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Wed Apr 04, 2012 2:08 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Do I really need to laminate?

Replies: 13

Views: 2683

We have tried both ways, and its almost a given that the jobs we don't laminate have to be extremely 'special'. We found a cost effective matt and gloss laminate that (given the price) simply made it easier to have the prints laminated than not - both from a client perspective and from a handling pe...

Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:59 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Laminator & Wall Cutter. HP 5000

Replies: 4

Views: 2433

Apologies guys but due to an issue with an ancient email address I have only just got back on here!

Both of these bits of kit went in the end - but thanks for the interest anyway.

I now have some reading to do to catch up :)

Wed May 04, 2011 3:57 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Laminator & Wall Cutter. HP 5000

Replies: 4

Views: 2433

Ok - no joy here - I'll throw it on 'that site' then .

Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:54 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: Laminator & Wall Cutter. HP 5000

Replies: 4

Views: 2433

Laminator & Wall Cutter. HP 5000

I have some stuff that is now surplus to requirements having realised I need room more than duplicates of everything!! Hunt Image 400 Hot/Cold Lamintor Seal Hot/Cold Laminator - with OEM stand and compressor, all working fine, will encapsulate and laminate and board mount etc etc. Pukka piece of kit...

Thu Jan 14, 2010 12:06 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Snow snow thick thick snow

Replies: 171

Views: 29967

Where we are is a right pain, the police closed a small hill this morning and sent the local traffic around a small single track road with another hill on it which was worse than the one they closed. Seems like Gloucestershire completely forgot about us. Both roads completely white - compacted snow ...

Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:41 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Snow snow thick thick snow

Replies: 171

Views: 29967

Robert Lambie wrote:Seeing as you have resurfaced this thread from a few days ago Owen... :lol1: :lol1: :lol1:
.


glad to be of assistance :)

Oo

Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:02 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Snow snow thick thick snow

Replies: 171

Views: 29967

Our park is a no go area when it snows, this was taken today - last snow fall was Friday.. (of any significance anyway).

Finally got in without having to blag a lift in a 4x4!

Oo

Tue Jan 12, 2010 11:34 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Network cabling setup - advice needed please

Replies: 15

Views: 5599

The network card in the server points to itself, so mine has the same IP address in as it is a DNS server. In DNS Management, if you do "properties" on your server name, then go to "Forwarders" my ISP's DNS IPs are in there. oh in SBS, the active directory is actually built behi...

Sat Nov 07, 2009 6:50 pm

Forum: Sublimation Printing

Topic: Reds Coming Out Dark

Replies: 5

Views: 2340

Have you / did you take the reds outside in natural light to compare - do you have some of the old to compare with the new. I'm with Dave - light makes an incredible difference, different tubes, wall colouring, space in the room all make light different - the only stable (ish) measure is daylight. C...

Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:10 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Wet or dry lamination advice please?

Replies: 4

Views: 1147

Robert Lambie wrote:as i said... im sure someone else maybe able to tell you the benefits better than i have...


Nope.. I'd have the same answers too Rob.

Oo

Fri Oct 23, 2009 7:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Where to buy channel and bands?

Replies: 12

Views: 1505

Ummmmm...... and if you want to laminate a print to it? In my (very very) limited experience of signs (and thats an overstatement too!) surely you can buy just a chunk of channel and a couple clips and bung it all on a chunk of whatever substrate you need? I know I didnt have to purchase more channe...

Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:55 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: Looking for advice on wrapping the roof of a car?

Replies: 18

Views: 6173

I use something like this: http://www.showyourlogo.com/office-products/cheap-letter-openers.jpg I quickly modified it by shortening the pointy bit then sanding a smooth curve onto the bottom so theres less chance of it snagging the vinyl. They cost about 50p each from staples. These are ok but for ...

Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:51 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How would you do this application???

Replies: 17

Views: 2175

Wouldn't it be simpler to offer the customer the choice? Honesty being the best policy and all that!

Oo

Thu Oct 22, 2009 8:49 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Where to buy channel and bands?

Replies: 12

Views: 1505

Cherwell - pretty sure that I got that from them last month??

OO

Tue Oct 20, 2009 6:54 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Blue back paper supplier

Replies: 6

Views: 1342

Give APS a ring, theres a special on right now....

Oo

Tue Oct 20, 2009 6:53 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Advice and views on Fax machines?

Replies: 20

Views: 5978

We use an efax like service for inbound and have a basic fax machine for outbound sat on a std feature line. Why? Cos we get the luxury of a dedicated fax number with copies to everyone who needs it and the ability to send both from the software (not very often) or wander into reception and bung it ...

Mon Oct 19, 2009 10:29 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Signlab v's Flexisign

Replies: 24

Views: 7411

Martin, Adobe bought the company (whose name escapes me for the moment) that developed Freehand. No point in them having two postscript drawing packages, and Freehand was the casualty. Macromedia was the company and Adobe bought it so that they could have Flash and Dreamweaver mainly to bolster up ...

Sat Oct 17, 2009 7:36 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Signlab v's Flexisign

Replies: 24

Views: 7411

Due to legacy we use a couple of the above mentioned titles: On one PC used for vinyl only : Flexi & Corel On the Macs : Illustrator / Corel / Photoshop / InDesign etc etc We drive one plotter with Flexi and the other via Illustrator, all the digital stuff goes via Illustrator (mainly cos the pd...

Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:47 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Vinyl on Motorbike fairing

Replies: 8

Views: 1367

Convex in the toolbar. Theres a range of vinyls and laminates which will do the job - they stick like the proverbial dung to a warm cuddly thing.

Oo

Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:44 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: POS Stands

Replies: 1

Views: 431

Shop fittings suppliers, I think theres a couple in the toolbar?

Oo

Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:42 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Metamark banner problem?

Replies: 20

Views: 2457

.so how come materials prices are going through the roof :roll: Phil, I am seeing them coming down from where I am looking, consistently now I'm paying less than I was a year or two ago for the same media. The market is the lower end of the price market seems to be opening up as well and whilst som...

Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:16 pm

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: The New HP Latex Inkjet Printer

Replies: 39

Views: 22905

Robert Lambie wrote:i am unsure on prices at the moment but i have to say that these new HP latex machines are certainly the way forward.


Rob... why? how? Care to illuminate me? What do they give us - and be nice cos I haven't seen one until today!

Oo

Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:11 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Controlling work flow issues?

Replies: 10

Views: 1590

Dave Rowland wrote:only situation i can think of, is if your doing say 300-400 shops like Currys, you want to schedule that up


dang!!! That's where I went wrong!!

