Live Engraving at World of Concrete

Prior to World of Concrete 2019, RedArt Technologies launched a social share contest along with our partners, Universal Polishing Systems.  They gave us a space in their booth in exchange for an engraving Henry did of their logo prior to the show. Working with other manufacturers in the decorative concrete space is important. Stronger together with good companies helps the whole community.

The campaign was simple. We wanted to encourage CNC PRO fans to like, react and share a post to spread the word. The word was that RedArt Technologies was going to be doing a live engraving in the Silver Lots. The response was amazing. The organic reach was international.

Henry Ashworth at WOC2019, the CNC PRO booth was in the South Hall

The winner: Daniel Lynch. He is an amazing decorative concrete artesian that teaches, handles amazing jobs and volunteers his amazing skills. He is balancing more than one company between being a distributor of products with his company Ashley Concrete Products while his other company represents his contractor role at Dan Lynch Concrete Floors. He has passion in everything he does include his non-profit work with St. Jude he does every year.

The key to the LIVE engraving is showing we can engrave on the spot with little notice. That morning we received the design from Dan from his Ashley Concrete company. We received it in Jpeg. From there RedArt Technologies founder Henry Ashworth programmed it into his laptop. He transformed it into vector images that worked well in creating tool paths.

After that is was time to transport the CNC PRO from the end of the south hall at WOC to the Silver lots. The case we use for the CNC PRO conveniently has wheels. Henry wheeled it through the halls with no problems and even carried it up a set of stairs. The whole system (computer, rails, machine, and other parts) fits conveniently in the military case for safe transportation helping sure it is a fully portable engraving service.

Once in the Silver lots, a crowd gathered as Henry assembled the CNC PRO.

After the machine was assembled and the power connected, it was GO time. Henry explained the steps he had taken and about to take. This demonstrated the ease it was to get started. We cover this with training and our training videos. No stencils needed, no blast mats like blasting needed, just put it together and start engraving.

The crowd grew fast.

One thing to note, as the CNC PRO is engraving, Henry was able to walk around and talk with people. It shows that the machine is working and he is able to multi-task.

People had a lot of questions too. One good one was comparing the CNC PRO to their current sand-blasting work they do now. The explained how they need to buy blast mats, wear suits, and the ongoing cost and clean up. They quickly realized the convenience of the CNC PRO overcoming this. You don’t purchase one time mats or stencils. You don’t need to suit up. The dust control is much easier than silica or sand. The quick set up and transportation box was a huge hit.

Other questions people had was regarding what they got with the package. They loved the idea of the military grade box to help with transportation. They were happy to see the laptop with pre-loaded licensed software. Many people commented the training was a good idea and how RedArt Technologies offers it by the session, not the people attending, making it easier to train more people at no additional cost. Other big wins were the ability to use multiple types of files regarding the images imported making the programming super easy.

One of the biggest wins was how fast the demo was. The logo was completed in around 45 minutes. Saving time on engraving is a money maker. The winner, Daniel Lynch, was thrilled with the results.

RedArt Technologies also want to thank our partners that were part of the demo including Christi Tamayo of Select Surface Solutions, Michael and Jessica Wanco of Bolder Engraving and Dave Morris with Andrew Knopp from Universal Polishing Systems.

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World of Concrete: Engraving For Days

This is an exciting time of year as we are ramping up for World of Concrete. For those that might not know what that is, it is the largest concrete/masonry convention with more than 1,500 exhibiting companies and 58,000 registered industry professionals. They also have education seminars as well as certification classes. One of the fun things is the endless swag and the interesting demos you can watch. This convention is so large, they are set up in halls.

North Hall: Producer Center, Construction Technology, Precast and Concrete Masonry/Reinforcement

Central Hall: World of Masonry and Material Handling

South Hall: Decorative Concrete, Concrete Repair/Surfaces ** Where we will be

Silver Lots: Lots of Demos with coatings, pigments, and where we will hold a live demo

Bronze Lots: BIG machines and large equipment demos and skill challenges

This will be the third year in a row that RedArt Technologies is an exhibitor. We will be hanging towards the back of the South Hall, S13351. We like the South Hall as this is where a lot of the Decorative Concrete people are. However, we are also going to be doing demos in the Silver Lot this year. We are partnering with Universal Polishing Systems who has a booth in the Silver Lots: O40527. They are an amazing company with over 20 years’ experience in concrete. We are excited to be working with Dave and his team as we plan to do a live engraving of their logo on Wednesday (Jan 23) at 11am. From there they will do the polishing systems finish.

