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Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:31 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: RIP for HP L25500, help needed?

Replies: 9

Views: 2633

Re: RIP for HP L25500, help needed?

Thanks for the reply. I decided to try the Onyx ProductionHouse trial. After 4 goes at downloading the 2.7 gig file, I got it, then there were no printer drivers when I went to install it last night... and I could not get the 'printer driver installer' (a separate download) to work... The workshop i...

Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:52 am

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: RIP for HP L25500, help needed?

Replies: 9

Views: 2633

Re: RIP for HP L25500, help needed?

Well, how did you get on with choosing a RIP, Chris? I'm in the same boat- bought an HP L25500, and no rip. The seller uses Onyx and is keeping it for his next machine. I'm trying to find an 'affordable' (low cost) option till it starts earning its keep... Flexi 10 supposedly has drivers for it- but...

Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:37 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Running a shopbot CNC off a portable generator

Replies: 6

Views: 4275

Sorry for the late reply, but we've run the cnc router from a 3 phase gen-set for many months, till I eventually got a rotary phase converter.

The switchmode power supply in the PC will filter any spikes out.
I also ran a pc from an unregulated old generator with no issues, for 8 years.

Tue Mar 05, 2013 2:30 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Question about Bevelled Lettering

Replies: 22

Views: 8839

It's a bit late to reply, but Enroute software can make pyramid topped letters like that original drawing.

Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:02 am

Forum: Industry News

Topic: Mario Balotelli wraps his £160,000 Bentley Continental GT

Replies: 14

Views: 16837

It looks more like spilled paint blobs that 'camouflage'.
Somebody's poor imitation camo, perhaps...

Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:25 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Flash Drive Nightmare

Replies: 8

Views: 1733

Interesting topic... We'd have 20+ of them here probably. The smallest is a 128 meg stick from years ago when it cost a fortune (like about the Aussie equivalent of 45 pounds), right up to 8 gig sticks (currently about 4 pounds equivalent cost each) Touch wood, but none of them has died yet. I have ...

Wed May 25, 2011 2:06 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: roland pc600 colourcamm stop wasting vinyl

Replies: 7

Views: 4090

There might be a setting in the Roland Printer Driver, about how much to feed through before starting.
Years ago I found I could adjust it on the PNC1000-can't remember where-advanced settings, maybe?

Wed May 25, 2011 1:57 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Bogus Customer Alert!

Replies: 5

Views: 3404

He's still at it-shonky-got this tonight: From: ned harrison <nedltd> "Dear Sir.Madam Am Ned and would like to make an Order of 36" x 36" Reflective Stop Sign from you and would like to know the price for each as well as the credit cards that you take for payment so i can let you know...

Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:57 am

Forum: Screen Printing

Topic: Good inkjet printer for preparing exposure transparences

Replies: 8

Views: 4611

I know this is an old thread, but for what it's worth, we have an old Epson 3000 - and like it for that job. The black is a pigment ink, and the size goes up to A2 - good for positives for tea-towel printing designs.

Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:54 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: PNC-1100 Offsets

Replies: 5

Views: 3314

O.25 mm works well for us. (but it all depends on the blade being used-that's for general fairly standard ones.

0.25 mm = 1/4mm = 10 thou. imperial.

Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:52 am

Forum: Screen Printing

Topic: float coat correx

Replies: 14

Views: 7311

For a temporary event type sign, I've grabbed a paint roller & rolled on a quick 'splash' of waterbased fluro yellow, then when it's dried, screen printed in red corro ink over it all. Looked good, and was simple-no second screen needed, just a roller & a rush! It was a short run of 20 corro...

Fri Aug 27, 2010 3:09 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Mimaki JV2 180 doing everything but firing ink out of head

Replies: 4

Views: 3606

How is your JV2-180 going now, over the past year?
Are you happy with it?
(I am considering one here in Australia, retrofitted with full solvent inks CMYK & LC LM.)

Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:02 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: MY PNC-1000 is STILL printing COORDINATES

Replies: 20

Views: 7990

:D
glad to be able to help- Merry Christmas!

