Awards & Engraving

August '19

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A&E AUGUST 2019 • a-e-mag.com 27 manufacturer for some references on which material works best with their ink. They may already have that information avail- able for you. COMBINING TECHNOLOGIES Some UV printer models available today have tight image accuracy tolerances, which makes it easy to combine UV printing with laser engravers, CNC machines, and other technologies. Whether it's a print-and-cut application or adding color to an etched award, combining various technologies can make for a unique final piece. Check out the Scaro's Martini Deck Sign on page 26 (photo provided by KC Custom Signs in Belton, Missouri). In this example, the old sign on top was originally carved from wood with vinyl lettering on the faces. They used a CNC router to carve out the HDU, then after a few coats of Matthews Paint on the deep set background, they used a Direct Color Systems UV printer to print directly to the face of the letters. ANALYZE, THEN MOVE FORWARD Understanding the difference between features and benefits isn't always easy. Fea- tures are cool, but benefits are specific to and defined by your business. Adding a UV printer is an investment. Make sure you take an educated look at them and ana- lyze how they can fit your business, people, and workflow. If needed, ask the printer manufacturer or dealer for printed sam- ples during your research. Understanding how the samples were produced and the print time required can go a long way in defining the best piece of equipment for your business. The ADA/Braille sign market isn't just for sign shops. The demand for Braille signage is driving awards shops and other engravers into the market as well. IMAGE COURTESY MICHAEL PERRELLI A&E Discover hundreds of profitable customization opportunities at rolanddga.com/LEF2-200 With optimized ease and efficiency, you can print directly onto accessories, giftware, ceramics, and countless other popular products with the new VersaUV LEF2-200 UV flatbed printer. Create unique, desirable and highly-profitable custom items for your online shopfront, sign shop or store— offering brilliant color results, realistic textures and stylish embossed effects.

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