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Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:22 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What is the best thing to do, to just do digital printing??

Replies: 5

Views: 1002

Agree with the above comments - scaling down and just cherry picking the work you want to do is something you can only really do once you have become busy doing everything, it would be very hard to work up to being busy just concentrating on one area. I'd guess most people who specialise in one area...

Mon Jan 04, 2010 11:28 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Cold weather causing printable vinyl to curl up on machine

Replies: 7

Views: 1853

We dont generally leave print on the machine, so it isnt a problem for us. Also, from absolutely stone cold to printing temp only takes 20 minutes - so get in, turn the heaters on, turn the PC on and have a cuppa, and its ready to go. The printer is also in a seperate small room, so we dont sit in t...

Mon Jan 04, 2010 9:58 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Cold weather causing printable vinyl to curl up on machine

Replies: 7

Views: 1853

Yes, cold weather will do this. The vinyl on our Versacamm only does this when the weather gets really cold at night. All we do is chop off the first foot or so of the roll where it has curled before printing. The vinyl still on the roll should be fine to use - a lot cheaper to waste a bit of vinyl ...

Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:57 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Window Decals on Versacamm

Replies: 3

Views: 1185

Suggest to them they would be better off having external ones rather than interior - a few reasons : 1. They will last pretty much the same amount of time. 2. They can be put on tinted windows ( something a lot of people forget - lots of cars come from the factory now with lightly tinted windows, wh...

Mon Dec 21, 2009 9:53 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: SP-300V - printing quality problem

Replies: 27

Views: 12910

One thing that occurs to me is that it could be the actual colours you are printing. CMYK printers cant match every colour, and greens and oranges seem to be a particular problem, mainly because for something like green, which is a mix of blue and yellow, the printer has to use Cyan rather than a pr...

Fri Dec 18, 2009 10:58 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: My new shop sign.

Replies: 38

Views: 7406

Sign looks great, even more effective when you see the side on view to get an idea of the depth. Definitely has that 50's B-Movie / Motel vibe.

Sat Nov 28, 2009 6:13 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Buying new printer tomorrow... final thoughts please :)

Replies: 20

Views: 5843

Mine may have been just the 1 year as it was an ex-demo machine I bought from them.

Fri Nov 27, 2009 10:18 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: volume wide format printing to what extent??

Replies: 17

Views: 2612

For what your customer wants then screen printing is really the way to go. The advantage of digital printing is that it can be used for one offs and low volume orders, it isnt really ideal for bulk production. On the flipside, screen printing is rubbish for one offs as the setup costs are expensive,...

Fri Nov 27, 2009 10:07 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Buying new printer tomorrow... final thoughts please :)

Replies: 20

Views: 5843

Would definitely second the opinions on here - have run roland hardware since I started doing this, both PNC and CX cutters and an SP300V and they do seem to be well built, reliable, and on the one occasion I have had a problem with the versacamm their support and repairing was spot on. One consider...

Tue Nov 24, 2009 6:32 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Striping help please

Replies: 7

Views: 1231

Try Metamark as they offer a free slitting service when you buy a full roll for all of their colours.

Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:52 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Preventing signs fading for up to 7 years

Replies: 10

Views: 1311

Tell them if they want a sign guaranteed to last that long, they will need to look at something like cut out raised plastic or metal lettering on a plastic board background ( you know the sort of thing I mean ), or a traditionally painted sign done with a brush in exterior paint. Both will probably ...

Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:03 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Wonky letters?

Replies: 22

Views: 6899

Forgot to mention !

If you can cut directly from Corel, do this rather than exporting, re-sizing and importing back.

As long as you make your text, then convert to curves and then resize it, the size will be correct when you cut.

Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:00 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Wonky letters?

Replies: 22

Views: 6899

Theres something odd happening when its being imported into Omega. Impact is a pretty smooth font compared to some, and doesnt have many nodes so your letters should have nice smooth curves. If you type the text you want in Corel, then convert to curves you can scale it to any size ( big or small ) ...

Sat Nov 21, 2009 10:21 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Designers. Epic fail.

Replies: 15

Views: 1746

And as a p.s. I HATE Illustrator snobs ! I have Corel and Illustrator, but because I learned how to use Corel first, I find it quicker and easier for me to use, but in essence, both programs are exactly the same and do the same thing ( I havent found anything in Illustrator that I cant do in Corel ).

Sat Nov 21, 2009 10:18 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Designers. Epic fail.

Replies: 15

Views: 1746

Very typical now - people who call themselves designers make up some logo or design in photoshop with loads of flashy effects, light bursts and shadows etc... then save it as a 72dpi JPEG around 5cm across ( "but it looks great on my PC screen !" ) and the customer expects us to be able to...

Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:52 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: What can & cant Print on Premium Cast Vinyl

Replies: 21

Views: 3304

It may help if you give us some more idea of what you need the printer for as it sounds like you have quite a specialist reason for wanting it ? Unfortunately I think for what you want, you are looking at a budget of around £8000 - £10000 If you are looking for properly made printed ( and cut ) grap...

Sat Nov 07, 2009 9:57 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: versacamm holiday

Replies: 16

Views: 4383

As Rich said - the printer is designed to self clean to stop the heads getting clogged with ink - as long as you leave it plugged into the wall with the mains power on on the plug socket ( turn the printer off on the front panel as normal ) it will wake itself up at set intervals and do a quick clean.

Sun Nov 01, 2009 10:33 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Picture from Word into Corel

Replies: 4

Views: 1287

Other thing that often works - save the Word doc as a webpage / html ( there is an option to do this on the 'SAVE AS' menu in Word ).

This will then create a folder with all the parts that make up the doc, like the pics etc... and you can just copy and paste those into Corel.

Wed Oct 28, 2009 10:13 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Best printer for making stickers

Replies: 3

Views: 1229

How many are they looking to order ? To get set up in printing, you really need a print and cut machine, something like the Roland SP300V would be a starting point. Bad news is about the cheapest you will get the printer and other bits and bobs you need to run it is about £5000 - this will be for a ...

Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:07 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: How big are the Eco Sol Max 440ml carts?

Replies: 6

Views: 1680

P.S. - I think Shauns measurements are the sort us men give to women - have successfully managed to convince my wife that an inch is only slightly bigger than a cm :D

Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:06 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: How big are the Eco Sol Max 440ml carts?

Replies: 6

Views: 1680

Thanks both - I'll trust your measurements Rich as 2x 220ml size makes sense !

Mike

Tue Oct 27, 2009 6:01 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: How big are the Eco Sol Max 440ml carts?

Replies: 6

Views: 1680

How big are the Eco Sol Max 440ml carts?

Can anyone do me a favour please ? Have been using the normal 220ml Eco Sol Max carts for our SP300. Thinking about changing to the 440ml to save having to buy them so often, but wanted to know how long they are ( I assume height and width are the same as they have to fit in the slots ! ) as our pri...

Sat Oct 24, 2009 9:43 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Anyone using Metamark 7 and 4 Series

Replies: 11

Views: 3224

Use both M4 and occasionally M7, as well as their print vinyl, app tape and other bits and pieces. Never had a problem with any materials, always get next day delivery from them and I don't recall them ever being out of stock on anything I order or having sent the wrong thing. I have used oracal in ...

Sun Oct 18, 2009 5:17 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Signlab v's Flexisign

Replies: 24

Views: 7379

Martin, I take your point, and possibly in the past that was more true, but basically 99% of sign making on the PC is creating and editing vectors, and maybe importing raster graphics, then moving them around a bit and changing colours. Once you get used to making your own vectors, be they simple sh...

Sun Oct 18, 2009 9:15 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Signlab v's Flexisign

Replies: 24

Views: 7379

I agree, Flexi is massively overpriced for what is essentially a ( not as good ) clone of Corel / Illustrator. I did try a trial of flexi for a while and found that most of the inbuilt things gave pretty amateurish 'bog standard' looking effects. Not sure if it is supposed to be aimed at people with...

Sat Oct 17, 2009 5:17 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: DD Energy - Advice on this van design please?

Replies: 11

Views: 3763

Looks OK, the only thing that immediately stands out is that the main panels on the sides of the van aren't centred over the "performance in building" text underneath, which looks a bit odd, but that could be easily fixed when applying them.

Sat Oct 17, 2009 5:11 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Roland CAMM1 PNC-1100 setup advice.

Replies: 1

Views: 1849

I've got one that I have run on XP with Corel x3 on an up to date PC, so there isnt any reason to run it on older versions of software.

Just use whatever software works on the PC you are running it from.

Thu Oct 15, 2009 6:00 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with an outline problem?

Replies: 11

Views: 3146

I use X3, which is basically the same.

Smart fill is OK, but tends to be too 'automatic' for my liking, doing it manually means you have a lot more control over fine tuning positioning etc...

Thu Oct 15, 2009 5:34 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can anyone help with an outline problem?

Replies: 11

Views: 3146

Do you mean to give the effect of just the offset shadow, without the original text on there ? If so, the way I do it is to make the text, convert to curves, then copy and paste the text so you have two copies of the same thing, one on top of the other. Next move the top one so it is offset from the...

Fri Oct 09, 2009 8:23 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Trying to source sign making software?

Replies: 20

Views: 5673

Best bet is to look on Ebay for either an older version of Draw or Illustrator. You can often get version 8, 9 or 10 of Draw for under a tenner, and the basic program is the same as X4 ( the latest version ) and will do 99% of what you want. I used 9 for years before upgrading recently to 13, but wo...

Thu Oct 01, 2009 9:49 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: can anyone help with my van layout please?

Replies: 6

Views: 2333

I'd agree - bottom one just looks wrong. Top one is OK, bearing in mind from the design the customer seems happy with a fairly basic design without full colour print or wrapping on it. As mentioned above, try fading out the left side of the flag onto the door, and maybe straighten the text. Its alwa...

Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:09 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: vehicle wrap: carbon fibre bently

Replies: 38

Views: 14168

Really cant see the point - the whole reason for using CF on a car is that it is very light but still strong, so gives better performance ( although just doing a bonnet and boot doesnt save that much weight - you'd be as well off taking out the spare wheel or cleaning out the glove box ! ) Coating a...