Sat Dec 05, 2009 6:01 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: MY PNC-1000 is STILL printing COORDINATES

Replies: 20

Views: 7990

Another fix is that on various occasions, like about once every 3 or 4 years, I have to get a new printer lead.
The old ones work on other printers, but they cease to work properly with the Camm1. No idea why, but I know getting a new parallel/centronics cable solves it.

Sat Dec 05, 2009 5:56 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: MY PNC-1000 is STILL printing COORDINATES

Replies: 20

Views: 7990

MODES: With the pnc1000A, if you lift the pinchwheels UP, off the vinyl, then turn the machine on, it'll come up with <command> on the console. Press <enter>. It will display <mode><mode>. Use the sideways arrows to select # 2. Press <enter>, or else <menu>. That's all. Lower the pinchwheels onto th...

Sat Dec 05, 2009 4:37 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: MY PNC-1000 is STILL printing COORDINATES

Replies: 20

Views: 7990

mOde 1 & mode 2 are settings in the control panel on the plotter, which tell it what kind of language to expect the input signals to be in, I think. All I remember was back when we first got ours, I was warned to not ever change it out of mode 2 or it would not work properly. I have a feeling th...

Fri Dec 04, 2009 2:57 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: MY PNC-1000 is STILL printing COORDINATES

Replies: 20

Views: 7990

Very basic suggestion...make sure Mode=2 is set.

Fri Dec 04, 2009 2:49 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Best tool path generator for CNC

Replies: 11

Views: 6512

Enroute works well for us.

Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:17 pm

Forum: Screen Printing

Topic: Help to strip stencil

Replies: 2

Views: 2278

Caustic soda solution is very good, just be careful- very careful. Oven cleaner works- ditto about care & personal protective equipment. Alternately, some bleaches work. Do you have a high pressure water blaster? (of course it depends on what type the stencil is. I am refering to dual cure diazo...

Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:05 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: single stroke fonts - HELP

Replies: 9

Views: 6065

it IS simple, Graeme, that's what's so amazing! The other funny thing is that when I first got Corel Draw back in the days of version 7, I could not figure out at all why anyone would ever want a 'trace by centre line' option, because back then, trace was used to take a scan or photo of a logo and t...

Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:00 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: single stroke fonts - HELP

Replies: 9

Views: 6065

HI Simon, does your software have the ability to import ai or eps files? Do you have Corel Draw? If the answer to both is 'yes' then the solution is easy: Draw up your text in Corel, and size it accordingly. Then convert or export to a bitmap. Import the bitmap, and trace it, but instead of doing a ...

Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:15 am

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: can anyone help with plug in for illustrator please?

Replies: 16

Views: 7012

Enroute is pricey, but I guess you get what you pay for...it's user friendly.
You create the working files in it, and then create the toolpaths in it also.
It'll import ai, eps, dxf & dwg & stl files, as well as some others.

Sat Sep 06, 2008 12:50 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: can anyone help with plug in for illustrator please?

Replies: 16

Views: 7012

There are some great replies here!

FWIW, we use Enroute 3.3


It'll import from Illy OK.
Thanks for the bezier/arc explanation of the dxf conversions- I appreciate that knowledge!

Fri Sep 05, 2008 2:10 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: can anyone help with plug in for illustrator please?

Replies: 16

Views: 7012

I don't know of any 'plug ins' just a straightout 'save as' or export. Unfortunately, sending files via dxf can sometimes take what had nice curves & outlines, and make then lots of straights & weird unwanted lines. I find more reliable results via an ai or an eps export & import. Many l...

Wed Jun 25, 2008 5:05 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: which CNC Router should i buy?

Replies: 21

Views: 14493

It's a bit late to suggest anything, but for what it's worth, we've just bought an old Esab signmate1000 router, which was upgraded in 2001 with the latest Tekcel K series 2 drivers & controllers. It's got a 16 ft bed, but because of the arrangement of the gantry, it'll only rout 2.0 x 3.6 metre...

Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:55 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: why am i getting poor service from Roland DG?

Replies: 16

Views: 5513

if that's what it is, I imagine it'd be even harder to remove when you need to replace it!

Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:46 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: why am i getting poor service from Roland DG?

Replies: 16

Views: 5513

Brian,
what is that diamond grade stuff you mentioned for the cutting strip?
Thanks!

Fri Apr 25, 2008 2:11 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Anyone have any suggestions which scanner to buy?

Replies: 11

Views: 2626

I watched several A3 scanners sell for up to $1200 on ebay here in Australia, but I finally got an Avision one with auto document feeder for $275- it's an oldie but a goodie. and it has a scsi port, so I had to get a scsito PCI card for the computer, and a lead, but it is so FAST, it makes all USB s...

Wed Apr 23, 2008 10:59 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: can anyone help please with slate engraving?

Replies: 6

Views: 3919

You can also hand-carve letters in slate- it's not that difficult.
Some slate is harder than other slate, so try a scrap or offcut first.

Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:21 am

Forum: Screen Printing

Topic: Can anybody recommend a film to print positives onto?

Replies: 33

Views: 17032

The last time we used amberlith- the waterbased adhering stuff- we plotted it & stuck it on the bottom of the screen with water. When thoroughly stuck on & dry, you can peel the carrier off. We did 100 four-coloured corflute/corroplas real estate signs with no problems, though you have to wa...

Thu Apr 03, 2008 1:59 pm

Forum: Screen Printing

Topic: how does everyone aligne images onto garments?

Replies: 6

Views: 4200

That tool looks interesting- but we just eyeball the centre- it's not hard. A ruler helps for occasional confirmation, if needed.

Thu Apr 03, 2008 7:00 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: which printer?

Replies: 9

Views: 1548

A few years ago we bought a 2nd hand lexmark optra s1855 with duplexer unit, on ebay. That lasted nearly 4 years. It dies, and I picked up another on ebay for $45- same model- still a great black & white machine. Using non-genuine high-yield toner cartridges at $85 each, for 16 000 pages, makes ...

Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:19 am

Forum: Pcut Cutters

Topic: can anyone help me with set-up issues and plotter?

Replies: 16

Views: 12557

I'm guessing it's an XP issue- I looked at Artcut a while ago, and I think it was designed for Win95. You could try & run Artcut on XP in win95 or win98 emulation mode- see if that helps. (right-click the quicklaunch icon, go to properties, emulation & work it out from there- it's pretty sim...

Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:01 am

Forum: Screen Printing

Topic: Can anybody recommend a film to print positives onto?

Replies: 33

Views: 17032

Hi, no I don't mean rubylith film. In the essence of helping to make it clearer for others reading this in the future, I'll explain: Rubylith is dark red gelatinous film, on a clear acetate-type backing. This semitransparent film is light-proof to UV light, and can be handcut & weeded or plotter...

Thu Apr 03, 2008 12:41 am

Forum: Screen Printing

Topic: Can anybody recommend a film to print positives onto?

Replies: 33

Views: 17032

3M cast vinyl- series 7725 is easy to plot, easy to weed, and has a clear plastic backing- it works well. We do everything but single-print fabric jobs with photographic stencils- the positives are made sometimes with laser vellum, sometimes wide format tracing paper & opaque ink, with the HP 65...

Tue Feb 05, 2008 4:02 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: can i run a Laptop from a generator?

Replies: 21

Views: 4273

Tracing paper & an exacto knife & an offcut of vinyl !

Mon Feb 04, 2008 4:09 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: can i run a Laptop from a generator?

Replies: 21

Views: 4273

Hi, we ran a laptop (& big box PC) for 10 years on assorted generators. Opinions: the most efficient way to use the laptop was off a car battery or a deep cycle battery on the floor beside the desk- with a cigarette-lighter socket alligator-clipped to the battery, and the laptop running via a ca...

Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:58 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: letters Pealing

Replies: 33

Views: 7496

Thanks!

Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:08 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: letters Pealing

Replies: 33

Views: 7496

Hi Mike, how did you know it was reading wrongly? (or, rather, what did you use to measure the actual temp?) Letterheads-Oz 2007 went really well- we had 1 attendee from USA, four from NZ, and 45 aussies- it was the best attended meet since 2002. Sponsors were really helpful, everyone had a great ti...

Sun Jan 27, 2008 2:22 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: cutting thermo-refletive

Replies: 7

Views: 2065

...wonder why I made the same mistake the first time I tried cutting thermo reflective stuff- and it's murder weeding the pink off after it's been plotted. At least I didn't forget to reverse the design! Pressure-wise, I found normal pressure worked fine, but I stuck the plotter blade out a whisker ...

Sun Jan 27, 2008 2:20 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: letters Pealing

Replies: 33

Views: 7496

Michael, I find an aussie business- adzon.biz I think they're called- very good. Nice stuff to cut, good instructions They're near the Gold Coast, from memory. Oh, I'm no expert, but if it peels up, I use the recommended heat, for longer & squash a bit harder. So far that's held up well- but you...

Sun Dec 30, 2007 10:49 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Post Script issues with laser printer...please help!

Replies: 5

Views: 1330

That driver was the standard lexmark one for all printers- 24 meg- and we're on dialup-ugh!
I've not yet tried it, but will do so.

Sat Dec 29, 2007 10:03 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Post Script issues with laser printer...please help!

Replies: 5

Views: 1330

Thanks, Simon, I'll try that driver. Dave, yes, I want to be able to set the dot size & line angle to get halftone output. I can do it perfectly on the B&W laser printer, the optra s1855, when printing on vellum for making screen positives, but I wanted to be able to do it on the colour OPtr...

Fri Dec 28, 2007 9:33 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Post Script issues with laser printer...please help!

Replies: 5

Views: 1330

Post Script issues with laser printer...please help!

(Maybe miscellaneous Printing is the forum for this question, but it's a PS type one...) Lexmark C710- colour laser printer... When installed, it loads three drivers- the standard PCL one, a PS2 driver, and a PS3 driver. If I go into Photoshop of any other program and use either of the post script d...

Wed Dec 12, 2007 8:23 am

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: HP designjet cartridge- new & clogged

Replies: 5

Views: 4611

an hours' drive NW of Toowoomba, Qld. (any idea on the long axis plotting query I edited in above?) What's your source for the alternative black ink carts? I've seen refills on ebay- but that's pigment ink (black) not a cartridge, though I've been tempted to try it. I will have a go at cleaning the ...

Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:48 am

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: HP designjet cartridge- new & clogged

Replies: 5

Views: 4611

Thanks Roger- I'll try the cross-hatched lines idea. Previously I've just tried blocks of solid black. I've ordered a new cartridge- but the current new one shouldn't have been faulty and i'd still like to coax life from it. What part of Oz are you from? P.S. can you get the 650C to do a longer plot...

Fri Dec 07, 2007 2:42 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: heat press advice

Replies: 21

Views: 6988

...Hix presses- well built, long lasting, top quality, even aged ones!

Fri Dec 07, 2007 2:18 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: HP designjet cartridge- new & clogged

Replies: 5

Views: 4611

HP designjet cartridge- new & clogged

Hi, our old cartridge on the designjet 650C ran fine for a year till it ran empty this week. I put a new one in- also a genuine one- manuf. date Sept. 2007. and it prints streakily. I've tried what I can- it doesn't have a designated head/jet cleaning function, just a 'replace pens' option that rete...

Fri Dec 07, 2007 1:26 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: can anyone help witj roland camm-1 1000 PNC blade troubles

Replies: 21

Views: 15726

HI,
looong-time no-post!

I now have the technician's service manual for the pnc-1000/A, as well as the user manual.

If anyone needs one, feel free to email me!

Best wishes, Ian

PS I suppose I ought to start a new post for this- maybe I will

Mon Apr 02, 2007 5:55 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Encad Novajet Pro 60E- opinions...?

