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Post Sun Apr 13, 2003 10:31 pm

NAUTILUS

Has anyone had any experience with this machine.

Its marketed by Graphitype and is a 34inch thermal printer and cutter in one machine. But what interested me is that there is a 24" model coming out at under £12,000 Thats cheaper than the Edge and wider.
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Post Sun Apr 13, 2003 10:37 pm

i have never heard of it mate.. look forward to hearing from those that have. :D
do you have any details on it.. like head width etc.. the roland pc600 at £6000 has a head only about .5 wide but does print upto 24 inch wide.. not the fastest with this width of head so wider like the 5inch one that summa do would be a bonus :wink:
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Post Sun Apr 13, 2003 10:58 pm

I saw an advert in the latest Graffityp catalogue for this machine. It is described as a wide format thermal transfer printer that also cuts vinyl. This was the first time I had read anything about it. There are no indications of running costs. Perhaps if anyone from Graffityp browses these forums they may wish to tell us more. I would certainly like to know more about this machine :D
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Post Sun Apr 13, 2003 11:09 pm

Found some more details of this machine at: http://www.teksys.com.au/products/gcc/GCCNautilus.html
Gives comparable running costs (in Australian dollars)
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Post Mon Apr 14, 2003 8:12 am

I`ve seen this in the mag too, I think the price was about £10,000.

I noticed that they haven`t included the edge1 in the comparison chart.

Will you get the banding problems??


Rob, my pc600 doesn`t print or cut 24" wide. I think it`s more like 22"??
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Post Mon Apr 14, 2003 8:42 am

Thanks for that link Adder.

I noticed that in the comparison chart different running costs where quoted for the PC600 printing at 600dpi and 1200dpi and for the PC60. I always understood that with the colorcamm running costs where the same whether printing at 600dpi or 1200dpi. Now I'm confused and don't know what to believe? Can anyone clarify this for me
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Post Mon Apr 14, 2003 9:53 am

rightsigns wrote: I always understood that with the colorcamm running costs where the same whether printing at 600dpi or 1200dpi.


Phill
I would guess that the costs for printing at 1200 dots per inch must be higher than printing at 600dpi as there is twice as much ink printed in the same area..... I think. Now I'm confused......
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Post Mon Apr 14, 2003 6:19 pm

Thanks for your reply Adder - However, thermal transfer printers use ribbons that pass in front of the print heads. I always thought the same amount of ribbon was used regardless of the resolution of the print, this is what is confusing me. Maybe Bob Gilliland can throw some light on this for us?

According to your link, the running costs of the Nautilus are very low in comparison to other Thermal transfer printers - this must make it a machine worthy of further serious investigation for anyone thinking about a thermal transfer printer.
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Post Mon Apr 14, 2003 8:09 pm

Phil,

I don't know whether the "ribbon saving" option on the PC600 a difference on their costs comparisons, but the PC60 keeps advancing its ribbon even if it's not printing at a specific point.
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Post Mon Apr 14, 2003 9:50 pm

Nautilus

Thanks for the input guys Ithink this machine wants more investigation.

We have an alps machine that we use for small labels and this uses the same ribbons as the Colour camm except that they are wax and not wax resin so it needs laminating, but this uses the same amount of ribbon whether its 300 or 600dpi the ribbon still unwinds the same amount so I can't see how lower resolution uses less ribbon or is more cost effective
you can't wind it back and use it again.
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Post Tue Apr 15, 2003 2:25 am

I have seen some work done by this machine at Teksys. It impressed me. At the time I had an Encad and this new one blew me away. I've yet to see an edge work though. I'd love to.

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