Wed Sep 09, 2009 5:10 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Scooter Wrap

Replies: 3

Views: 1761

Looks a good job, but to be honest with something like that where the background is just one colour it would be so much easier just to respray all the plastic and stick the logos on top ! ( which is what I would suggest if a customer wanted something similar ) If you know a good trade sprayer, it wo...

Wed Sep 09, 2009 5:05 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: does anyone have information on these new printers?

Replies: 9

Views: 2111

Looks interesting as printing metallics can be useful, although of course it can be done with screen printing easily enough for larger orders.

Will have to wait and see what price the printer is going to be to see if it is worth buying for the amount of work it would do.

Sat Aug 29, 2009 7:58 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Baby on board

Replies: 10

Views: 1167

A lot of those baby on board and similar hanging diamond signs I have seen now seem to be made from very thick cardboard ( 2 - 3mm ), then die cut to shape. I assume these are being mass produced somewhere, so I agree with Rob that you may find you either cant compete on price, or end up making noth...

Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:23 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Advice needed on cutter for new business please

Replies: 34

Views: 15420

I think it also helps if you look at the work you are most likely to be doing - as in Robs case, he bought the biggest he could get, and that's fine if you can afford to do that, but can end up being a waste of money if its more than you need. I started with a 610 Roland cutter, which I still use ev...

Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:59 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: If you go over your expected install time do you charge?

Replies: 17

Views: 1405

Agree with the other posters - if you try and add extra at the end of the job after giving a quote, you're going to get a) one annoyed customer and b) a very hard time actually trying to get the extra money off them. OK, on some jobs you may need to follow Hughs example and say the quote depends on ...

Sat Jul 25, 2009 10:06 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: can anyone help please my printer is going slow

Replies: 21

Views: 2909

If you have system restore running on the PC, try restoring to a point a couple of days before the update was installed and this should fix it without breaking anything else.

Sat Jul 25, 2009 8:56 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: can anyone help please my printer is going slow

Replies: 21

Views: 2909

Have you installed any new software recently ? Only asking as a couple of weeks ago I put the new version of internet explorer on, and suddenly the cutter was running really slowly - cutting a bit, then stopping for a second, then cutting a bit more. Went through everything I could think of, and it ...

Sat Jul 11, 2009 9:32 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: can someone help with exporting please?

Replies: 11

Views: 2840

Agree with above - make the graphic the actual size you want it to be, then export as a JPEG at 300dpi resolution and it should look fine

Fri Jun 26, 2009 5:50 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl Mark Up

Replies: 8

Views: 1302

Its impossible ( or at the least, a surefire way to go out of business quickly ) to apply one set mark up for a job. Lets say we're doing 1 square metre of vinyl - cut, weeded and supplied with app tape for a customer. Would you charge the same for : JOB 1 - 1 square metres worth of the word SALE in...

Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:55 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How many hours per week do you work on average?

Replies: 35

Views: 3953

Something I have found useful as well is to set a time to stop work every day, and stick to it no matter how much you have on, as if you were working for someone else. Doing this means you force yourself to stop working and do something else - even if it is going out doing some gardening, housework ...

Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:41 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: What process do you use for logo design?

Replies: 11

Views: 3413

Dont really see the point of designing it as a jpeg, then vectorising ??? Better to design as a vector in the first place, then you can export that as a jpeg if needed, gives a much better finish, and the vector is better quality as its not just a tidied up conversion. Once the vector is made any co...

Sun Jun 21, 2009 9:02 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How many hours per week do you work on average?

Replies: 35

Views: 3953

Some very good points here - your body can only tolerate working stupid hours for so long, and sooner or later will say enoughs enough - if you're lucky you'll only end up seriously ill and have to take 6 or 12 months off ( during which time your business will suffer ) - if you're unlucky.... With m...

Sun Jun 14, 2009 9:01 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Views on modern day college courses

Replies: 19

Views: 2270

I think the problem is what others have pointed out - it would be far more effective to take someone on, and either teach them yourself, or send them on any short specialist courses they need for the job ( like wrapping etc... ) as part of their work. Lets be honest, if any of us were looking to tak...

Sat Jun 13, 2009 8:26 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland Warranty - How many people have it

Replies: 7

Views: 5991

I have the bronze cover ( obviously not quite as 'special' as Rich ! ) I get a yearly service call where they check the printer and replace any bits that need doing. Haven't needed to call them out since the machine was initially installed, but its like all insurance - nice to know its there for the...

Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:50 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: what is the difference between the VP & SP plotters?

Replies: 6

Views: 2333

I think there was also a difference in the pumps on the VP ???, but the ones on my SP were upgraded to the newer ones when it was serviced. As others have said - the only real benefit seems to be the print speed. But.... the SP/VP is really designed as a print and cut machine, so unless you either p...

Sun May 31, 2009 9:11 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: help with a scooter wrap please?

Replies: 14

Views: 6218

Also, explain to the customer that a printed wrap isn't designed to be a long term fitting - the whole point is that they are relatively short term, if he wants a permenant change, that is what paint is for. Although as noted above, I would suggest a minimum of double the rated lifespan for a scoote...

Tue May 26, 2009 11:21 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Van design completed

Replies: 29

Views: 8342

I think you've done well for the design for a first try, I agree with others that it doesnt look that well applied, and the bubbles in the red would send me mad every time I looked at them, but that is something you gain with experience, and as the van is for selling wheels, not signs then it will b...

Fri May 15, 2009 8:39 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Hi guys!! just wondering how do i price my services??

Replies: 10

Views: 3206

I think you should charge £12, or two for £20

Tue May 12, 2009 8:38 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Straight text on a curved bonnet

Replies: 13

Views: 3800

Honest opinion ? leave it as it is because it looks fine. If you fit something straight to a curved surface, it will only ever look straight when viewed from one position - stand anywhere else and it will look curved. You can pre-curve the line of text so it looks straight on your photo, and will lo...

Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:48 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Roland Camm1 - PNC1100 cutting problems

Replies: 2

Views: 2074

Hi Tony, sounds like your blade is well past replacing - on my PNC1100 I start off with the pressure at 70g on a brand new blade ( for standard vinyl, or 110g for thick stuff like chrome look ) and up it to about 110g as it wears - once it gets to this I replace it as the blade is generally dulled a...

Sat Apr 04, 2009 6:53 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: CAMM 1 pro 1860 perforated cutting problem

Replies: 5

Views: 1813

First thing I would check is the bearing in the blade holder - mine started doing this, and it was because the blade wasnt spinning to the correct angle, and was being dragged through the vinyl.

A liberal coating in WD40 had it working perfectly in no time.

Sat Mar 28, 2009 9:30 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: pcut 630 not working

Replies: 18

Views: 6532

Unfortunately it looks like a case of something bought cheap not being that cheap in the end ! If I have a problem with one of my Roland machines, I phone Roland technical and they normally know exactly how to fix it, or if not I get an engineer sent out as part of the warranty cover I pay for. OK, ...

Tue Mar 24, 2009 6:08 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Serious advice needed re hard drive recovery

Replies: 13

Views: 3132

Get a couple of USB pen drives - they are so cheap now even for large capacity ones. Use one as backup A, and one as backup B - if you back up your files every day for example, use A one day, then B the next and alternate, or backup to both. That way the most you will lose is one or two days work. P...

Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:57 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vectorising (Best Software / Method) recommendation

Replies: 22

Views: 2553

Have looked at various software, but to be honest, unless you have a very good image to start with, or its a very basic logo, then none of them really do a very good job once you zoom in and look at the details. ( Vector Magic included, which is no better than Corel for most things ) Only way to get...

Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:26 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: which sould i choose a wide format printer or CNC router?

Replies: 15

Views: 1534

I agree with others that generally its not worth investing in expensive equipment in the hope it may bring in enough work to pay for itself. When I bought the SP300V it was a logical step from making cut vinyl, and meant a lot of full colour jobs we were having to turn down, or spend ages making fro...

Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:00 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: I need help I was advised to purchase the wrong printer

Replies: 19

Views: 3660

Realistically ? you've got very little chance of returning the printer - as you are trade, it was a business to business sale, and isn't covered by the same sort of consumer laws as retail purchases ( the basic idea being that being in the trade, you are supposed to know what you are buying, so you ...

Tue Feb 24, 2009 6:31 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: "It is our own fault"...

Replies: 42

Views: 4830

I suppose the difference is with this being a web forum - there are people on here from all over the world, and being given advice on materials, methods etc... rarely steps on someone elses toes or takes bread from their table. Having someone come along 5 minutes walk from your business doing the sa...

Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:46 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: "It is our own fault"...

Replies: 42

Views: 4830

I don't think the competition is anything new, but with the influx of cheap Chinese cutters, its never been easier for people to get into the sign industry ( it wasn't that long ago that you'd need to be investing serious money into equipment to get started ). But... the acchiles heel of the cheap c...

Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:03 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Very newbie ques about xbike and other outdoors applications

Replies: 6

Views: 920

Agree with the others - at the least you will need an SP300 and a good laminator, so with a seperate PC to run them and bits and bobs you're looking at close to £10,000 to set up. A second hand printer can be a good deal, but bear in mind the heads are very expensive to fix if they go wrong, and you...

Wed Dec 24, 2008 5:56 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: King Vinyl Cutter - Can't get it working......HELP!!!

Replies: 26

Views: 10722

I think the brand of the machine will be Kingcut rather than just King - so try googling for this and see if you can find the proper drivers, AFAIK they are the same as the P-Cut machines, just with a different badge on them, so it may be worth trying the drivers for that as well. Get any Pcut or Ki...

Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:35 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Why does my VersaCamm turn off halfway though a job?

Replies: 12

Views: 4235

Agree it could be the sleep mode on the PC, but another thing to check... Is the USB cable you are using a proper shielded one ? Our SP300 would sometimes not be found by the PC when we switched it on - most of the time it would, but it seemed quite random. Turns out the problem was an unshielded US...

Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:12 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Graphic application ideas

Replies: 5

Views: 750

Years ago I worked in a factory that had auto labellers for all their stuff, and some of these were odd shaped bottles etc... The labelling machine was built in as part of the automated conveyer system, so the empty bottles went in one end, got filled, the lids screwed on, then went under the labell...

