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Old 09-05-2017, 07:58 AM
T.R.MacMunn T.R.MacMunn is offline
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Scott, it's "A&S Old Glory Heavy" available from Steve Contreras at Signfonts.com
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Old 09-05-2017, 08:27 AM
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Thanks TR, they have some really well done fonts on that site. Now I just need to figure out how you create the outline that really makes your signs pop.
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Old 09-05-2017, 12:54 PM
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I don't currently use HDU because I experimented with it and found it to be rather flimsy and subject to mechanical damage. I don't do really fancy signs but I have found that sheet PVC works well if I pay attention to its limitations and it seems more durable. It is also less expensive.
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Old 09-06-2017, 07:31 PM
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Art, have you tried the higher densities? I know PVC is easier to work with in some respects, but if you want to add a carved applique, especially a handcarved one, well, I think it would be a bitch to carve.

Yes, I know this is a CNC forum, but I see no reason to spend hours modeling something that I can handcarve in a matter of minutes. I feel that one can be far more creative ( dimensionally) with HDU than with PVC.

Cost isn't really an issue for "high-end" signwork. It's not us, the signmakers, who bear the cost of materials ......it's our customers. If $4000 worth of signage can come from a single $600 sheet of HDU, or a $400 sheet of PVC, should that really make any difference? It all depends upon what you plan to do with that sheet ......
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Old 09-06-2017, 07:41 PM
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Scott .....
I design in Corel & export as a .eps to fetch it into Aspire.
In Corel, I do one or two outside contours, at least .125" thick. I separate them all, then duplicate the outside one and offset it to wherever I'd like the shadow to be & weld the two together. Then, I take the inside outline, & use it to trim the welded one & "poof" ... you have a letter with a "ditch" around it & beyond that, an outline/shadow. All you have to do then is clean up the ragged bottoms of the shadows into a consistent angle ( this is the time-consuming part.)
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