Replies: 7

Views: 1812

Thanks, Bill- I thought I saw them for about $250 a bottle, per colour... I'll have to keep looking.

Mon Apr 02, 2007 4:24 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Encad Novajet Pro 60E- opinions...?

Replies: 7

Views: 1812

Oh, I had no idea you could get UV-stable pigment inks for it. I had an idea the pigment inks made for it were only really OK for 6 weeks maximum...

What brand were yours, and from where did you get them, Bill?

(thanks!)

Mon Apr 02, 2007 3:50 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Encad Novajet Pro 60E- opinions...?

Replies: 7

Views: 1812

It's like that is it Bill! Thanks for the reply- the vibes I've been getting are that it isn't a great idea... What are they like at printing on plain bond paper, or on vellum, to make a screen positive, for screen printing? Is the 300 dpi ac coarse as I'm guessing it may be? (we have a designjet 65...

Sat Mar 31, 2007 2:58 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Encad Novajet Pro 60E- opinions...?

Replies: 7

Views: 1812

Encad Novajet Pro 60E- opinions...?

Hi, there's an encadnovajet pro-60e advertised here- I haven't been able to find much in the way of specifications, nor problems people may have had with it. I did read the print resolution was only 300 dpi though- that sounds a bit rough, or is it? I have an HP designjet 650C, and it's pretty rough...

Mon Feb 19, 2007 2:31 pm

Forum: Screen Printing

Topic: SilkScreen: Has anybody printed film with a solvent printer?

Replies: 19

Views: 13244

It sounds like my reply was misunderstood...but I'll answer both versions of it anyway: To make a positive, with which to burn photosensitive emulsion via UV light, you can use rubylith film, or you can use 3M brand 7725 series cast vinyl film- run it through a plotter and weed as normal. The clear ...

Mon Feb 19, 2007 1:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Stupid Question

Replies: 21

Views: 3048

Thanks!
I'll look them up.

Mon Feb 19, 2007 12:31 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Anyone used the V-Grip banner fastening system?

Replies: 5

Views: 926

Shane, I've sewed velcro to the back of banners so they can be hung from carpeted walls at shows, but the other day I started wondering about sewing rope in and then threading the banner into sail track- even if just done on the top edge, it would be good, and the rigidy would help too. I think you ...

Mon Feb 19, 2007 12:23 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Stupid Question

Replies: 21

Views: 3048

Shane, where do you get that AGS extreme stylus tape from?
(We're near Toowoomba, Qld).
Thanks!

Mon Feb 19, 2007 12:10 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Can anyone tell me how to do a test cut on a PNC1000?

Replies: 9

Views: 3946

Brian, the Expand X setting has the X axis running the length of the vinyl roll, with Y across the width where the blade travels. The Free Y setting reverses them, so Y is the full length of the vinyl roll. Which you use depends on the software you are using, the operating system, and the printer dr...

Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:05 am

Forum: Screen Printing

Topic: SilkScreen: Has anybody printed film with a solvent printer?

Replies: 19

Views: 13244

just plot it with 3M cast vinyl 7725 series on the clear backing, and use that like you'd use rubylith or any other positive.
Works for us!

Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:55 am

Forum: Screen Printing

Topic: where can i source mercury vapour bulbs please?

Replies: 33

Views: 18933

I suppose sunshine is in a lesser supply "up over", and it may seem 'unprofessional' but we manage with "downunder" sunshine here- depending on the thickness of the emulsion and the standard of the positive (ruby, plotted 3M 7725 vinyl, or laser-printed vellum), I can expose a sc...

Mon Feb 19, 2007 10:47 am

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: can anyone help please with removal of plastisol ink?

Replies: 9

Views: 4198

What is the screen block made of? is it a photosensitive emulsion, or the green lacquer-adhered autotype film, or what? Some bleaches will work to remove emulsions- whatever you use, don't let it dry in the screen. I have had great success just using a caustic soda solution, with appropriate safety ...

