Laser at work: Laser graphics at Skywatch Signs
Combining the laser with vinyl, digital prints and CNC routing
By SignCraft Magazine
Posted on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
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.