Fri Oct 31, 2008 9:58 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: King cutters

Replies: 7

Views: 2776

Kingcut are just rebadged PCut machines ( either that or one company is directly copying the design of the other ) from the ones I have seen. Possibly OK for light hobby work or occasional use, but given the choice I would look for a used Roland or better quality machine if you intend on using it to...

Tue Sep 16, 2008 10:11 am

Forum: Uniform Printers

Topic: What resolution do you print at for general signage?

Replies: 6

Views: 2604

I find the size of the finished item makes a big difference - on very large prints, that are going to be viewed from a long distance then low resolutions are OK, but for small stuff I alwys do them in very high resolution as they tend to be looked at more closely, and the pixelation from low res pri...

Mon Sep 08, 2008 8:48 am

Forum: Pcut Cutters

Topic: can anyone help have problems with p-cut & flexisign ple

Replies: 14

Views: 7564

:D

Sat Sep 06, 2008 8:47 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: what would be the fastest way to trace this image please?

Replies: 14

Views: 2670

If I was doing it and wanted it to be very accurate and uniform I would... Draw a circle, then use the arc tool to change it into a partial curve - from say 230 to 310 degrees - this way you know it is symmetrical and the curve is the same either side of the lowest point Copy and Paste, then rotate ...

Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:35 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Roland sp-300 resolution help...

Replies: 4

Views: 1071

What is possibly happening is that when you export into Corel the image resolution is being reduced ? either that or when you export from Corel it is being reduced there. In any case, somewhere along the line the image resolution is being reduced by some of the software you are using, so check the i...

Fri Aug 22, 2008 4:56 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: how do i create a semi automatic system for weeding?

Replies: 18

Views: 5410

What a load of carp that weeding machine is !!! Apart from the fact that it doesnt weed the centres of letters, which would be about the only real benefit of a weeding machine, watching the demo video on their site, it takes about 5 times longer than I can do a sheet by hand ( removing the main bulk...

Thu Aug 21, 2008 5:09 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: why am i not receiving email via AOL email addreses?

Replies: 14

Views: 2758

The problem is that AOL is a load of rubbish, and will either block emails or send them straight to the junk or spam folder, especially if someone sends you more than one email or something with attachments. 9 times out of 10 when you send someone email to an aol account you know they arent going to...

Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:20 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: what blades shoud i buy genuine graphtec or Edward Mathis?

Replies: 54

Views: 5414

Have to say that I have tried various suppliers of pattern blades, and not one has been as good as the originals. An original blade costs me more, but will last 10 times as long as the cheapo resharpened ones, many of which seem half blunt to start with, and wear out a lot quicker. I also tried some...

Thu Jul 10, 2008 5:36 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Two Large format printers for the price of one

Replies: 3

Views: 1625

Here is a bit of a giveaway on there ABOUT US page : SuryaTamaIndah.Com is a leading in national and international supplier of Consumer Electronics products such as Printers,Game Console,Mobile Phone Any far eastern company selling cheap mobiles and games consoles is dodgy - bar none, there are NO l...

Thu Jul 10, 2008 5:31 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Roland Camm-1 Servo GX-24 cutting problems

Replies: 8

Views: 3843

As a quick check convert your text to curves, set the fill as clear and the outline as black at 0.001mm - now zoom out and select everything, and click the outline as black again. If there are any other things on the graphic that shouldnt be there you will be able to see them. Also, check your artwo...

Tue Jul 08, 2008 8:20 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: What vinyl to be used on a helmet visor?

Replies: 8

Views: 1085

There are some companies that sell holographic visors - these are see through from the inside, but show the image on the outside - is this what your customer is thinking of ? You can put graphics on visors if they are very small and around the edges of the visor so they dont impair the riders view, ...

Thu Jun 26, 2008 4:47 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: whats the best way to make money?

Replies: 89

Views: 11122

Looks like an OK deal - another place to try is Roland directly as I bought my printer from them which was an ex-display one they had used as a demonstrator at a few shows and got a good price. As to if you need the larger one - depends on if you need to print larger things really ! :D Most of the s...

Wed Jun 25, 2008 4:45 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: fading to white using signlab and versacamm

Replies: 1

Views: 1378

I've found the best method in Corel is not to use the two colour fade and go from say black to white, but to use the custom fill where you can add extra steps or colours to the fade, and put an extra white point in close to the white end of the fade -this gives you the fade over most of the area, bu...

Tue Jun 17, 2008 8:27 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: is fluorescent vinyl suitable for window graphics?

Replies: 7

Views: 964

Fluorescent is only really suitable for short term or indoor use - if you put it on a window, where it is likely to be exposed to a lot of sunlight it will fade and look awful in as little as a couple of months. Most of the suppliers only rate their fluoro stuff at 6 months or so. If customers ask f...

Fri Jun 13, 2008 8:25 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: where can i get a camm 1pro cutting strip please?

Replies: 5

Views: 1536

Pretty sure you cant get the cutting strips, but if you ask Roland you can get the cutting strips for the PC60 which will work OK - they arent quite as wide but still work fine.

You can get the blades anywhere as they are the same as used on all the more modern Roland machines.

Thu Jun 05, 2008 4:43 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: How much would you pay for a second hand SP300

Replies: 9

Views: 2374

I would say around £4K would be right - it would depend though on when it was last serviced, when were the heads last changed etc...

Sat May 24, 2008 8:45 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: why does the gradient lines not look right when converted?

Replies: 5

Views: 1208

The method I use, is when making the gradient set the number of steps to 1000, this gives a nice smooth colour fade. When you export as an EPS make sure you keep the resolution high and you should have no problems printing.

Tue May 13, 2008 7:58 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: why is paint coming off vehicle when removing vinyl?

Replies: 29

Views: 3401

There's something fishy here - for a start it wouldn't need a complete respray, only repairing the damaged areas ( if your car scraped the bumper, they wouldn't respray the complete car to fix it ! ) It does sound like either a lash up of a paint job, or that the paint was still really fresh and had...

Sun Apr 27, 2008 4:21 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: vector logos

Replies: 5

Views: 1671

Corel X3 has a good inbuilt autotrace function - if you have a decent JPEG ( 600 dpi or above ) then you can sometimes get a fairly good vector that doesnt need too much tidying. For creating vectors from scratch I use Draw, but mainly just because thats what I learned to use from the beginning, so ...

Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:54 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Average cost

Replies: 7

Views: 2285

I think we all get customers like this sometimes ( often either builders or boy racers ) - 'I want some signs for my van, how much will they cost ?' 'What sort of thing are you looking for, sir ?' 'I dunno, just something good' 'Well, if you give us a rough idea of the sort of look you want, sizes e...

Fri Apr 25, 2008 5:06 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Metallic Print Vinyl ?

Replies: 7

Views: 1472

Thanks, will maybe check with Roland first to see if they can reccomend anything as the machine is under warranty !

Fri Apr 25, 2008 4:48 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Metallic Print Vinyl ?

Replies: 7

Views: 1472

Metallic Print Vinyl ?

Getting plenty of use from my SP300V, but there is one thing I havent been able to do ! Does anyone know of anywhere that supplies metallic silver and/or gold print vinyl ? At the moment when I need to I either print an approximation, which is OK for small areas, or layer cut vinyl for larger jobs, ...

Thu Apr 24, 2008 12:51 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland SP540V Cutting problem

Replies: 6

Views: 1915

If it is the bearings then it will be random as sometimes the blade will be straight, but then as the vinyl moves forward or back it will try and spin the blade but the bearings will stick. Our PNC1000 did exactly the same thing, left perforated cuts instead of straight lines and the WD40 fixed it s...

Thu Apr 24, 2008 12:20 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland SP540V Cutting problem

Replies: 6

Views: 1915

If the blade is new, it could be that the bearings in the blade holder need cleaning ( this can often stop the blade spinning properly and cause it to drag over the vinyl ).

I do mine with some WD40 every couple of months - spray plenty in and spin the bearing round to get it evenly dsitributed.

Sun Apr 20, 2008 8:19 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Volvo Sweden now offer new wrapped cars as an option

Replies: 9

Views: 6686

Is it just me who thinks they are going to sell very few of these ? Apart from most of the designs looking awful, people who buy Volvos are older and quite conservative, and arent going to want their car they have just spent £20K + on to look like some kids have attacked it with a load of crayons. I...

Wed Apr 16, 2008 8:18 am

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: which ink should i use in my cadet please?

Replies: 9

Views: 2703

I'm pretty sure you cant use Versaworks seperately from a Roland printer as it looks for the printer when it loads up, and wont work if it cant detect it.

Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:10 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: vector logos

Replies: 5

Views: 1671

Learn to make your own ! Seriously, if you cant produce a vector yourself, and cant find one on one of the above sites ( which are very good, but often the logos arent correct or need extra work when you download them ) what would you do then ? Downloading ones is fine to save time if you can find t...

Fri Apr 04, 2008 8:55 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Does anyone charge for proofs?

Replies: 10

Views: 1380

It tends to depend on what the job is, generally we wont provide a proof, but will send one out after payment up front, then make any changes that the customer wants before making up the order. If it is something fairly simple like just manipulating fonts that only takes 5 minutes then we do sometim...

Tue Apr 01, 2008 4:13 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Printer cutter for motorcycle graphics?

Replies: 9

Views: 2975

Ash, I occasionally do some work doing restoration decals for bikes, and I can tell you that the market is VERY small, and chance of getting repeat orders even smaller unfortunately. The problem being that most old bikes arent classics, they are just 'old' and the owners dont generally want to spend...

Fri Mar 21, 2008 9:47 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cheap Chinese Plotters

Replies: 93

Views: 43705

My first cutter was a PNC1000 - it was about fourth or fifth hand when I bought it ( IIRC I paid around £700 for it ), and its still going strong and getting plenty of use. This machine is now something like 10+ years old - I wouldnt like to say that the cheaply made plastic chinese cutters would la...

Thu Mar 20, 2008 9:05 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Help, and Input needed

Replies: 4

Views: 1595

I thought that if you bought the full version of Flexi they threw in a PCut cutter with it :wink: or am I getting it the wring way round....

Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:10 am

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: what are the best settings for tracing images in illustrator

Replies: 6

Views: 2916

Had a look at that vector magic site - to be honest the tracing is about the same as Corel X3 only with less parameters to tweak, so isnt something I would bother paying for. ( In fact, the tracing is suspiciously similar to Corel, so I think they may have based their version on that ! ). If you hav...

Sun Mar 16, 2008 1:03 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: whats the best way to make money?

Replies: 89

Views: 11122

Simon illustrates a good point - any business that has to borrow a lot of money to start up is always going to be at a disadvantage and will struggle for the first years until the loan is paid off. If you look at a lot of businesses that have ended up quite large, a lot started very small and built ...

Sat Mar 15, 2008 9:22 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: Decision Help -Roland camm 1 GX-24

Replies: 10

Views: 4827

Would agree with the above advice - there is plenty you can do with just a cutter until the amount of work justifies buying a printer. Whatever you do, dont inkjet print signs and then laminate them - even with laminating they are going to fade really quickly, and you'll have a lot of unhappy custom...

Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:38 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: graphic help please need my logo re-vamped?

Replies: 44

Views: 5742

It is a bit - hadnt noticed that until you mentioned it :D

Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:16 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: graphic help please need my logo re-vamped?

Replies: 44

Views: 5742

Based on the direction you seem to be going, maybe something more like this ( quick 5 min job ) ? http://www.uksignboards.com/files/graphic1_761.jpg Keeps the bold look but should also stand out from a distance. Its also a vector graphic so you can rescale from 1mm to 1 mile if needed !

Sun Mar 09, 2008 9:36 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: Whitemans direct

Replies: 43

Views: 10846

Looks very good. On the subject of impersonating police etc... I turned down a job a couple of weeks ago from a customer who wanted their bike ( white Honda Pan European ) done in reflective yellow and blue checks - would have looked exactly like a Police traffic bike. Had to point out to the custom...

Tue Feb 26, 2008 11:42 am

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: OEM inks or Roland Inks?

Replies: 26

Views: 5577

Shane, I see your point and agree to an extent, but its the same as say the warranty on a new vehicle - you have to get it serviced at a main dealer to keep the warranty, you may get better service and cheaper prices at an independent dealer, but if the warranty states you use the main dealer, that'...

Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:20 am

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: OEM inks or Roland Inks?

Replies: 26

Views: 5577

I would imagine Roland are being pretty protective to keep the revenue they get from ink sales and servicing. Personally speaking though, as I pay for the warranty cover from Roland, if they say I have to use OEM inks, then that's what I'll use. OK, I may save money if I used 3rd party ones, but the...

Sat Feb 23, 2008 9:47 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: more than one pass

Replies: 17

Views: 3286

I use 2x overprinting for certain jobs on my SP300V - I find that for certain shades of orange or blue it gives a much better result on solid blocks of colour if I lighten the image, then overprint x2 ( so you get basically the same shade ) rather than just printing once with the graphic as original...

Wed Jan 30, 2008 5:37 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: what would you do if customer went elsewhere with your work?

Replies: 22

Views: 2715

The classic one I have had is people asking for something cheap because 'they want to order 50 of them, but want to see one first' - nearly always for something that involves lots of time making up the artwork. Always tell them that I'll charge them the artwork setup fee and full price for the one d...

Sun Jan 20, 2008 9:34 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Advice on Unit Size & Price please?

Replies: 26

Views: 3522

Depends entirely on how much money you make and if the cost of the unit justifies it, the location, if you need passing trade etc... Around me industrial units tend to go from £6 - £12 per square foot, but it is a very expensive area for commercial property. My 'unit' costs me £0 per year, is big en...

Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:27 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl Choice for roland printer on ecosol max inks

Replies: 13

Views: 2443

Hi Rich - seem to be doing the same as you at the moment ! Strange coincidence after both owning the same PC60 that we've ended up in the same place with printers. I've tried a few others, but stuck with the MD-5 - I did find that printing on its own profile didnt give great results though, so use t...

Thu Dec 20, 2007 9:29 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: How much should I pay for this much printing?

Replies: 14

Views: 1687

I think the price sounds fair if it is for 8 pass instead of 4 when you factor in all the extra time, ink etc... It would also depend how busy the supplier is, if they are going to have to tie up their only printer for 3 days on one job, and put everything else back, then I doubt they will give a bi...

Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:52 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Versa maintenance during the hols

Replies: 8

Views: 1279

Was also told this by the Roland tech that the SP300 does the same cleaning, leave it plugged in with the power on the socket on, but the printer turned off, and it will wake itself up and do a clean as needed. I was a bit concerned about how much ink it would use, as its wasted, but he told me it i...

Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:08 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: How do you actually export a jpeg that is not too big?

Replies: 12

Views: 2674

With the colours, if you set your palette in Corel as the photopaint one it is a bit better, but the colour thing has always been a problem in Corel - what you see on the screen isnt the same when you convert it to a JPEG ! Same with printing from Corel - you can do the artwork in Corel then send it...

Thu Nov 22, 2007 8:59 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Roland, few problems

Replies: 72

Views: 8083

From the sound of it the machine is knackered :cry: - at the least I would guess it needs a new pump and heads, and possibly some of the other ancillary parts as well.

Has the owner got a warranty with Roland for it ?

Mon Nov 12, 2007 7:10 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Quick versaworks cutting question

Replies: 5

Views: 1099

I make the artwork in Corel X3 - will have to try putting things in a different order to see how that effects it.

Normally I'll be cutting lots of things at once, say 10 or 20 different designs on the one sheet, so it could be something to do with that

Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:38 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Quick versaworks cutting question

Replies: 5

Views: 1099

Quick versaworks cutting question

Cant see an obvious thing in the cutting options, problem is this - if for example the artwork was MY ART WORK when it comes to cutting, rather than cutting the M then the Y then the outside of the A, inside of the A etc... the cutting order will hop around from one letter to another, so it may cut ...

Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:30 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: SP300 contour cutting problem

Replies: 13

Views: 2402

Looking at the specs of the VP it doesnt look any better than the SP for 99% of stuff really - the SP should be fine for all the work I do as most of it is smaller stuff rather than big prints for wraps etc... Everything got a bit delayed with buying the new house, moving, doing stuff on the new hou...

Sat Nov 10, 2007 5:44 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: SP300 contour cutting problem

Replies: 13

Views: 2402

Long story Rich ! :cry: - basically it was an ex-demo machine I bought just over a year ago - at the time I told them it wasnt going to be used for a while so would be in storage. Somewhere along the line some wires got crossed, and it wasnt flushed out like it should have been for storing before de...

Sat Nov 10, 2007 2:11 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: SP300 contour cutting problem

Replies: 13

Views: 2402

OK, have had a play around with it again today - found out that printing with crop marks makes the aligment a lot better - it is still a tiny bit out, but not so much that is really noticable, and putting a small bleed on the artwork covers it up. Have got the warranty on the machine, so should real...

Sat Nov 10, 2007 9:47 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: SP300 contour cutting problem

Replies: 13

Views: 2402

Thanks Peter - I have done the standard setup in the menu, did try to do the auto one, but it beeped and came up with a message 'service 0111' or something - apparently means its something an engineer has to come out for ? Is it possible to get into the service menu yourself ? On most graphics a ble...

Fri Nov 09, 2007 4:10 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: SP300 contour cutting problem

Replies: 13

Views: 2402

Thanks both, I did do the environmental check but it didnt seem to make much difference. I know I can get around it by putting the cut line inside the graphic by a bit to stop the white edge, but this is still quite fiddly when it should be easier to setup the cutter in the first place to cut in the...

Fri Nov 09, 2007 2:22 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: SP300 contour cutting problem

Replies: 13

Views: 2402

SP300 contour cutting problem

Have just recently got the machine and printing is fine, but have a small problem when contour cutting. Cutting appears to go fine, but when weeded you can see that the cutline isnt correctly positioned where it should be - the cut always looks like it is offset very slightly down and to the left, s...

Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:06 pm

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: Can anyone help please with complicated layout?

Replies: 19

Views: 8837

Glad you got it sorted out in the end - learning how to properly vectorise is probably the most useful tool you can have as a signmaker or graphic designer - without it you are stuffed trying to do custom work, and can only produce simple text or logo from the standard clipart CD-Roms etc... You can...

Mon Oct 22, 2007 5:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Met Police Logo. You're nicked!

Replies: 16

Views: 2627

Sounds like your client is being a bit of a PITA to say the least - personally I cant see why he is so dead set on having the logo on the posters for something the MET obviously arent endorsing anyway ??? I would stick to my guns and say you have spoken to the MET and they have said no way, and the ...

Fri Oct 19, 2007 8:36 am

Forum: Flexi Sign Software

Topic: Can anyone help please with complicated layout?

Replies: 19

Views: 8837

Sue, I think the problem you are having is the way you are going about it. What you need to be able to do is vectorise the image properly, then split each colour into a cutting file. I have noticed this before in Adobe ( I believe Flexi uses the Illustrator graphic tools ? ) produced vectors - the v...

Fri Oct 19, 2007 8:21 am

Forum: Pcut Cutters

Topic: Does anyone have contact details for repair in scotland?

Replies: 11

Views: 7073

Assuming you did test the power supply to make sure it was definitely dead ( and checked any internal or external fuses on the machine ) - in general power supplies stop working because one of the electrolytic capacitors fails ( the large dark blue caps with the metal tops ) - the only other thing t...

Thu Oct 18, 2007 7:26 pm

Forum: Pcut Cutters

Topic: Does anyone have contact details for repair in scotland?

Replies: 11

Views: 7073

In fact, if you cant get this info, the only way I can see you can make sure you connect it up correctly is to find someone with a working one and get them to measure the voltage on the output terminals and tell you which colour wire is for which voltage. Dont assume that the 5 terminals are in the ...

Thu Oct 18, 2007 7:23 pm

Forum: Pcut Cutters

Topic: Does anyone have contact details for repair in scotland?

Replies: 11

Views: 7073

Do you mean the connections for the output terminals ( the 5-0-0-12-36 ) part ? If the old board isnt working ( i.e. no power going to the output terminals ), without a schematic your a bit stuck as you know what the output voltages are, but not which colour wires they need connecting to, and if you...

