Making an impact with 8m illuminated signage
TEDx talks aim to make an impact, and we wanted to do the same with our signage project for TEDxGlasgow, commissioned by TEDx founder Gurjit Singh Lalli.
Gurjit said “We carried out a rigorous national tendering process and shortlisted 3 companies with Wrights Plastics winning overall. We felt that Wrights Plastics understood not only the exact design TED requires but also the complex technical requirements and reliability.
“Since this is a live event and being filmed by the BBC and livestreamed around the world it’s important that the product is of optimum quality.”
Making the 8m long LED illuminated sign, sited onstage at the world famous SEC Armadillo conference centre, used many of our core skills and was designed, made and delivered within a three week timescale.
From the given typeface, our inhouse design team created the overall look of the sign and then the CAD team turned that idea into workable drawings.
Manufacturing involved many of our inhouse processes. Creating the individual acrylic letters – some 1m high and all 30mm deep – involved either laser cutting or drape moulding. Using our state-of-the-art laser Zund cutting system the straight edged letters were precision cut. Rounded lettering was drape moulded – an acrylic fabrication process that we have over 50 years’ experience in. We firstly designed and made the required tooling and then drape moulded the letters in our large capacity ovens – a complex process but in the safe hands of our expert team.
The front faces were hand bonded to the carcasses by our fabrication team.
Each letter has a removable back panel to allow access to the LED lighting, developed in conjunction with our sister company Mid West Displays. Dimmers were then added to the LED so that the level of illumination could be increased or decreased as require. For example, during filming of a TEDx event, the level of illumination can be lowered.
Some of the letters were then mounted onto black PVC plinth which we also designed & manufactured.