Sign & Digital Graphics

December '19

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56 • December 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S SPECIALTY IMAGING DIGITAL GRAPHICS I f you can imagine it, you can now create it. It might sound like a conceptual stretch, but output of—well, almost literally anything your clients desire, from off-the-surface, three-dimensional signage to full-sized human or animal figures—is all possible with new and ever-improving 3 D printing technology. As costs of professional-grade 3D printers becoming more reasonable, and shared access also available to gigan- tic 3D printing equipment capable of producing gigantic output, perhaps this is a good time to consider adding 3D printing to your business repertoire. That's the advice of technology evangelist Brother Zank, who has become an advocate for the creative (and business) potential of even off-the-shelf 3D printing equip- ment. For years, his Eastern Tennessee-based Custom Craftsman Signs has lovingly turned out distinctive sig- nage incorporating hand-carved wood and crafted metal features, but he's begun using the 3D printers to produce amazingly similar results. DIMENSION B Y A N D Y S T O N E H O U S E Andy Stonehouse is a freelance writer based in Greeley, Colorado. Using proprietary UV-cured pho- topolymer, Massivit 3D's 1500 and 1800 series printers are capable of rendering as much as 14 inches an hour of hollow printed product of virtually any description. to Your Shop Adding Another 3 D P R I N T I N G Custom Craftsman Signs owner Brother Zank says 3D printing allows professionals the ability to create beautiful and unique products with relatively low overhead. Design elements can also be digitally manipulated for easy variations, even on one-off pieces.

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