Thu Oct 18, 2007 9:50 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: how to price for design work

Replies: 57

Views: 5855

I think we all know that some customers deserve to be fobbed off and gotten rid of asap though :D Typical one I had was a bloke who wanted a complete custom design for his bike, when asked for some more rough idea what he was looking for, he said 'just something cool' - and from that I am supposed t...

Thu Oct 18, 2007 8:26 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: how to price for design work

Replies: 57

Views: 5855

I can see Steves point, but I don't think it always applies to signs - when you go to a builder to quote you for building a wall, you aren't asking them to design a completely new style of wall from scratch, which will take a lot of time - they come with a tape measure, and have a standard cost per ...

Thu Oct 11, 2007 8:15 am

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: what would be the benefits of having photoshop in business?

Replies: 12

Views: 4577

Having used both I would say most of the things you can do in Photoshop can also be done in Corel Paint. For a signmaker I would think Photoshop is a bit of overkill as you probably wont use half the features it has, and you still need your vector program for cutting. Photoshop is really more of a v...

Tue Sep 18, 2007 8:39 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: What Gram Force is usual ?

Replies: 13

Views: 4165

On my Roland it would be 80g with a brand new blade, going up to 100g as the blade wears ( then its replaced ) - if cutting chrome or thick material it would be 130g for a new blade, up to 160g as it wears. I have found with the cheap resharpened blades that they need a heavier force - they also wea...

Tue Sep 04, 2007 4:33 pm

Forum: Pcut Cutters

Topic: Problems with P-Cut and its users?

Replies: 16

Views: 7989

The only reason I wouldnt buy something like a P Cut is I dont think it would stand up to the amount of work we do - they dont look particularly well made and I wouldnt like to guess how soon they would pack up if used seriously. As others say, there is nothing wrong with buying a cheap cutter as a ...

Mon Sep 03, 2007 4:00 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: whats the best way to create an underline in X3 please?

Replies: 8

Views: 2161

The way I would do it - First convert your text to curves, then get rid of the fill, and put an outline on it of 0.001mm. This is as thin as Corel will show you on the screen - now make the rectangle, convert to curves and set the outline at 0.001mm. Put the rectangle roughly in position where you w...

Wed Aug 15, 2007 9:47 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Vectorizing

Replies: 65

Views: 22604

My comments also weren't really bashing people with PCuts etc... - just the ones who think that being a signmaker just involves buying a Pcut, a knockoff copy of Flexi and a couple of CD-Roms of vectors :D [ From now on any mention of Pcutters will refer directly to these sort of people, not just so...

Tue Aug 14, 2007 10:27 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Vectorizing

Replies: 65

Views: 22604

I do agree with lifesigns in a way, but saying that, when you are running a business you use the tools / methods that are most cost effective - if I know it will be quicker to scan an image and use software to vectorise rather than recreating the logo from scratch, then I'll do that. But - as you sa...

Mon Aug 13, 2007 9:04 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Vectorizing

Replies: 65

Views: 22604

I would get a copy of Corel x3 - the vectorising tools in it are very good. One note though - generally with vectorising in any software you wont get a very accurate vector version unless the BMP / JPEG is very high resolution and doesnt include too many colours - anything under 600dpi and you will ...

Fri Aug 03, 2007 8:46 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: signlab.. or flexisign

Replies: 64

Views: 11294

Might upset a few people here, but I think creating artwork in either Corel or Illustrator ( basically the same program, as are all vector artwork software - its only straight and curved lines after all ! ) is the best way. If you can create your artwork in a vector program, then you can export to a...

Sun Jul 29, 2007 8:29 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: where can i buy a cutter protection strip for a pnc5000?

Replies: 3

Views: 1354

Give Roland a ring - they may not have the 5000 ones available anymore but they normally have the ones for the PC600 and you can often improvise and use the ones from other machines.

I needed some for our PNC1000 and they only had the PC600 ones, which are thinner but still work OK.

Thu Jul 19, 2007 4:42 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: text cutting problems

Replies: 18

Views: 4154

In theory, the cutter will only cut what is on the graphic, so the lines must be on there somewhere. When I work in text with Corel I do it this way : 1. Write out the text you want. 2. Convert to curves. 3. Make the text infill clear 4. Give the text a black outline - while the text is selected thi...

Fri May 18, 2007 10:33 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: roland PC60

Replies: 4

Views: 1280

According to Roland, you dont necessarily have to alter the voltage depending on what the original head was and what the replacement is. When I changed the head on the machine Richard bought from me it was only something like 0.2 or 0.3 V difference between the old and new ones, and when I phoned Ro...

Sun Apr 29, 2007 7:56 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign backing plates - plastic / metal ??

Replies: 2

Views: 846

Thanks Martin, they are for wall fitting so metal probably will be the best option.

Mike

Sat Apr 28, 2007 6:41 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Sign backing plates - plastic / metal ??

Replies: 2

Views: 846

Sign backing plates - plastic / metal ??

Need to make up some no parking signs, anyone know of a good supplier for the backing boards - sign itself will be cut vinyl lettering straight onto the board. Either thinking of something like 3mm plastic ( acrylic ? ) sheet, or 1mm ish metal sheet. Need a supplier that does small orders and will o...

Thu Apr 26, 2007 4:07 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Setting up a print room for Versacamm ?

Replies: 7

Views: 1432

Thanks Brooke, some more things to think about there.

Thu Apr 26, 2007 8:43 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Setting up a print room for Versacamm ?

Replies: 7

Views: 1432

Thanks for the replies, was planning on maybe setting up some sort of washing lines or similar to hang the prints from while they dry, so thats a good tip. I can fit extractor fans into the wall easily enough, and the room does have a window, was just wondering on the best position for the fans. I g...

Thu Apr 26, 2007 8:03 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Setting up a print room for Versacamm ?

Replies: 7

Views: 1432

Setting up a print room for Versacamm ?

Having just moved I need to set up a print room for my new Versacamm and would appreciate any other owners advice or ideas. Have a room a bit smaller than a single garage, and want to set it up as a dedicated printing room. The printer is using ecosol inks, and I know Roland say there is no need for...

Sat Mar 17, 2007 2:23 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: * Time to OUT some UKSB history *

Replies: 64

Views: 18468

Speaking as someone who didn't have any idea that all this was going on ( don't read trade mags, and this is the only sign board I use ) I can only say that the actions of the people involved sadly don't surprise me. Its a sad fact that many people in business don't seem to be able to rely on their ...

Fri Feb 09, 2007 5:56 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: does anyone use metamark 4 series and how did you find it?

Replies: 8

Views: 2236

Have been using Metamark 4 for basic stuff for a while, never had any problems with it and the price is good. Also use their clear app tape and some of the specialist vinyls. Only problem I have had is with the couriers not delivering next day when they are supposed to, but thats down to them rather...

Wed Oct 25, 2006 8:39 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: CAR REG PLATES - SUPPLIER OF EQUIP?

Replies: 33

Views: 5843

Rich, are you about ? need to ask you a small favour that your PC600 should be perfect for

If you havent got my email address anymore its (mod-edit) cheers
mike

Thu Jul 13, 2006 10:41 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: price for second user 24 inc camm1 ?

Replies: 6

Views: 707

Will email you now

Mike

Thu Jul 13, 2006 9:05 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: price for second user 24 inc camm1 ?

Replies: 6

Views: 707

Hi Freddy, have a CAMM1 PNC1000A that I'd part with if you're interested - in the UK as well, very good condition, new cutting strip fitted etc.. etc...

I use another one of these as my main cutter and they are absolute workhorses.

Mike

Tue Jul 11, 2006 10:59 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: OK, thinking of getting a vinyl printer - HELP !!!

Replies: 9

Views: 2133

Other reason I was more drawn towards the Ecosol system was that I had read that with the full solvent inks the printer needs to be left on all the time, and that they were more prone to blockages etc... Anyone know if this is that case that with the Ecosol you can turn the machine off and not use i...

Tue Jul 11, 2006 9:41 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: OK, thinking of getting a vinyl printer - HELP !!!

Replies: 9

Views: 2133

Thanks for that Stephen, with the ventilation, the room wont be fully ventilated initially ( apart from open windows, fan etc... ) but I would probably get an extraction system sorted out at some point. I had considered the rubbing off thing after reading reports on here before, so was planning on u...

Tue Jul 11, 2006 8:41 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: OK, thinking of getting a vinyl printer - HELP !!!

Replies: 9

Views: 2133

Thanks Brian, had pretty much decided against any thermal printers as the PC600 I had before was OK for small stickers, but wasnt so good on larger ones. Am leaning towards getting a Cadet - most of the places I've seen selling them include rip software, and I've got a decent laptop spare I could ru...

Sun Jul 09, 2006 10:58 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Vinyl Print & Cut wanted

Replies: 0

Views: 338

Vinyl Print & Cut wanted

Looking for a vinyl print and cut, preferably one using eco sol inks or that could be converted to run on them ( due to where it needs to be situated ). Only really need something entry level like a Cadet, so if anyone knows of anything going, or is thinking of upgrading and wants to sell their old ...

Sun Jul 09, 2006 8:53 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: OK, thinking of getting a vinyl printer - HELP !!!

Replies: 9

Views: 2133

Thanks Rob, will give them a shout.

Another option I thought may be a possibility would be leasing a machine ? anyone on here do that ?

Sat Jul 08, 2006 9:48 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: OK, thinking of getting a vinyl printer - HELP !!!

Replies: 9

Views: 2133

OK, thinking of getting a vinyl printer - HELP !!!

Have been thinking a lot recently about getting into vinyl printing rather than just cutting as it'll allow me to expand what I'm doing. So.... looking at cheap(er) eco-sol printers as I dont really want to have to go for the full solvent setup due to where the machine will be used. What would peopl...

Tue Nov 08, 2005 11:01 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Miss March - For Fun & Charity

Replies: 488

Views: 108044

If the girls dont start pos(t)ing I'll be forced to put stockings on myself and drape myself over the bike, which wont be pretty !

Mon Nov 07, 2005 1:36 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Edge Printing - water slide transfer paper?

Replies: 6

Views: 1969

Just remembered something - I did try using the alps paper in the PC600, and it seemed like the PC600 head was running too hot for the paper and it made it seperate and the ink not stick properly - I dont know what voltages the head on the Edge runs at, so not sure if it would do the same. I have go...

