Sign & Digital Graphics

November '17

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32 • November 2017 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S To have the proper youthful look, all design elements needed to be illustrated. This was great for us, in terms of file manage- ment for a project this size. Even though we were printing a few thousand square feet of materials, the vector files remained small in size and easy to process. This is always preferred over the usual raster project which may have files that are a few gigs in size, and less efficient to process. The creative process included sketching seven unique mini building sections such as a grocery store, warehouse, TV station, medical center, fire station, and my personal favorite: the Ice Cream Laboratory. Production of the images was done on our HP360 latex printers. The film chosen was Presto Tex #444 adhesive backed textile film. This film has an excellent print quality and dura- bility on the latex printers. It does exhibit an unusually high scratch resistance in a non-laminated product. This is attrib- uted to the ink actually "soaking" into the fabric material, as opposed to vinyl, where the ink largely lies on top of the sur- face. This durability allows us to avoid any needs of liquid lami- nation. Also, due to the textured nature of the product, a cold roll PVC lamination is not an option. The prints were oriented for vertical overlaps, on a mix of 54" and 60" wide media. The vertical panel orientation allows for a more efficient installation process. Installers may set up a top hinge and work downward. Textile films tend to be very dimensionally stable, meaning they do not stretch much as they are applied. This comes in very handy when lining up tall panels. On our project, they happened to be over 13 feet tall each. The other side to the dimensional stability, is the chal- lenges associated with corrections when installers get off track. These films do stretch very little when installing, so it is important to have solid registration before panel application is initiated. When going off course, there is very little "give" when it comes to stretch and compression to correct any alignment issues. We've also found that the stability properties seem allow this product to shrink less than vinyl, once installed. This is very important when you're using a low tack adhesive prod- uct. We've had our share of issues with low cost monomeric vinyl wall films which shrink back and lead to adhesion failure. We've found most textile films to stay put for years, with no edge curling. In addition to the textile interior applications, the Imagi Nation facility draws the crowd in with a mix of contempo- rary exterior graphics. While saving some dollars by keeping an existing traditional lightbox in use, we complimented it with the use of 3M IJ480MC wrapped into the cinder block surface. The windows were also fully covered with Contra Vision per- forated films were used on the window surfaces to tie it all together. So, when in the field and consulting clients on material selection for walls, don't be afraid to offer the step up options. Not all clients and prospects are shopping on price alone. Don't be afraid to show them your good stuff. SDG

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