Oo

Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:10 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Advice on my own Signage please?

Replies: 20

Views: 7330

No website? I appreciate that its possibly not your first thought - but a lot of people like to see your work before they pick up the phone and the website ticks that box nicely.

Its also advertising for free :)

Oo

Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:05 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Metamark banner problem?

Replies: 20

Views: 2457

Normally they are very good - I've been using their products for years and always had reliable results.

Having said that - they have recently changed their banner grades downwards (it caught me out) from 500 to 400 and only recently altered the name and description - perhaps that was it?

Oo

Tue Oct 13, 2009 3:48 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: Help needed with boring design..

Replies: 11

Views: 3857

I'm no expert and pretty crap at design so here goes!!

Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:04 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Trying to source sign making software?

Replies: 20

Views: 5725

Alan Drury wrote:Try dragging an object and pressing the space bar.
Alan D


wow!! like it!! old dog = new tricks!

Oo

Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:01 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Trying to source sign making software?

Replies: 20

Views: 5725

Dave Rowland wrote:The big + button on the keypad, instant duplicate.


try doing that on my keyboard :) :)

http://www.apple.com/keyboard/

Oo

Sun Oct 11, 2009 11:48 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Trompe l'oeil

Replies: 14

Views: 3095

very very cool - i like it.

Oo

Sun Oct 11, 2009 11:31 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Trying to source sign making software?

Replies: 20

Views: 5725

strangely enough (and I don't know if it's my imagination) but wasn't V10 the last version with the 'older' interface? since the X's came along the interface and the route to doing the common things seems to have changed a bit (like hiding a lot of in dockers).. However some things don't change in C...

Sun Oct 11, 2009 4:13 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: mini

Replies: 3

Views: 1420

Hi Jason Thanks for the comment! Its been quite busy here recently with the completion of our unit move - now expanded again into the other half of our unit so thats been a trying time too! Once I get around to it I'll post the move pics which show the alteration from crappy garage to production cen...

Thu Oct 08, 2009 6:38 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: vehicle graphics: mini

Replies: 3

Views: 1420

vehicle graphics: mini

Some stuff we have done recently...

Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:21 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Looking for some advice on supplying business cards.

Replies: 23

Views: 2601

We sub out all our litho stuff like that, our local printers did a deal with us on trade prices - they tell us what they would normally charge and we pass that on.

If the punter doesnt like the price then ho-hum!

Oo

Sat Oct 03, 2009 5:47 pm

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: mimaki jv3 self cleaning question (should it change?)

Replies: 4

Views: 2845

just was googling and found this :) Historically our JV3 cleans every 2 hrs and I am emptying that bottle way more than i like... are you guys still running on a 12hr cycle and if so still no issues? I didnt want to change it - but after doing some sums on cost per sq.m I was looking around for an a...

Fri Sep 18, 2009 10:42 am

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: hp5500 or roland fj-500/600pro ?

Replies: 12

Views: 9393

Yeah, been using DTec Matt on most of it.

Oo

Fri Sep 18, 2009 10:24 am

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: hp5500 or roland fj-500/600pro ?

Replies: 12

Views: 9393

I prefer pigment because i don't trust dye inks in terms of color longevity. I heard about some dye inks being resistant to fading (dicojet) but i don't think they are availabe for HP. It would be interesing to see the same image printed by uv and dye hp 5500. What i really don't understand is why ...

Fri Sep 18, 2009 12:11 am

Forum: HP Printers

Topic: hp5500 or roland fj-500/600pro ?

Replies: 12

Views: 9393

If i may ask why do you need a pigment printer if you are doing interior only? I've got a couple of aging HP5500's running on dye which have and continue to give (watch the buggers fall over tommorrow!!) untroubled service with superb image quality. So they ain't the fastest but they do us just fine...

Fri Jun 19, 2009 8:50 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cutter Options / benefit of your experiences

Replies: 23

Views: 8931

Owen, Peter do you or anyone know how difficult it would be to import cdl files into illustrator or finecut purely to cut - add to that cdr files? does anyone have a link to any debate about signlab v illustrator and Rob why go rate sign lab so highly? I use it and love it but it seems limited comp...

Thu Jun 18, 2009 2:36 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cutter Options / benefit of your experiences

Replies: 23

Views: 8931

Thanks for the deabte guys, I didn't mean to offend any of the corel users its just my pref to use Adobe due to having a full license of creative suite. Whats your thinkings cutter wise? mod-edit I don't think you have offended anyone :) (Cat fight yeah!!!!) Personally (from experience) go for a 'n...

Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:25 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Shiraz Dongle Query?

Replies: 9

Views: 2215

Its an upgrade. Not new software - thats quite normal for Shiraz.

Wed Jun 17, 2009 4:06 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cutter Options / benefit of your experiences

Replies: 23

Views: 8931

Well signlab starts at around £850 for cutting package, £600 if you cross grade from another design program, so not so far out of the ball park, and worth considering. Peter The guy said he had 800 quid to buy a plotter and software with... hence me suggesting the FREE plugin in the first place. So...

Wed Jun 17, 2009 2:27 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cutter Options / benefit of your experiences

Replies: 23

Views: 8931

Gordon Forbes wrote:Get signlab as Rob says you wont regret it makes life so much easier.


And bearing in mind his budget is 800 quid - totally out of the ball park.

Oo

Wed Jun 17, 2009 9:52 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: about release paper please help!!

Replies: 34

Views: 4536

If wastage is an issue why not simply do what we do and buy roll ends from your local slitter?

Mega cheap and ideal for 'stickers'.

Oo

Wed Jun 17, 2009 9:49 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cutter Options / benefit of your experiences

Replies: 23

Views: 8931

Offset path?............ is that the same as contour that has been in Corel for decades except the illustrator method doesn't seem to have the versatility that contour in Corel has..... :lol1: Ian :lol1: Absolutely totally agree with that - but the fact that I dont have to use a virtual pc on my ma...

Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:28 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cutter Options / benefit of your experiences

Replies: 23

Views: 8931

I was a staunch Corel user and we still use it on the PC's, but since I found 'offset path' in Illustrator I have found myself using it less and less. However John is right - better not to start that debate :) I do believe that FlexiSign is available on the Mac too - if you are wanting a specific ap...

Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:33 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cutter Options / benefit of your experiences

Replies: 23

Views: 8931

Theres two reasons not to worry about Corel Draw right there!

OO

Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:28 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: about release paper please help!!

Replies: 34

Views: 4536

If you are buying vinyl at 90p a metre and using lots of it, why dont you simply charge the punter for the width x length thats used and bung the scraps in the bin? Some scraps are useful but when you get less than 100mm (from memory) our cutter cant cut it anyway. We normally set up the jobs batche...