This year we have an amazing line up as we are bringing a couple of our top distributors to be apart of our booth. We will have Ralph Hansen from Endless Engraving, Michael Wanco from Bolder Engraving, and stopping by is Christi Tamayo from Select Surface Solutions.

Every year we bring something special to help people understand the vast opportunities the CNC PRO brings to engraving.  This year our founder Henry Ashworth has been working overtime bringing the WOW to the possibilities. Here is a preview of some of the projects:

We welcome everyone to stop by and say hi. In fact, we are also having an engraving give-away. On our Facebook, we have a “social challenge” for people to like, react or share for entries for a free engraving. We will include this blog post to that. Anyone that shares this blog post will get 5 entries to win a chance to see their company logo engraved at World of Concrete.

We will have a total of TWO live engravings happening at the Universal Polishing Systems booth, Silver Lots: O40527. The first one is on Wednesday at 11am where we will be engraving their logo. We want to show the consistent results the CNC PRO does as we will have one logo engraved ahead of time for Universal Polishing Systems demonstrations. The live demo will show the conveniences of a programme logo over using a stencil (hand engraves). The results will be consistent with the previous engraved logo at half the time of the alternatives. The second engraving will happen live on Thursday, January 24, at 11am. The second one is where we will engrave the winner’s logo from the social engagement challenge proving how fast and easy it from image to program and engrave.

We look forward to engaging with everyone. Be sure to stop in, ask questions, as our rock star team will be ready to help you understand all the benefits of the CNC PRO.

Blue Compass Rose

Some projects people do with the CNC PRO are jaw-dropping. This one from Michael Wanco of Bolder Engraving is amazing. He had an outstanding marbled blue epoxy floor, already stunning on its own, upgraded to an impressive compass rose. Outstanding work we just had to share.

Engraving Videohttps://www.facebook.com/bolderengraving/videos/787546654941183/

Here are the pictures of the process. The design is approximately 6ft in diameter making it quite the statement.

Setting up for the first tile

The CNC PRO can do any size engraving needed. The possibilities are done through a method called tiling. This is possible as the software creates the tiles with the image and helps the CNC PRO owner know where to move the machine on the floor to match the design.

Michael designed this piece in three tiles.

Bolder Engraving working on a compass rose design for their shop floor

Details of the engraving include using a new bit. Michael is using the new 1/4” bit (which is cutting the epoxy like butter) while floating the head. It is running approximately 1 inch per second. The program is running smooth.

Logo almost done from Bolder Engraving

In full disclosure, Michael Wanco is an authorized CNC PRO distributor as well as one of the top contractors for this work. He trains the people who purchase a CNC PRO with him. His work is always top rate just like his training.

Compass Rose completed by Bolder Engraving

This job is incredible. Bolder Engraving has more photos on their website: https://www.bolderengraving.com/

Be sure to meet him and the rest of the RedArt Technologies team at World of Concrete 2019. We are located in the South Hall: S13351

Engraving by Remote

As we move into 2019, we look forward to telling more stories of great engraving projects and share tips on the CNC PRO. We thought it would be great to start off with tech talk. We want to talk about the game changer, the remote. The remote is a great tool when working remote or even in your shop and you need to multi-task.

The first thing you should notice is there are two pieces. The remote itself and a piece that looks like a big thumb drive that is the USB wireless receiver called a USB dongle. You need to be sure to plug the receiver into the laptop we provide to ensure the remote communicates between the software and the engraver.

Make sure to plug in the
USB dongle

Here is a great list of interesting features:

  • Wireless operation, to bring you convenience and practicality of the operation.
  • All the buttons can be programmable.
  • Rich real-time display of large screen LCD.
  • Display include: machine status, run, pause, idle, step value.
  • Display X y Z axis workplace coordinate and x y z axis machine coordinate.
  • Show the feed rate and spindle speed.
  • Switching X-axis coordinate regulation.
  • Switching y-axis coordinate regulation.
  • Switching z-axis coordinate regulation.
  • Switch hand wheel guide.
  • Feed adjustment switch.
  • Speed control switch.

We created a “how to use” video to help CNC PRO owners understand how to use the remote and some of the great features we enjoy.

 As you will be able to see, this is a really great feature. You can really understand the convenience of pausing or making quick adjustments with the different axis. The feedback we have received from CNC PRO owners is that this tool is a game changer.

