3M’s Infinite Wrap Options Contest

In 3M Canada’s new Infinite Wrap Options contest, signmakers can win tools, swag and electronics after buying the company’s print wrap film. There are hundreds of prizes to be won, including one grand prize of an HP Latex 365 printer, valued at $32,000.

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Routers: Choosing a CNC hybrid machine

Signmaking companies that turn out customized work for their customers have more options today when it comes to programmable computer numerical control (CNC) routers. With so-called ‘hybrid’ CNC machines, all of the cutting tools that might be required for a wide variety of materials are mounted and ready to be used interchangeably.

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Wide-format Printing: 10 considerations for RIP software

In the early days of digital wide-format printing, the raster image processor (RIP) was the premier tool for print service providers (PSPs) to ensure high-quality results. Since then, other innovations have taken centre stage, including new output devices, file sharing, remote access and cloud-based storage and applications.

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Wide-format Graphics: The benefits of signmaking software

Most sign shops use mainstream design software to check and correct their incoming wide-format graphic files and make them print-ready. Software that is not industry-specific, however, lacks much of the dedicated functionality needed to produce signage quickly and efficiently.

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Channel Letters: Designing for LED illumination

Sign designers and specifiers now have more ways than ever to add dramatic lighting effects to their creations. Gone are the days where illuminated signs had to be produced with metal cans at least 127 mm (5 in.) deep to allow sufficient space for high-voltage neon lighting and wiring.

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Channel Letters: Common signage configurations

As channel letters are highly customized signage products, specifying their design can become an information-intensive process. It can be helpful for sign shops to refer to a ‘fast-track’ guide to some of the most common options and configurations, as follows.

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Wide-format Graphics: Choosing the right adhesive films

One of the most exciting aspects of the wide-format graphics business is how every day is different. Every customer has different needs. Every project has different specifications. And, to some extent, every surface has different properties that will affect how a graphic film can adhere to it.

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SGIA organizes Canadian workplace safety conference

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has partnered with Workplace Safety North (WSN) to organize a special Canadian workplace safety conference, to take place next month at the Centre for Health & Safety Innovation in Mississauga, Ont.

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