Not everything I do revolves around 3D printing. I do have a interest in the signage business as well.
I have been around this industry off and of since 2009, in between my middle East time.
One thing, I failed to do, and should have done is back in 2011 when I was casting about for a way to feed myself was invest in a CO2 laser when I had the cash instead of a CNC plasma table.
Several years ago, I was making signs and a lot of lettering. It was easy to get work and plentiful. I could bill $25-50 bucks per letter in a sign, even in a third world country, I was easily able to get those rates.
However awhile back I saw something for sale at the local hardware store that made me stop in my tracks.
It was a very large LCD tv for about $500. Now that seems maybe a lot of cash for a TV and entertainment item. But for a sign... It's damn cheap.
I remember not long ago seeing these signs made from led bulbs that kind of looked like a TV from a distance. They were expensive too.
Now I can basically put a cheap LCD in a acrylic box, hang it from the wall outside and use photoshop or a cheap video editing program to make a video that goes on a thumb drive and runs on endless repeat.
Vegas style signs for $500.
I can't send out to have a edge lit sign made for that price.
It's on my soon to so list for the office.
Now you ask yourself, what if I don't have the ability or funds for a box? Or I live in a area where extreme cold or heat might damage one of these TV?
No problem really, just stick it in your front window.