Fun with our Large Format Printer!

     Here at Rising Signs we have a Canon Oce (oh-say) Arizona 350 GT Printer. This UV-curable flat bed printer allows us to produce photographic quality images on just about anything!

     The Oce also has the ability to print white both as a spot color, and as an underlay for other colors. That means we can print on clear substrates such as acrylic and still have vibrant color. Speaking of color, it uses VariaDot technology, allowing the printer to produce ink dots in various sizes to ensure sharper, more accurate printing. The ink droplets vary from 6 to 42 picoliters. (A picoliter is a trillionth — one millionth of a millionth, or 10 to the -12th power. That’s represented as 0.000000000001/liter). The 6 picoliter drops allow us to produce high resolution images, while the 42 picoliter drops allow for dense, uniform solid colors – all while saving ink!

     Our Oce prints 239 square feet per hour on rigid materials – that’s 1,912 square feet per day! We can print up to almost 60 4ft by 8ft boards in a full day. There is no minimum print size, so we don’t have to waste large boards for small jobs. It can also print on irregularly shaped or non-square items, heavy substrates like glass, or materials with an uneven surface such as wood. We put our Oce through a serious workout every day.

See it in Action!


Happening in Production This Week

Our production department has been busy this week with all kinds of special projects. We do much more than just architectural hotel signs. This week it is these beautiful curved aluminum signs with routed graphics filled in with paint. They are just gorgeous.


They have also made these great menus for Downtown Cafe. They are manufactured from acrylic and brushed aluminum laminate with silver standoffs. I love how our flatbed printer lets us print a fabulous gradient in the blue. This menu board was designed by one of our talented designers. Imagine what we can do for you!

It seems there is always something new and interesting being built in our production department. These really cool lit boxes for example — we can make these in any size or color, and if you check out the range of acrylics we can use, you’ll see you can get something similar in an almost endless array of colors and textures. We can even use clear acrylic and subsurface print anything you want on them! These make use of our vinyl cutter as the graphics are applied after production as cut vinyl. The boxes use low voltage LED lights, which even come in many colors to add a little interest. We can also manufacture them so that you can control the color of the lights inside.

All this and it’s only Tuesday! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!




More Than Just a Pretty Face

One of our favorite base materials here at Rising Signs is solid surface. Solid surface is a man-made material usually composed of marble dust, bauxite, acrylic or polyester resins and pigments. It is one of the most versatile substrates we use. We offer solid surface in a nearly endless supply of colors and finishes. We can shape solid surface material in a number of ways. Most commonly we use our CNC router to cut signs from large sheets while giving them an edge treatment such as a bevel or accent lines. Since solid surface is the same color all the way through, we sandblast 1/32” of the surface to produce raised graphics and characters. That means your graphics and raised letters are actually part of a single piece of material and not glued on—they cannot be removed. This helps deter vandalism and allows our signs to last much longer than those with glued-on lettering. The surface is non-porous and will resist stains – much like the kitchen countertops made of the same material. We are proud of the quality of our solid surface signs, and you will be, too!