Sign & Digital Graphics

December '14

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ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CNC routers have for years been the sign industry's go-to cutting tool, but in the past they were limited to cut- ting heavier materials, like wood, plastic and non-ferrous metals like aluminum, copper and brass. With the advent of new types of substrates, CNC router manu- facturers have had to get creative in the types of tools they develop to work with their CNC routers so they can cut things like card- board, foam core and other soft materials, says John Harris, director of sales for Dallas-based MultiCam Inc. Companies that make electric, neon, aluminum and outdoor signs, with push-thru letters, are the ones that need a CNC router, Harris says. "They need a heavy duty CNC router to cut heavier substrates, like plywood for backing." Knife System To compete with big name inter- national companies that have paved the way in digital cutting, MultiCam offers two CNC digital finishing sys- tems, the Digital Express, which is a high-speed digital finishing machine capable of cutting 7,000 inches per min- 70 • December 2014 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S C N C R o u T e R A P P L I C A T I o N S Paula Aven Gladych is a freelance writer based in Denver, Colo. She can be reached at pgladych@gmail.com. Another Dimension CNC machine applications go beyond dimensional signage B y P A u L A A v e N G L A D y C H (Photo courtesy AXYZ International)

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