Full Frame Signs and Scenic Art of Toronto installed the first Kongsberg V table in Ontario to create a range of items that appear on screen for the company’s film-industry clients, as well as materials for their business clients.
Sean Vizsy, Full Frame Signs’ Executive Director, has catered to the film industry since developing a relationship with Cinespace Film Studios, and is now located in two of Cinespace Film’s properties at the East and West Ends of Toronto. Full Frame Signs’ headquarters are located with their sister company, The Custom Apparel Shoppe, in Paris, Ontario.
Full Frame products used on screen range from taxi-cab decals to coffee shop store fronts and from background posters to flooring. “Unfortunately, until recently we were basically cutting everything by hand and were very limited to the designs we could offer. They could only be square cut. We would try using a belt sander to get rounded corners, but they are tough because it adds to the risk of introducing imperfections to the product,” said Vizsy. “We were also limited to the materials we could work with. We didn’t even bother with MDF or Dibond. We stuck with substrates that could be knife cut.”
Esko launched the Kongsberg V cutting table in May 2014. The system designed for sign-and-display work is based on a MultiCUT tool head for cutting and routing. The MultiCUT has various insert options with an air-cooled milling spindle of up to 45,000 rpm, suitable for acrylics and other synthetics.
“We were looking for a table that could accelerate file setup, and do so easily—a table on which we could train someone in hours, not weeks, and which did not require advanced CNC software experience to program files. It’s difficult to find a graphic designer who can also program a CNC machine,” said Viszy. “The Kongsberg table set-up is simplistic for super things. Using Esko i-cut Layout, we can step and repeat a number of pieces. The best part is that the interface feels and acts like Adobe Illustrator, because it’s a plug-in for Illustrator.”
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