Glacier Park’s sign shop produces an enormous volume of signs and exhibits each year. Over the past three years, donations to the Glacier Conservancy have funded the purchase of a vinyl printer and a CNC machine for the sign shop which has been instrumental in increasing the production of large-scale projects that the shop handles yearly.
This project is the third phase of that upgrade and would purchase a 24” x 36” laser engraver for use in the Glacier National Park Sign Shop. These machines are capable of engraving or cutting plastics, wood, coated metals, foam and many other substrates and will significantly increase the production of small-scale projects that the shop handles yearly.
The current machine that the shop uses for its smaller signs and plaques is outdated and troublesome to operate. The operating system that the machine runs on is slow and inefficient and uses a rotary cutter head which is limited in its ability to engrave detailed images.
The machine will allow for expanded interpretive uses as far as exhibits and tactile displays, will help to engrave braille facility signage easier than current methods used, and will be able to engrave plaques and awards quicker and with more detail than the current machine, ultimately streamlining production in the shop and allowing the sign shop team to handle a larger volume of projects each year.