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Product Line 2 - Three-Dimensional (3-D) Carved (Bas-Relief) High-Density-Urethane (HDU) Signs & Plaques

Welcome to our photo Gallery 3 showing examples of our carved  Three-Dimensional (3-D) High-Density-Urethane (HDU) signs & plaques. Our 3-D HDU signs are our premium dimensional signs with true 3-D bas-relief (curved surfaces) carving. They are elegant and add interest to any sign or plaque, as the 200 photos in this Gallery show. About 20% of the signs and plaques we sell are 3-D HDU signs or wall plaques.

We have over 1200 photos of signs of this type of sign or plaque shown in other application photo Galleries on this website. They are most in demand for government seal wall plaques (Gallery 7 and Galleries 30-35) , where the entire plaque is carved in 3-D. However,  many clients also wish to have carved 3-D trees & flowers, domestic animals, wildlife,  fish,  birds, etc.  mounted on their 2.5-D signs. We have 45 photo galleries of various applications that show some elements of 3-D carvings such  scales of justice on attorney signs, sea-life on beach-house signs, horses on equestrian signs, flowers and trees on home address signs, etc.). These appliques, which are mounted on 2.5-D signs,  are much less expensive  (typically $25 to $75 additional cost) than full 3-D signs or plaques. Many examples of these are shown in the Gallery 3 below.

You can visit these and other photo Galleries by clicking on the numbered gray boxes in the lower left margin of this page. You might also wish to visit photo Gallery 1 (shows Product Line 1, 2.5-D flat relief carved and sandblasted signs), which are about 10-15% less expensive than 3-D signs & plaques but are also interesting and beautiful. If you like wood signs, please visit Gallery 3, which shows examples of our natural, stained and painted wood signs in Product Line 3. You can visit these by clicking on the underlined links above or on a numbered gray box in the lower left margin.

 Carved HDU Signs ArtSignWorks

Custom Carved 3-D Sculptured Bas-Relief High-Density-Urethane (HDU) Signs & Plaques

The hand-crafted three-dimensional signs & plaques shown above are designed by our creative graphic artists and then carved with a precision computer-controlled router, hand-finished, sand-blasted, and artist-brush painted by one of our expert craftsmen. We show 160 carved 3-D signs & plaques in this Gallery 2, and over 1200 more in our 35 Application galleries

The signs and wall plaques in this photo Gallery 2 have styles that range from formal and elegant to commercial to rustic. Many of our original and creative 3-D designs are true works of art. After all, we are "Art SignWorks". If you are looking for a specific application for a sign or plaque (e.g., lawyer, CPA, business, residence, vacation home, park, golf course, church, ranch, restaurant, pub, government seal, military crest, college, etc) you can click on one of our Application Galleries in the numbered gray boxes in the lower left margin. You can go to our Photo Gallery Overview page for a complete index of these applications. Our 3-D HDU signs are shown interspersed with signs & plaques in Product Lines 2 through 8 in all application Galleries from Gallery 9 to Gallery 35. Please click on a numbered gray box in the lower left margin to visit an Application Gallery.

OUR HDU SIGNS HAVE LONG LIFE AND MINIMAL MAINTENANCE.  We use the very best materials and manufacturing processes to create signs which have a very long life (20+ years) and require very little maintenance. We provide a warranty of 2 years, and we expect our HDU signs to last for several decades. We carve our HDU signs and plaques out of premium ultra High-Density-Urethane (HDU) Precision Board Plus sheets  made by Coastal Enterprises, in Orange, CA. We use 20 lb/ft3 HDU for all our signs & plaques, which is 30% denser and stronger than the 15 lb/ft3 HDU used by other sign manufacturing companies. Our signs carve cleaner, last longer, and are less susceptible to impact damage than HDU signs made by other companies. We use exclusively Ultra Low VOC  Matthews automotive-type 2-part polyurethane acrylic paint and clear-coats ,  which  are UV and graffitti resistance, so there is very little fading when the sign is exposed to direct sunlight, and graffiti can usually be cleaned off with acetone. Matthews paints cost $200/gallon, compared to house paints which cost $30/gallon that most other sign companies use. Matthews MAP will last  20 years or more before repainting.We use 1-Shot Low  VOC Oil-Based High Gloss Lettering Enamels for text and artwork. 1Shot is simply the best (and most expensive) lettering enamel in the world. It costs $250/gallon.

