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Why do some of your signs have dark edges?

Some of our signs have dark edges from the laser cutting process. A beam of intense infrared energy is focused onto the material, vaporizing it instantly and leaving a slightly scorched edge. Cool, huh?

Quantopian White Wood Sign

Quantopian White Wood Sign

Our machine is the happiest cutting 1/4″ wood, so we cut parts out in multiple layers and precisely glue them together to build up any thickness you’d like. Our standard thickness is 3/4″, but we have made parts over 3″ thick.

Here’s a video of our laser cutting wood parts both in real time and sped up. The energy beam passes completely through the wood, and a small air pump helps to push the smoke and hot gasses out the backside. We sand and seal every piece before creating a sign part, so no smoke or burning residue remains on the front.

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The darkened edges are matte, and actually do an excellent job of visually blending the layers together. They also create a drop shadow effect that helps make your wood sign very legible on any color wall.

It is worth noting that painting the edges a light color can highlight the layering effect.

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