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Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:18 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Creating DXF's from illustrator

Replies: 7

Views: 563

Re: Creating DXF's from illustrator

Brilliant thanks for the comments. I'll have a look at whats been suggested!

Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:28 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Creating DXF's from illustrator

Replies: 7

Views: 563

Re: Creating DXF's from illustrator

Perfect thanks for the replies. I was wondering if Adobe Illustrator has a nesting tool? ideally I would like AI to automatically nest lots of different shapes / letters etc into a specific area in order to get the most yield from my material when laser cutting. Currently I am manually moving every ...

Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:00 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Creating DXF's from illustrator

Replies: 7

Views: 563

Creating DXF's from illustrator

Hi there, I am using adobe illustrator to design shapes, letters and numbers of different sizes and getting them cut up by a friend with a laser cutter. However, when he opens the dxf on his laser cutter sometimes the internal ring of the 0's are gone and he needs to manually add vectors and scale a...

Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:23 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Banner mode printing? OKI C532.

Replies: 4

Views: 250

Re: Banner mode printing? OKI C532.

reflective vinyl for show plates

Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:48 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Banner mode printing? OKI C532.

Replies: 4

Views: 250

Re: Banner mode printing? OKI C532.

Indeed it is. I understand it may not be ideal for professional banners but all i'm after is how to use the banner mode function as for some reason it doesn't want to print :praiseyou:

Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:58 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Banner mode printing? OKI C532.

Replies: 4

Views: 250

Banner mode printing? OKI C532.

Hi All, Any help on banner printing would be greatly appreciated on an OKI C532 as i'm a newby to put things bluntly! I have generated a range of designs on adobe illustrator which vary in size. Although they very in size, they are created on the same size artboard. The artboard is the size of the m...

Re: Struggling with sourcing a printer / media combination - Help Appreciated!

I’m reading all your comments?? What size of plates do you intend making?? There are loads of off the shelf sizes & are easy cut with ruler & stanley. What equipment do you have presently?? Thermal printer & plotter is all you need. Hi Bernard, Take a look at Four Dot Designer Plates we...

Re: Struggling with sourcing a printer / media combination - Help Appreciated!

will the available acrylic sheet meet the 2019 regs ? and remember a routed edge will be dull not shinny. the glue tapes shown we use and would possibly fit the bill, when you remove the carrier its just glue left behind, but unfortunately you need full plate size rolls if you try to apply strips i...

Re: Struggling with sourcing a printer / media combination - Help Appreciated!

long time since i did them. i applaud you wanting to make a top notch product but getting someone to route them is going to be rather expensive unless he cuts a big sheet up at a time. possibly the glue will be a problem so with a deep score line and over a sharp edge the plate will snap dressing w...

Re: Struggling with sourcing a printer / media combination - Help Appreciated!

there are two main systems for making plates one with glue on the reflective ..one with glue on the acrylic. as you say you use illy and a laser with a straight through tray and you don't mind cutting the acrylic down i cant see much of a problem with that system shown. all the ingredients are ther...

Re: Struggling with sourcing a printer / media combination - Help Appreciated!

Hi Phil, I thought that would be the case which is why i settled for non adhesive acrylic and went down the route of searching a laser printable media with clear adhesive instead. Also, this way i am fairly confident the reflectivity of the bottom surface (reflective material) won't be compromised b...

Re: Struggling with sourcing a printer / media combination - Help Appreciated!

H Chris, The acrylic I have looked at don't have any adhesive; the adhesive is on the clear transparent media and on the reflective material. Below is the layout of the plates:- Top (Surface) - Protective Acrylic Middle (Print Media) - Clear Transparent media with adhesive on one side, reverse print...

Re: Struggling with sourcing a printer / media combination - Help Appreciated!

I completely agree with the wide format inkjet printers being overkill and not being cost effective for my niche so i am struggling a little. I am therefore also trying to find some A4 rolls that are laser printer compatible in order for me to print in banner mode on an Oki C532 but currently witho...

Re: Struggling with sourcing a printer / media combination - Help Appreciated!

Hi Kev and thanks for commenting again. The reflective material I am using is already a certified reflective graded material and the reflective data and colours at daylight comply with the requirements of the British Standard BS AU145d. However, when used in conjunction with a transparent media (and...

Re: Struggling with sourcing a printer / media combination - Help Appreciated!

Hi Kev, Could you please elaborate as to why none of the printers will allow me to make road legal number plates? The requirements for BS145d can be read here:- https://www.privatenumberplates.com/bsau-145d As long as my drawings and material satisfy the requirements I should be okay? I have also sp...

Struggling with sourcing a printer / media combination - Help Appreciated!

Hi all, I made my first post a couple of months ago with regards to producing bespoke sized number plates and I now have all the foundations in place (A few orders have even been made on my website which I have had to refund! :sad: ) . The only issue I am struggling with is the media / printer combi...

Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:09 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: New Number Plate Supplier - Advice Appreciated!

Replies: 4

Views: 536

Re: New Number Plate Supplier - Advice Appreciated!

I think your completely over complicating making plates. What sizes outside standard are you making & why?? Good Stanley knife & corner cutter you can make any size plate in minutes. Have been doing it for years. Thanks for the comment Bernard. There is a vast range of sizes depending on a ...

Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:30 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: New Number Plate Supplier - Advice Appreciated!

Replies: 4

Views: 536

Re: New Number Plate Supplier - Advice Appreciated!

I have applied and was given my RNPS number a couple of months ago.

Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:29 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: New Number Plate Supplier - Advice Appreciated!

Replies: 4

Views: 536

New Number Plate Supplier - Advice Appreciated!

Hi everyone; new member here! I am venturing on a new part-time (side) business selling number plates. However, I am coming across a few issues... Aswell as selling number plates, am looking to sell bespoke, show plates of a range of shapes and sizes. I already have the drawings and already have a g...

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