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ArtCAM and Biesse grow The Grain

The Grain Sandblasted Sign Company has revealed that the use of Delcam’s ArtCAM Pro 2013 CAD/CAM design software system in combination with Biesse’s flagship Klever 1530 CNC Router has helped give it such an advantage over its competition it is now one of Europe’s most sought after 3D sign manufacturers.

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The Grain Sandblasted Sign Company produces its 3D sign creations using ArtCAM Pro 2013 software and a Biesse Klever 1530 CNC router

The very nature of our business means that we need to produce bespoke items very quickly, using bigger and thicker substrates. The guys at Delcam recommended the Klever, which we went to see in action at Biesse’s Daventry Tech Centre and it ‘ticked all the boxes’ as far as we were concerned,” says The Grain’s co-director Peter Ratcliffe. 

He adds: “We already had a CNC router but needed something more heavy duty with a larger bed in order to transfer our creative designs into the finished products which our customers deserved.”

A family-run business, Peter is backed up by co-director and son Sam, who explains that they are passionate about the heritage of traditional sign manufacturing in wood. While creating many of its 3D and bas-relief signs using synthetic materials, the company sources all its wood for from sustainable forests. 

We already had a CNC router but needed something more heavy duty with a larger bed in order to transfer our creative designs into the finished products which our customers deserved

The company has long been a beta-test site for Delcam’s software products, with Peter explaining that it could only achieve fine attention to detail and ultra-high quality on tight turnarounds with the help of ArtCAM Pro hooked up to its Biesse Klever.

Peter continues: “We also had severe space constraints as the machine needed to be installed under a mezzanine floor with just 2.35m of headroom. The Klever was one of the few machines which could accommodate this with the required extraction. 

“When we visited Biesse’s Daventry base, we were impressed by its investment and commitment to the UK. It was also great to meet the spares and front line support teams, which really filled us with confidence.”

He concludes: “The machine’s reliability is excellent and on the one occasion when we experienced downtime (which was only a trip), we had an engineer on site the next morning. Being based in Cornwall, we can’t fault the service.” 
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