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  • TAKING SIGNAGE TO THE NEXT DIMENSION

    THE POWER OF POSSIBILITY

    Being able to identify and act on key signage market trends is of enormous benefit for any media or large printing company. With the introduction and ensuing popularity of digital signage, businesses are looking for other, more affordable, means of pushing creative boundaries and providing new and appealing advertising capabilities for their clients. 3-dimensional signage is quickly becoming a means doing just that. With moderate overhead, high margins and huge visual impact, 3D signage capabilities...

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  • FROG3D® vs. Alternative Technologies

    Whitepaper Alert!

    When looking to automate and expand fabrication processes, the technological options can be broken down into three camps.  Businesses can invest in a FROG3D® System, which provides integrated 3D CNC fabrication abilities, a robot, or a 3D printer. Which direction you chose to go requires a thorough understanding of the different technologies and how they play out in actual fact. Regardless of industry or specialty, there are some basic considerations that have a major impact on...

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  • Share your Knowledge!

    Become a LEAP Network contributor

    Do you have a great story or project that you would like featured on the LEAP Network? That’s great! Contact Crystal at crystal@3dcutting.com with the details and become a contributor to a valuable industry resource! ...

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  • Additive versus Subtractive Manufacturing

    Feasibility

    Project size is another deciding factor when comparing additive and subtractive manufacturing methods. Because of the limitations of 3D printing when it comes to material costs, production times, design alterations, and material types, 3D printing is constrained to the fabrication of small sized, low-volume production runs. Conversely, 3D CNC technology can handle the full range of project sizes. From a detailed rubber stamp to a 40 foot bronze sculpture, size is no object. To this end,...

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  • Get Hard Results from Your Software

    Looking to start doing your 3D modeling in-house? Check out FROGWare™, a powerful software suite for 3D design and fabrication.   ...

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  • Additive versus Subtractive Manufacturing

    Versatility

    Subtractive technologies win big at fabrication versatility when compared to additive methods. While 3D printing might excel in a handful of specific fabrication niches, 3D CNC fabrication technology can be applied to a staggeringly large list of industries and production processes. This makes 3D CNC equipment a better investment for any company wanting the capability to expand into new markets or products. The ability to handle multiple materials is also a key feature of subtractive...

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  • Additive versus Subtractive Manufacturing

    Comparing Costs

    When it comes to the fabrication of 3D objects, 3D printing and 3D carving provide two different manufacturing methods. While 3D printing has recently been generating a lot of publicity, the fact remains that it is rarely the best, or most realistic, production process. One of the major factors that makes 3D CNC milling a more appealing option is the dramatically lower production costs associated with it. When comparing the costs of equipment, materials, and time,...

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  • Love is in the air...

    Forget flowers. This year for Valentine’s Day we want a shiny new set of FROGTools™! Specially engineered for 3D foam carving, these milling bits definitely get our heart racing! ...

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  • What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? Intelligent Shop Planning and Business Growth

    Planning for Success

    As outlined above, there are many factors that determine the best shop size for a given CNC fabrication company. However, and this cannot be emphasized enough, each factor is predicated on the presumption of solid business planning. Therefore, before committing to any shop it is vital that you have assessed and identified these factors, so that you can apply this knowledge to your specific business plan. Know Your Market: What is the potential for growth in...

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  • What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? Intelligent Shop Planning and Business Growth

    Reconceptualising the 'Shop' As a Physical Space

    Build Outsourcing Support: For businesses that already have an established market and can better predict their project flow, shop size can range anywhere between 15,000-45,000 ft2. The range is large because each business will have a unique set of needs based on their specialization and production style. Eventually, somewhere between 25,000 and 45,000 ft2 it becomes more economical to turn to outsourcing rather than to increase shop size. Therefore, developing a stable of reliable subcontractors...

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  • What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? Intelligent Shop Planning and Business Growth

    Managing Shop Space the Smart Way

    Determining optimal shop size for CNC fabrication equipment is a complicated issue that requires careful thought. While it is easy to measure equipment, shop size is more about production goals than it is about machinery footprints. Depending on your business, your contacts and your cash flow, the size of shop that works best will differ. Managing Shop Space the Smart Way Plan for Potential: For new companies it can be quite tempting to secure the smallest shop...

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  • Estimating Project Times: Some Considerations

    FINISHING TOUCHES AND STAFF SKILL

    The complexity required for finishing a piece will also impact production time. If a project needs to be smooth-finished (compared to a pebbled finish) this will take more time because the coating needs to be sanded smooth. Likewise, protective coating needs can be as basic or as complex as a project requires.  At the finishing level, and indeed for the project as a whole, staff skill will also play a significant role. At each stage...

