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S T A R T H E R E 2 0 1 8 A router can open up many possible business avenues for sign shops By Paula Aven Gladych Paula Aven Gladych is a freelance writer based in Denver. 22 Entering the CNC MARKET FACT BOX: Estimated cost of entry: $8,000- $11,000 for a desktop model; $35,000 to $100,000 for an industrial-grade router. Basic equipment needs: CAD/CAM design software, loading table, high- quality router bits, dust collection system, vacuum hold down, three-phase power, air compressor with a good dryer, drag knife for cutting vinyl, foam core, soft plastics and cardboard. Extra equipment needs: Oscillating and tangential knives, vision system, laser engraver or diamond-tipped engraving pen for etching on glass, mirrors, tile, marble and granite. Shop space required: 20'x20' for a larger machine that can cut 4'x8' sheet material. Time needed to become proficient: A few days if the operator is already familiar with that type of machinery. A month or two if the operator is a beginner. The SignPro router from CAMaster is designed with flex- ibility and performance in mind, giving its users the ability to cut wood, composites, plastics, non- ferrous metals, ACM, vinyl, magnet, gasket, fabrics, coro- plast and much more. CNC ROUTER TECHNOLOGY

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