Sun Nov 06, 2005 11:59 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Miss March - For Fun & Charity

Replies: 488

Views: 108044

Come on then boys, get the bids in for charity - how much to see the ladies draped across a Ducati ??? :D

( lets face it, if we all chip in, they'll feel to guilty to refuse :bigwink: )

Sun Nov 06, 2005 11:32 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Miss March - For Fun & Charity

Replies: 488

Views: 108044

And quick message for Leigh - I own one of the same bikes used in the matrix pic of you ( in red though, not black ) so if you fancy whipping on your PVC (?) :lol1:

Sun Nov 06, 2005 11:29 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Ebay prices

Replies: 41

Views: 5631

Only if you want to spend most of your day dealing with complete muppets ! :D

Sun Nov 06, 2005 11:23 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Ebay prices

Replies: 41

Views: 5631

Andrew - the problem is that you can report sellers you think are not registered, but there are so many of them that you could do it as a full time job ! It can be done anon though, so there isnt any comeback on reporters. As for being a grass - I have no problem with this if someone is costing me m...

Sun Nov 06, 2005 10:19 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Miss March - For Fun & Charity

Replies: 488

Views: 108044

Great thread :D - a bit too much male flesh though - how come some of the blokes whip off their kit at the first opportunity ? think we may have some ( not so secret now ) closet exhibitionists on here ! I would of course love to join in, but erm.... my cameras broken, and its very cold here today, ...

Sun Nov 06, 2005 10:03 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Ebay prices

Replies: 41

Views: 5631

One of the reasons a lot of the Ebay sellers do them so cheap is that they arent registered with the IR and arent paying tax :evil: One bloke running from his bedroom with no overheads and doing it as a sideline to their day job can afford to make next to no money as its just a bonus for them. The I...

Sat Nov 05, 2005 10:58 am

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Info on printing on mugs please ?

Replies: 8

Views: 2926

Possibly, am looking into the different methods a bit more to see what the best setup will be

Fri Nov 04, 2005 6:27 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Edge Printing - water slide transfer paper?

Replies: 6

Views: 1969

www.beldecal.com do inkjet and laser / thermal printer waterslide paper - the thermal stuff is designed for Alps / Citizen printers but may work OK on the Edge as well

Fri Nov 04, 2005 11:50 am

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Info on printing on mugs please ?

Replies: 8

Views: 2926

Thanks, will have a look through that.

Mike

p.s. if anyone has any old equipment they are willing to sell that would be suitable I'll consider it

Fri Nov 04, 2005 10:17 am

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Info on printing on mugs please ?

Replies: 8

Views: 2926

Info on printing on mugs please ?

Not something I've bothered with before but am thinking of doing it as someone has approched me asking - printing onto mugs. The designs would be simple one colour bold ones probably onto white mugs, so wouldnt need anything really fancy, and preferably a cheap method that gives good quality. Would ...

Fri Sep 30, 2005 12:04 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: what vinyl can i lacquer over?

Replies: 8

Views: 6402

TBH unless you can create vectors from scratch, you're going to have a lot of problems. There are CD's etc.. available with various logos on, but a lot of them are wrong, and mostly only for older bikes ( e.g. nothing for models in the past 5 years ). Nobody does outlines of bikes, so again, this is...

Fri Sep 16, 2005 7:06 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Guitar porn - Do you play a musical instrument?

Replies: 67

Views: 18583

Jill, it wasnt the BCR, but was nearly as bad - I was hired because the man in question wanted a flashy young guitar player as a sort of on stage stooge - at the time I had hair down to my ar5e and used to dress pretty flash anyway. Never been a fan of Vai etc.... I come from a more song based backg...

Fri Sep 16, 2005 8:24 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Guitar porn - Do you play a musical instrument?

Replies: 67

Views: 18583

And just in case anyone was planning on auditioning for The X Factor in the hope of becoming a pop star, I'd like to point out I make a damn sight more money chopping up bits of vinyl than I ever did mesing around in bands ( and thats despite having a record deal as well ! ).

Fri Sep 16, 2005 8:21 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Guitar porn - Do you play a musical instrument?

Replies: 67

Views: 18583

I was never really into playing covers apart from when I first started learning as we always did original stuff, but I did once do a gig when I was about 18 standing in with a mates band - had to play HOTRS, All Right Now etc.... all the classics - only problem was, coming from more of a punk and gl...

Thu Sep 15, 2005 12:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Guitar porn - Do you play a musical instrument?

Replies: 67

Views: 18583

:D :D :D :D Must point out most of these were bought 10 years ago when prices were a bit cheaper, plus a few from the USA picked up in second hand shops etc... The 1960 Custom is my favourite, even though its not mint and has been refinished in the past ( plus they didnt make many so they are pretty...

Thu Sep 15, 2005 11:19 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics: Tribal

Replies: 3

Views: 676

Anyone heard the saying 'polishing a turd' :lol1:

{and this is in no way a dig at the OP, more the disbelief of the things some people will put on their mums car to make it look like it goes faster}

Thu Sep 15, 2005 11:18 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Vehicle Graphics: Tribal

Replies: 3

Views: 676

Anyone heard the saying 'polishing a turd' :lol1:

{and this is in no way a dig at the OP, more the disbelief of the things some people will put on their mums car to make it look like it goes faster}

Thu Sep 15, 2005 11:12 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Guitar porn - Do you play a musical instrument?

Replies: 67

Views: 18583

The avatar is actually from a pic taken of me in the studio at about 4a.m. after having spent about 12 hours listening to mixes and generally losing the will to live ! Funny point about fingers - mine are long and thin, but having played since I was about 12 they are really twisted and bent now ( an...

Thu Sep 15, 2005 9:29 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Guitar porn - Do you play a musical instrument?

Replies: 67

Views: 18583

used to be a semi-pro musician and still have far too many guitars ! did have a clear out and sell half of them but still have over 10 Gibsons plus various others.

Thu Aug 04, 2005 11:26 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Beaten by a ridiculous price! What do you think?

Replies: 35

Views: 3132

What you have to remember is :lol1: When you pay a plasterer to do your front room, you're not paying for the £20 of plaster he uses, you're paying for the fact he has learned to do something you cant - same with any tradesman, your local garage etc.... I have done jobs where the material costs were...

Sun Jul 03, 2005 8:51 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: FREE DESIGN SERVICE.....

Replies: 61

Views: 2947

Some good lessons to be learned from this I reckon ! Personally, I dont work for free for anyone ! ( apart from for friends or family ) - I'm in business, and the point of that is that I make money - if someone wants to make use of my ability / talent / time they have to pay for it. Being honest, it...

Sat Jul 02, 2005 8:28 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: FREE DESIGN SERVICE.....

Replies: 61

Views: 2947

I think there are two scenarios being discussed here : 1. ( The most common ) - you do some artwork for a small local company, who get someone else to do the job and rip off the artwork. 2. You do complete corporate branding for a huge company who steal it. Scenario 2 is NOT very likely : a) they wi...

Fri Jul 01, 2005 7:25 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: FREE DESIGN SERVICE.....

Replies: 61

Views: 2947

Whenever I do custom work, I always put a copyright notice on the artwork sent to the customer - this way if anyone does rip off the design, then you have some recourse. I also stopped doing artwork up front for people as I was spending so much time doing it, then never hearing from the customer aga...

Sun May 15, 2005 10:49 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Brushed ali

Replies: 8

Views: 1237

I did something similar for someone ages ago - used brushed aluminium vinyl, and for the engraving ( which was only thin outlines ) just used the cutter on a light weight setting so it didnt cut all the way through - looked pretty convincing.

Thu May 05, 2005 1:21 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: PC600 Print head - who manufactures it???

Replies: 3

Views: 1150

Roland make them, they bought the technology from Citizen / Alps who developed the Microdry process. The heads are different though ! so you couldnt use the one from a Citizen or Alps printer on the Roland. Dont know of any aftermarket suppliers - the machines arent that common so I wouldnt have tho...

Sun Apr 24, 2005 8:43 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can anyone recommend me a vinyl supplier ?

Replies: 22

Views: 2744

Not Mactac

here's an anagram METAMRAK ! :evil:

Sat Apr 23, 2005 9:10 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can anyone recommend me a vinyl supplier ?

Replies: 22

Views: 2744

Thanks all - just to expand on the problem I had ( cos it'll probably cheer you all up ! ). As part of a design, needed some brushed gold vinyl, only 1m so stuck it on my order - supplier sent brushed silver, so I phoned, said I needed it quickly and can they send out the 1m of gold asap. They promi...

Fri Apr 22, 2005 5:39 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can anyone recommend me a vinyl supplier ?

Replies: 22

Views: 2744

ta

Fri Apr 22, 2005 1:50 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: can anyone recommend me a vinyl supplier ?

Replies: 22

Views: 2744

can anyone recommend me a vinyl supplier ?

Having just been royally fxxked about my usual supplier and lost a £300+ job because of it, I'm looking for a reliable new supplier. Ideally someone who : Carries a good colour range of 4 and 7 year vinyls Wont make me bend over and grab my ankles on the price Does quick delivery Also carries specia...

Thu Mar 31, 2005 5:13 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: ebay too good to be true?

Replies: 20

Views: 1822

99% of the scams on Ebay only work because of buyers greed, which falls into 2 catagories : 1) I can buy this really cheap and sell it on and make a bundle. 2) I can buy this really cheap when eeryone else has paid full price, how clever am I ? There are VERY VERY FEW real bargains on Ebay now that ...

Sat Mar 26, 2005 10:39 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: template for van panel, suggestions please?

Replies: 11

Views: 2443

I often use a similar method - cut a square of known size ( 5cm x 5cm ) - stick it in the middle of the panel, photograph it, then scale up the image to real size in your graphics program. You can also use the scaling method to make car and van graphics if you dont have the template - find a good si...

Fri Dec 31, 2004 11:50 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Can anyone tell me where I can get carbon fibre vinyl?

Replies: 7

Views: 1446

If you dont have any luck, KPMF usually have it in stock - Metamark advertise it but never have any ! KPMF is about £15 per metre which seems about the going rate !

