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Text mask / stencil

Jason Boulter
asked this on September 3, 2012, 16:40


I need to create a stencil / mask for 3 lines of text the letters are about 8mm high.  The mask needs to be flexible as it will be wraped around a cylinder of 70mm diameter.  What would be the best medium to use?

Kind regards,




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Catherine Field-Dodgson
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Hi Jason, thanks for getting in touch! The two most popular materials for cutting stencils through Ponoko tend to be either:

0.5mm PETG:

or 0.5mm Styrene:

We have recently added Mylar to the NZ catalog as well, which can be used for stencils:

Both the PETG and Mylar are both reasonably flexible, and we'd suggest doing a small prototype of your design before you go ahead and place an order for a large quantity of your designs. If you're interested, you can also purchase samples to test, from our samples shop:

I hope this helps for starters :-)

September 4, 2012, 01:24