Tue Jun 16, 2009 9:15 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cutter Options / benefit of your experiences

Replies: 23

Views: 8931

If you get a Graphtec, you can use Illustrator and their free plugin to cut the vinyl - very effectively. I use this combination to output all my contoured graphics and overflow cut stuff when the other cutter is full up and after a bit of messing about getting it right I am well pleased with the re...

Fri May 29, 2009 11:32 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17712

It feels like a few months now since I posted that topic starter! Success at last with the issues, I found out that my fc5100 just wouldnt play nicely with cutting master when using type 1 marks. I switched to type 2 marks, made a small manual origin offset on the cutter and have now got the paths d...

Sun May 17, 2009 5:27 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Solvent Waste?

Replies: 33

Views: 8828

Just bear in mind that solvent *unlike petrol* does not explode... it burns with a relatively clean flame.

At least that's what I have heard anyway :lol1:

Sun May 17, 2009 5:16 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Solvent Waste?

Replies: 33

Views: 8828

wait until Nov 4th and then offer it as a non-lethal accelerant for the bonfire....

Oo

Sun May 17, 2009 3:23 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17712

Interestingly all the Graphtec tech notes barring one are using type 2 marks (ie: boundary marks rather than crop marks) which would make the cutting the crops feasable. The power is off right now so I'll have another go in the morning, just discovered an FC5100-130A in the plotter list and am wonde...

Sat May 16, 2009 8:29 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17712

This gets worse, I saw the bit on 'use registration marks' in the tuturial videos and now the contours are anything up to 15mm out... (not 20mm as that would be the crops I guess) Going back to basics now as this is getting silly! Is there a Graphtec UK phone support line or an engineer that anyone ...

Sat May 16, 2009 5:29 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17712

Hi Owen Why don't you just cut the crop marks? That's what I do as it makes the print job the exact same size as the contour cut, if you align the print in the cutter to the front right hand corner crop mark then in the cutting software auto align the contour cut file (with crop marks) into bottom ...

Sat May 16, 2009 5:27 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17712

Hi. I'm convinced I am missing something here! I just wrecked a print experimenting with settings, still can't get past a fundamental point which has eluded me. If I leave the crop marks in on the cut screen then the crop mark sensor will have the blade in the wrong position as the artwork will be s...

Sat May 16, 2009 4:40 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Is it worth upgrading Corel from X3 to X4?

Replies: 9

Views: 2053

Cheers so far. Yes I am a Mac person but still have a PC with the serial and parallel ports. I have tried the usb - serial/parallel adapters but they don't work too good. I prefer the stand alone PC anyway just for work. I am leaning towards the Corel upgrade if needed, use the Mac for photo work. ...

Sat May 16, 2009 2:33 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17712

Warren, thats what I used to do - and got the same results as now - its only about a 1mm over the print but the longer the print the bigger the issues. Russel - Thats something I didnt try, I thought the cutter would actually cut the outlines in a way to save vinyl and ignore the placement of the ot...

Fri May 15, 2009 11:41 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17712

Right, looks like I am a bit of an impasse and need some help people please.. I have used Cutting Manager 2 to drop the crop marks on (Type 1, .3mm 20mm) on to the print. Then when printed - make my contour path correctly (not moving the crop marks etc) and run the Graphtec through the automatic sca...

Wed May 13, 2009 8:28 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17712

Would you believe it, the day after I claim never to have to do much contour work I get a load though the door!

Installed CM2 to both Mac and VMWare PC and it works really well so far - just run the prints through the mimaki so we'll see what the ACM does now...

Oo

Mon May 11, 2009 11:24 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: impact graphic solutions vehicle outlines

Replies: 16

Views: 5574

In Corel Draw there is no need to ungroup first. Hold the control key when you left click on the outside shape and this will be selected, nodes will change from square to round, select colour and then click away - whole shape is still a group. For objects further in a group - repeat left clicking w...

Mon May 11, 2009 8:46 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: impact graphic solutions vehicle outlines

Replies: 16

Views: 5574

Just adding my cents. The outlines from Impact are very good, however as they do say - check the dimensions on the car before cutting anything - that way you don't get expensive mistakes. In Corel you would ungroup the eps and click the line around the outside of the vehicle to select the colouring ...

Sun May 10, 2009 8:22 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17712

Wooo hooo! I just installed cutting master thing from graphtec and it works! Happy Bunny here - now to seriously set up the automatic laser eye jobby and test the process. So much easier to cut from Illustrator for the tiny amount of print and cut we do. I should have mentioned that we can open CS3 ...

Sun May 10, 2009 5:40 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17712

Owen there are no improvements within Flexi for bevel effect etc although you can run Adobe plugins inside of Flexi. I have Alien skin loaded which allows me to Bevel, Texture & other effects all from within Flexi. A.I files can still be a pain in Flexi although EPS files seem fine Which i use ...

Sun May 10, 2009 9:24 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Newport South Wales

Replies: 4

Views: 559

Welcome to the boards!

I hope that you find what you are looking for - perhaps a post in the Sign Lab section might bear fruit for what you are looking for.

O

Sun May 10, 2009 8:54 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17712

I must admit some frustration with ai and eps files from illustrator within flexisign - that may of course just be my 7.5 version - we currently have to take them into corel and convert - then import to FS... I was rather hoping that SL would cure those issues, I'll try it today with the trial of SL...

Sat May 09, 2009 11:20 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17712

Hi John Thanks for that, I'll download the Mac version and see if I can get the serial on the graphtec to play ball with a USB converter (we currently use a PC) - allthough I suppose I could simply load up CS2 (which we have lying around) onto the PC and then install the Graphtec plugin and share th...

Sat May 09, 2009 11:15 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17712

When we used Shiraz we cut from Illustrator. With a plug in - like the Graphtec one? Most artwork is originated in Illustrator as (for print) it handles the colours so well, so as this is our preferred vector package for print I'd be curious. Corel is the choice for cut files - but I would like to ...

Sat May 09, 2009 11:12 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17712

Kevin Flowers wrote:Owen
you can normally download a trial version of Signlab, check the link

http://www.cadlink.com/products/signLab ... l_demo.php

Kev


Downloading now, will be able to make mind up then - thanks for the intel.

Oo

Sat May 09, 2009 10:41 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17712

Owen, Just a thought we use wasatch as our RIP for print and cut, this is done on separate machines as wider Rolands are print only, so I print on a Roland and cut on a Graphtec. To do this i had to get the cutting module for wasatch. Is there such a module for Shiraz cause this would suit all your...

