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Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:12 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Cutting mdf shapes with a Laserpro Sprit GX. Help please?

Replies: 11

Views: 3991

if you use the laserpro driver , you will find PPI PPI kinda works by drilling holes (treppaning) next to each other , the higher the PPI , the closer the holes will be to each other. Only active when vector cutting... For wood , you need to reduce the ppi , so that the holes DONT overlap too much (...

Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:16 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Cutting mdf shapes with a Laserpro Sprit GX. Help please?

Replies: 11

Views: 3991

Depends on thickness , 40w should cut 6mm just fine. The secret when doing wood is to set the PPI low , like 100 or so. All lasered wood has char , unless you using a real high power laser Settings should be something like ppi 100 , 100% power , 2-4 speed? We actually use LDF (low density fibreboard...

Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:34 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Any entry level routers?

Replies: 7

Views: 3233

Shane , the machines coming out of China are 1st class , you can buy a 2.4m x 1.2m machine with a 3hp spindle for under 3000 quid. Smaller ones are cheaper. You CAN DIY one , but its cheaper and better in the long run to buy I deal with a co called Shenui , in liaocheng city in china. Been to their ...

Wed Jan 29, 2014 8:29 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Die cutting / CNC

Replies: 7

Views: 1708

Laser cutting would work as well.

Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:16 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Indestructible polycarbonate decals ..How to ?

Replies: 10

Views: 2052

The best way to do these is to print on a very good vinyl , overlaminate with a thick hardy lam and then cut , polycarbonate is not all that "indestructible"..I have produced many decals for push button type applications this way and they seem to last very well , stuff for hospital nurse c...

Fri Aug 02, 2013 8:00 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Acrykic fabrication question

Replies: 2

Views: 2126

Not sure what you mean by an applicator.. you mean like a syringe? Polishing result is not good with buffs and mops and tripoli's , use an O2/H flame polisher..lots available ex China that work quite well.. Here is a picture of my resin doming machine , something like that can also dispense 2 part g...

Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:57 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: 3d printer first useful thing...

Replies: 11

Views: 4708

The materials used to construct the models are extremely limited , to be really useful as a "general" replicator , it would have to replicate in mixed media with different mnfgring processes. IT *is* a great toy to play with tho , got a few pals that have em and seen some great stuff, no r...

Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:19 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: 3d printer first useful thing...

Replies: 11

Views: 4708

I recon the big application will be to make masters for casting.. the notion that these will be household appliances to "make" things is pretty far fetched.

Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:29 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Cutting acrylic....

Replies: 14

Views: 2240

[/quote]John - I don't use lasers but I'm intersted in them all the same. I've only been reading up on these smallish ones and never actualy seen one in the flesh. Are these things large enough to get a sheet this size inside, or is there a pass-through feature that allows sliding something this siz...

Tue Mar 05, 2013 9:13 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Cutting acrylic....

Replies: 14

Views: 2240

Most acrylic suppliers will have a panel saw with the correct blade and can do this easily , take it there instead of trying to DIY with the wrong equipment.

Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:11 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: does anyone have any experience with a Roland PCN 2300?

Replies: 2

Views: 1878

It's a good machine if you can get one 2nd hand for cheap , good to test the waters with , works off Corel draw etc. Not the most robust of machines compared to , lets say , a newing hall... But perfectly adequate. I bought one 2nd hand for round 700 quid about 6 years ago, we use it about 2 hours a...

Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:53 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Laser carriage not moving

Replies: 13

Views: 5237

Check the config file or other options that the X and Y axes are set to go the right direction... Could be in a option called machine config or somewhere else in the drivers. You haven't said what software it uses, Also check all wires going to the motherboard , someone on another forum had a simila...

Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:22 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Ripped off by the trade?

Replies: 28

Views: 6207

Perhaps the local firm saw you as direct competition who took the job away from them..and thus decided to "punish" you? A lot depends on the local economic climate , some areas/trades you have collaboration with the attitude "there is enough to go round" and in others when compet...

Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:18 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Trotec laser engraving machines

Replies: 3

Views: 3586

Depends whether you want to get into laser engraving. In South Africa , Trotec is the most expensive of all lasers, very nice machine BUT these days you can import a VERY GOOD chinese machine with more power and a bigger work area at about 1/5th of the price. Some other "mainstream" makes ...

Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:27 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Expanding into engraving

Replies: 7

Views: 3622

You will be able to a huge amount more with a laser engraver than a rotary.
I would never buy a rotary as a 1st engraver , I would buy a laser first and then a rotary to compliment it.....

Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:03 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: advice needed on software for laser cutter

Replies: 4

Views: 1868

The driver will determine whether you can export out of Corel , in general the Chinese machines do NOT engrave a what you see is what you get drawing from Corel..find out the make.

Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:51 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Comparing Laser machines

Replies: 3

Views: 2448

Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:17 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Views on Thermark, Cermark, Trodat laser engraving?

Replies: 3

Views: 3565

25W is perfect , the key to using these products is the coating , the best is to thin it down with alcohol and use a paasche or similar spray gun and put down a thin and even layer. Experiment with your settings , but a rule of thumb is 100% power and speed at the wattage of your laser (25%) Do NOT ...

Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:14 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Insurance catagory for a laser engraver

Replies: 3

Views: 2166

Be careful with laser insurance , lasers catch alight real quick , mostly if left cutting unattended Make sure you are covered for all eventualities with the machine (especially fire) or fire extinguisher damage. Im not in England , but we had to specify our lasers and put them on all risk which was...

Wed Nov 09, 2011 9:34 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Doming vinyl cut logos . Please help...

Replies: 6

Views: 2463

You need a less viscous (thicker) doming media and you need to apply less , apply to the centre of the decal and let it spread out by itself and after 5-10 mins or so (depending on your gel time), use a pin to draw it to the edge if there is no coverage. The picture you show is not an easy thing to ...

Fri Oct 21, 2011 12:21 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: 3m x 2m cnc router - looking for advice

Replies: 16

Views: 9189

It was at shenhui lasers , http://shenhuilaser.en.alibaba.com/aboutus.html If they can't help with a specific machine , then they might have the name of a reputable co that can. Yep , I agree , the chinese machines are often not "plug it in and press a button and it works" , however your t...

Thu Oct 20, 2011 7:33 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: 3m x 2m cnc router - looking for advice

Replies: 16

Views: 9189

I also run a Tekcel - tthey machines built like tanks , there's no way "flex" can be even mentioned in the same breath. :) I saw some stunning CnC routers for amazing prices in China , I bought 2 HUGE lasers from the one company I saw stuff at , at 1/5th of the price of "western"...

Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:12 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Help required with engraving

Replies: 2

Views: 2135

It isn't a difficult machine to use , the Roland USA site has some great tutorials and documentation Go to http://www.rolanddga.com Click support and go to the Techincal support wizard, on that page , down at the bottom under legacy products , go to product family - select engraving machines , then ...

Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:33 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Epilog laser 1.5" lens

Replies: 2

Views: 2033

You actually have to test the focus , do NOT rely on the fact that its a 1/2" less than a 2". The range of where it is in focus is VERY small with a 1.5 lens , maybe 2-3mm , so getting it spot on is vital. Use the 1/2" difference as a starting point and vary the focus around it , wher...

Tue Oct 11, 2011 11:12 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Looking for advice on acrylic polishing?

Replies: 15

Views: 6990

Extruded actually flame polishes and laser cuts better than cast , you can get a smoother finish , critical is to use the O2/hydrogen type polisher and moderate heat controlled by your movements. Diamond is great for square panels , but you cant polish curves. Before polishing an edge , the best thi...

Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:12 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Looking for advice on acrylic polishing?

Replies: 15

Views: 6990

Flame polishing stresses acrylic BIG time , much worse with extruded than cast, If you use some solvent based cleaners or glue around flame polished acrylic you are almost guaranteed to get stress cracks , worst of all , the stuff can stress crack months down the line. Be careful where you polish an...

Tue Jul 26, 2011 7:46 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: What pantograph engraver to do this job?

Replies: 6

Views: 4679

Your best bet for this is something like an old Taylor hobson pantograph , the computerised machines are far too expensive for limited run stuff like this , and now with most people going over to computerised engraving , these or machines similar to that are actually pretty cheap to pick up , I have...

Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:23 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Looking at getting a metal engraver, but unsure which one?

Replies: 4

Views: 2771

I think the spirit is the faster of the machines , it is a lot faster than my old mercurys. the DPI is irrelevant , you will be working at 500/600 almost all of the time , the pass thru doors are also useful but not essential , in 12 years of lasering , and having 8 lasers right now , we have only u...

Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:14 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Looking at getting a metal engraver, but unsure which one?

Replies: 4

Views: 2771

Those are Laserpro/GCC lasers, thios type lasers will not engrave metal at all , you need to coat the metal with a liquid , let it dry and then laser it and you get a black mark , it is not at all engraved , it sits on top of the metal. The mark is pretty permanent tho , it doesnt rub off etc and yo...

Fri Jul 15, 2011 7:40 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: burn marks on engraving material from laser engraver

Replies: 9

Views: 6217

Hiya , here's instructions how to get into diagnostic mode on your machine , you need to be in that mode to manually fire the laser to do alignment Power up the machine while pressing the START/STOP key and the PAUSE key. It should display "Start hardware check Use function key". I have a ...

Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:11 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: burn marks on engraving material from laser engraver

Replies: 9

Views: 6217

Beam alignment isn't easy if you have to do it the first time. If you have a GCC agent , it might be worth paying them to come round and do it for you and watching and seeing what they do , let em "teach" you. Im not sure what machine you have , but the users manual should have alignment i...

Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:50 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: burn marks on engraving material from laser engraver

Replies: 9

Views: 6217

Engraving quality will not really drop if the tube is going, the output will just get weaker. You can do simple tests to see if the tube is losing power , just see if it cuts thru 3mm acrylic at the same power and speed it was doing before. The drop in quality points more , imo , to an optical issue...

Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:39 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Update and Upgrade 'OUT OF AFRICA'

Replies: 15

Views: 3199

I am importing direct from China these days at prices from 1/2 to a 1/4 of local prices and quality that is as good or exceeds local. The service I get from the Chinese co's is way better than local and even their tech support (I recently bought 2 big lasers) is superb. I have basically stopped supp...

Wed Jul 06, 2011 4:56 am

Forum: Industry News

Topic: The Worlds 1st low-cost Print & Cut desktop machine!

Replies: 56

Views: 33528

Well, I have investigated the machine, 20 sq ft an hour at reasonable resolution is the speed , metallic ink is 3x the price of any other colour It is still pretty pricey at 5k, you can buy a really nice 100w Laser for that money , bed size of 4ft x 4 ft. If I were a sign shop with a cutter only , I...

Fri Jul 01, 2011 9:01 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Advice on purchasing a Laser Etcher/Cutter please?

Replies: 18

Views: 7888

No problem at all mod-edit please read board rules

Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:37 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Advice on purchasing a Laser Etcher/Cutter please?

Replies: 18

Views: 7888

Well it will run off Corel etc, there is a plugin that ports in AI format to its own software , RDcam , a VERY good driver for the laser. There are a few issues and workarounds from corel , but nothing too complicated. Spare parts are real cheap , order them with the laser. For eg , an 80w 8000 hr t...

Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:11 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Advice on purchasing a Laser Etcher/Cutter please?

Replies: 18

Views: 7888

Those should be no issue depending on the composites. I would suggest a reci tubed 100-130w machine, most likely cost you 5000 quid all in for a 1200 x 800 machime. Wood cuts with a bit of edge char , you would have to test the composite to see what edge cut quality is. Perspex and acrylic cut real ...

Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:52 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Advice on purchasing a Laser Etcher/Cutter please?

Replies: 18

Views: 7888

If you looking for a decent 80w chinese laser , buy from the co I bought from , Shenhui lasers , contact Blanca yan. 15mm acrylic is "possible" , but not practical and not saleable , The lasers will not directly engrave metal either , you need to coat it with a product called cerdec and it...

Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:49 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Advice on purchasing a Laser Etcher/Cutter please?

Replies: 18

Views: 7888

Forget the $4000 laser or any C02 laser under the 500w-1kw range cutting steel or any metal at all , they will not. You will be paying $50 000 for something capable of doing that and then it would still be limited.

Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:47 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Advice on purchasing a Laser Etcher/Cutter please?

Replies: 18

Views: 7888

I have 6 mainstream lasers and have purchased 2 chinese ones- Chinese is the way to go unless you need extensive hand holding and have trouble working a pop up toaster :) You can read about my experiences and get a ton of info here Read this thread first http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?16...

Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:14 am

Forum: Industry News

Topic: The Worlds 1st low-cost Print & Cut desktop machine!

Replies: 56

Views: 33528

The edge and other thermal printers died because the cost of printing is about 5-10x inkjet. This machine is not really a general signmakers tool , it is expensive for what it is , its main attraction is the metallic ink. I would buy one in addition to my 540 as it means I can offer more products fo...

Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:02 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: PC60 -how long print lasts without laminating??advice please

Replies: 12

Views: 3381

I echo Robert's sentiments , apart from anything else , the cost to print on these machines is horrendous - almost 10x the price of an inkjet and the print quality what with dropouts and banding can often be substantially worse -- colours like metallics have a terrible outdoor life as well. We just ...

Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:21 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: roland pnc-2300a help

Replies: 2

Views: 3610

We also have one , works well with both signlab and engravelab and also Coreldraw , Roland have a print driver that allows it to work directly off Corel. The Roland software is ok if you want to do real simple stuff. I find corel better than engrave or signlab for the front end design work and engra...

Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:00 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Will a 25 watt CO2 laser cut thru di-bond, advice please?

Replies: 10

Views: 5380

As an aside to the topic , re pricing of lasers. you can get a decent 1300 x 900 mm 150 W (reci tube , 10 000 hour tube life) for around $6000. These days the chinese mnachines are pretty good , Im actually off to China in May to see the mnfgrs of the one's I have with a view to purchasing a 50yag o...

Sat Oct 30, 2010 8:26 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Engraving machine

Replies: 1

Views: 2355

Price depends on power and size and make , decent machines , in the 30-50w range , 600mm x 400mm are about 10 grand or so. You can get much cheaper chinese machines , but they arent really all that relaible and have glass tubes with limited lifespans. However one of these might be worthwhile if you ...

Sun Oct 17, 2010 1:43 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Router V's Engraver

Replies: 6

Views: 3905

An engraver cannot rout - a router can engrave....

Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:13 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: PC 600 Setup Problem

Replies: 7

Views: 3546

If the thing is working and in tip top condition , its fine , however head are a major issue with this machine as they get damaged or "blow" quite often and are expensive to replace. However the biggest issue is the cost to print , the price per sq m of full colour is horrendously expensiv...

Mon Mar 22, 2010 4:56 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: PC 600 Setup Problem

Replies: 7

Views: 3546

Dump it - the 540 is like 10x cheaper to run and doesnt give hassles.. I have 2 PC600's and a PC50 in our store room - I should dump mine too but havent the heart...havent used em since I got my Roland 540 about 5 yrs ago

Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:41 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Dopag Doming dispenser

Replies: 4

Views: 1167

Methyl chloride for us.

Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:35 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What printer and cutter for doming

Replies: 37

Views: 5129

We use a 2 part polyurethane mix that has a very short pot life but also a very short hardening period - can be handled in 30 mins and packed in an hour. I use pneumatic dispensers , they hold 2 x 2litre pots , the 2 parts go thru a distribution block and only get mixed right at the dispensing nozzl...

Fri Mar 12, 2010 8:41 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What printer and cutter for doming

Replies: 37

Views: 5129

You can actually put stuff in the dome, like pigments , glitter etc. You can also dome clothing labels on heat press material to be applied to stuff.

Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:45 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What printer and cutter for doming

Replies: 37

Views: 5129

Im not sure you will get it right with a4 sized stuff re the cutter and registration , so I suggest a3 ... I used an Epson 1290 with its inks , but currently for fotos use a canon , colours supposed to last 20 yrs.. Make sure you can actually source inkjet vinyl for A3 , be aware most of the inkjet ...

Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:23 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What printer and cutter for doming

Replies: 37

Views: 5129

I cant see you getting away with anything less than a sp300 , I would not suggest a thermal printer (we used em before inkjet) as they are very expensive to use re consumables. Do not buy a Roland thermal if you do go that route as heads costa plenty - a gerber edge is prolly a better bet. At one st...

Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:00 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: What printer and cutter for doming

Replies: 37

Views: 5129

A small print and cut Roland like a 2nd hand sp300 is the best. However your profitiability on doming will not be dependant on the printer - its the doming method and the cost of material (doming resin) that will count. You will need a dry environment to dome , use a dehumidifier , drying racks (she...

Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:19 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Laser to engrave fleeces

Replies: 15

Views: 6733

I have expanded this a little more on a laser forum
http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?t=22369

Sat Mar 06, 2010 8:21 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Laser to engrave fleeces

Replies: 15

Views: 6733

You need almost minimal power to engrave fleece , a 10w laser would do , you also need very little precision to do so as fleece cannot hold any manner of high detail. I wouldn't bother going with an expensive co2 seled tube machine for this , one of the larger format 40-80w glass tubed chinese machi...

Sat May 16, 2009 6:18 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Semi Automatic Doming Setup

Replies: 3

Views: 683

Get a bookshelf with level shelves , screw in som 60w bulbs under each shelf , make a curtain for each shelf from clear builders plastic - you got an excellent drying rack. Humidity kills doming..get a small dehumidifier. We use sheets of glass as trays , use pritt glue stick to hold the sheets flat...

Fri Feb 20, 2009 1:23 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: does anyone have tips for helping to reduce the static?

Replies: 28

Views: 2655

The only way to eliminate static is to use an ionising air gun , we work with perspex all the time and static is a problem , the gun works extermely well and albeit it wasnt cheap , has paid its way many times over http://www.meech.com/ProductGroup.aspx?id=39 or http://products3.3m.com/catalog/us/en...

Thu Sep 04, 2008 8:24 am

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: can anyone tell me what is offest and what does it do please

Replies: 5

Views: 2345

Corel x3 has fillet/chamfer tools for that. You will start having problems with other shapes if you use offset for general radiusing of corners..it wont work properly.

Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:21 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: How do i polish the edges of perspex (plexi glass)

Replies: 8

Views: 1063

Cleaning with meths is a NONO............. Pex gets stressed when cut or subjected to any heat process like laser cutting or flame polishing. MOST solvents will result in some stress cracking if used near or on the stressed pex. Problem is , often the stress cracks do not appear instantly but some t...

Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:40 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: can you laser engrave stainless steel?

Replies: 2

Views: 1868

Co2 laser and Cerdec (molybdenum tri sulphide) will create a permanent black mark on Stainl;ess , with no depth. This is sometimes desireable , like on medical equipment , where you do not want an incised letter (engraving harbours germs) Anyway , it works quite well and the lettering is resistant t...

Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:03 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: need some advise please engraving glass?

Replies: 5

Views: 2873

There are some problems when lasering glass The way the laser does it is to thermally shock the glass when it fires and impurities in the glass expand at differing rates leading to shattering. the problem is to control the amount of shatter to get a smooth effect. The way to do this is either lay we...

Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:20 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Enlarging jpg Images WITHOUT Losing Clarity?

Replies: 18

Views: 3624

Use Xnview , a freeware utility , resize uses the Lanczos algorithm , it has many other algorithms/options too.
Aso a great Coreldraw and other graphics viewer

http://www.xnview.com

Fri Jul 18, 2008 10:45 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: Problems creating a white back for Window stickers?

Replies: 5

Views: 1182

We print in reverse and back with white vinyl. On shaped stickers , we make the white background countoured outward from the clear. So If you have a print overlam and then cut machine like a Roland that reads crop marks , then to contour cut accurately , weed the clear stickers first (do a print and...

Fri Jul 18, 2008 10:28 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Canon W8400 Print Head 'Rip-Off'

Replies: 3

Views: 2555

When the tech guy replaced the head , surely he had a means of resetting the counter or timer - or is it built in a chip in the head? At any rate , there must be some way of using the old head by resetting something.......... I think it's a dreadful rip off to be forced to replace a perfectly servic...

Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:43 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Customers who just don't get it

Replies: 10

Views: 2075

In general , folk are LOATHE to pay for design or design/prep time , they see no "value" in it cos there is nothing tangible they get for their money......... We all know good design makes the sign etc - but customers never see it that way. I normally use clothing to negate this notion the...

Mon Jun 16, 2008 6:46 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: need suppliers for laser ive just bought?

Replies: 5

Views: 3305

I have 6 laser engravers, they work on just about anything barring PVC and some other plastics. If you want any specific info , just ask. I think I have posted a whole long essay on things you can do with a laser on this site http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=12756&sid=16b5c8ea5e805459...

Fri Apr 18, 2008 10:02 pm

Forum: Signlab Software

Topic: can anyone verify if the AXYZ driver exists?

Replies: 3

Views: 1606

It has options to drive the AXYZ machines in 4 modes/devices
Automation Router
Machine driver HPGL 2d
Automation CNC g code
Machine driver HPGL 3d

It and signlab drives my Isels, Tekcel, Roland soljet , Roland pnc2300 engraver, Laserpro lasers

Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:10 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: what are your views on Artcam Express?

Replies: 12

Views: 5548

Yeh , its a sort of subset of signlab or engravelab. Works very well.

Sat Apr 12, 2008 6:23 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: what are your views on Artcam Express?

Replies: 12

Views: 5548

Anything we can get into Corel will export to Profilelab, its got all the features you want, the only thing im not sure of is twin head support. One of the big plusses is that it runs our Tekcel, our 5 Isels , our small Rolands , and if we want , our lasers (we drive the lasers directly off Corel) I...

Fri Apr 11, 2008 5:41 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: what are your views on Artcam Express?

Replies: 12

Views: 5548

We go directly from COREL to Profilelab or engravelab with our Tekcel, we have artcam and mastercam , but profilelab does what we want.

Tue Apr 08, 2008 5:46 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland black head problem!!

Replies: 7

Views: 1375

The heads have a service life of like 1 billion dots , there are counters for each head AFAIK, we have had to replace a head or 2 in 5 yrs , we always get a reate if the service life is not exceeded.
Black has always had a far higher dot count than any other.

Sat Apr 05, 2008 6:03 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: how is this sign produced?

Replies: 8

Views: 3650

http://www.uksignboards.com/viewtopic.php?p=19658&highlight=etching#19658 The type of lasers that work deep into metal are normally galvo NdYags and can only do small areas as well as not being able to get good penetration or controlled depth , it's unlikely to be lasered. If you want more info ...

Wed Mar 26, 2008 5:32 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cutter and Laser

Replies: 8

Views: 2336

it's basically doing what we did prior to our soljet. You can print on inkjet vinyl , using any old cheap printer. You create an outline or die line which isnt printed. You send the die line to a laser cutter , register the printed paper and use the laser to kiss cut. A few hassles 1) you will destr...

Thu Mar 20, 2008 4:21 pm

Forum: General Cutter topics

Topic: Cheap Chinese Plotters

Replies: 93

Views: 43947

The actual problem is that the barriers to entry into the signage industry have dropped so low , anyone can do it , once the masses "give it a go" then the whole standard of the industry gets "tarnished" by fly by nights and ppl undercutting each other. The problems some members ...

Fri Nov 30, 2007 8:15 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: where I can order a mat for the Gerber dimension 200?

Replies: 3

Views: 2101

You will be looking for trouble with home brewed machines.
If you can give me what the scope of the job entails , I can perhaps recommend a class of machine to buy and what to look for in it.

Sun Oct 28, 2007 5:08 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: urethane doming resin

Replies: 4

Views: 885

Well , if you aren't going to use a proper metering , mixing and dispensing machine , I wouldn't use a urethane , you would probably be better off with an Epoxy and a much longer pot life. The working time you will have with urethanes will be 5 or less minutes and the chances of it bubbling , foamin...

Sat Oct 27, 2007 5:11 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: urethane doming resin

Replies: 4

Views: 885

National urethane in JHB , R130 odd a kg. Use the soft version. To use it effectively , you need a good mixer/dispenser , mixing and dispensing with sucker sticks and a cup is fraught with difficulties. The most important thing is to let it cure in a moisture free environment. CFW in CT make low cos...