OUR PRODUCTS ARE  ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY.  We are a "green" company. Our  Precision Board Plus HDU is made out of special eco-friendly components, including state-of-the-art ‘green urethane’ formulations.The new Plus formulation has achieved a certified “Carbon Balance” of 3 to 1 and a “Rapidly Renewable resource Content” of 23.9%. We use environmentally friendly primers, topcoats and clear-coats. Matthews Ultra Low VOC polyurethane acrylic paints and clear-coats limit VOC to less than 50 g/L while providing greater durability, gloss retention and hiding than standard acrylic polyurethane paints provide.We also use a Low VOC version of 1-Shot sign enamel for painting text, borders and artwork. All our manufacturing and painting processes are Green, with minimal air pollution, because we  our dust collectors, paint spray booths, and fully-enclosed and recyclable sandblast booths cause extremely little air pollution and carbon emissions.. 

PRICES. Our custom designed smaller 3-D signs, 18 inches to 24 inches wide, have retail prices that range $150 to $350. Medium size single-face signs, from 24 inches to 48 inches wide, have retail prices from $300 to $900 and up. Large signs, from 48 inches to 96 inches, have retail prices from $800 to $2000 and up. Our sign prices depend primarily on sign area, whether they are single or double-faced, their design detail and complexity (e.g., depth of carving, complexity and fine detail, number of paint colors and amount of hand-painting, and any special features (e.g., steel reinforcements and frames, overlays, gold leaf, etc.). These prices do not include posts or support structures, which we sell separately. There is a nominal $30 design fee, which goes towards the price of the sign if you order it, so the design is basically free, if you use any of our stock 2000 stock 3-D images for artwork. However, if you want us to develop a new 3-D computer model for an object not in our library (i.e., not shown on our website) or not available from commercial 3-D modelling companies such as Vector Art 3D (www.vectorart3d.com), there is a one-time custom modelling fee that ranges from $75 for simple objects to over $500 for large  3-D plaques with complex scenes, objects and people, etc. For duplicates of the same plaque or sign, this 3-D design fee is only charged once. We can design and carve almost any 3-D bas-relief person, animal, object or scene. More detailed information on sign retail prices, along with their design features, are described on the Price, Size, and Design Features page.

CONTACT US. Please call or email us for a price quote on a specific sign or plaque. We will work with you to design and build the exact sign or plaque you want. Our knowledgeable and helpful Customer Service Representatives, Christie and Regina, will respond to your request promptly. Call us at 951-698-8484 or email us at info@artsignworks.com. Or, you can fill out and submit our on-line Request an Estimate Form. We would like very much to make your sign or plaque, and we are confident that you will be pleased with it. We take great pride in every sign or plaque we make for our valued clients.

NAVIGATION. Please move the slider on the scroll bar on right edge of the window to see the photos at the bottom of this page. Please click on a Photo below to enlarge it and get more detailed information. After you expand a photo, to return to this Gallery page, click on your back browser button or "Return to List" at the bottom right of the sign. To go to a different photo Gallery, you can click on a numbered light gray box in the bottom left margin. Other web pages (e,g, requesting a design, an estimate, or a quote) can be viewed by clicking on a gray box in the upper left margin. Other web pages, including our Home Page, can be visited by clicking on dark gray tabs at the top of the page in the header.

These signs and plaques have  3-D hand-carved and/or machine-carved art and sometimes beveled or V-carved  text , in contrast to  2.5-D (flat or outline relief) carved and sandblasted HDU signs (as in Product Line 1).They are more expensive (10 % to 30%) than the simpler carved signs in Product Line 1, but they are more interesting and elegant. These signs and plaques are suitable for residences, estates, businesses, and organizations where dramatic and detailed signs will attract attention while giving the impression of quality and class. The artwork is more elaborate and will be hand-carved or CNC machine carved. The artwork is CNC carved to give a bas-relief sculptured look (e.g., rounded or intricately carved raised surfaces rather than flat raised surfaces). It is then hand-carved, hand-sanded, and hand-painted with artist brushes or air-brushed using 1-Shot oil enamels. We can also apply 24K gold, silver or copper leaf to gild letters, borders or artwork, or we can bronze, bras or steel coat some or all of the sign or plaque. We have a computer library of over 2000 "off-the-shelf" 3-D art carvings of all types, and adding these beautiful appliques or engravings to your sign costs $50 to $100 (depending on size) in addition to the basic sign. We can also make V-carved or prismatic engraved letters or beveled or dual-level raised letters with outlines. We can work from a computer file, or a photo,or a sketch you supply, or we can create a new design for you. Also included in this category are cut-out letters of art appliques (usually made from HDU) mounted on a HDU or wood substrate, sometimes with steel standoffs. These type of signs can range from the fairly simple to complex and elaborate.These are only some of the examples out of many thousands of possible design (colors, font styles, artwork) combinations. We will design you a custom sign design at no additional cost. Refer to ID number on each photo (e.g. M2307) if you want your sign to be similar to one or more signs shown in the galleries.