Mon Dec 13, 2004 11:15 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: ROLAND PC60 FOR SALE

Replies: 8

Views: 1074

OK, for anyone who is interested, email your best offer over to me today, if not its going to the current highest definite offer

Mike

mike@drfears.co.uk

Sat Dec 11, 2004 2:14 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: ROLAND PC60 FOR SALE

Replies: 8

Views: 1074

Evox, drop me an email if you want to put in an offer. Thanks to everyone else who has contacted me so far - as I really dont want to spend ages messing about and haggling etc... if you are seriously interested email me your best offer and the highest one will get it - will give it a couple of days ...

Fri Dec 10, 2004 8:40 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: ROLAND PC60 FOR SALE

Replies: 8

Views: 1074

Thanks for the posts - as a few people are interested I think its probably fairest if people e-mail me off forum with offers or something ? Most of us on here know what these are worth second hand, taking into account the top has been repaired BUT its had a brand new head, so you know what will cons...

Fri Dec 10, 2004 12:36 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: ROLAND PC60 FOR SALE

Replies: 8

Views: 1074

ROLAND PC60 FOR SALE

Anyone looking for a PC60 ? getting rid of mine as its not getting any use and I need to get something to print bigger stuff next year. Just had a brand new print head fitted and set up - done about 1/10th of a metre of print since fitted !, very good condition apart from the clear plastic cover on ...

Thu Nov 11, 2004 11:27 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: more work less profit?

Replies: 8

Views: 766

The ones I love are people who ask for designs with no pointers at all to what they want, just 'make it look really good' ! What I try and do is get the customer to do most of the rough work themselves, most can find a font they like in Word, or hand draw a rough idea of pictures etc... this makes i...

Thu Nov 11, 2004 11:20 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Too good to be true?

Replies: 77

Views: 5232

Good luck if you do go for it, but a few things to watch in keeping with what the others have mentioned : You mention you are OK at doing graphics, but not what sort - I know a lot of people who call themselves graphic designers because they can use Photopaint, but have no clue with Vector graphics....

Sat Nov 06, 2004 6:56 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Advice Needed on Cutter Please

Replies: 7

Views: 1945

If you can find an older Roland CAMM1 machine these are supposed to be pretty bulletproof, they do tend to sell for quite a good price though ( as much as some new cheap cutters ) but having a reliable workhorse is worth its weight in gold. There seem to be quite a few cheap cutters around ( like th...

Thu Nov 04, 2004 9:54 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Rolex Watches

Replies: 24

Views: 1876

Old vintage Rolex came with leather straps ( pre WW2 ones ) and are a lot classier than the big chunks of gold ( If I wanted to be that obvious I'd just stick my bank statement on a chain and wear that ! ). My grandfather was a watch repairer so I spent many happy hours as a kid watching him work an...

Thu Nov 04, 2004 9:47 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: has anyone ever done a PC600 Print Head Change?

Replies: 8

Views: 2688

Did the head on mine a couple of weeks back, head was about £175 plus VAT and P&P. Also order the voltage measuring tool ( a couple of pounds ) and get some cleaning strips as well to replace the old ones. I was lucky as the new head was approx the same voltage as the old one, so I didnt need to...

Wed Nov 03, 2004 10:00 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Rolex Watches

Replies: 24

Views: 1876

:o If I took advanatage of all the kind offers I get daily through my e-mail I would have a 4 foot long c??k that never went down, 94 mortgages, 271 degrees from imaginary universities, 8612 memberships to porn sites an armful of cheap rolex's ( and would have won the lottery every week for the past...

Tue Nov 02, 2004 10:22 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: --->Wanted Vinyl Cutter Northampton / Wellingboroug

Replies: 16

Views: 1447

If you're only doing the odd van job and dont need a full set of outlines ( or dont have the cash available ) - a method I've used a lot, is get a good clear side on pic of the vehicle from the web, and enlarge to actual size in your graphics prog. Generally the easiest way is to find out the wheelb...

Tue Oct 12, 2004 8:56 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: PC600 - Banding with red spot colour

Replies: 7

Views: 1702

Reducing the pitch may help, but then wont you get much bigger overlaps on the other colours ? Possibly just try another couple of ribbons and maybe they'll be from a different batch ? I know the PC machines are handy, but it does annoy me that Roland released a machine onto the market that has so m...

Mon Oct 11, 2004 8:53 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: PC600 - Banding with red spot colour

Replies: 7

Views: 1702

Were they both new ribbons you tried that had the problem ? could be a dodgy batch maybe ? I had similar problems doing spot gold, where the other colour would print fine, but the gold wouldnt on either edge of the ribbon - only happened on some of the ribbons I got with the machine and not others !...

Mon Oct 11, 2004 5:27 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Scanning line art

Replies: 5

Views: 603

Havent tried the Adobe one, but the best Raster to Vector I've found is the one on FlexiSign - you can control the resolution, accuracy etc... but it handles Jpegs and BMPs pretty well. Note though that no converter I've used gives a perfectly usable scan straight off, they all need a bit of touchin...

Fri Oct 08, 2004 9:40 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Waterslide decals on PC600 ?

Replies: 4

Views: 1351

Should explain as well - the Alps printer I was using, the head is on the way out, so I want to use the Roland instead, rather than by another Alps one ( as they dont make them any more, so all you can get are second hand which tend not to last very long ).

Fri Oct 08, 2004 9:39 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Waterslide decals on PC600 ?

Replies: 4

Views: 1351

Sorry to be dense here - do you mean put the Alps ribbons straight into the Roland and print as if they were Roland ones ? do I need to change the barcode stickers on them or just leave them as they are ?

Mike

Fri Oct 08, 2004 5:22 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Waterslide decals on PC600 ?

Replies: 4

Views: 1351

Waterslide decals on PC600 ?

Has anyone tried or had any luck printing waterslides on a PC600 or PC60 ? I've used Alps and Prinitva thermal printers before for making them ( on laser waterslide paper ) and know the Roland is based on these. I have tried on a couple of brands of paper, but the ink ( especially the gold ) seemed ...

Thu Oct 07, 2004 9:29 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Ouch, that hurts

Replies: 38

Views: 2553

Best cure for blisters is superglue - pour some on the wound and it'll form a nice hard skin over it ( stings a bit though ). Funnily enough, superglue was invented to glue wounds on US soldiers in the field to stop them bleeding to death before getting to the hospital - if its good enough for them....

Tue Sep 21, 2004 8:57 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: bike decal kits

Replies: 3

Views: 663

Not sure if dream machine sell the kits - they make them for the bikes they are refinishing and respraying, but may not sell them as seperate items - I know they charge around £800 to £1000 for a full refinish, so dont think the kits would be cheap if they do them. http://www.bikedecals.co.uk do ori...

Tue Sep 14, 2004 7:46 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: PC60 head changing service notes - anyone got a spare copy?

Replies: 4

Views: 1344

Email is mike@drfears.co.uk I spoke to Roland about doing it myself and it seems pretty simple - they sell a tool to connect to your multimeter for £6, and its just a trimpot to set thevoltage, there are a few other things to mess with but I'm sure I'll be OK with the service notes ( or I'll blow it...

Tue Sep 14, 2004 1:31 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: PC60 head changing service notes - anyone got a spare copy?

Replies: 4

Views: 1344

PC60 head changing service notes - anyone got a spare copy?

Have just ordered a new head for my PC60 and Roland wanted a tenner for a photocopy of the service notes ( bit rich when I'm spending over £200 on parts from them ! ).

Does anyone have a spare copy they could e-mail over ?

thanks
Mike

Sun Aug 29, 2004 10:13 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: More problems with Delivery firms!

Replies: 11

Views: 959

If they are a good customer, then do it - even if they are trying it on, get them to pay half the cost of the original board, and that'll cover you and still make a ( smaller profit ) on it. If they're not and you're feeling generous, say if they return the original you will do a replacement exactly...

Sat Aug 28, 2004 10:04 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Who's working Bank Holiday?

Replies: 20

Views: 1764

Days off ??? Holidays ??? heard of em but cant remember what they are :D One problem with working from home is your always at work - anyone else find it hard to not just do that little left over bit, or check your emails when everyone else is off ???? Saying that, most of my stuff goes to the USA, s...

Fri Aug 20, 2004 10:55 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: PC60 barcodes

Replies: 10

Views: 2476

cheers

Fri Aug 20, 2004 6:05 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: PC60 barcodes

Replies: 10

Views: 2476

Just the actual codes is all I need really - just want to work out what the ones I have here are, and it'd be useful as a reference so I can make sure I put the correct ones back if I swap any over at any point.

Fri Aug 20, 2004 10:20 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: PC60 barcodes

Replies: 10

Views: 2476

trust me to ask and awkward one :o

Thu Aug 19, 2004 11:21 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: PC60 barcodes

Replies: 10

Views: 2476

PC60 barcodes

Hi, wondering if anyone with a PC60 can help - does someone have a list of the barcode numbers and which ribbons they refer to please ? I have had a set of CMYK from print 1, and have got : Cyan = 15 Magenta = 14 Yellow = 13 Black = 12 But also got some others here : number 21 - red number 22 - blue...

Tue Aug 17, 2004 9:15 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: broadband

Replies: 9

Views: 1208

Something very fishy about this looking at their claims. They reckon they can get a 2gig connection on a standard phone line with a 56k modem :roll: even with compression software this isnt going to happen ! Plus, they will pay people £28 for referrals - for a FREE service - even with selling advert...

Mon Aug 16, 2004 8:42 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: bike decals & banners

Replies: 4

Views: 777

www.bikedecals.co.uk - mostly sports bike stuff but do some other models as well.

Sat Aug 14, 2004 9:25 am

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Question about solvent inks vs thermal

Replies: 3

Views: 1631

Thanks Rodney, helped a lot - think I'll stick with the PC60 for now until I really need to pay out for something bigger. I had seen someone selling similar graphics printed on a Versacamm, onto plain standard vinyl with no lamination or anything on top and he reckoned they would last 7 years !!! Ca...

Fri Aug 13, 2004 5:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Skate board graphics

Replies: 21

Views: 2361

I vaguely remember Andy Ruffell, I wasnt really into the BMX so much, but used to do the odd demo in the skateparks for R.A.D. magazine and some of the BMX guys used to turn up - did Rom, the South Bank in London, all those sort of places - we might have met each other back then :D On skating, I had...