Sat May 09, 2009 9:43 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17712

Just to un-confuse anyone who is confused... I want to keep my existing rip but am prepared to have to use a different rip for print and cut jobs (which would be a royal pain I know) if I can get the technique better. However reading replies on here I am led to believe that it is perfectly feasible ...

Thu May 07, 2009 7:41 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: A Basic Question from a Newbie

Replies: 11

Views: 4974

Just a small note if using Illustrator - be careful what version of .ai or .eps file you export - most cut programs barf on straight Illustrator files unless its sent out in v8 with no preview etc.

Oo

Thu May 07, 2009 7:38 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: 3D visuals

Replies: 9

Views: 2345

To do Exhibition Stand stuff we model the stands in 3D Max and render out the views.

Oo

Wed May 06, 2009 10:39 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: T Shirt Printing Equipment

Replies: 12

Views: 3314

Hmmm, PM a potential cost mate.
Oo

Tue May 05, 2009 3:43 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17712

I really like this Mimaki - and for the small amount of contour work we do right now (which obviously can change!) its not worth getting a p&c machine. Hi Owen. It's not the amount of print and cut that you do which should influence the machine you buy. It's the amount of laminating. If, like u...

Tue May 05, 2009 12:30 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17712

encouraged encouraged :) :)

I am sitting down right now poring over the manual and setups, there has to be something wrong somewhere in my workflow - i feel certain of it.

Oo

Tue May 05, 2009 12:13 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17712

Cheers for responses. It looks as though I'm trying to get something out of the system which it can't do too well (which has been suggested before). I've just been reading up on the methods using the Graphtec software and I think I need to start using the optical sensor properly to start with, i thi...

Mon May 04, 2009 9:35 am

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: is there ways to improve auto registration mark recognition?

Replies: 7

Views: 3327

David, did you sort out the technique for this? Its a recurring issue for me and one that I have managed to avoid until now - when I have to get it sorted - so I am hunting around to try and find some answers to avoid the inaccuracy. Is there a step by step procedure you guys use to do the process? ...

Mon May 04, 2009 9:14 am

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: Do I use print and cut?

Replies: 38

Views: 17712

Do I use print and cut?

I have decided to upgrade my Flexi 7 to something else... I want to improve my contour cut procedure and am actively trying to establish whether either SL or FS is capable of assisting me in this procedure. I run a JV3 and a Graphtec FC5100 with the optional laser eye (plus a JX1130 which I think wo...

Sun May 03, 2009 5:56 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: 1st Full wrap (and the reason I missed SignUK)

Replies: 43

Views: 8460

Awesome job that - well impressed mate.

Oo

Sat May 02, 2009 6:31 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland PC-60

Replies: 8

Views: 2183

PC60: Assign the cutting paths to Hairline in Corel, then in the driver select Cut by Width and select the thinnest line.

That will cut all the hairlines in the artwork.

Oo

Sat Apr 25, 2009 2:01 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: can anyone advise me with cold laminating set up please?

Replies: 8

Views: 1473

Don't talk to me about workshops! We just expanded in order to fit our kit in and its almost full now!

Oo

Fri Apr 24, 2009 10:42 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: can anyone advise me with cold laminating set up please?

Replies: 8

Views: 1473

Thanks for the tips any help on alignment ? If you mean - to get the print straight (and keeping straight) through the rollers then there is a simple method which is almost guaranteed to work every time - its free and easy too. a) Get a piece of masking tape and run it at 90 degrees to the rollers ...

Fri Apr 24, 2009 10:23 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: can anyone advise me with cold laminating set up please?

Replies: 8

Views: 1473

Hi Richard I find that using scraps of old paper as leaders is a really useful thing, it saves you grief all the time when leaving the machine webbed up, I always web with a spare leader which is wider than the lam - this allows a sticky free operation in the critical first moments ;) When we do a r...

Sun Apr 19, 2009 3:42 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Vectormagic

Replies: 15

Views: 4007

Being the nerdy type I just had to see what this was like so I just tested a simple logo file against X4, vectormagic, illustrator and flexi. Bearing in mind I used the web upload version and that I don't as a rule use anything other than myself to do vectorising I was pretty impressed with the resu...

Sun Apr 19, 2009 3:30 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Chrome vinyl bubbled through out the wdith of the roll!!

Replies: 13

Views: 2268

when i'm paying £7-10 for metallics and £6-£20 for reflectives, i really don't mind spending a few mins gently pushing the ripples out. HUgh Too right!!! Spend 5 mins - save £10 in vinyl , sounds like a reasonable use of my time especially when you are looking at all costs being tighter. Oo

Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:01 am

Forum: Mimaki Printers

Topic: Mimaki JV3 160S Printing problem

Replies: 9

Views: 5084

Not seen this on our JV3, we use Shiraz 6 Server Plus and print from applications - tiling is done via the design app always on the rip.

I know this may not help this thread but does underpin Chris's post.

Oo

Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:14 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Which printer gives best quality Disappointed with mine

Replies: 10

Views: 2551

Just an observation on the PC60, its quite good at 'spot colours' but the halftone pattern when doing anything else is not up to todays standards.

Oo

Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:09 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Where I can get materials to make free-standing beach flags?

Replies: 4

Views: 637

Re: Where I can get materials to make free-standing beach flags?

Howard Maryon Davis wrote: Does anyone do them, or know where I can get the bases plus all the bits and the printable materials?


Chaps I think Howard is asking for the supply of the basic kit so he can print them in-house...

Oo

Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:35 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Cheap Cutter vs Outsourcing

Replies: 21

Views: 2920

Looks like a Hexing / Rabbit to me, will probably ship with Artcut.

Enjoy the fun of transposing USB to serial and back again :)

Oo

Tue Apr 14, 2009 10:51 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Chrome vinyl bubbled through out the wdith of the roll!!

Replies: 13

Views: 2268

Lift it off the backing on a layout table and place back down with a large felt covered sqeegee, or use same squeegee to tease the spears out.

If you bought 2m of it I am guessing that they rolled it tight off a core.

Oo

Fri Apr 10, 2009 11:21 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help and advice on Method Statements

Replies: 19

Views: 1547

I have to make a free website for someone who I said i do it for, does that count as working? Perhaps I tell them im struggling with a method statement for the computer I bet you'd be annoyed if a web designer was making free signs :) Oo I would be annoyed if a web designer started making signs and...

Fri Apr 10, 2009 10:21 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Help and advice on Method Statements

Replies: 19

Views: 1547

Dave Rowland wrote:I have to make a free website for someone who I said i do it for, does that count as working?