Fri Aug 17, 2007 5:23 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: help please having problems floodcoating acrylic

Replies: 13

Views: 1791

There are 2 types of acrylic , cell cast and extruded. The cell cast is a long polymer chain and the Extruded is short. Both of them get stressed with any heat operation on them , Flame polishing and lasering are the worst culprits. This is not a problem generally unless there is a solvent applied o...

Sun Jul 29, 2007 3:23 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Resin Doming supplier in Australia?

Replies: 26

Views: 3137

Take a rubbish bookshelf with level shelves , bolt a few 60w incandescent bulbs under the shelves , make a curtain for the shelves out of clear builders plastic and you have a nice hot dust free drying rack , cheap as chips!!

Sun Jul 29, 2007 3:19 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Resin Doming supplier in Australia?

Replies: 26

Views: 3137

We use semi flexible urethanes that allow handling after 1/2 an hour and packing withing 2-3 hrs of doming.
Most important thing when doming is the area must be moisture free.
I don't degas prints for any length of time , we start doming a few hours after printing and cutting.

Sun Jul 29, 2007 4:14 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Resin Doming supplier in Australia?

Replies: 26

Views: 3137

You can use application tape on top of the domed letters , you just have to take the liner off prior to applying and obviously have to be careful about it.

Fri Jul 27, 2007 11:12 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Please could i get some recommendations on engravers?

Replies: 10

Views: 4864

There are some cheap but not too bad machines coming from china these days , like a 80w 1200 x 800mm machine for under $5k
In a year or 2 , these machines will be up there with the best of the mainstream makers.

Fri Jul 27, 2007 10:08 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Please could i get some recommendations on engravers?

Replies: 10

Views: 4864

I would get a laser , its way more versatile than any rotary engraver , albeit it does not do mettals that well , but the vast range of other stuff you can cut and engrave with it will more than pay.

Wed Jul 04, 2007 12:46 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: 32" HD flatscreen TV as a monitor, thoughts?

Replies: 23

Views: 4184

Dots are gonna be real big and the screen wont be clear , you need dot pitches of .26 or less to have nice crisp output on your monitor. Even if the screen will approach a monitors resolution , that resolution is spread over a bigger area and thus to get more or less the same effect as a monitor , y...

Tue Jul 03, 2007 2:27 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Full solvent vs Ecosol revisited

Replies: 12

Views: 1806

Im not trying to rehash the debate at all , I just am curious as to whether those using either inksets have had hassles with prints a few years on from when we started. If both sides havent had print failures or machine failures cos of the inkset , then the whole debate was moot as either inkset wou...

Tue Jul 03, 2007 8:09 am

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Full solvent vs Ecosol revisited

Replies: 12

Views: 1806

Well wraps are another story , most likely the most harsh environment digitally printed vinyl can be in , and as you say , overlams sort of negate ecosol/solvent issues. We do almost no vehicle graphics , mainly signage , decals etc and in that respect , our ecosol/maxx/whatever hasnt had an issue. ...

Tue Jul 03, 2007 6:09 am

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Full solvent vs Ecosol revisited

Replies: 12

Views: 1806

Full solvent vs Ecosol revisited

Has anyone had any comebacks with either of these inks - we been using ecosols for years now and not a single customer has come back to report a failure due to fading or abraision - was the whole debate academic?

Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:59 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: what do you think eastern imports/alibaba are like?

Replies: 55

Views: 22373

They seem to work for some , there is feedback on both http://www.worldofengraving.com and http://www.sawmillcreek.org (laser section) I do very intricate engraving and from what I have read , this seems a little problematic as does the software. I would say this , that in all probability cutting ma...

Sun Jun 17, 2007 1:12 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Burn and Smoke marks on Laserable plastics

Replies: 2

Views: 1487

Air assist at the proper pressure and directed at the cut will help , lowering the PPI (pulses per inch - maybe you call it frequency) will also. Naptha works well to remove residues. Finally,you can put paper based sign vinyl application tape over the sheet before cutting to mask it. Cutting on a h...

Tue May 29, 2007 8:10 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: help please engraving Glass with a rotary diamond bit?

