Awards & Engraving

June '13

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Laser Project Center Outdoor Sign Project By Mike Fruciano C reating laser-engraved signs for outdoor use is all about choosing the right material for the job. Outdoor materials must be ultraviolet (UV) resistant as well as be able to handle whatever the elements can throw at them such as temperature, moisture and corrosive ozone. Developments in laser friendly materials have created several excellent options for outdoor applications. Outdoor signage is an expanding market, and these materials offer options for both cost and durability. UV-resistant plastics such as Rowmark Metalgraph plus, CerMark on stainless steel and Horizons DuraBlack are all good options for outdoor signage, and all produce professional-quality results. Our project is designed for an arboretum and has a required life of at least eight years (at left) The completed project installed next to the plant ready for years of service. Mike Fruciano is the co-owner for LaserBits and Laser University. He brings over 18 years of experience in the laser field and is a frequent presenter and author on the subject. Mike's background is in electronics engineering and product development, and he can bring technology topics into practical terms. When Mike is not at work, he enjoys riding and restoring vintage motorcycles. Mike can be reached at mike@laserbits. com or at 800-733-7705. DuraBlack sheet laser engraved and ready to be placed outdoors. 68 AEJune.indd 68 • A&E June 2013 5/1/13 12:01 PM

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