Fri Aug 13, 2004 11:51 am

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Question about solvent inks vs thermal

Replies: 3

Views: 1631

Question about solvent inks vs thermal

OK, what I'm after is some decent advice on this as I've had no luck elsewhere :-? I need to make custom stickers for vehicles ( not full wrap stuff ) - I know thermal inks ( PC60 ) are fadeproof, and quoted as having a lifespan or around 3 years unlacquered - does anyone know what the specs are for...

Fri Aug 13, 2004 9:31 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Skate board graphics

Replies: 21

Views: 2361

:D Its like an old school reunion here ! Getting vaguely back to the original topic, all boards are / were silk screened rather than using stickers, so I'd look into this for the customer - dont think stickers would really look that good unless you made a full deck sticker that covered the whole bot...

Tue Aug 10, 2004 8:40 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Which vinyl is best for printing with a PC60?

Replies: 5

Views: 1167

Sounds good, has someone got a contact or website where I can get some ?

Tue Aug 10, 2004 10:47 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Which vinyl is best for printing with a PC60?

Replies: 5

Views: 1167

Which vinyl is best for printing with a PC60?

Hoping some PC60 owners or users can help, I've got one of these on the way but was wondering what is the best sort of vinyl for making stickers with ? Do you need to go for any particular sort or is any decent stuff OK ? At the moment I'll only need clear and white, and it'll probably be for making...

Sun Jul 25, 2004 4:32 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: Pricing Gold Leaf work, need help please?

Replies: 12

Views: 5437

Have you considered doing it with the gold leaf vinyl ? might be easier for cutting on the plotter. I used some before for a bike job and it looked pretty much the same as hand gilding ( the stuff I used was 22carat and was about £75 for a metre of 610 if I remember ). Makes it much easier to price ...

Mon Jun 28, 2004 8:51 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Making Decals

Replies: 10

Views: 2246

Another thing I remembered for helmet graphics - you need to carefully check the adhesive and inks used - some stickers can damage and weaken the shell of the helmet, and can also invalidate the warranty on them, meaning if the customer had a crash, they or their bike may not be insured ! You'd real...

Sat Jun 26, 2004 7:13 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Making Decals

Replies: 10

Views: 2246

You're not going to be able top clear lacquer anything from an inkjet, an laser prints will fade after a few months, even supposedly UV resistant ones - the only way you can make them is with a thermal printer with lacquer proof inks, and even then you have to be very careful when spraying over them...

Sat Jun 26, 2004 8:54 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Im having a whingey rant .....

Replies: 16

Views: 1425

Got to love customers ! I recently had someone who wanted some logos doing for a new product range he's making - said 'can you design me a logo - you have complete free range with it' - only stipulation being that it had to be perfect and exactly what he had in his mind ( without giving me any clues...

Mon Jun 21, 2004 10:29 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: hi all just joined!

Replies: 10

Views: 1461

Hi and welcome from another newbie :) I wouldnt worry about thw working from the garage bit - one thing you can point out to clients is that you could get a big flash shop on the high street - but its them who would end up paying for it as all your prices would go up to cover the rent, rates, bills ...

Sat Jun 19, 2004 7:56 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: E-Bay warning

Replies: 4

Views: 935

And the 10K fund thing is complete BS - Ebay dont offer anything like this to sellers.

Sat Jun 19, 2004 7:55 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: E-Bay warning

Replies: 4

Views: 935

Let me guess - was the seller shipping it from overseas ? did they want paying in cash / bank transfer or western union transfer only ??? Theres a Roland PC600 on there at the moment from a seller with 0 feedback in Thailand or somewhere - so any prospective buyers beware !!! What most of these sell...

Sat Jun 12, 2004 8:51 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: who would supply printed and shaped fridge magnets?

Replies: 10

Views: 4076

Magnets wont erase memory or chips - they can however erase hard discs and floppies ( as the information is stored on the discs magnetically ), which is probably why they have a seperate room. Any very strong field like magnetism, microwaves or radio waves can disrupt circuitry, which is why some el...

Tue Jun 08, 2004 12:48 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Venus passing the sun! weird one i thought...

Replies: 20

Views: 1857

Borange rhymes with Orange, and thats apparently the ony word that does.

Hang on, got it ! venus rhymes with p....... :-?

Mike

( p.s. though the line was 'and the mast a rampant pxxxx' )

Sat Jun 05, 2004 10:31 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: People that don't pay..

Replies: 30

Views: 3963

You shouldnt have any problems in small claims - it is guilty until proven innocent - you make the claim and its up to you to provide some proof you did the work, the defendant than has to prove he paid you for it - the bounced cheque will show he didnt. The other thing that the banks dont often tel...

Sat Jun 05, 2004 1:31 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Printer/Cutter Wanted

Replies: 13

Views: 1003

I emailed the seller and he told me he wouldnt sell for less than 2 - I've been doing stuff on Ebay for about 5 years now and learned a few things and how to spot some dodgy stuff. The other ons rings bells because the seller makes such a big thing that its a sold as seen, no return sale - plus he d...

Sat Jun 05, 2004 1:25 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: People that don't pay..

Replies: 30

Views: 3963

Just goes to show that people will generally take the pxxx whenever they can, especially if it involvs money :( A lot of the problem is that so many businesses buy stock or services with money they dont have - they use the invoicing time to hope that they get money in to pay the bill, and when they ...

Sat Jun 05, 2004 10:43 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Printer/Cutter Wanted

Replies: 13

Views: 1003

Yeah, I saw that one as well, the seller wants over £2000 for it, if you see his listing he reckons one sold for £3500 s/h a while ago ( must have been an eccentric millionaire bought it ! ) - I know it has got a load of ribbons with it and the software ( not much use as I have flexisign already tho...

Sat Jun 05, 2004 10:12 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Printer/Cutter Wanted

Replies: 13

Views: 1003

A PC60 ( or even PC50 ) would probably be fine - I can buy a brand new PC12 for just over £2000, so £1600 for a used one is bit high for me. Around a grand is OK, but if I'm buying used I dont really want to go much more than that as you never know how much use it has had or if there have been probl...

Fri Jun 04, 2004 7:03 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Printer/Cutter Wanted

Replies: 13

Views: 1003

Eh ??? think you misread the post 'the 600' was what I put, like the PC-600.

Fri Jun 04, 2004 6:50 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Printer/Cutter Wanted

Replies: 13

Views: 1003

Thanks for the offer but its probably more than I need at the moment, something cheaper like the 600 is more within my budget.

Fri Jun 04, 2004 10:40 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Printer/Cutter Wanted

Replies: 13

Views: 1003

Printer/Cutter Wanted

Hi, I'm after getting a printer/cutter all in one job - something like a PC60, PNC model will be fine - doesnt need to do wide jobs as pretty much all my stuff is small detail work. And, to quote the film 'Snatch' - "I don't want my pants pulling down over the price" :-? If anyone has an old machine...

Fri May 28, 2004 11:16 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Weeding & Blade advice needed?

Replies: 15

Views: 2510

I might try a new blade - I have the max cutting force set on my Roland and it seems to cut most of it fine, its only the very very tiny individual bits it sometimes doesnt seem to go through completely in a corner. It only happens on the thick chrome and gold I've been using though, the normal thic...

Fri May 28, 2004 9:25 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Weeding & Blade advice needed?

Replies: 15

Views: 2510

I've been doing a bit of this recently on some really intricate graphics, some of the parts I've had to weed out have been about 1mm square, and some channels that are about 1mm by 3mm. ( plus its on chrome vinyl which is thick as well ! ). I got hold of some tweezers that come to a rounded needle p...

Sun May 23, 2004 4:48 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: what version of corel draw should i use and why?

Replies: 10

Views: 2592

I still use 9 as there isnt much difference between this and the later versions, especially for doing vector work - you should be able to get this pretty cheap as its an older version. Saying that, I had all sorts of nightmares trying to get my Roland to cut directly from it ! You may well end up ha...

Fri May 21, 2004 5:26 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: BT Broadband 1mb

Replies: 12

Views: 1525

This is one of the things they never mention when trying to sell you the service - in reality, whatever quoted speed they say, you can expect to run at 10% of this most of the time - so 1mb will give you 100K download most of the time. I have ADSL 512K at work and the average download is 50kbps - ma...

Fri May 21, 2004 5:10 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I knew I shouldn't have tried XP!

Replies: 8

Views: 1059

SE is the best in my oponion - Microsoft know this as well, which is why they still keep supporting it so much ! XP seems to be aimed more at people with little experience of PC's who will probably never want to alter any settings themselves.

Wed May 19, 2004 10:03 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: People that don't pay..

Replies: 30

Views: 3963

May sound like closing the door after the horse has bolted.... What I tend to do is just not give people credit terms unless they are long standing customers ( and I do this for all my various businesses ) - I tell people they have to pay up front before getting anything. If they're not happy with t...

Wed May 12, 2004 6:08 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Anyone have experience making small decals for models?

Replies: 18

Views: 3480

I've had quite a lot of experience of making decals using thermal printing and have learned a few things... Laser and inkjet dont work very well - apart from being limited in the colours you can use, the ink fades really badly after about 6-12 months - not good if you intend to put it on a permenant...

Sat May 01, 2004 6:03 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Impact Vehicle Library 2004 Edition

Replies: 22

Views: 4080

Think I'll have to get a copy of this as well - anyone know of any similar things that have motorbiek outlines on them ?

mike

Thu Apr 29, 2004 9:54 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Where to buy vinyl and supplies online ?

Replies: 9

Views: 1760

thanks, I just found mastergrave who seem OK for some supplies and have contacted Metamark as they have some nice looking neon and carbon things - dont know what the quality is like, but as its only for experimenting and getting used to the cutter it should be OK.

Thu Apr 29, 2004 8:57 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Where to buy vinyl and supplies online ?

Replies: 9

Views: 1760

Thanks, OK so Robert looks like a good bet for the standard vinyls - what I could use is some recomendations to buy online :

App tape
Squeegees
Weird vinyl - stuff like neon, carbon fibre look, pearlescent - the sort of fancy effect stuff so I can experiment

Mike

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