Quint Creative Signs in Piqua, Ohio specializes in designing and fabricating custom dimensional signage. Brian Quinter started up the business part-time on his own back in 2000 before moving into it full-time in 2004. Today the four-person shop crafts stunning custom signs made from Coastal Enterprises Precision Board™ high-density urethane (HDU) that are setting their clients apart from others.
Quint Creative Signs是一家位于俄亥俄州，专门从事标识设计和制作的公司。2000年，布莱恩•昆特利用业余时间进行创业，2004年，他开始全职创业。到今天，昆特团队已经制作出了很多令人眼前一亮的标识，这些标识由高密度聚氨酯(HDU)这种材料制成。
At the beginning of these projects, Quinter will often meet with clients on-site while he surveys the surroundings and takes pictures. These photos help him create mock-ups. He works up these images in CorelDRAW, edits them in Corel Photo-Paint, and exports the bitmap vector artwork into Vectric Aspire where he further turns the artwork into a 3D sign appearance.
在最开始的时候，昆特会在标识安装现场与客户见面，观察周围的环境并拍照。然后利用这些照片，在CorelDRAW这个软件中创建图像，在Corel Photo-Paint软件进行编辑，并将位图和矢量图导出到Vectric Aspire软件中，在那里他将进一步把这些图像转换为3D图案。
“Vectric Aspire allows us to experiment with different textures and 3D element for the signs. We can preview the sign and are able to spin it around and view it from any angle,” says Quinter, noting that he shares this file with his customers for further modifications and approval (either through face-to-face discussions or electronic means).
The shop’s motto is that if they can design it, then they can machine it with HDU. They use a 0.25-inch ball nose bit on their AXYZ CNC router when creating all the texture and 3D elements, and 0.1875-inch and 0.25-inch end mills for the rest. If there’s need for a beveled edge, they’ll employ a v-carve bit and toolpath. They rarely have any need for sanding or finishing after carving.
Quint Creative Signs typically uses Sherwin-Williams DTM and Resilience paints, however, they also love Nova Color. “Most of their colors are very opaque, and there are very few coats you need to apply,” says Quinter. “For example, if you have a painted black background and need to paint white letters, you can do so with Nova Color in just two coats.”
昆特团队最常用的是Sherwin-Williams公司的DTM涂料和Resilience paints涂料，除此之外，他们也喜欢Nova Color涂料。昆特说：“因为这些涂料大部分的颜色都不是很透明，所以只需要很少的涂层即可。”“例如，如果你有一个黑色的背景，需要绘制白色的字母，你仅仅需要涂抹两层Nova Color就可以。”
They use Sherwin-Williams primer on all their signs. “Primer makes the paint work look much nicer,” says Quinter.
The shop has a separate room where they spray the primer and the main base color onto their signs. After twenty-four hours of dry time, they’ll move it to another room to paint the signs by hand.
Three recent projects demonstrate the creativity Quint Creative Signs employs using Precision Board:
Royal Pointe HMO.
Quinter router-carved a brand-new HDU identity sign for a home owners association community in Beavercreek, Ohio.
The HMO asked Select Signs of Dayton, Ohio to replace a vinyl-covered Dibond® sign they’d been using on their front gate. Sunlight had deteriorated it over the course of just a few years, and the owners wanted something more high-end that would better match their buildings. “They wanted something more durable they wouldn’t have to worry about over the next fifteen to twenty years,” says Quinter.
His shop got involved after being asked by Select Signs to build it from their design. In fact, they have been doing wholesale work for Select Signs for about four years now.
Quinter is really excited to acquire more wholesale work nowadays. “This allows us to concentrate on making signs, which is what we love doing,” he says. “There’s a lot less legwork involved with trying to secure permits and performing installs.”
Select Signs supplied them the vector design, which featured numerous fleur-de-lis patterns throughout. Quinter turned the vector image into a toolpath image carved out on an AXYZ router. The company hand-painted the gold and lighter red flourishes on the sign.
Because the sign was going to be attached to an iron fence, Quint Creative Graphics created custom metal brackets for this sign as well. “We used aluminum angle stock and attached it to the sign with bolts,” says Quinter. “The head of the bolts are hidden under the letters.”
For larger signs lifted up onto a building, they’ll typically screw and bond two-by-fours onto the back sides and make a French cleat out of the top two-by-four. “All we have to do is mount and level our French cleat to the wall, lift the sign, and lay it into place,” says Quinter. “We then hide a few screws in the bottom corners of the sign to pin it down so wind can’t lift it off.
“Any way we go at it, we always hide the fasteners.”
Piqua High School Memorial Garden.
School officials contacted Quinter, inquiring about a sign for their new Memorial Garden in front of their campus. This garden represents every student who passed away before graduating from the school. Their names and would-be graduation dates are etched into the brick walkway.
However the previous Memorial Garden had long been neglected and wasn’t getting noticed. Thanks to an influx of grant money, administrators decided it was time to develop a new garden with a more noticeable new sign. “They wanted the sign to be classy yet still fit within the theme of the school,” says Quinter, explaining that his shop designed this sign from scratch after receiving input from the school. “The Indian head is the school’s logo.”