Perhaps I tell them im struggling with a method statement for the computer


I bet you'd be annoyed if a web designer was making free signs :)

Oo

Sun Apr 05, 2009 8:37 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Chrome vinyl bubbled through out the wdith of the roll!!

Replies: 13

Views: 2268

Indeed, just to clarify that we purchase the VEFX stuff off the roll and it comes off a core - and hey presto.... ridge and furrow!

Oo

Sun Apr 05, 2009 7:19 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Chrome vinyl bubbled through out the wdith of the roll!!

Replies: 13

Views: 2268

Just seen this, the main culprit I have with this is the RTape EFX range which when supplied too tightly wound starts the ridge and lift off as soon as its opened. Solution? As soon as we get it - rewind onto core and its usually ok, otherwise get a length and using a very soft felt squeegee work th...

Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:05 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: V8 Stock Car, first job in new unit.

Replies: 6

Views: 1295

Thanks for your kind replies! The car in the background was next in the queue (Super Stox) and I think we have another F1 to do tonight and then I will be looking at an F2 next week, we seem to be attracting the short circuit racers right now! My Fiesta Hot Rod is in one of the images behind which d...

Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:07 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: V8 Stock Car, first job in new unit.

Replies: 6

Views: 1295

V8 Stock Car, first job in new unit.

This was the first job in our newly completed unit, thought it might be of interest as its got lots of trick vinyl on.

Wed Mar 25, 2009 12:03 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: what are the best uses for a roland PC-60 please?

Replies: 6

Views: 2088

We use ours each week for doing single colour stuff on transparent which its very good at.

Keep it clean and dust free and it will go for years.

Would agree with the other posters that anything else (big prints, reliance on colour etc) makes the PC60 not cost effective.

Oo

Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:03 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Drawing shapes question

Replies: 5

Views: 1137

Just read your post again, you definitely need to use the Bezier tools to create the paths rather than try to make something from the built in boxes and circles.

Oo

Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:01 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Drawing shapes question

Replies: 5

Views: 1137

Hi Steve In Corel you can use the contour command to replicate lines/strokes with distances and so forth. Making the first object would I guess be easiest with the Bezier tool functions, dragging the points around in elastic mode and then using the contour system to move forwards to multiples. Then ...

Thu Mar 19, 2009 4:21 pm

Forum: Mimaki Cutters

Topic: JV3 + OraJet 3551 Profile for Shiraz?

Replies: 4

Views: 2914

Just spoken to Europoint and apparently the 3551 used to be cast and is now polymeric, sales guy was understandably hacked off when he realised that his info was a bit out. Not entirely certain what to do now, as the jobs we have coming up are pretty standard stuff on panels with few (if any) deep r...

Thu Mar 19, 2009 3:45 pm

Forum: Mimaki Cutters

Topic: JV3 + OraJet 3551 Profile for Shiraz?

Replies: 4

Views: 2914

Hmmm now I have a head cold, I was certain that I needed 3951 and the guys sold me 3551 for wrapping - best check this prior to opening the box and knocking out the graphics.

Oo

Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:13 pm

Forum: Mimaki Cutters

Topic: JV3 + OraJet 3551 Profile for Shiraz?

Replies: 4

Views: 2914

JV3 + OraJet 3551 Profile for Shiraz?

This might be one for Dave :)

Using Shiraz what profile do you use to print to Orajet 3551 (the cast wrapping vinyl)?

Or not as the case may be!

Cheers

Owen

Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:34 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Mistral Laminator

Replies: 5

Views: 1482

Yeah or get someone to grab the print and hold it :)

Looks like no-ones got a Mistral laminator, ho-hum I had probably better go and demo it.

Oo

Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:15 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Mistral Laminator

Replies: 5

Views: 1482

Hi.

I am using a Seal Image 400s now, which is a really nice laminator - but way too small and making life incredibly difficult.

Oo

Fri Mar 06, 2009 4:46 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Mistral Laminator

Replies: 5

Views: 1482

Mistral Laminator

Hi.

Has anyone an opinion/experience on the Kala Mistral Laminator? Specifically the 60" version. Looking to see how the machine copes with laminating wrap vinyl as well as normal stuff.

Cheers

Oo

Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:52 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Illustrator CS2 Mirror output

Replies: 7

Views: 3334

HI. Just had a quick look and the right side up option seems to be the ticket under the output option in the print dialog under emulsion. Not tried it but it shows a mirrored image in the preview. http://www.trxgraphics.co.uk/screengrab1.jpg There should be a screen grab somewhere here :) Cheers Oo

Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:43 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Ezytaper vs Laminator

Replies: 25

Views: 2462

I'm intrigued which way around you guys have issues, I'm looking at several larger laminator models to back up our Image 400 (1040) mainly to cater for wider print lamination (ie: almost exclusively to laminate printed vinyl) - I have seen quite a few cheap cheap machines - has anyone used one of th...

Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:49 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Wrapped BMX and Old Skool Decals

Replies: 7

Views: 1412

Cheers Rob

I don't this will ever get ridden! Its too precious to the owner.
Know what you mean though about pricing.

Cheers

Oo

Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:28 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: NCAD 750 for sale

Replies: 21

Views: 2591

Owen, my machine is out of warranty, I now use third party inks. I have a maintenance contract to cover repairs Peter Ok understood. Now that interests me as currently we are running on OEM inks and if you can get a main contract to cover other inks then that's a good start down the road. Would it ...

Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:35 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: NCAD 750 for sale

Replies: 21

Views: 2591

Peter. Is that 3rd Party or OEM Ink? Does it 'corrupt' the warranty?

Oo

Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:32 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Why can't I print blue?

Replies: 20

Views: 3200

Something that worked for us once was to send the job down in RGB rather than CMYK, had loads of gamut issues and then wammo - everything worked.

That was on Shiraz + JV3 - dont know if that helps (probably too late now!)

Oo

Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:13 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: How do you apply application tape on your own

Replies: 24

Views: 5884

We use a combination of swearing and cussing to achieve the best results! Cherwell do a nice roller thingy which fits on the bench end, and permits a clean drop to the graphic no matter the length, either that or fabricate a bench end affair which effectively traps the tape roll in a dowel and allow...

Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:08 am

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Wrapped BMX and Old Skool Decals

Replies: 7

Views: 1412

Wrapped BMX and Old Skool Decals

A couple of jobs we did recently or supplied for recently.

