Sign & Digital Graphics

November '15

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4 • November 2015 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S Contents Departments Technical Advisory Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 In the News The latest in sign news . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 On the Move Who's Going Where . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Product Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Sign Projects What's being done in the field . . . . . . . 30 Product Review Great new products . . . . . . . . . . . . 86 Marketplace Big savings in small print . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Ad Index Your guide to ads in this issue . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Coming Next Month A quick peek at upcoming coverage in S&DG . . . . . . . . . . . 96 In Case You Missed It … In Case You Missed October's Issue: • LED Module Advancements • 2015 RIP Update • Printer Maintenance • Specialty Films • ADA Signage • Interior Wayfinding Coming Next Month. . . • EMC Monument Applications • Wide-Format Printer Update • Working With Digital Die Cu ers • Tackling Difficult Installs • Grand-Format Direct to Fabric • CNC Router Accessories ArchitecturAl, environmentAl AnD DiSPlAY Covering dimensional lettering, routing, sandblasting, engraving and fabrication for architectural signage, wayfinding, ADA, temporary sig- nage systems for P.O.P, retail, display, banners, trade shows and more. 65 Exterior Wayfinding Taking on the great outdoors By Bill Schiffner 72 Designing Award-Winning Signs Rock, Brick or Foam By Matt Charboneau mASter'S touch Covering traditional pin striping, airbrush painting, gold leaf, carving, screen printing and more. 76 Shop Talk The Big Easy By Rick Williams 81 Looking for Trouble What we do is secret By Steven Vigeant Online Exclusives - www.sdgmag.com For more exclusive news coverage from Online Editor Tony Kindelspire, be sure to sign up for the Sign & Digital Graphics newsle er at www.sdgmag. com. Coverage this month includes: e remarkable life of Joe Gerber, a Holocaust survivor and founder of Gerber Scientific, recalled in new book by his son: hp://bit.ly/1ZGFuDt Peachtree City Foamcra increases production capacity: hp://bit.ly/1PkegyW New study confirms value of digital billboards: hp://bit.ly/1JzFKvy ON THE COVER: There's a certain draw to three-dimensional routed signs. It's art. It's a story. It's alive. The end product is an amazing testimony to hard work, genius design and thoughtful implementation. Page 52 SPECIAL SECTION: Laser Engraving Report - Page 64 WHAT'S INSIDE 4 Take Your Product Quality to the Next Level: Select the Correct Lens and See the Difference This feature compares the different focusing optics available for a typical laser material processing system. 14 Preparing for the Day Your Laser Goes Down Be prepared for when your laser breaks down by following the advice in this feature. 16 Laser Engraving Product Feature In this section, you'll find everything you need for your laser engraving needs. 22 Tips and Tricks to Increase Laser Productivity Learn a variety of ways to maximize your laser productivity. 26 Standing Out in the Crowd: Large-Format Laser Engraving Stand out in the crowd. Find out how with this feature on large-format engraving. 29 Combining Print and Cut Technologies This article explores combining a full-color printing job with a laser cutting job. PUBLISHER James "Ruggs" Kochevar ruggs@nbm.com EDITOR Cassandra Green cgreen@nbm.com ART DIRECTOR Kim M. Wright GRAPHIC DESIGNER Dayne Pillow ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE J'nique Stringfellow jstringfellow@nbm.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Shanna Rowley smartin@nbm.com ADVERTISING PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Sara Siauw ssiauw@nbm.com A National Business Media, Inc. publication CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Amy Dallman, Mike Fruciano, Bob Hagel, Molly Sletten, David Stevens The cover image (above) for the Laser Engraving Report 2015 was supplied courtesy of LaserBits. LER 15.indd 1 10/1/15 1:35 PM Page 81

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