Sign & Digital Graphics

April '20

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S D G M A G . C O M • A P R I L 2 0 2 0 • 2 7 Paula Aven Gladych is a writer based in Denver and has been covering the signage and graphics industry since 2014. S ign shops that don't currently use a router to build their own architec- tural signage should consider making the leap, especially businesses that currently outsource that work to other companies. Jason Friesen, CNC sales manager for the sign division at Laguna Tools, says that owning a router can save a shop on material costs. When a shop does its own routing, it is more likely to optimize every substrate to save money. "That's a big thing for a lot of shops, especially if they are outsourcing those B Y P A U L A A V E N G L A D Y C H This rk MILES sign is 1/8" steel. It was plasma cut and features welded studs. It was sand- blasted, powder coated and then assembled in house and sits about 1" from a wooden sur- face. Image courtesy of Neathawk Designs. Images courtesy of KC Custom Signs. This sign for Demarisco's Wine Cellar is made of 2'x2' 2" HDU Sign Foam. Neathawk Designs took an existing logo the company had and converted it into a 3D sign carved out as one. The wine bottle and glass are 3D carved, and text on the "barrel" is v-carved. It is hand painted to look like a real wooden barrel. The spigot from the barrel was custom tarnished to look like an old brass tarnish spigot (originally it was a plastic valve from a local hardware store that was grey and orange). Image courtesy of Neathawk Designs.

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