Mon Feb 19, 2007 4:42 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Problem with PNC-1000 in corel x3

Replies: 10

Views: 3842

roland serial cable pinouts

here is the pinout diagram for the serial cable for the Roland camm-1s eg pnc1000 etc. It is NOT a normal straight through serial cable, which is why it is easier to use the standard printer/parallel cable, or buy a serial one from roland specially made...or make it yourself: http://www.letterhead.c...

Mon Feb 19, 2007 4:35 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Wrong parameter problem with roland pnc. parallel or serial?

Replies: 8

Views: 3028

Testplots: hold the uparrow pressed, then switch the plotter on.

Mon Feb 19, 2007 4:28 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Can anyone tell me how to do a test cut on a PNC1000?

Replies: 9

Views: 3946

for the testplot, you have to hold the top console button pressed down, BEFORE switching the plotter on, from memory. No need to connect it to a PC at all. Maybe you press & hold both buttons, then turn it on. Atually I think now it's the uparrow you press, then switch it on. I have a manual for...

Mon Feb 19, 2007 4:15 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: can anyone help witj roland camm-1 1000 PNC blade troubles

Replies: 21

Views: 15726

PNC-1000 user manual here

HI, I have the manual for the camm1 pnc1000/1000A here, as a 5 meg zipped pdf. Email me and I'll send it to you, if you still need it/would like it. ( ian at traditionalsigns dot com ) Roland do NOT have one available on their website. It is the user manual, not the service manual.(I'd love one of t...

Sat Dec 11, 2004 2:56 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Clear Application Tape whats the good/bad points?

Replies: 19

Views: 5387

"Clear tape" is almost a dangerous generalisation! Different brands work differently. We use both paper & plastic stuff, and like Henry, have used a fair bit of Politape. The price surprised me a lot, (more expensive than others)but it has lots of little bumps or bubbles to make applying free of...

Thu Jan 22, 2004 1:53 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Frog Juice

Replies: 14

Views: 8627

For interior stuff on vinyl, and Butch Anton's special effects, it's great, but..... In the Aussie heat & sun, it doesn't hold up well as a clear coating, and I've heard dozens of signies say to 'leave it in the can', rather than risk having to redo a job a year later. Sorry to seem to rain on t...

Thu Jan 22, 2004 1:45 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: postscript laser

Replies: 10

Views: 2645

Thanks Alan- I was going to reply disagreeing with Aitor also- but you summed it all up well. No you don't need post script to print photos, but to print ones that will photocopy well on average quality copiers, (eg producing a newsletter master copy to be later photocopied) post script printed phot...

Tue Jan 20, 2004 2:26 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: postscript laser

Replies: 10

Views: 2645

If you ever want to do screen printing with half tones, you need post script. If you want to produce black & white pictures (photos) which will photocopy well from a master, you need post script. Post script allows you to set the line screen frequencies, angles, and dot shape of the pictures. Ev...

Mon Jan 12, 2004 1:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Any good books to read?

Replies: 11

Views: 1978

Steve, there are some good comments here. Unfortunately, there's more to vinyl than vinyl. There is a learning curve in setting up the plotter, knife/blade depth, vinyl types (reflective, cast, calendered, masking, & banner vinyl & how well each cuts & weeds & when to use it), a lear...

Mon Nov 24, 2003 1:10 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: URGENT 4hrs

Replies: 22

Views: 2694

We get them here too- you can register your own name for about $40 per year, depending on where you go, and then you get these scams offering you every other variation of your name with hyphens, underscores, etc for around $400 per year. The first time you get one it is very scary, till you realise ...

Mon Nov 24, 2003 12:57 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: just finished Oracal 851 test results

Replies: 12

Views: 3167

I may be the odd one out here, but we use a slightly blunted nail in an exacto blade-holder (called a pin-vise in USA). I just call it a spike, and prefer it hands-down for weeding, to any blade. Sure it doesn't cut, but it doesn't draw blood if you slip either! It has enough of a point to grab &...

Mon Nov 24, 2003 12:42 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: where can i get drivers and software for a PNC1000?

