Sign & Digital Graphics

June '19

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ELECTRIC SIGNAGE C H A N N E L L E T T E R B E N D E R S Paula Aven Gladych is a writer based in Denver and has been covering the signage and graphics industry since 2014. 16 • June 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S M any sign shops bend channel let- ters by hand, but there are numer- ous bending mechanisms on the market that can make the job go much faster. Using channel bending machines allows a shop to make all of their letters identical. When letters are hand-bent over radius pipes, no two letters are ever the same, says Carl Ondracek, president of Computerized Cutters, Inc., which developed the Accu-Bend channel letter bending machine in 1997. Channel letters themselves haven't changed all that much in 20 years. The main difference is that they used to use neon tubes to light up the letters and now the industry uses LED lighting. But 99% of the letters are built the same way they were two decades ago. What has changed LESS TOIL Channel letter benders make forming letters a snap The FREEDOM from Computerized Cutters is a table- top channel letter bending machine that costs less than $20,000. COIL WITH THE B Y P A U L A A V E N G L A D Y C H

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