Laser-cut acrylic letters, painted red, on a panel made of two layers of Extira board. John Ralph, Quail Run Signs, Hamilton, Virginia
Two layers of laser-cut ¼-in. acrylic. “The back layer is cut a little smaller just to pop it off the wall,” says John Ralph. “Rather than use ½-in. acrylic, I prefer to use two layers of ¼-in. bonded together with 3M VHB tape, and let the top layer float. It makes a cool effect. The backer layer can be clear, black or white, depending on the look you want. It’s not really any more work. Instead of cutting thick acrylic slowly, you cut thin acrylic faster.”
Lettering and graphics are all laser cut, painted acrylic graphics on an acrylic sheet panel. Steve Shepherd, Custom Engraving & Signs, Richmond, Virginia
Laser-cut green edge clear acrylic with a laser-cut acrylic panel, painted blue, bonded to it. Secondary copy is cut vinyl. Steve Shepherd, Custom Engraving & Signs, Richmond, Virginia
Lettering and copy panel are laser-cut from brushed metal plastic engraving stock. The flag graphic is laser cut with a digital print on it, and the main panel is sapele mahogany with a maple border. Steve Shepherd, Custom Engraving & Signs, Richmond, Virginia
The aluminum panel was painted white, then the laser was used to remove the white paint and expose the aluminum surface. Steve Shepherd, Custom Engraving & Signs, Richmond, Virginia
Laser-cut frosted acrylic panel with second-surface navy blue vinyl lettering mounted on standoffs on a navy blue painted Extira backer panel. John Ralph, Quail Run Signs, Hamilton, Virginia

Why a laser fits so well in a sign shop

Combined with your skills and equipment, you get even more value from a laser

By signcraft

Posted on Monday, July 2nd, 2018

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Laser engraving/cutting

Acsys Laser

AP Lazer

Boss Laser

Epilog Laser


Trotec Laser

Universal Laser Systems

Vision Engravers

Engraving materials

Duets by Gemini


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“I remember reading,” says John Ralph of Quail Run Signs, “where someone said that it’s hard to build a business around the laser in most areas, because the market just isn’t that large yet. He went on to say, though, that you can successfully use a laser to increase your sales in almost any sign shop in almost any market. That stuck with me. A laser lets you do so much more in a sign shop. It complements both the tools you have and the work that you do really well.”

Of course you can make complete signs with the laser, like interior signage, nameplates, wayfinding systems and ADA signage. It’s a natural for a sign shop and John, who added his Epilog laser seven years ago, does a lot of such work.

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