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Accentuate Your Brand with Custom Dimensional Signage

In a world filled with visual images, companies and organizations have to find creative ways to stand out from their competition. One of the most impressive and cost-effective ways is with eye-catching, custom dimensional signage.

Dimensional signs (also called 3D signage or three-dimensional signs) are popular among our clients because they bring company brands to life with depth and visual appeal that can’t be achieved in standard, flat signs. The “dimensional” aspect is caused by the layering of materials to make aspects of the sign really stand out and POP.

When a customer calls to inquire about a dimensional sign, we ask several questions. These questions allow us to gain a better understanding of the type of sign we should create:

  1. What does the sign need to do? How will it function in your space?
  2. Will it be an interior or exterior sign?
  3. Where will it be displayed? What surface will it be placed against?
  4. What size are you visualizing?
  5. What material would you like to use?
  6. What’s your budget?
  7. Have you seen other signs that have caught your eye? Can you show us examples and tell us what you like about them?

Once we know more about what the client wants to achieve with the sign, we can then get started on design and fabrication. That’s the fun part!

We use a variety of materials when fabricating three-dimensional signage, including acrylic, metal, wood, and PVC plastics. Here are some examples of dimensional signs we’ve fabricated using these popular materials:


Acrylic is a great choice for dimensional signs, because it’s lightweight, durable, and comes in a variety of thicknesses and colors. Acrylic is easy to cut with precision and detail using our flatbed and laser cutters. It can also be polished, engraved and bevel-edged. Optional LED backlighting can add another layer of dimension to acrylic signs.

When choosing color, we often use standard colored acrylic. Acrylic can be combined with vinyl, paint or digitally printed to create unique color effects and added dimension. To learn more about how we create color in acrylic signage, read our blog article: 4 Options for Creating the Perfect Colors in Acrylic Signage.

Dimensional Acrylic Signs by 12-Point SignWorks - Franklin, TN

These are great examples of dimensional acrylic signage. Each sign was created using a slightly different technique.

We also use clear or frosted acrylic panels to create dimensional panel signs. Clients often select panel signs because the backer panel can be cut into various shapes. These types of signs are easy to install and move.

Dimensional Sign on Clear Acrylic Panel by 12-Point SignWorks - Franklin, TN

This eye-catching sign combines colored acrylic shapes and brushed aluminum on a clear acrylic panel.

Dimensional Sign on Frosted Acrylic Panel by 12-Point SignWorks - Franklin, TN

We router cut this tree out of frosted acrylic to create Legacy Law Group’s elegant dimensional sign.


For a more sophisticated look, we often suggest using cut or cast metals. Popular choices include aluminum, copper, stainless steel, brass and bronze. Metals are most often cut into letters or shapes and then installed individually. Metal signs can be brushed, polished, painted, or even allowed to rust! The elegant metal signs below show plaques accompanying elegant three-dimensional sign letters.

Metal Dimensional Signs by 12-Point SignWorks - Franklin, TN

The striking sign pictured above for Russ Cook & Associates was fabricated using copper. We used aluminum letters for Franklin Christian Academy.

Logo Sign for Monarch Advisory Group. 12-Point SignWorks - Franklin, TN

Copper is a beautiful choice for upscale dimensional signage!


Wood is a popular material for dimensional signs, because it provides a warm, welcoming feeling. Popular choices are birch, cedar and redwood, but signs can be created from almost any type of wood.

When creating dimensional wooden signs, we use our flatbed or laser cutter to cut letters and shapes. Each cutter provides a different effect. The laser cutter slightly chars the wood, giving it a darkened edge which many of our clients really like.

Wooden Dimensional Sign. 12-Point SignWorks - Franklin, TN

We love the way this birch wood sign turned out! The trees and letters were laser cut and the background was stained a darker walnut color.

We also often use wood as an accent with other materials. The sign below shows router cut wooden letters adhered to a frosted acrylic panel.

Wood and Acrylic Sign. 12-Point SignWorks - Franklin, TN

This unique three-dimensional sign was created using wood and frosted acrylic.


PVC is another material that can be used for dimensional signage. We use this plastic material mainly for retro (80’s style) or child-themed signs. It has a matte texture and is durable enough to last many years. It’s also washable, so sticky little hands won’t be a problem with this material. 🙂 Check out the fun sign we created using dimensional PVC for Rolling Video Games below!

Dimensional Sign Fabricated from PVC. 12-Point SignWorks - Franklin, TN

We created this fun dimensional sign for Rolling Video Games out of layered PVC. It’s a perfect sign choice for the kid-friendly business it represents.

As you can see, dimensional signs can be created in many different ways and with a variety of materials. If you have an idea for a sign, give us a call at (615) 595-6564, click on the button below, or come visit our shop anytime Monday thru Friday, 8-5. We would be happy to give you a free consultation and estimate for your next dimensional sign!

One more thing … we can also ship signs anywhere within the United States or Canada. So, let’s get your next sign or project started today!

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In addition to custom dimensional signage, we also specialize in vehicle wraps, wall murals, architectural displays, and environmental branding. We’re located in Franklin, TN, however, we provide services to all of Middle Tennessee, including Nashville, Brentwood, Hendersonville, Murfreesboro, Lebanon, and even parts of Kentucky and Alabama. We look forward to hearing from you!