Tue Feb 24, 2009 12:12 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

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

Replies: 42

Views: 4911

A neat alternative is to do what experts exchange do.. however I think this board is there for all sign makers (new or old) - its up to us whether we respond of course. When I started doing LFDP a while back (Encad Novajet 1 ... oooh the pain) these places didn't exist and boy oh boy I wish they had...

Mon Feb 23, 2009 11:29 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Where to buy Vinyl?

Replies: 25

Views: 3161

Wed Feb 11, 2009 12:07 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: PC to IMAC?

Replies: 8

Views: 1984

Hi. We run a couple of IMacs (2.4 Duals with 4GB of Ram). Running VMWare's Fusion software allows us to run XP and Vista PC's inside the Mac with no noticeable decrease in speed (they each take a processor). The lovely thing is that as we have a network of PC's as well - the Mac's can work on that n...

Thu Feb 05, 2009 1:43 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Which material to use when making a pop up display

Replies: 20

Views: 4225

Seconded, Opaljet - it works every time and is dead easy to work with.

Oo

Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:14 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: CMX Format Batch Conversion

Replies: 6

Views: 1192

Hey guys thanks!

The converter did exactly what I wanted. I wouldn't have known that existed if it wasn't for you.

Nothing in the docs online anywhere so an interesting lesson.

Cheers

Oo

Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:40 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: CMX Format Batch Conversion

Replies: 6

Views: 1192

Wasn't aware that X4 shipped with anything, I'll dig and see where they are then, thanks for the heads up.

Oo

Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:11 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: CMX Format Batch Conversion

Replies: 6

Views: 1192

Hi.

Yes in essence the cmx's are the clipart from one of their ancient discs, so in reality they are simple clipart.

I need to be able to create a png representation of that cms file - with a transparent background as per the cmx- so i would hope i could get a 24bit png.

Oo

Thu Jan 29, 2009 5:20 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: CMX Format Batch Conversion

Replies: 6

Views: 1192

CMX Format Batch Conversion

Hi! After an extensive web trawl I have been unable to locate anything that can convert cmx files to png (or even ai/eps/jpeg/gif etc) - despite several claiming to do this none of them can. As I need to convert several 1000 cmx files for a web project I am developing as you can imagine its becoming...

Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:49 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Increasing DPI in PS

Replies: 20

Views: 8373

Owen, I can't see anything in that document that contradicts what I said. In fact it specifically says not to throw pixels away if you might need them again. Can you explain please? Hi John. I think my post has been completely misunderstood. I am not arguing with the technique AT ALL. I am merely p...

Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:35 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Increasing DPI in PS

Replies: 20

Views: 8373

Sorry I wasn't offering an opinion on the technique as you are correct in that you simply ensure that the image is 100% and then 300 dpi (the natural result being less stress on the image) - I was just pointing out that ppi is a little different to dpi (just in case anyone was getting confused). Ok ...

Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:48 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Help : Removing background from image

Replies: 10

Views: 5503

Illustrator has a live trace function which creates paths from bitmaps.

object | live trace

That's a vectorising gizmo that may help inside Illustrator (at least its in CS3 anyway).

Oo

Mon Jan 26, 2009 6:40 pm

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: Increasing DPI in PS

Replies: 20

Views: 8373

Fri Jan 23, 2009 8:10 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: Plugin on X4

Replies: 4

Views: 1241

Plugin on X4

Hi. A little while ago I got interested in cutting direct from Corel, doing some research got me to Sign Tools and CoCo Cut as two possible contenders. Quite simply the expense of another 'full grown' package license is not in play right now as I want to utilise our pc60 as a spare cutter, so I thou...

Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:24 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Web Design Software

Replies: 10

Views: 3012

Oh the joy of free web sites and web software - great until you want to actually do something constructive in the code - and then need a professional to sort it out...

Gosh - doesn't that sound like the sign industry.....

Oo

Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:01 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: can anyone help me with wrapping a race car please?

Replies: 17

Views: 4940

Going to test on a 12th car tomorrow - should be fun!! I have just watched a couple of videos from RealWraps (I know cheapskate - go on a course!), and am wondering if theres a common translation for the US -> UK products difference. ie: Does anyone use the primer? Isoprop or White Vinegar? Heat Gun...

Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:20 am

Forum: Mimaki Cutters

Topic: Reducing fumes...

Replies: 7

Views: 3135

We just bunged the JV3 in its own room and vented out the wall like you.

We find that keeping the media at room temp makes for better prints and so hence the room on its own keeping the media company!

Oo

Sun Jan 11, 2009 3:17 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: JX1130 - On loan, worth it?

Replies: 17

Views: 7245

you have imo too variables with all the different software and machines both graphtecs can be driven direct from corel or illy. chris Thank heavens for that, I thought it was just me! With regard to your comment about cutting from Illustrator, that sounds like a good idea, however not being familia...

Sun Jan 11, 2009 3:11 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: JX1130 - On loan, worth it?

Replies: 17

Views: 7245

Right! Well the majority of our prints are about 2 metres, we seem to get more discrepancy at the start of the print rather than at the end, almost like the cut creeps up the page. I think I have to agree that keeping the prints to perhaps 1 metre may be the answer and do the graphic sets in chunks ...

Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:35 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: JX1130 - On loan, worth it?

Replies: 17

Views: 7245

Yes. I use (currently) 'offsite' (ie: in a seperate building) a Graphtec recent ish cutter that has an optical eye which we do a 2 point manual registration to the crop marks which we apply in illustrator as part of the artwork. Now I am wanting to do the same job with the JX1130 basically and whils...

Sun Jan 11, 2009 1:30 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: JX1130 - On loan, worth it?

Replies: 17

Views: 7245

Right.... Back on course now :) I am about to make some decisions on direction for my new unit and part of that is to get my print/cut operation sorted out once and for all. Currently I print on a JV3 - then laminate (if required) and then cut using a graphtec cutter which has an optical eye and rea...

Sat Jan 10, 2009 1:21 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Fonts and Websites

Replies: 13

Views: 2293

Yes, the algorithms employed now by search engines such as Google (although closely guarded secrets) are generally recognised as being mainly interested in page title vs page content, followed by content keyword relevance (to the page title and content) and backed up by alt and title tagging on imag...

Sat Jan 10, 2009 11:15 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Fonts and Websites

Replies: 13

Views: 2293

Our site has all fonts converted to images so anyone can view it. The downside is that search engines cant see an image so it has an adverse affect on listings. The way round it is to find a blank area of your site and put loads of keywords there in the same colour as the background colour. This wa...

