The Difference Between 2D and 3D Laminates

Both 2D and 3D laminates are plastic film products that can be used in overlays for decorative surfaces. There are a few differences to consider when choosing laminates for your next design project. Learn the essentials below between 2D and 3D laminates.

The Difference Between 2D and 3D Laminates

2D Laminates

First, 2D laminates are typically made from vinyl, polypropylene, or oriented polypropylene.

2D laminates are available in thicknesses from .0001” to .007″.

They can be used for surfaces on retail fixtures, cabinets, and residential and commercial flooring. Additionally, these films are processed by flat lamination and profile wrapping. They can be solid-colored or reverse printed. Additionally, they are treated and are resistant to:

  • Water
  • Chemicals
  • Scratches
  • Stains

The Difference Between 2D and 3D Laminates

3D Laminates

Like 2D laminates, 3D laminates have a broad range of uses, from commercial interiors to retail and healthcare fixtures. On the other hand, 3D laminates are made of polyvinyl chloride and polyester films and are thicker than 2D films.

Generally, they measure between .0008” to .040”.

These surfaces and edges are membrane pressed or vacuum formed in a thermoforming process. Further, they are a popular choice in a variety of design environments due to resistance in chipping, breaking, and cracking, and application seals. They’re even chemical resistant which makes them ideal for surfaces found on countertops, tabletops, and workspaces.

Consider 3D laminates for industries such as:

  • Healthcare
  • Offices
  • Hospitality
  • Residential Kitchens
  • Retail

The Difference Between 2D and 3D Laminates

Advantage of 3D Laminates

Design advantages of 3D laminates include flexibility in edge design (e.g., both contoured and soft). Furthermore, their seamless edging does not require edge treatments. Full substrate encapsulation supports ease of maintenance. Also, they’re suitable for impact resistance with a variety of gauge, gloss, texture, and prints.

Choices…

The Composite Panel Association talks more about the difference between 2d and 3d laminate films in this article. Whether you choose 2D or 3D laminates, you are considering products that provide long-lasting reliability and flexibility in design. Contact us today to find out more.