Sign & Digital Graphics

August '18

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70 • August 2018 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL The signs the company did for a themed inn incorporate plasma-cut steel as well. In the Northstar sign, you see a black line behind the compass rose. That structure goes through the sign. Some of it is exposed and some is not, he says. The Under Hill sign also has a steel structure that goes through it. Elements of the key were cut with the plasma cutter. The leafy bracket and big lock are also steel. "That becomes indestructible and easily mounted because there is a steel structure in it," Sawatzky says. CNC routers are being used for everything from 3D sculp- tures and ice sculptures to set-making for movie or theater production, embossing designer handbags and precision cutting for the aerospace industry, says Josh Hooley, digital market- ing specialist at AXYZ International, a manufacturer of CNC routers. "It provides businesses with a clear competitive advantage over those that rely on more traditional/manual methods," he says. "A CNC allows businesses to ramp up their operations, increasing productivity, cutting costs and competing for proj- ects/contracts they wouldn't have previously been able to." Roger Cox, owner and creative director of House of Signs in Frisco, Colorado, says that his work is in high demand both locally and internationally. This sign also has a steel structure that goes through it. Elements of the key were cut with a plasma cutter. (Photo courtesy of Imagination Corporation) You see a black line behind the compass rose. That struc- ture goes through the sign. Some of it is exposed and some is not, Dan Sawatzky says. (Photo courtesy of Imagination Corporation) "The level of detail we are asking our CNCs to do is really quite phe- nomenal," Roger Cox says. (Photo courtesy of House of Signs) (Photos courtesy of House of Signs)

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