Impact 3D Signs

A single built up letter created by Impact 3D Signs

Impact 3D Signs in Tyne and Wear, also specialise in supplying the sign trade with built up 3D lettering in acrylic; 316 marine grade stainless steel and brass and powder coated aluminium.

A notable job they are working on is making signs for a company who supply the oil industries. Some of the lettering is 2m tall and 250mm deep with removable rim faces and internal LEDs. A different kind of job is supplying mild steel built up letters with a recessed face and holes in for the client to add his own cabochon bulbs, which give it a fairground look.

Again service is vital to their business and they attribute their success to the core group of dedicated metal letter makers, some who have been with the company from the outset, 20 years ago. Kevin Washbourne from Impact 3D Signs says this enables them to fit rush jobs in as well as process their regular work. A sign of their craftsmen's skill is 'kiss cutting' the corners on a small serif typefaces to achieve a crisp corner.

Speaking about channel letter bending machines, Kevin said: "We have and are still considering a channel letter bending machine. We looked at importing one from China but feel these are still in their infancy and are not really suited to small one off letter work.

"We feel that the production of built up metal letters will lend itself to the automated system but we will still have our craftsmen to hand to do small runs that would be quicker than having to programme the machine."


Aspire - A new dimension in 3D CNC routing & engraving

Aspire - Screen shot Specialist CNC Routing and Engraving software developer Vectric Ltd, the creators of VCarve Pro, PhotoVCarve, Cut3D & Cut2D, are very pleased to announce the launch of Aspire, a totally new CNC Software for Dimensional Sign Making, Engraving and Wood Carving.

Aspire is the easiest way to convert 2D drawings and designs into high quality 3D relief and CNC toolpaths. Aspire's new 3D component construction tools make it quick and easy to create your own 3D shapes from drawings and sketches and to work with existing 3D CAD and Clipart models.

Aspire is perfect for designing and machining 3D projects such as 3D signs, bespoke company logos, carved decorative panels and doors, swept flourishes and appliqués, custom millwork, architectural mouldings, jewellery pieces, custom gifts and awards. Plus many more 3D CNC machined applications.

Based on the world class VCarve Pro design and toolpath engine Aspire uses the same logical and easy-to-use interface, that makes it quick and easy to convert 2D sketches, photographs, drawings and graphic designs into high quality 3D products.

The new interactive modelling engine makes it very easy to build, resize, move and rotate 3D elements in a design at any time, plus change the material properties to create realistic 3D previews.

The powerful 3D Sculpting and Blending tools provide total flexibility when modifying designs. Models can be manipulated like a piece of virtual clay to smooth out edges and discontinuities, as well as to add extra detail, all helping to create that authentic 'hand carved' look for your models. Interactively modify 3D designs using the sculpting tools with control over brush size and strength, plus options to Smooth, Smudge Deposit, Remove, Erase with options to raise, lower or blend the changes.

Example of a sign made with Aspire

Vectric understand the importance of high quality training materials and the Aspire installation DVD includes over 6 hours of real world project based video tutorials, covering all aspects of using the program.

The videos are accompanied by the files used in the tutorials and PDF documents to allow users to work through the training materials at their own pace.

Aspire is supplied with 50 Free high quality professionally designed 3D clipart models from the Vector Art 3D collection, that would cost over £650 if purchased separately. Aspire also imports industry standard 3D mesh files from other CAD software such as: Rhino, SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Silo, MOI etc. STL, 3D DXF, OBJ, 3Ds, VRML and these can be combined with other shapes and models to produce high quality projects.

Aspire's fast and efficient 3D roughing toolpaths remove unwanted stock material as quickly as possible, with cutting strategy options for Z Level or 3D Raster cutting. 3D Finish cutting toolpath options in Aspire ensure each job is cut exactly to size with control over the surface quality and general cutting parameters. Detailed regions on a design can be machined selectively using smaller cutters to ensure the finest of detail on a 3D project is accurately machined.

Aspire instantly converts Image files and photographs: colour and black and white image files - BMP, JPG, TIF, GIF into stunning 3D surface textures, that can be applied to 3D models and machined.

All of the precision drawing, layout and CNC production machining tools developed for VCarve Pro is included, making it easy to design and machine complete projects in a single software package.

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Visit the Vectric web site - - and download the Free Trial version of Aspire and see for yourself how quickly 3D signage can be designed using the software. Aspire is being launched at the Introductory price of $995 until the end of January 2009.

For more details about purchasing or upgrading to Aspire please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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