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February '18

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56 • February 2018 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S SPECIALTY IMAGING DIGITAL GRAPHICS the Polar Camels is that they are now available in 15 colors, not just silver and black, and the company keeps expanding the line. It includes beer growlers, low- ball glasses and 20-ounce and 30-ounce insulated mugs that keep ice cold for 24 hours. Early next year, JDS is adding stemless wineglasses that can be deco- rated with names or logos. "Any way you can build into that line, people seem to like," Leitheiser says. With a rotary engraving attachment, a shop can engrave a Polar Camel in between one and eight minutes, depend- ing on how detailed the artwork, says Sarah Thompson, laser specialist with JDS Industries. Laser engravers can also directly score the coated metal on JDS' cups. "It takes a higher power to break through it and then you clean it with ace- tone to shine them up a bit," Thompson says. Taking a laser to uncoated stainless steel wouldn't leave a mark. There is a green movement going on in the industry right now, with many people turning to products made out of bamboo. JDS offers bamboo cutting boards, pizza peels, mugs, gift boxes, spatulas and cheese cutters. "Bamboo products are a stable part of our business," says Roberts. "Part price point, part durability, they engrave well and it's a sustainable resource." She adds that artisan and distressed boards and Teakwood and Marble Round Board are popular as well. "Being able to combine functional- ity with personalization means such products like cutting boards are popu- lar and have an impressive perceived value. Clients can showcase their wed- ding dates, for example, but still use the opposite side of the board for daily use," she says. Familylaser loves working with wood because it provides a wide variety of products that appeal to the masses. Anodized metal is also a favorite, she adds. "It lasers clean and looks profes- sional each and every time." Marble, acacia and teakwood cheese plates and utensils. (Photo courtesy of Familylaser) (Photo courtesy of JDS) (Photo courtesy of JDS)

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