“These letters are 3/16-in. laser-cut acrylic letters finished with Matthews polyurethane paint,” says Bob. “The background is black cast vinyl film over 6mm aluminum composite material that was cut to shape on the CNC router. The logo graphic is a laminated digital print and the letters were applied using VHB [Very High Bond] double-faced tape.”
“This sign is all laser-cut acrylic,” Bob says. “The border and lettering are black acrylic that was painted with Matthews Brilliant Gold paint then cut out on the laser and applied to the black acrylic backing panel. It’s clean, professional identification.”

Laser at work: Laser graphics at Skywatch Signs

Combining the laser with vinyl, digital prints and CNC routing

By signcraft

Posted on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

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Bob Stephens added his laser about three years ago. It quickly found its way into his workflow and let him expand his capabilities. He likes the incredible detail it delivers and the clean acrylic graphics with finished edges that it can produce.

“We just did two signs on .25 aluminum composite today for Herbal Kitchen,” Bob says. “I printed their logo and put it on a background of black cast vinyl film. We laser cut the letters from acrylic then finished them with Matthews paint in the color I wanted. On many jobs, it seems like we use everything—cut vinyl, laser cut lettering, CNC router work, digital printing and Matthews paint.”

Bob keeps acrylic sheet in a variety of colors in stock. Before cutting letters from it on the laser, he applies double-sided adhesive to the back and leaves the mask on the front.

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