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  • Estimating Project Times: Some Considerations

    MATERIALS AND STRUCTURAL REQUIREMENTS

    Materials factor into time requirements because denser materials take longer to mill or cut. Maximum cutting speeds for 3D CNC routers pertain to light density materials such as foam. If you were to use wood or resin (for example), the time to mill these materials would be somewhat longer. Therefore, what material you need to use for a project will impact production times. Somewhat related to materials are structural support requirements. Depending on the size,...

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  • Estimating Project Times: Some Considerations

    MAKING A PROJECT MODEL

    Determining how long it takes to do a job depends on numerous features. Many of these times can be dramatically reduced using 3D CNC technology, but others will be specific to individual jobs and these you will have to anticipate. Training and experienced support will go a long way towards helping appropriately gauge time requirements on a project. MAKING A PROJECT MODEL Will you be using a physical model or virtual model? What will you be basing...

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  • Start the New Year Right!

    It’s a whole new year of possibilities. Want to learn more about getting 3D CNC technology working for your business? Check out the FROG3D® system! ...

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  • Dear Santa...

    Have you checked out the video of the new FROG360™ from Streamline Automation? Imagine getting one of these under the tree this year! ...

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  • New Technology Update: Is Combination CNC Equipment Right for You?

    Recognizing Production Demands

    Combination CNC equipment, such as FROG360™, refers to a single piece of equipment that can perform the full range of 3D CNC fabrication tasks (scanning, cutting, milling) usually divided between several different machines. Determining if such an equipment solution is the right fit for your business depends on a number of factors including budget, shop size, and production demands. Recognizing Production Demands Depending on your specific production needs you might find that a combination machine or a...

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  • New Technology Update: Is Combination CNC Equipment Right for You?

    Optimizing Equipment Footprint for Shop Size

    Combination CNC equipment, such as FROG360™, refers to a single piece of equipment that can perform the full range of 3D CNC fabrication tasks (scanning, cutting, milling) usually divided between several different machines. Determining if such an equipment solution is the right fit for your business depends on a number of factors including budget, shop size, and production demands. Optimizing Equipment Footprint for Shop Size Because combination 3D CNC fabrication technology like the FROG360™ is a single...

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  • New Technology Update: Is Combination CNC Equipment Right for You?

    Balancing Budget and Business Growth

    Combination CNC equipment, such as FROG360™, refers to a single piece of equipment that can perform the full range of 3D CNC fabrication tasks (scanning, cutting, milling) usually divided between several different machines. Determining if such an equipment solution is the right fit for your business depends on a number of factors including budget, shop size, and production demands. Balancing Budget and Business Growth Combination CNC equipment comes in at a substantially lower price point than a...

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  • 3D Foam Carving and Commercial Signage

    Installation Considerations

    When planning for the installation of a 3D sign within a commercial space there are a few considerations that will help facilitate the process. To start, determine sign visibility and sightlines during the design component. How is the sign going to be viewed? The height and angle of intended signage space will impact how the sign should be carved. For example, details on the sign might need to be exaggerated or enhanced in order to...

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  • 3D Foam Carving and Commercial Signage

    Fabrication Options

    When it comes to 3D signage it is important to note the difference between 3D letters and a fully 3D sign. 3D lettering is a great way to add a punch of wow to a commercial sign. Generally quick and easy to make, 3D letters can be cut from foam blocks using a hotwire foam cutter or they can be carved using a 3D CNC router. A 3D sign will almost always utilize 3D letters...

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  • Into the wilds...

    One retailer that has fully embraced the power of 3D signage is Bass Pro Shops. With a combination of 3D signs and 3D themed environments, the chain has created a store that draws in consumers looking to experience what everybody else is talking about. Seems like smart marketing to us! ...

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  • 3D Foam Carving and Commercial Signage

    Why Chose 3D for Commercial Signage?

    Going 3D with commercial signage is a simple and effective means of substantially increasing impact and draw for consumers. Unlike the traditional signage that inundates commercial spaces, 3D signage presents a new and novel means of attracting attention and generating interest. Thanks to this heightened visibility, 3D signage is proving to be the smart choice for businesses and commercial complexes seeking to maximize their advertising potential. Essentially, a 3D sign can transform a static advertising...

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  • Smell you later?

    Have you heard about the highly controversial scented billboard that was erected in North Carolina? An ad for the Bloom grocery chain, the 3D billboard, which depicts a piece of steak on a fork, is designed to emit the smell of grilled beef using scented chemicals and fans. While it was meet with horror by many people (after all- who really wants to have to commute past a smelly billboard) we have to give it...

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