Sign & Digital Graphics

January '20

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Paula Aven Gladych is a writer based in Denver and has been covering the signage and graphics industry since 2014. CNC machines can open a whole world of sign-making possibili- ties for shops that are looking for new opportunities. CNC routers are so versatile they can cut or carve just about any substrate, and most routers are very simple to use. Channel letters, raised letters and other 3D signs have become very popular in the business world. The easiest way to produce them is with a CNC router. If a shop doesn't have one, it is forced to sub out the work to companies that do have a CNC router, which raises their cost of doing business exponentially, says Brent Allard, sales manager for Hollis, New Hampshire-based Industrial CNC. The other option is to carve three- dimensional signs by hand but "nowadays, shops don't have time to do that," he says. Many sign shops are buying CNC machines because they are tired of paying others a premium to do the work they can't do themselves. "The addition of a CNC router will improve cut quality and pro- duction throughput, which essen- tially makes the company more profitable," says Roy Valentine, owner of Techno CNC Systems in Ronkonkoma, New York. The Kings Versatility THE OF CNC routers put new applications at your fingertips B Y P A U L A A V E N G L A D Y C H 2 6 • J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 0 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S Image courtesy of Techno CNC.

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