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Apr 22, 2008

Life On A Chip

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Our client, Broadcom, came to us wanting to create a 3D visual to highlight what goes into the designing and manufacturing of a chip. There are several steps in the creation of their product. It all starts with a schematic. Wafers, containing dozens chips, are manufactured. Each chip is removed from the wafer, assembled into a daughter-board, and then placed into a mother-board where it all comes to life. Mike Mertz, Broadcom’s account manager, worked closely with our client and Photomation’s creative team.

In the final framed piece, schematic drawings and background graphics were imaged using metallic photographic material and mounted to polished acrylic. Actual chip wafers and boards with chips were used. Since chips are so small, we had to build a 10x magnifying glass to highlight them. The framing experts at Photomation assembled the parts in a shadow box frame and delivered it to Broadcom Corporation where it is proudly on display.

Apr 15, 2008

Playoff Time in Anaheim

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To help propel our hometown Anaheim Ducks into the NHL Playoffs, Photomation prepared graphics to dress up Honda Center. Among the graphics we made were two 90 foot diameter semi-circle window graphics, six floor graphics, each ranging in size from 19 to 25 feet long, and 45 column wraps up to 9 foot tall. There are many elements that go into making graphics of this size.

For the large window graphics, after we receive the file from the Ducks, we place it into a template we created that shows how the file will look once it is up on the window. Next, we run color tests for approval. Once color is approved, we go through the process of slicing and dicing the file into individual pieces or panels. Those files are then ripped and printed. Each window uses over 4,500 sq. ft. of material. After it is printed, each roll is trimmed and identified so the installers can put the window graphic up efficiently.

We are proud of our Ducks and of the work we do for them. We wish them much success in their playoff run. GO DUCKS!!!!

Apr 8, 2008

Soothing Scenes

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Initiated by our client, Montanio Design Group, this project’s goal was to add an aura of calm to a stressful environment.  For the X-ray room wall at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange, Photomation created custom wallpaper to give the area a beach theme and add a soothing touch to an otherwise ordinary room.  This X-ray room, and the adjoining room, both have a beach theme. The challenge was getting access to a very busy area.

These X-ray rooms are booked solid throughout the day.  Working with hospital staff, we coordinated a 7:00 am install and completed the installation by 1:30 pm to return the room to use as quickly as possible. As installation progressed, you could see the hospital staff walk by the open door and come back for a double take as the scene took shape.

Apr 1, 2008

Just That Easy, Just That Quick

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To access WebCourier, go to On our home page, click on the WebCourier icon located on the right hand side.  If this is your first time, click on “First Time User” to sign up for an account.  Fill out the information requested—we do this once so you will not need to do it again the next time you need to send us files.  Select a Customer Service or Sales contact from the pull down menu.

Next, type in your email address and any password you desire.  Retype the password to make sure there were no entry errors and press the “Submit” button.  You will be returned to the log-in screen where you will enter your email address and password you just created and click the “Log In” button.

At the “Welcome” screen, select “Upload” at the top of the screen.  Select the file(s) you want to send to us. Select who you want to notify that this file is being sent and fill-in any of the optional information boxes to help us process your order promptly. NOTE: To speed transmission, we recommend you Stuff or Zip your files before you attach them.  After all that is done, press the “Upload” button and your files are on their way to us. Give it a try the next time you need to send us file.  It’s just that easy, just that quick!

Mar 25, 2008

Thinking Outside the Box

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Our client, Yamaha, needed a POP graphic for their line of violins.  They did not want a traditional “squared off or box type” of graphic.  Instead, they created a graphic that had a rounded bottom and required a 5/16” hole to be drilled in a precise spot.  That hole would be used to secure the graphic to the POP stand.  Our visual solutions group created a digital die line to the shape the client desired and positioned the hole exactly where they needed it.  We printed the POP on photographic paper and, using a router bit, cut the job on our Zund digital die cutting machine.  The machine automatically drilled the hole needed as well.  How’s that for thinking outside the box!

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