Replies: 21

Views: 10284

Hi, try and see if you can alter the MODE setting from mode 1 to mode 2. Press the function key on the plotter till you find it, then press the enter key and/or the arrow keys. Roland on their website say you can use almost any of the camm1 drivers if you can't find the right one. My pnc 1000 won't ...

Sun Nov 16, 2003 4:31 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What would you have done!!

Replies: 18

Views: 2107

"The customer is always right" - NO! some customers are just a pain in the ... and that's always they way they'll be. For some customers, cutting them off may be a loss, but it'll be a smaller loss than putting up with them plus the future losses. On the other hand, this woman may not be the buying ...

Sun Nov 09, 2003 10:28 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Windows Explorer query

Replies: 3

Views: 1067

Thanks, I'll try that- but I'm sure I've been along that path without success before...! We'll see, I'll give it a go again. Re XP- I've already been into setup & turned off a lot of junk labelled as 'enhancements', and it's sped things up a lot- well worth doing, reassigning resources, dropping...

Sat Nov 08, 2003 2:33 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Windows Explorer query

Replies: 3

Views: 1067

Windows Explorer query

Hi, I used to be able to do it, but have lost the instructions on how to: set Explorer (in W98se or XP) to always take you back to the window you were last in when you last shut it down. and to always open up in the view mode you had whenyou lsat shut it down- in Xp, it always defaults to thumbnail ...

Sat Nov 08, 2003 11:11 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hello from Mars

Replies: 18

Views: 2424

And Mel Gibson's an Aussie, too!
Welcome Jill- good site here!

Sat Nov 08, 2003 10:59 am

Forum: Screen Printing

Topic: screen printing -messy but should be profitable!

Replies: 18

Views: 10276

We use Kiwocol Ployplus S-Rx which is a dual-cure one, resistant to water & solvent inks, but also use the autocut amber for some non-halftone solvent prints.
Good luck

Thu Nov 06, 2003 5:14 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Time to act has come....

Replies: 14

Views: 2607

Some very good comments above. I find newspaper & radio NOT worthwhile. 1. Decide on a business name. 2. Get it or a design with it put on your car/van, and on your work clothes. That's the most inexpensive & valuable & most worthwhile advertising you'll do. 3. Business cards, etc as per...

Wed Nov 05, 2003 2:37 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Canada eh!

Replies: 15

Views: 2031

Welcome- I'm not a Canuck, but a felow Lettervillian!!!
Born in South Africa (Pietermaritzburg) but an Aussie now...

Wed Nov 05, 2003 2:33 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Another Hi from Downunder

Replies: 8

Views: 1244

Yes, Steve, John Jordan was there- he's been to most of the last few annual Aussie Letterheads meets that I've attended. He likes the tag "Aussie John", but he spends so much time in USA it seems, that we call him "Yankee John". He's good value & a great tradesman, well up on technology for his ...

Wed Nov 05, 2003 12:37 pm

Forum: Screen Printing

Topic: screen printing -messy but should be profitable!

Replies: 18

Views: 10276

John, screening corflute signs, and vinyl stickers can be extremely profitable, (with a capital 'E') (or a capital 'P')- even for short runs. It beats throwing away stacks of vinyl weeded out from in between big letters at times, and beats weeding out hundreds of small letter centres on repetitive s...

Wed Nov 05, 2003 8:46 am

Forum: Screen Printing

Topic: screen printing -messy but should be profitable!

Replies: 18

Views: 10276

The USScreenprinting Institute - Scott Fresner- hasd a great forum & advice & hint sheets etc, plus a fantastic book- "How to print T-shirts for fun & profit" The forums will email you daily all comments & replies if you want them to. http://www.usscreen.com I think, from memory. htt...

Mon Nov 03, 2003 4:35 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: what do people prefer tablets or mice?

Replies: 14

Views: 4777

Gray, I picked up an Acecat Flair from (oh i swore !) Smith electronics last November for $99 Aust. It's a 5 x 4" working area, on a mat the size of a mouse mat. USB connector. [edit- I didn't swear, that's this auto edit thing- you know the cahin of electronics stores named after Richard Smith, aka...

