In the past few months we have been investing heavily in new equipment making us even more efficient and extending the scope of what we can accomplish.
April saw the installation of a new OCE Arizona 660XT flatbed printer (one of the first in the country), in May we took delivery of a new Laserscript LS1290 PRO laser cutting and engraving machine, and in July our AXYZ 4008 CNC router was installed and immediately put to use cutting complex shaped MDF panels as part of numerous 3D displays.
Production Director Richard Grant commented “Our continued investment in new equipment is allowing us to achieve greater amounts of production in less time, essential in an industry where lead times are minimal. Where in the past, for example, CNC cut components for the woodwork shop would have been subcontracted to a local supplier, now we are producing them more quickly in house and working more cleverly as a result.
We’ve always strived for the best balance of quality and speed with regard to printing as well, the Arizona 660XT has continued this approach.”
We have just upgraded our ZÃ¼nd digital cutting system. With a cutting bed size of 2.5 x 1.8m on a conveyor system the ZÃ¼nd cutting table enhances Kokoon’s finishing department and workflow.
The ZÃ¼nd upgrade includes a 1 kilowatt router head which enables us to increase the speed of the routing process. The ZÃ¼nd Digital Cutter enables us to cut a wide range of rigid and roll fed materials using either drag / oscillating knifes, creasing / scoring or CNC routing.
Recently we have been asked a few common questions about our 3D department. What is it? How do we do it? What do you and can you make?
Therefore, we decided to show you one of our latest projects from start to end.
With winter and festive displays fast approaching, DecX Limited sent us a brief for 2 large lightweight icebergs to hold children toys and teddy bears. It was essential these icebergs had a specific bottom circumference.
The icebergs started their life as a number of large solid rectangular polystyrene blocks. We began by joining multiple polystyrene blocks to create a base of the required size with a thread bar through the middle for support and to display the iceberg.
This is where the fun started. We hand carved the polystyrene to create a draft outline of the iceberg. As you can imagine, the little balls of polystyrene flooded the space around the icebergs. These were then hand carved further and sanded to create a smooth finish.
To add more depth and colour to the icebergs, they were lightly spray painted ice blue in specific areas.
These were than carefully wrapped and delivered, ready to be used in the winter display.
The Twist banner stand, a revolutionary exhibition stand system, bridges the gap between pop-ups and complete modular exhibition systems. The UK patented design enables you to easily link individual banners to make seamless graphic displays. This was ideal for Marcrist, technology leaders in diamond cutting tools and drilling machines.
The brief included large scale images, corner images and a double sided pop-up banner, which all had to be easily assembled, transported and stored. As this project was for the Germany office it was also essential that any electrical equipment had the EU plug.
After looking at the brief and listening to Marcrist, it was decided that the Twist banner stand would be ideal as the new flexilink device allows the graphics to go around corners and link individual banners seamlessly together. The stand frame can also be used single or double sided, whilst the steel base ensure stability.
The frame also has its own integrated lighting system, simply push the lights into the sockets and ensure the wire is neatly hidden from view by placing it inside the pole.
The final product of this large scale Twist banner stand can be seen in the images on the right.