2D Routing the Precision Board Firehouse Signs

When Tony Rose and David Mattingly with Xpressive graphiX and Signs in Ohio created the signs for a local fire station, they used Precision Board HDU PBLT-15 with some exterior LEDs to give the building some pizazz. Tony tells us how he saved time 2d routing these signs and still made them look great.

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“We built three signs. One is across the front of the building where the garage is. That one is 30′ long by 2′ high and 2” thick,” says Rose. “We also fabricated two logo signs, each one 3′ by 3′ and 2″ thick,” he added.

Tony used 2d routing to speed up the process. He carved in to a depth of ¾” to make the letters really pop off. He mounted an aluminum angle frame to the building and the sign sits on that with no fasteners showing. There’s a 2” angle on the back, mounted with 1” lags and PB Bond 240 so that he could skip clamping them. Rose put weatherproof exterior LED lights on the perimeter because it’s a wet location and the lights are exposed.

“I put about 8,000 coats of red Exterior Latex PPG paint because red doesn’t coat very well,” he jokes.

Tony used the same process on the smaller logo signs. “I did 2d routing with 3d routing for the logos done in combination with Z Brush and Enroute software.” He adds, “the lettering was routed in 2d with some 3d relearn appliqués to help speed the process.”

Tony adds, “Because of Coastal Enterprises’ outstanding products we were able to complete this job on time, on budget, and it has led to more work at three other stations as we speak.”

Machining time was 4 hours with a total project time of about a week to a week and a half start to finish.

Tony and his team do great work and we couldn’t be more impressed. Xpressive graphiX is a full-service sign company specializing in all aspects of strategic visual communication. If you’re looking for creative dimensional signage using Precision Board HDU, give Tony a call at 740-452-6804 or visit the website at www.xpressivegraphix.com to see the all the types of sign work they offer.

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