Sat Jan 10, 2009 1:18 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Fonts and Websites

Replies: 13

Views: 2293

If you want to display non standard fonts inline (ie: as part of the content) you can always use SIFR, which basically takes a font and represents in using inline flash by means of a small javascript script. http://wiki.novemberborn.net/sifr/ Its relatively easy to implement. Otherwise the other pos...

Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:07 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Which mobile phone ?

Replies: 33

Views: 2686

I popped into a certain Large chain store which resides in 'warehouses' and enquired about a Blackberry and an IPhone (not that there was going to be much competition as I have a Mac) and the sales guy was very intent on telling me that if I had business email on a Blackberry then I would probably b...

Fri Jan 09, 2009 7:00 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Web Design Software

Replies: 10

Views: 3012

:) I might not get shot down in flames for this post - lets see :) The effect you show is called lightbox or sometimes shadowbox or a similar name and is a javascript driven event which uses a html tag to dynamically change the source to provide a clickable link on an <a> tag and thus show the graye...

Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:29 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Pricing Software...

Replies: 51

Views: 8225

I stopped short of naming names as I thought it wasn't allowed.

I have seen Clarity in action and was impressed with it, it does do what you need and the support staff are responsive to requests.

Oo

Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:20 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: can anyone help me with wrapping a race car please?

Replies: 17

Views: 4940

Owen an A4 sheet of grafiwrap weighs 13 grams. vinyl print and lam just checked Peter Wheres my star stickers? Thanks a whole load for that Peter, I can now go back to the guys and drop 13 grams on the car and see how it affects them, my gut feeling is not a lot - but these guys do take it seriousl...

Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:04 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Pricing Software...

Replies: 51

Views: 8225

If i ignore your sound bull- how long have you been peddling useless pricing software which doesn't take into consideration (a) regional pricing (b) business overheads (c) discount from suppliers (d) regional business rates (e) rent and everything else I could list Wooooooah!! I have NOT been 'pedd...

Fri Jan 09, 2009 1:10 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Pricing Software...

Replies: 51

Views: 8225

With respect - it doesn't need to have any regional in international elements at all. Estimations can be made easier when you know accurately how much all your materials cost, its then easier to know what you can make when you markup. I work for myself and have found that accurately tracking my cost...

Fri Jan 09, 2009 1:03 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: can anyone help me with wrapping a race car please?

Replies: 17

Views: 4940

I'll speak to them tomorrow Peter, thanks for the heads up.

The weight issue comes when you have a 12th scale car shell which weighs next to nothing to start with :) I wouldn't even attempt doing it to a lexan shell but the ones we have been asked to do are polycarbonate and quite tough.

Oo

Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:52 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Pricing Software...

Replies: 51

Views: 8225

I think perhaps James requires software that allows him to input sizes and then produce a costed list of materials which is then marked up to get a base figure - thats sound business (knowing your costs accurately on a job). In my case (being a web developer as well) I simply knocked one up, but I b...

Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:44 am

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: can anyone help me with wrapping a race car please?

Replies: 17

Views: 4940

OK.. taking this one step further - one thing that we do often is duplicating a race car down to a model size, i had thought about wrapping the model shells too - seems logical... Obviously the weight of the combined laminate and vinyl then comes into play a bit - previously I have laminated convent...

Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:17 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: can anyone help me with wrapping a race car please?

Replies: 17

Views: 4940

Cheers Chris.

I assume that's because the laminate allows extra strength to the vinyl? I did wonder if the 2 layers would lessen the wrapping effect though - allthough I am guessing at the micron thickness they are suggesting its unlikely!

Oo

Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:59 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: can anyone help me with wrapping a race car please?

Replies: 17

Views: 4940

It seems like the front wings and rear nearside take a bit of a beating usually, so that's why i considered non lamination - however I am concerned about the handilability of the vinyl without lamination. If the price on the vinyl and laminate is really down in the 10 quid per linear country then th...

Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:02 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: can anyone help me with wrapping a race car please?

Replies: 17

Views: 4940

Hi Jon

Do you have a part number for that film?

Cheers

Owen

Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:42 pm

Forum: Vehicle Wrapping

Topic: can anyone help me with wrapping a race car please?

Replies: 17

Views: 4940

can anyone help me with wrapping a race car please?

I have been reading this section of the forum with interest and would like to pose a question of you long time guru's! We are considering wrapping a couple of race cars to do as a demo of our services, something that we've never attempted - but feel that we should offer. In terms of application I'll...

Mon Dec 22, 2008 9:47 am

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: JX1130 - On loan, worth it?

Replies: 17

Views: 7245

Hi Phil, cheers for that - when we get this unit move done I'll buzz you.

Got to get all dominoes in a row first!

Oo

Sun Dec 21, 2008 11:39 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: JX1130 - On loan, worth it?

Replies: 17

Views: 7245

Hi again Chris. We are based in Moreton in Marsh in Gloucestershire. I must admit to jumping more or less from a NovaJet to an Electrostatic and then to HP's so I missed out on a lot of the early cut/plot days. However the Mimaki performs really well, and I was hoping this would suffice for a slave ...

Sun Dec 21, 2008 11:08 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: JX1130 - On loan, worth it?

Replies: 17

Views: 7245

Hi Chris and thanks for the answer. Just to clarify then, its a similar procedure to the other Graphtec then? On that I use the laser eye to manually align to crop marks on the artwork, using top-left and then bottom-left (2 point) all though I think I could do 3. Is that the same process on the JX1...

Sun Dec 21, 2008 8:16 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: JX1130 - On loan, worth it?

Replies: 17

Views: 7245

Taken with my iphone so not the best res :)

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Sun Dec 21, 2008 7:32 pm

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: JX1130 - On loan, worth it?

Replies: 17

Views: 7245

JX1130 - On loan, worth it?

Hi all. A mate of mine just offered to loan me his JX1130 (no strings, he needs the room) and I just wondered if anyone had any pointers as to the relevance of this machine these days. I am pretty sure that as the head technology is HP /Encad (which I remember back in the NovaJet days as being frust...

Tue May 03, 2005 12:03 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Solvent Print - a couple questions.

Replies: 7

Views: 1604

... but dont forget finishishing/trimming etc. pop-up stands are good money but why laminate? Hi Robert Sorry, I should have said that we already have several HP i/j printers which we do all our exhibition work on, it was pull-ups that made us think as the substrate is quite fussy. We generally use...

Wed Apr 27, 2005 2:20 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Solvent Print - a couple questions.

Replies: 7

Views: 1604

Solvent Print - a couple questions.

Just a quickie... Does anyone (or is there) have an idea whats a good generic cost per sq m price to charge colour printed vinyl out at? We know what the costs are, but as ever when quoting sometime the market holds a better value than the costs + markup! Also , has anyone experience in using solven...

