Sign & Digital Graphics

February '18

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58 • 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 light up but blink, like a neon sign. They also can make it so different parts of the phosphorus light up at different times. The technology is very popular in Las Vegas, Nev., which is where LumaMedia got its start. LumaMedia uses a Trotec laser to cut out the design. Then it hooks contact leads on it, seals it and puts a translucent print over the top to finish it. Every panel has a 12-volt control unit that sends the correct amount of power to the phospho- rus to light it up, Lennon says. Lasers offer so much versatility, says Leitheiser. "There are so many different substrates you can laser onto and you can personalize them with a name, verbiage or logos," he says. He adds that JDS helps its clients by offering information about the laser settings necessary to engrave on various substrates. It also offers templates of what an outline looks like so they know where to add their logo or wording. Most people in the industry work with Corel DRAW, which is a PC-based graphics software. Other popular graph- ics programs are Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. All of them work well with laser engraving, Leitheiser says. SDG Using very low power, LumaMedia can make names and logos not only light up but blink, like a neon sign. (Photo courtesy of LumaMedia) (Photo courtesy of LumaMedia) (Photo courtesy of JDS) (Photo courtesy of LumaMedia)

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