Sign & Digital Graphics

November '17

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4 • November 2017 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S Departments Technical Advisory Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 In the News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 The Latest in Sign News Signage Projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 What's being done in the field By Malcolm Gieske Product Highlights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 On the Move . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Product Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Great New Products Marketplace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Big Savings in Small Print Ad Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Your Guide to Ads in this Issue Coming Next Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 A quick peak at upcoming coverage in S&DG In Case You Missed October's Edition. . . • LED Module Advancements • 2017 RIP Update • Wholesale Printing • Colored Laminates • Specialty Films • Interior Wayfinding Coming Next Month. . . • Message Centers • Wide-Format Printer Update • Digital Die Cutter Applications • Building Wraps • Laser Engraving onto Fabrics • CNC Router Accessories More Coverage Online – www.SDGmag.com For more exclusive news coverage from Online Editor Tony Kindelspire, be sure to sign up for the Sign & Digital Graphics newsletter at www.sdgmag.com. Coverage this month includes: Signarama Breaks U.S. Franchise Sales Record: http://bit.ly/2kWimG3 INX Begins West Chicago R&D Expansion: http://bit.ly/2yuuHq2 Report: Digital Out of Home Market Expected to Grow Nearly 11 Percent Annually: http://bit.ly/2hMd7nz ON THE COVER: Proper driver selection and installation is vital to the lasting success of an LED lighting system. Photo courtesy of Principal LED. Page 18 Page 58 SPECIALTY IMAGING Covering a range of specialized imaging applications, tech- niques and new technologies. 54 Exterior Wayfinding Proper planning for attention-grabbing signs By Shelley Widhalm DIGITAL GRAPHICSL WHAT'S INSIDE 4 Laser Processing Software Mike Fruciano discusses the benefits of updating laser processing software. 14 Large and In Charge: Large-Format Laser Engraving Q&A Need to know the basics of large-format engraving? Derek Kern offers some insight. 18 Laser by Numbers: Laser Engraving Industry Survey Findings Use these survey results to build your laser engraving business. 20 Seven Strategies that will Help You Avoid Common Laser Pitfalls Josh Stephens presents seven strategies that help you avoid a few common laser mistakes. 26 Laser Engraving Products Showcase Stay current on the latest laser engraving equipment, supplies, and substrates. PUBLISHER Dan Peckham dpeckham@nbm.com EDITOR Cassandra Green cgreen@nbm.com LER ART DIRECTOR Kim M. Wright ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Haleigh Erwin herwin@nbm.com ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Shanna Rowley srowley@nbm.com SALES SUPPORT Ashley Banks abanks@nbm.com A National Business Media, Inc. publication CONTRIBUTING WRITERS FOR THE LASER ENGRAVING REPORT Mike Fruciano, Derek Kern, Josh Stephens, Chau Vo The cover image (top) for the Laser Engraving Report 2017 was supplied courtesy of Kern Laser Systems. -LER-Nov17.indd 1 9/26/17 3:35 PM ARCHITECTURAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND DISPLAY Covering dimensional lettering, routing, sandblasting, engrav- ing and fabrication for architectural signage, wayfinding, ADA, temporary signage systems for P.O.P, retail, display, banners, trade shows and more. 58 Shop Talk One man, one weekend billboard By Rick Williams 65 A Place for Paint There's still demand for craftsmanship By Paula Aven Gladych 68 Designing Award-Winning Signs Finding the right designer fit By Matt Charboneau 64 Special Section: Laser Engraving Report

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