Monday, August 17, 2009

Atlas Signs and Plaques Completes 5-Foot Diameter Copper Plaque


“The United States Coast Guard Academy is committed to strengthening the nation’s future by educating, training and developing leaders of character who are ethically, intellectually, professionally, and physically prepared to serve their country and humanity, and who are strong in their resolve to build on the long military and maritime heritage and proud accomplishments of the United States Coast Guard.” United States Coast Guard Academy, Mission Statement


CNC Router at Work
Combining HDU Sign Board, CNC Routing, Hand Carving, and LuminOre® Copper, a Five Foot Diameter Plaque is created! Looking at it, one would think that it weighs hundreds of pounds and costs many thousands of dollars. But, one would be incorrect on both counts. The plaque is two inches thick, giving a real sense of mass, and scales in at under 60 pounds. Cost is a small fraction of a foundry cast plaque. That is, if you could even get one cast in copper.



Cold Spraying LuminOre® Copper
The plaque design was presented by the Coast Guard Academy in EPS format that was then translated to cut paths for the CNC router to follow for the initial cutting. After the CNC did it’s part with the major cuts, the details were hand carved to prepare for priming and metal coating. The cold-spray copper was applied and allowed to properly cure. The plaque was finished with our copper patina, then hand polished to bring out the beautiful metallic highlights.
With the shipping crate constructed and waiting for the finished plaque, delivery was made to the Coast Guard Academy in time for the 2009 graduation ceremonies.



Copper Plaque Ready to Ship
atlas Signs and Plaques creates Military and Service Plaques for any branch, or organization. All custom in your choice of size, metal finish, and level of personalization. Easy to order online with upfront pricing and fast shipping. All Made in the USA using domestic materials and labor.

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