The HP FB500 Flatbed Printer allows us to print custom artwork on a variety of materials of varying thicknesses. Some of the most interesting pieces have been custom wood signs Spokane. We can print almost any size wood material, either raw or finished. We can print to customer supplied materials as long as they’re flat, or we can supply the wood.
One wood sign project was for several lot signs. We started with half inch thick MDO and router-cut the pieces to shape. The signs had a straight bottom edge and a curved top. After we edge-sealed and painted each piece, the custom wood signs were ready for printing. They were loaded bottom first to get the alignment just right and were run two at a time.
For another project, we printed individual cedar blocks of wood. They were approximately 9.5” x 5” and 1/2” thick. The FB500 can print on rigid material up to 2.5 inches thick. When the material is set on the flatbed, the printer head height automatically adjusts according to the thickness of the material it senses. However, if there are small pieces being fed through, the material might not line up with the sensors, resulting in misgauging. Running a piece of material through the printer despite an incorrect setting will damage the printer heads and ruin the sign. If there is ever a misreading on the material thickness, we must override it.
It’s most cost-effective to order custom wood signs Spokane in bulk when using this technique as it takes time and care to get everything set up properly. For the above mentioned projects, we ran 56 MDO lot signs at one time and 100 cedar signs in the first run.
We can also print large single pieces of raw or finished wood. Recently, we printed a sheet of raw plywood. The customer wanted an aged, vintage look for her store sign. Because we were working with unfinished plywood, the inks were absorbed right into the wood, giving the faded vintage look the customer wanted.
Signs for Success is a locally owned family business in Spokane, and we strive for excellent customer service, perfect color, and quick turnaround on every project. Our large production facility allows us to design, print and install everything in-house. Get quality service and a quick turnaround on custom wood signs Spokane; contact us for a free quote today!