Most of our work involves printing graphics and fabricating displays, which can mean anything from producing simple banners to making intricate point-of-purchase displays with custom lighting and audio/video features. We use a wide assortment of machines and materials to accomplish this – several of which are described below. Apart from actual production, we also offer project management and design services. Many of our clients begin nothing but an idea, and then they work with our team of designers, engineers, and coordinators to develop that idea into an attractive and effective display.
We have a great deal of flexibility, as printers, because of our machines. Some projects are best suited for silkscreen printing, while others are better suited for digital printing – and some projects require rigid substrates, while others need flexible substrates. In any case, we have the printers necessary to handle all these situations.
M&R Processor II E
A five-bed inline silkscreen press that can produce hundreds of prints per hour using CMYK and/or spot colors.
EFI Vutek 5R Plus
A massive roll-to-roll high-speed digital printer – most often used for printing banners in lower quantities than usually seen in silkscreen printing.
EFI Vutek GS3250
A wide-format digital printer that works on both rigid and rolled substrates. An extremely versatile machine.
Flora PP 3220 UV
A flatbed digital printer that works on difficult or unusual substrates, including materials like reclaimed barn wood and corrugated metal.
While our M&R, Vuteks, and Flora are the main workhorses of the shop, we have several others. We use them mostly for printing on vinyl film and other rolled substrates. These printers are especially good for projects featuring small and detailed artwork that is less suitable for printing on larger machines. Among our other printers are the Epson SureColor S80600, Epson Stylus Pro 11880, Epson Stylus Pro 9800, and Seiko ColorPainter M-64S.
Just as we have a variety of printers, we also have a variety of cutters, especially CNC cutters. Each of our cutting machines has its own set of characteristics – things like speed, accuracy, and capacity. For example, the Multicam is a relatively fast and versatile cutter, though it’s not quite as precise as the Laguna. The Laguna, on the other hand, is extraordinarily precise, but it is somewhat slower than the Multicam. We pair each project to an appropriate machine depending on what the job demands.
These machines accept many different tools, such as router bits, knives, and scoring wheels. In addition to cutting pieces out, the machines can create grooves, rabbets, dados, and other depth-cuts. These machines allow us to create very complex displays very quickly.
Laguna Smartshop 3
CAMFive CFL-CMA 1325
A laser cutter is indispensable for certain projects – especially those that use acrylic material. The laser is often preferable to a cnc cutter because of the edges that it leaves after cutting. A piece of acrylic that’s been cut on the laser, for example, looks as if it has polished edges. The cutter also serves an engraver, which allows us to burn artwork into wooden substrates.
Our shop has lots of other equipment besides our printers and cutters. We’ve got sewing machines, grommeting machines, table saws, a gigantic vinyl-welder for grand format banners, a sheeter, a guillotine press, heat benders, and more.
It’s difficult to create a comprehensive list of the materials that we use because such a list would be extremely long and incomplete – we add new substrates all the time. Nevertheless, here are some general categories of material that we use:
- Plastic, including abs, acrylic, pvc, styrene, and vinyl
- Wood, including hardwood, plywood, and recycled material
- Paper & cardboard, in multiple weights and with multiple finishes
- Metal, including acm, aluminum, and steel
- Specialty materials – magnetic, dry-erase, backlit, and more.