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September 26 2022 - If you'd like to suggest an article or write one for this category, please e-mail us here and let us know.


Is Your CNC Router Still Fit for Purpose?
While the older machine may still work just fine, it may be time for an upgrade, just the same.

Traditional Die Cutting Versus Digital Die Cutting
With increasing demand comes the growing need for better and faster technology in all sectors of the trade. This includes die cutting, a constantly evolving finishing technique that relies heavily on its relevance in the field.

Wide Format: Much More Than Just Print
Typically, signs, direct mail and printed collateral contribute to exposure, motivation and recognition of needs toward a product. These lower-value tools contribute to 30 percent of the buying decision. But research has demonstrated that 70 percent of purchasing decisions are made at the point of purchase.

Trends and Innovations in Cutting and Routing Technology
Output providers continue to look for new cutting, routing and finishing solutions to help them provide the latest products and services to meet their clients' needs.

Discover the Rewards of Owning A CNC Router
See the options available and avenues where sign makers can use CNC routers to get into the commercial signage business and channel letter fabrication. CNC routers provide a broad capability to enter into multiple markets.

Sign Software in Action
Discover how signmakers are using industry specific sign software to raise revenues, increase production - and get creative.

It Costs How Much? Determining What It Costs to Sell Your Signs the Right Way.
Pricing your products or services sold is determined first by costing. Do you have any idea of what it costs to sell a sign or banner? For that matter, what does it cost to open the doors to your sign business each day? Pertinent questions that will influence your pricing.

Laser Engraving Part IV: Using your System as a Cutting Tool
The same laser engraving system that engraves on many products and materials may also serve as a very powerful and versatile cutting too as well. Read on to get some ideas.

Discover the Rewards of Owning A CNC Router
See the options available and avenues where sign makers can use CNC routers to get into the commercial signage business and channel letter fabrication. CNC routers provide a broad capability to enter into multiple markets.

Lasers: Ready to Buy-What you Really Need to Know
For those new to laser technology, buying laser equipment can be an intimidating experience. The word laser often conjures images of danger, mystery, impossible learning curves, and high price tags. However, with the user-friendly, increasingly affordable laser engraving equipment of today, nothing could be further from the truth.

Laser Engraving Part 3: The Possibilities
The word, 'versatility' is often used to describe today’s laser engraving and cutting equipment: for good reason. Not only can you use the same system to cut out parts and engrave them, the material and product choices are seemingly endless as are the markets in which people use lasers.

Next-Gen CNC's
CNC routers are getting higher-tech at lower-costs. Find out what bells and whistles the latest models have to offer.

Ask the Expert: CNC Router Veteran Shares Practical Knowledge
Do you have questions about CNC machining? Get inside the head of router expert Jay Higgins in this one-on-one interview.

Signs From The Spirit World
Everyone loves an 'Olde Worlde' pub with its oak beams, horse brasses and roaring log fires. Nevertheless, no matter how old the pub itself, the name on the sign outside is probably the most historic thing about the place.

Back to School: Sign Makers Seek CNC Router Education
Are you ready for prime time? Learn about educational programs that teach you the ins and outs of computerized routers.

Software Trend Adds Oomph to Routed Signs
Bored with two-dimensional computerized machining? Add a little life to your signs with three-dimensional auto-sculpting software.

Expand Your Business With CNC Routers
Take a look at your options in the CNC router market and decide if the potential rewards are worth the financial investment.

Gold Leafing From A to Z
The ancient art of gold leafing has not changed much since Egyptian times. Learn some time-tested hand guilding secrets from the pros.

Making the New Look Old
The details of a challenging, yet fun sign project.

Laser Engraving: The Possibilities
Today’s laser engraving and cutting equipment provide versatility for whether you are thinking of diversifying or simply expanding.

Laser Engraving: The Basics Part Two
If you've put off diversifying your shop by venturing into laser engraving because of equipment costs, this should relieve some of your worries.

Laser Engraving: The Basics
Find out how this technology can assist you in your business.

Winning Sales Tax Jeopardy
Are you prepared for the sales tax audit?

The Sub-species: Subcontracting in the Sign Industry
To be or not to be a subcontractor?

Setting Schedules: Creating Service Out of Order
Late signs or are your jobs off schedule?

Ending the Shop's Nightmare Circus
Is your sign making business as a three-ring circus?

Dealing with the Less-than-Perfect Customers
Surrendering to whatever customers want can be bad business

Building a Team
Essential elements in building a team for your business


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