’s the sample with the plastic masking material from Inventables:
The difference is apparent even without magnification. The plastic masked material looks cleaner, glossier and smoother. This stuff is my new best friend - unless it turns out the material isn’t laser-friendly (toxic, corrosive gases, etc.)
I’m eager to hear any recomendations for plastic protective films…