Mon Nov 03, 2003 4:21 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: the many faces of sign writing

Replies: 10

Views: 1759

Major facet of all signage whether digital, vinyl, brush or chalk: DESIGN! Without good design you can't expect signage to be as effective as with good design, so that means it's somewhat wasted. Design = layout, colour/s, weights, priorities, location, anticipated audience, expected sighting timefr...

Mon Nov 03, 2003 3:48 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: where can i get drivers and software for a PNC1000?

Replies: 21

Views: 10284

PS, I've just tried Dahedi, and it works here- even plots from an eps file, though it said it will only plot from the enclosed sample. I couldn't get it to distort text in an arc, not to weld script, but I'm new to Dahedi, and only have the free version. You have to set Dahedi up with the plotter as...

Mon Nov 03, 2003 3:36 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Another Hi from Downunder

Replies: 8

Views: 1244

Thanks for the compliments Lee! Rain has been dreadfully sparse these last few years, and up till the end of Sept. we'd had minimal- everything was brown. We arranged for a friend to 'farm-sit' for us while we drove up to Cairns for the Letterheads event that Newton Signs was hosting, and came back ...

Mon Nov 03, 2003 3:33 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What would you do ????

Replies: 15

Views: 2951

Thanks Rob. "Iknow, I know I know...!" What you suggested is very clear, and was intended, it's just that we wandered off plot a bit during the rush in construction. I must get back to it. The navigation bars are all due for customising in a more appealing & useful way- and some titles fall off ...

Sun Nov 02, 2003 2:18 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: where can i get drivers and software for a PNC1000?

Replies: 21

Views: 10284

Hi, I have a PNC 1000 here- but no manual- and it works fine 98% of the time! 1. Drivers can be downloaded, but this one won't work with a PNC 1000 driver- it needs a PNC1000A driver. 2. Don't bother with the messages on the plotter LCD screen, except the one that says "Press function key" when you ...

Sun Nov 02, 2003 2:03 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Moving to XP

Replies: 19

Views: 5318

From one Aussie to another !~! I've been stuck in a rut with XP, and old habits die hard- I still like win98! The worst problem I've had, and trips to MS help & usergroups etc have not solved is in some directories, it locks the properties so that you can't save a file. You can go & reset th...

Sun Nov 02, 2003 1:47 pm

Forum: Screen Printing

Topic: can anyone help me source screenprinting equipment?

Replies: 14

Views: 9145

Simon, vinyl inks stink & are carcinogenic so work in a breezy area, and they dry quickly- try & get some specific retarder for the ink- plus thinners specific to vinyl inks, plus screenwash (like a lacquer thinner, but a bit less aggressive), and work fast- around 4 prints per minute or mor...

Sun Nov 02, 2003 1:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What would you do ????

Replies: 15

Views: 2951

What you feel like doing, what you should do, and what you did do are three different things! My understanding of the law here is once it's attached to the building/wall/whatever, the sign ceases to become yours, and to take it back is actually theft, regardless of whether or not you were paid for i...

Sun Nov 02, 2003 12:46 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: your own web sites???

Replies: 22

Views: 3098

Good thread! Similar posts have been on Letterville (Canada) for quite a while relating to either how useful is a website, to how do you promote it. I'm a newbie here, and put together a site 8 months ago using Net Objects Fusion- a real no-brainer program- then opening it in Dreamweaver & using...

Sun Nov 02, 2003 11:42 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Another Hi from Downunder

Replies: 8

Views: 1244

Thanks for the welcome!
I'll see what I can do...

Sat Nov 01, 2003 5:44 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Another Hi from Downunder

Replies: 8

Views: 1244

Another Hi from Downunder

:o Just a quick hi from a newbie to this site- I came across for a look after seeing Rob's post about vinyl in Letterville. Nice site- it's always good to see others sharing ideas & advice. Best wishes, Ian PS our website is very amateurish- put up by ourselves in a hurry a few months ago, but i...

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