Our goal at RedArt Technologies is to provide top technology for you to land top jobs. Bringing technology to art helps you be more proficient. It also makes the jobs quicker while letting you multitask saving you time and money.

Oh, and YES, this is part of the CNC PRO package, not an upsell. We want to give you all the tools (including training) to ensure you have everything you need to get started fast.

“Rocking” Christmas

We hope everyone had a great holiday season. Even though we know it isn’t over yet, we wanted to share some HUGE success that is happening in the 2018 Christmas season, custom engraved boulders.

We had more than one CNC PRO owner busy this year doing custom jobs. It seemed boulders was one of the most requested projects.

Thought we would share some of the finished work.

We are very thankful when we see so many happy people engraving their way to success. We look forward to more projects in 2019.

Merry Christmas

We made a holiday video that we thought we would share on the blog as well. We highlight just a couple of the top projects made from fellow CNC PRO owner. We are stronger because of them.

Please click to see video

Special thanks to:

John Clark of Stamps Connection in Oregon. He has a deep passion for his community and raised money for the Ebetsu Touchstone Project at the
Tsuru Island Japanese Garden. He had the challenge of custom engraving about 4,000 pavers. The CNC PRO was the solution he needed.

Josh and Samantha Dressler of ETCH located in Arizona. They just got the CNC PRO this year and have been working had built an engraving business from the ground up. They put a lot of time into their first home show with yielded them a good amount of jobs to last them the year.

Christie Tamayo of Select Surface Solutions in Florida. She is a trustworthy re-seller of decorative concrete products and has done so well she was able to expand into a bigger space this year. RedArt Technologies was there for her grand opening as Henry(founder of RedArt) demo the CNC PRO with her logo. She is one of our authorized re-sellers of the CNC PRO.

Micheal Wanco of Bolder Engraving located in South Carolina. Micheal has been hitting the ground hard with the CNC PRO. This year he was able to say goodbye to his job and open his own storefront for his multiple engraving services. We always look forward to his next project as there is always something new coming from him. Bolder Engraving is also an authorized re-seller of the CNC PRO.

Brett Hargroder of Stonewall Architectural Concrete in Louisiana. This amazing company has been growing in the decorative concrete world. They had a challenge of meeting certain specifications for a big project worth $200K. After some research, Brett reached out to RedArt Technologies. He purchased the CNC PRO and made all the requirements and more landing him the project. One of those jobs was that we found very impressive was the Periodic Table for the Episcopal School of Baton Rouge. The school loved it so much that they produced their own video of the project.

Periodic Table of Elements plaza

Ralph Hansel of Endless Engraving located in Michigan. Ralph is a strong member of the RedArt Technology family. He was with us at World of Concrete last year talking about this project he landed. He worked hard making samples and knocking on doors of his local universities offering portable engraving services and landed a couple public engraving jobs at
Michigan State University. He has a lot of knowledge to share with the CNC PRO community and we appreciate everything he does for us.

Jenny Andrews and Scott Sanford of Sanford & Sons Lawncare of Texas. They already had a successful boulder making business launched but wanted an easier way to make custom signs on those boulders. After much research on the internet, they came across the CNC PRO. After a nice chat with Henry, they purchased the CNC PRO and was blown away on how much easier and cleaner engraving became. Since then they have been able to complete the projects faster, while multitasking, getting them more jobs. We love hearing this as we are all about helping people succeed.

We have many more owners we owe this year too. The video had a limit to the sliders otherwise I would have added people like Johnny Angel, Cole Wilmes, Ron Kavanaugh, and many more that joined us this year. Just thrilled with all the growth of 2018. We think 2019 will be even bigger.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years.

Holiday Engraving

With the holidays in full swing, we thought it would be appropriate to talk about engraving for the holidays. A few CNC PRO owners are making their presents as well as making a little side money. Here are a few ideas we would like to share.

Family Names/Crests

Family pieces are very popular this time of year.

Holiday Signs

No matter which holiday you celebrate, you can make something that expresses it.

Ornaments

Something clever and stands out can be just the thing someone is looking for. The CNC PRO can do wood or metal to make the ornaments custom.

Outside of the Box Gifts

Great gift idea can be custom chess set to the popular corn hole games or even something decorative for the home. The more creative, the better.

The holidays can be good business for an engraver. RedArt Technologies has a few CNC PRO owners that enjoy making custom engravings for people. You can always email us for someone close to you: sales@redarttechnologies.com

Merry Christmas