We do a lot of lifesize people cutouts for things like trade shows. We did this one for our good customer Peak Structural. They used it to show a celebrity endorser of their product without having to bring him to the show!
Generally, all we need is a good digital picture to give you a good looking lifesize people cutout. These days, your smart phone is taking a 12 megapixel image, which is plenty to get good results, as long as the photo is sharp and reasonably fills the screen.
Of course, you have to be careful that things fit reasonably within the 36×72″ envelope that we can ship. People cutouts with a hockey stick extended, for instance, are not a terribly good idea.
We printed these handsome museum graphics for the Maine Historical Society in Portland. I think it’s an interesting mix of flatbed printed wall boards, photos, and wall covering printed on our wallboard vinyl. The presentation is awesome!
We are using our flatbed UV printers for printing boards for displays like this. Since we print directly on the board, it’s fast and economical. The inks are durable and good for 3-5 years in sunlight. It’s a great solution for projects like this.
Photo and exhibit design by Proun Design of Somerville, MA.
Molding Around a Canvas Print
Here’s a large canvas print displayed in a home in Florida. Our customer put the canvas on the wall, and then installed molding around it, giving it the look of a frame without going through all the trouble of actually framing it.
We do a lot of very large canvas prints, and once you get above 3×4′ in size, you really don’t want to try to ship them on stretcher bars. Fedex will hit you with big oversize charges, and the chance of shipping damage increases. Above 4×4′ sizes, Fedex won’t take them at all.
So, we recommend that we ship large canvas prints to you rolled up, and you have them stretched locally (or do it yourself). That seems to work pretty well for people.
Just remember, if you take your large canvas print to a framing shop to be stretched, you need to get it into your vehicle once it’s done! My thinking has always been to assemble the stretcher bars in the room where you’ll display it, and stretch the canvas right there. If needed, find a framing shop that will make a house call!
We did the inserts for this sign holder, and it’s a great way to move people between rooms at the museum. These days we print with our UV flatbed machines directly onto foamcore, gatorboard, Sintra, and other flat materials.
Flatbed printing gives us great looking prints in a single manufacturing step. That saves cost and gets your job done in a hurry.
This sign holder takes two 22×28″ flatbed prints. That’s a very common size, and something we can normally turn around in a day or two. When you get into a large meeting, we can print 50 or more meeting signs very quickly. And they look great!
Give your next meeting a professional look with our flatbed printed meeting signs.
Wall Mural Advertising
Here’s a wall mural we did recently that advertises a NH attraction at the big fuel and food (and bathroom!) rest area in Hookset. People on their way north are told about the fun things they can do on their vacation, in this case taking the Cog Railway to the top of Mt. Washington.
There are a number of wall murals in the rest area, and the owners tell us that it’s good revenue to the rest area, and good advertising for the tourist businesses.
If you think about it, a wall mural is a great way to advertise in this kind of venue, and they are taking full advantage!
Machine Bolt Template
We’ve been printing mylar patterns for machine bolt templates for some time now. Mylar works great for this application because it doesn’t stretch or tear easily. It’s a “frosty” clear material, and you can see through to the layer below when aligning panels. You can also see marks on the floor through the material.
We often print machine bolt templates in several strips, which the customer lines up with marks we print in the overlap areas. That allows us to make machine bolt templates of just about any size.
We carry mylar in 36 and 54 inch widths, and can generally turn your machine bolt template around in a few days.
We can print to +/- 1/8″ in 15 feet, and for a little extra money, even tighter accuracy.
Typically, customers send us an Autocad file and we take it from there.
Here are three foamcore mounted photo enlargement prints used in a museum display. Our customer put them on the wall with Exhibition Wall Pins.
If they are going to be up for a long time, we recommend using our display board instead of foamcore, since foamcore tends to bend with changes in humidity. For short term museum displays, foamcore is a less expensive alternative.
Nowadays, we print directly on the foamcore board with our UV printers. That makes it a one step process, and gives you something that is durable and attractive. We can usually turn them around in a day.
When you want to put something on the wall that demands attention, give us a call!