Sign & Digital Graphics

April '19

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • April 2019 • 21 "We've been doing this for over 40 years. We have figured it out, what works and what is not worth it," he says. Because he isn't running his routers on heavier materials, the spindles last a very long time. He likens his use of a router to someone running a semi-truck to pick up groceries. "We are not abusing it, but it is accu- rate. It is running and it is great and they are really capable machines. Routers are very underappreciated," he says. Gawor made scale models of AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, which was built in 2009, college stadiums, soccer stadiums and Olympics venues. Carl Ondracek, president of Plano, Texas-based Computerized Cutters, says that most routers offer the same features, but some are better than others when it comes to precision cutting. Ondracek has been building routers for 25 years. All of them are capable of cutting out 3 D designs like push-through letters and channel letters. Channel letters are the most lucra- tive part of the sign industry right now, Ondracek says. "That's growing leaps and bounds and most people out there are using routers to cut aluminum backs and plastic faces. That's where a lot of the money is," he says. He doesn't see shops getting into specialty cutting as much but some are using their routers to do ADA braille sig- nage. Instead of engraving holes into a sign where plastic balls can be inserted, a router cuts the surface, leaving the raised braille bumps behind. Others are using their routers to cre- ate 2 D or 3D molds for thermoform projects. Computerized Cutters primarily sells routers to the sign industry. The biggest What drives demand for CNC routers is their precision. Image courtesy of Computerized Cutters. Images courtesy of Laguna Tools.

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