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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.

The Right Surface for the Right Space

Let’s show them how TFL works!

You know it, we know it — TFL is one of the most versatile decorative surface options available in the market today. High performing, design-forward, versatile, cost effective and environmentally safe. And perfect for a wide variety of environments and applications.

Arclin is creating tools to help all of us in the TFL value chain. Tools that can help educate your customers and theirs by demonstrating the attributes and benefits of the product in a wide variety of applications. We’re creating an online gallery to showcase thermally fused laminates in their natural habitats. And that is, virtually everywhere. Share photos, ideas, customer applications…anything you think will help us, together, bring more people to the TFL table.


retail TFLRETAIL

Dark to light, traditional to contemporary, wood grains to abstracts, TFL fits any retail environment, any brand on store fixtures, shelving, POP displays, closets, walls and counters.

What’s your favorite retail application? Share it with us and we’ll share with the industry!


office TFLOFFICE

The perfect office combines durability and design. Just like TFL. For desks, cabinets, shelving, credenzas and walls.

What new applications are you seeing in the office industry for TFL? Is it in designs? Applications? Textures?


healthcare TFLHEALTHCARE

Designs made to heal. Germ-resistant surfaces. Zero-emitting panels. Use it on workstations, lockers, cabinets and furniture, in waiting areas, workspaces and patient rooms.

We’re seeing a lot more creativity in healthcare environments, as the market gets more competitive and designers are looking for design-forward and healthy surfaces. What trends do you see driving TFL use in healthcare? Can you give us an example?


hospitality TFLHOSPITALITY

On trend and in budget. TFL adorns walls, furniture, fixtures and more in hotels, restaurants and clubs around the world.

Restaurants and hotels are more and more becoming havens and drivers of design versus merely places for comfort and sustenance. Where do you see opportunities to integrate TFL that maybe even the industry isn’t thinking of yet?


education TFLEDUCATION

The smart solution — TFL is durable and easy to clean and comes in designs and colors suited for any educational environment. For furniture (classroom, library, dorm), closets and desks.

Budgets are often among the biggest drivers in building materials decisions for educational spaces. But we know you can get a hot new TFL for no more investment than the same old, same old. What designs do you see showing potential in education? Traditional woods? Lineals? Reclaimed materials-inspired?


residential TFLRESIDENTIAL

Durable, stain resistant and available in a wide variety of designs — from wood grains to abstracts, solid colors and more — TFL is ideal for kitchens, cabinets, closets, organizational systems, furniture, garages…even the man cave.

We’re excited about what we’re seeing in residential interiors. Because we’re seeing a little bit of everything! Show us your favorites — a photo, a link…an example of something you’re finding in the market.