“We built the prototype of this counter display completely on the laser,” says Mike, “because it’s so fast. For the run of 20 displays, we did most of the framework on the CNC router. The hooks and hangers were cut from acrylic on the laser, then bent using a hotwire acrylic bender. We laser cut and engraved the cedar panels for the barn logo and bottom nameplate. The panel with the holes that hold the product is neoprene sheet that was cut on the laser.”
Routine rotary laser engraving project on 135 stainless steel mugs
This award was laser cut and engraved acrylic, with the company logo done as a direct UV print on the back of the acrylic. The tomahawk was made from HDU. “Now that we have the 3D printer,” Mike says, “we would probably do the tomahawk on that. It’s faster.”

The laser makes short-run POP displays practical

And the ability to quickly make a prototype makes sales easier

By signcraft

Posted on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

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“I know that some sign people find a niche for their laser work then more or less stay there,” says Mike Duran, Insight Products and Services, Pueblo, Colorado. “They do acrylic letters or ADA signs or nameplates or industrial marking. But I think it’s better to have an open mind and to be creative. The equipment can open the doors to markets you didn’t even know were out there.”

One of the markets Mike has found is with entrepreneurs who are developing a product. He helps on the design and packaging side as well as actual production. It can be anything from a keychain to a display to a piece of equipment that does specialized production.

“We market ourselves more as a short- run manufacturer than as a sign shop,” says Mike. “We’ve gotten deeper into the 3D world, including 3D CAD design work. We’ve also added a 3D printer that we use for creating prototypes and other projects, and we’ve added a flatbed printer, flatbed digital cutter, and a 3-by-4-ft. vacuum former. We can produce short-run point-of-purchase displays to help businesses market their products.”

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