Sat Jan 08, 2005 5:52 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Go Kart Vinyl Graphics:

Replies: 5

Views: 933

It is you isnt it!!

Saw the photos and though ********* me !!!

How ya doing?

Owen

Fri Jan 07, 2005 11:21 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Go Kart Vinyl Graphics:

Replies: 5

Views: 933

Hi Peter Put simply, its not worth it!! :lol1: Ok, so you have to do them .... unfortunately in the model trade the end user invariably wants to pay the same for the decals that you just spent 20 minutes weeding with 2 scalpels and had to cut twice to get right as the screenprinted full colour rubbi...

Fri Jan 07, 2005 10:50 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: buying new equipment what do you recommend pc or mac?

Replies: 43

Views: 14688

Hi Robert I have worked with both in my capacity as a designer for exhibition companies, and as a web designer etc etc etc. I love the Mac, I love the interface, the nice look and feel and all that - its a great machine and I have owned several. But I don't use one for my business on a day to day ba...

Fri Jan 07, 2005 9:58 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: cutter needed asap 600

Replies: 18

Views: 2113

Hi, whats your HS15 like? I "might" be interested if you need to push it on.

Owen

Fri Jan 07, 2005 9:50 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Delays in Paid Access?

Replies: 5

Views: 532

Hi Robert

Just another inane question for you, in the P60 section that you made in the tips forum, you have several very interesting P60 documents which are not hyperlinked.

Is this right or am I missing something?

Cheers

Owen

Fri Jan 07, 2005 9:16 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Delays in Paid Access?

Replies: 5

Views: 532

Woo hoo!!

I have a gold thingy above me...

Cheers!

Oo

Fri Jan 07, 2005 9:12 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Radio Controlled Car Graphics: Alfa Romeo

Replies: 0

Views: 402

Radio Controlled Car Graphics: Alfa Romeo

This is more like what I do all the time, fiddly fiddly fiddly!! Its a 1:5 scale Alfa Romeo 156 22cc Radio Controlled Car.. all decals are cut from 9800, average height of text about 7 - 10 mm. Scaled from a full car design (see the pic to see what I mean) - Oh and I also did the race cars too (whic...

Fri Jan 07, 2005 9:01 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Go Kart Vinyl Graphics:

Replies: 5

Views: 933

Go Kart Vinyl Graphics:

Here's a job I did a while ago in freezing conditions on a kart that was due to leave the workshop immediately after not being finished until the night before! I ended up using a hairdryer to warm the pods and vinyl enough to get it all to stick... that and was ALL cut on a PNC900 305mm cutter. Prob...

Fri Jan 07, 2005 8:28 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Delays in Paid Access?

Replies: 5

Views: 532

Delays in Paid Access?

Just a slightly non-panicky question (honest)... Is there a delay with getting access subs sorted out at the moment, paid yesterday and heard nowt - email to admin sort of wandered off into the ether and hasnt been seen since (search party out now..) I undertsand if you are all busy but a note would...

Thu Jan 06, 2005 2:10 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Baby cutter options?

Replies: 12

Views: 3353

Hi again I think I have to say that after extensive reading and sleepless nights I would be better off all round with a printer/cutter like a P60. And as I already have experience of that machine its probably the way to go for me .... Having said that I looked at an earlier post about a struggling r...

Tue Jan 04, 2005 2:11 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Baby cutter options?

Replies: 12

Views: 3353

Just come across the Roland PC12 which might well be the one for me, experience anyone?

Owen

Tue Jan 04, 2005 1:32 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Baby cutter options?

Replies: 12

Views: 3353

HI Peter Heres me getting confused! When you said Gerber I immediately assumed "EDGE" OHMIGOD... Anyway looked at the machine and its very well built and obviously the right size, what are they like on the 2nd hand market or do they generally go with an edge? Are the consumables expensive? (like bla...

Tue Jan 04, 2005 1:23 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Baby cutter options?

Replies: 12

Views: 3353

Hi again. No that advice is mint mate. I use the cutter enough to know that a cheapo will simply fall apart - which is why I wanted to ascertain if anyone else had this same requirements and how they sorted through it. I think that my conflicting requirements are the issue: ie: wanting a small but a...

Tue Jan 04, 2005 1:19 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Well hello!

Replies: 12

Views: 1435

Hi Carrie (and all those that welcomed me) Its really nice to have such a welcome and very appreciated. In terms of the avatar, I have to look after so many websites in my industry that its become second nature to chuck up the avatar immediately - and good manners I think! I must go and make a sligh...

Tue Jan 04, 2005 1:08 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Baby cutter options?

Replies: 12

Views: 3353

Ok , replies are along the lines I expected. I have been doing this type of work for years, but only to a small size as I said (A4) but lots and lots of them! For big graphics and other general (big) stuff I have a very understanding bro' who also owns a proper sign business (which is where the 5100...

Tue Jan 04, 2005 12:40 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Baby cutter options?

Replies: 12

Views: 3353

Baby cutter options?

Hi all, heres the deal... I have an old PNC900 (Roland Camm1) which has been great for years being used for very small decals for Largescale Model Cars both in our unit and on the road at race events. The PNC has recently started to deteriorate in terms of the cut quality to the extent that 50% of t...

Tue Jan 04, 2005 12:27 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Small vinyl cutter wanted

Replies: 2

Views: 1306

Just spotted this thread, I have a Roland Cam1 PNC900 which I'd like to retire and change as I need a small cutter for our mobile onsite cutting.

Whats the Stika like on reliable cutting down to very small letters and how much would you be looking at?

Cheers

Owen

Tue Jan 04, 2005 12:17 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Well hello!

Replies: 12

Views: 1435

HI and thanks for the reply.

Could you tell me where that link is please? Had a good look on the main pages and cant see that particular company showing up.

Help appreciated.

Owen

Mon Jan 03, 2005 9:52 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Well hello!

Replies: 12

Views: 1435

Thanks for the replies, its funny how 2 years have gone so quickly! I think its because I do the same thing so often that when I need advice its a big deal!! Right now I must go and find out about that baby cutter and the dreaded white ribbon for the P60 (the holy grail as far as I am concerned). Oo

Mon Jan 03, 2005 8:12 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Well hello!

Replies: 12

Views: 1435

Well hello!

Hi everyone, after reading this forum for ages I decided finally to register and have a say! Basically its great! I stumbled across the board about 2 years ago (I think) when I was looking around for inspiration with a P60 issue, that was cleared up by reading the forum - so many thanks. I specialis...

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