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ADAPT are now stocking 3M™ DI-NOC™ Architectural Finishe…

12-Apr-2021

Examples of the 3M DI-NOC Architectural Finishes range of self-adhesive films

With immediate effect, ADAPT customers will now have access to a huge array of natural finishes from the 3M™ DI-NOC™ Architectural Finishes range. These high-performance products allow users to access...

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New Tool Coatings Make Short Work For Signmakers

12-Apr-2021

180-10-A Series single flute router tool

The 180-10-A Series of single flute routers from Industrial Tooling Corporation (ITC) has now been extended with the arrival of a stub-length Iridis coated router for machining aluminium and a...

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William Smith revives exclusive UK distributorship for ROLLS…

09-Apr-2021

RollsRoller Flatbed Applicator

Trade-only supplier to the sign and graphics and digital printing/finishing industries, William Smith has revived its exclusive UK distributorship status on the ROLLSROLLER Flatbed Applicator. It follows a new agreement...

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Agfa offer business coaching support to wide format printers

06-Apr-2021

Matthew Parker from Profitable Print Relationships (PPR)

Agfa has formally partnered with Profitable Print Relationships (PPR) offering new customers unrivalled added value business coaching support for 2021.

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Wayfinding - March/April 2021

Incorporating lighting solutions into directional signage

02-Mar-2021

A sign with lighting inside.

Wayfinding influences movement around a space, however with many competing factors within a built-up environment, effective and efficient wayfinding benefits from the incorporation of illumination.

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Directional Signage - Key features to look out for

01-Mar-2021

Directional signage showing directions in a station

No-one likes to feel lost or confused and Directional Signage not only aids navigation in unfamiliar places but enhances confidence in the surroundings. Imagine you are in an airport, a...

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What makes a Pole and Plank solution ideal for outside direc…

01-Mar-2021

Nova’s Pole and Plank System used to create a v-shaped sign

According to Nova Aluminium, their Pole and Plank system is ideal for wayfinding signage of all kinds. Designed to make directional signage simple, Pole and Plank has 15 extrusions in...

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What are the right environments for different directional si…

01-Mar-2021

Contemporary Waypoint Fingerpost system at Battersea Power Station

As a trade sign manufacturer since 1973, Signscape and Signconex have become experts in the development and usage of various wayfinding sign systems. They cater to all sectors requiring signage...

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PC running vectric software Samples of work produced using the Vectric software Samples of work produced using the Vectric software
Vectric Ltd has announced new point releases for their Aspire and VCarve Pro software packages. These new versions add significant features as well as expanding existing functions to improve work flow and design flexibility for CNC signmakers. There are more than 15 specific areas of enhancement covering aspects of 2D design, 3D modeling, toolpath creation and part visualization. For Vectric customers who are currently running Aspire 3 or VCarve Pro 6 this is a free upgrade.

Users of both Aspire and VCarve Pro will benefit from a number of new tools common to both packages such as a specific Arc Drawing function, enhanced Pass Depth Control on profile toolpaths and an option to directly Print 2D and 3D images. The pass depth function allows the user to specify the individual cut depths when profiling. This can improve edge quality on parts using laminated materials and helps to better control techniques like "onion skinning", where a thin layer of material is left to hold the part in place when cutting it out. The printing option can be used to create images for customer approval or to make reference sheets for checking details at the machine, helping to optimize setup time. The arc drawing tool makes it easier to layout curved shapes common to many designs.

Aspire's new 3D Clipart Browser will speed up the creation of parts as well as increasing the choices available for "real-time" 3D design. The browser allows the user to see previews of files created with Aspire, making it easier and faster to select components for new layouts. Images of the parts can easily be browsed from within the program and magnified when required to ensure you are loading the correct piece. Once located the user can just drag and drop the image to import the model into the current job setup. An extension to the browser also allows the extensive Vector Art 3D clipart library to be searched from within Aspire to find appropriate files to purchase.

A new tool to extract a cross section from the 3D model along with enhancements to the smoothing and sculpting tools make creating finished 3D components in Aspire even simpler. The cross section tool makes it possible to extract data from the model so new shapes can be seamlessly combined with the existing design. This can be particularly beneficial for customers who work with 3D digitized data or import models from other CAD systems. Enhancements to the sensitivity of the smoothing and sculpting provide added control during the important stage of finalizing the 3D model. The Sculpting also benefits from more "short-cut" commands to control the operation, making the use of this important tool quicker and more dynamic.

Aspire 3.5 offers a new Top/Bottom Split Import Option for creating parts from existing 3D models, this allows a full 3D part (STL file) to be automatically split into two components which represent the "top" and "bottom" of the object based on a flat splitting plane. When coupled with the existing function to divide components into multiple Z layers, this makes it even easier to generate toolpaths to machine the individual pieces to assemble the full 3D finished part.

For further information telephone Vectric on 01527 850 323 or visit www.vectric.com