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Major Material, Equipment and Software Suppliers and their Websites

The companies listed below are our major suppliers for materials, machines and software. We use only the highest quality suppliers and their premier products. Click on the underlined titles to go to their website, to read more about these exceptional companies and their products..

  • Coastal Enterprises, in nearby Orange, is the manufacturer of Precision Board Plus High Density Urethane (HDU). Art SignWorks, Inc uses Precision Board for all its dimensional HDU signs. Since 1973 Coastal Enterprises has been an innovator and leading manufacturer of urethane products used for dimensional signage, model making, marine applications and a variety of tooling applications. Precision Board Plus High Density Urethane (PBLT) is a “closed cell” rigid polyurethane product made specifically for applications of up to 200° F continuous exposure. PBLT High Density Urethane is available in a wide range of standard sheet sizes and standard densities (we use 20 lb/ft3 and 30 lb/ft3) and can be cut or bonded into a variety of shapes for final machining or shaping.. We use it because its high quality and ease of carving and shaping.It is environmentally friendly, lasts up to 10 times longer than wood, and has a Closed Cell Structure so that it will not absorb any substance.It will not crack, rot or peel.Precision Board is easily cut or machined with standard HSS cutting tools, and meets flammability burn test requirements of ASTM D-1692-74, Far 25.853, Mil-P-26514 & ASTM D635

  • Frost Hardwood Company, in San Diego,, is the supplier for most of our hardwood lumber for our wood signs, including Mahogany, Maple, Red Oak, Cherry, and Black Walnut. Frost Hardwood Lumber Co, with a century in the lumber business, is dedicated to providing quality wood and related products to the woodworking industry. Frost Hardwood is our number one choice for fine quality wood products.

  • Art SignWorks uses Matthews topcoats, clearcoats and primers for most of our signs. For topcoats, we use MAP-LV (Matthews Acrylic Polyurethane Ultra Low VOC) paints which are designed to meet the most stringent VOC regulations while retaining the color range of our conventional product. In addition, this flexible high-solids, chemically cross-linked coating offers exceptional outdoor durability, UV and chemical resistance, and great impact, mar and abrasion resistance. We use Matthews Acrylic Polyurethane Ultra Low VOC (MAP-LV®) MAP-LVC228 Satin Clear top clearcoat , which is produced from the technology that makes colors unparalleled in their resistance to the elements.MAP-LVC228 Ultra Low VOC Satin Clear is formulated with a UV screening package that ensures protection of the color and substrate underneath.MAP-LVC228 Ultra Low VOC Satin Clear is designed for topcoat applications to protect color coated signage components, vinyl graphics and to highlight architectural metals.

  • ArtSignWorks usually uses 1-Shot lettering enamels for text , borders and artwork. these brilliantly-colored enamels are UV resistant. These are qualities that sign painters and graphic arts professionals have come to expect from 1 Shot and Chromatic paint products for 60 years.

  • We use ShopBot PRSalpha CNC routers. These are is heavily used and proven professional CNC routers. With rapid transit speeds of 1,500 inches per minute and cutting speeds of up to 600 inches per minute, PRSalpha CNC tools provide full production performance with ShopBot's orientation to ease of use, configurability and affordability. Where production speed is important, a PRSalpha provides it. These ShopBot CNCs utilize the advanced technology of Vexta alphaStep motors, hybrids with the quick motion and speed advantages of stepper motors and the feedback advantages of servos - providing high-performance CNC cutting, drilling, carving and machining. Art SignWorks has a 5x10 ft Table PRS alpha CNC Router with an Automatic Tool Changer (ATC), and also a 5 x 8 ft PRS Alpha, plus two smaller table-top CNC routers.

  • ArtSignWorks uses Adobe illustrator Creative Cloud (newer version than CS6) to develop all our 2D and 2,5D sign and plaque designs.. We use it to prepare sign designs, proofs, and as an input into our CADAM (computer aide Design and Manufacturing) software, which drives our CNN routers, vinyl cutters, plama jet cutters, engraver, and waterjet cutter. We also use it as an interface to ASPIRE., our 3D modeling software. We can create distinctive designs for any project using Illustrator., This software provides precision, power, accuracy, and great flexibility.

  • Aspire is a totally new 3D relief modeling and machining software for CNC routing and engraving projects such as carving decorative ornate panels and dimensional signage, bespoke company logos, and custom gifts and awards. Aspire's unique 3D component construction tools make it easy to work with existing 3D models and to design your own 3D shapes. Aspire is based on the world class VCarve Pro design and toolpath engine and uses the same logical and easy-to-use interface.
    With Aspire, users can quickly and easily convert 2D sketches, photographs, drawings and graphic designs into unique high quality 3D carvings and designs. artSignWorks uses Aspire for 3D and 2.5D modelling and routing.

  • Dimensional (3D) Clip Art for CNC Routing and Engraving, ArtSignWorks uses Vector 3D ClipArt, both "off the shelf" and custom, for many of our 3D models shown in our Product and Application galleries.