All of the equipment we utilize in our shop is USA made, as are we! We offer a comprehensive, problem-solving approach to our clients. Just because you do not see a process specifically described here, give us a call – we LOVE a challenge!
It all begins in the design. We utilize over a dozen different computer programs to create each design. Design can include text, graphics and photographs – in any combination. We can match or locate font styles and clean up existing logos and graphics. We have begun with as little as a few verbal ideas and created designs that our clients have described as “exactly what I envisioned! How did you read my mind?”
We have a NEW ArcLight ArcPro 9600X plasma table and cutter that we are proud to have in the lineup. Plasma cutting is a process that cuts through metals using an accelerated jet of hot plasma. Typical metals cut with a plasma include steel, stainless steel, aluminum, brass and copper. All cutting is controlled by the onboard computer system producing a highly detailed and intricate result. Our specific equipment has a 4 ft by 8 ft table which allows for fabrication of very large pieces. Our shop has the added service of welding and Adam is quite skilled in this as well.
Our CNC Router has added yet another option for working in wood designs. A design can be programmed to the router for wood signs and creates a distinctly different look than the other processes. It can also be combined with other processes for an added level of depth and interest.
Rarely can raw metal stock be found in just the right size or configuration. This machine gives us the ability to cut custom sized metal sheet stock for plaques and trophies (just one example). The capability to place bends in that metal at any angle or degree opens another creative door. Finally, this machine gives us the ability to ‘roll’ the newly cut pieces into cylindrical shape. An example is a custom request we had for an urn. The urn itself was already purchased and was round. The client requested that we cut a custom size brass plate, engrave the name and a quote on it, then ‘roll’ it so that it would adhere smoothly to the urn. The result was beautiful!
We are especially fond of our BossLaser 150 watt CO2 laser as it was the first piece of equipment and began our endeavor into this business. The BossLaser has a large 36x48 inch table with pass thru doors on all sides which allow for large materials. We have the ability to cut intricate designs in wood, leather and special laserable rubber for stamping, just to name a few examples. Etching or emblazoning on metal, glass and ceramic is accomplished using a marking spray product which when heated by the laser creates a permanent mark. This marking spray is available in several base colors – call us to discuss options! Finally, laser engraving creates a crisp, clean result on powder-coated metal, wood, glass, mirror, acrylic, cloth, granite, tile, ceramic, marble, and much more.
We use a Vision Phoenix 1212 metal engraving machine for plaques and metal plates as well as small gift items of metal. This machine utilizes a diamond tip to actually ‘carve’ the text or design into the piece. It is also computer controlled but creates a completely different look than the other processes we use.
We have recently added a new SkatBlast sand-blasting cabinet. This is an essential part of the team as all metal must be sand-blasted prior to being powder-coated to assure all moisture and contaminates are removed. It is also great in creating designs in sandstone and wood. Lori has found it incredibly valuable in re-purposing to removed old paint, rust and grime.
Powder-coating is also a newer service we are offering, although Lori was trained several years ago by the best in the business! Powder-coating is a method of baking on a magnetically-adhered finish to metals. This process makes outdoor signs and items hold up to the elements MUCH better. Powder-coating is available in a vast array of colors and can then be laser engraved off in designs to create a truly one-of-a-kind creation!
Our USCutter system is efficient and creates highly detailed designs. We can create wall art up to 36 inches high and virtually unlimited length. That same process is combined with the flat-plate heat press for shirts, aprons and signs. We also have added a mug press to create custom cups and glasses.