Sign & Digital Graphics

May '19

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • May 2019 • 19 Sciortino: We have to have a vector format file to produce what is called a .DXF file, which the CNC equipment can then read lines and arcs. After that, there are many sensors, motherboards and highly engineered components to drive these machines. There are sign compa- nies out there that do a really nice job on design. But then there are sign compa- nies out there that don't even know how to estimate. SDG: What essential equipment/tools should sign makers obtain to produce chan- nel letter work in their shops? Cronin: A computer with Flexi or another sign program, channel letter machine, trim machine and a staple machine. Sciortino: Not all channel letters are made the same. Only companies with the newest, most accurate CNC equipment can play in the same league for consistent quality and speed of getting sign projects to the consumers in a timely manner. SDG: Can you think of a recent project that had some unique features or methods that set it apart? Cronin: Trimless channel letters are becoming more and more popular. Just like it sounds, these are channel letters that are manufactured without trimcap and the faces are of a thicker acrylic. We have also recently done some fabri- cated letters with baffles and LED bulbs (Marquee style). Yes, there are many aspects to creat- ing channel letters. And several players make up the channel letter community. Sign shops may take different avenues to designing, fabricating and installing letters. In the end, however, sign makers want to make sure they are extending the best possible product in a timely man- ner. SDG For more on channel letters, check out the Sign & Digital Graphics website: Please visit for more information. A meeting place for entrepreneurs, producers, suppliers and distributors in the sign & digital graphics market. Experience the lively exhibit hall, the classes taught by industry experts and the endless networking opportunities, all conveniently located near you! Milwaukee, WI May 17-18, 2019 TRAINING in the HALL Mimaki ................................129 Wensco Sign Supply ............117 Training Stop

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