Replies: 12

Views: 5869

I would do this some other way , like sandblasting. Diamond engraving of glassware , especially crystal is fraught with difficulty. Diamond tools are used to score and cut glass , that's essentially what you are doing!!! We have used diamond burr tools to engrave glass and have used water as a "...

Wed Apr 25, 2007 12:57 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: advice on a legal matter

Replies: 53

Views: 4350

Can't you go to a small claims court in regard to this matter?

Wed Apr 25, 2007 12:38 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: advice on a legal matter

Replies: 53

Views: 4350

You cannot repossess unless you have a court order/judgement, even if the property is "yours" in terms of the contact. In effect that clause in your contract is innefective. The landlord is responsible for payment as he is unfairly enriched by using your sign. You CAN sue him. I would eith...

Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:39 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Acrylic cutting?

Replies: 12

Views: 1902

No m vinyl adhesive are fine , its stuff like meths , screenprinting inks ,acetone , thinners, chloroform , methyl chloride , solvent based glues etc that will give problems. Will happen with any process that puts heat into Acrylic.

Tue Apr 24, 2007 5:18 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Acrylic cutting?

Replies: 12

Views: 1902

If you flame polish and use ANY solvent or glues on the acrylic or even if its near solvents , you are almost guaranteed to get stress cracks , be aware of this.

Tue Apr 24, 2007 5:10 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: what is the best brand of laser machines?

Replies: 7

Views: 2783

Hiya Co2 and YAGS have different wavelengths and thus proccess different material To put it in a nutshell , a YAG will work on some substrates a CO@ will and will do metal , either shallowly engraving it or discolouring it , CO2 will work on just about ANYTHING barring metals, A yag will cost you a ...

Tue Apr 17, 2007 7:28 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: can anyone help please with slate engraving?

Replies: 6

Views: 3926

I wouldn't try engrave it , i would sandblast it. You will have all sorts of issues like the stone splitting , highly abraisive swarf and so on. I would use soapy water as a lubricant and a tungsten carbide bit as a cutter if you were to attempt it. As to feed and speed , your main objective is to p...

Tue Apr 10, 2007 10:12 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Suggestions required on a suitable label/badge

Replies: 7

Views: 1165

Dye sub would be a disaster , it would not last outdoors for the many years you need. Screened anodised ally is the most common way of doing these plates and is pretty durable and cheap to do. Etched and colour filled Stainless is the most durable of all , but will be pricey What would REALLY set hi...

Thu Apr 05, 2007 4:45 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Does anyone know of any uk sources for engraving?

Replies: 7

Views: 2868

Biemans Sport in holland is most likely your best bet if you intend to carry a range of awards etc.
We make a lot of our own
Have a look at my site for some ideas
http;//www.tokerbros,co.za
We used to import from some English suppliers some years ago but the exchange rate was very unfavourable.

Thu Feb 22, 2007 9:41 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: doming kit, are they easy to use???

Replies: 30

Views: 5906

A bookshelf with incandescent lights screwed under the shelves and a thick piece of builders plastic sheeting stapled to the front makes a good drying rack as well as an area to do the doming in , use it in a place with little airflow. A cardboard box with a few light fittings, turned upside down wo...

Wed Feb 21, 2007 9:30 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: doming kit, are they easy to use???

Replies: 30

Views: 5906

Firstly , one can dome any size , the problem with big items is the dome sinking in the middle. We dome items that are over 100 cm2 with no problems. The way the dome builds is based on the viscosity of the resins to a large extent. The problem is the more viscous resins don't release bubbles well, ...

Fri Feb 16, 2007 5:35 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Router Question - Interior vs. Exterior angle smoothing

Replies: 3

Views: 1930

Programs like Profilelab will enable you do to inlays much easier as it will work out both male and female toopath strategies with the bit diameter in mind and will do the offsets etcautomatically. Coreldraw X3 has a fillet function as well and can take a complex closed shape and fillet all angles t...

Sat Feb 10, 2007 11:51 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Broadband and Antivirus Protection

Replies: 31

Views: 8475

Just get Nortons anti virus 07 and install it on both puters , it will allow you to do so on both and will protect you for a year what with updates etc. Pay the price , it's cheap and works. If you have an old puter that doesnt run Xp , you might not be able to use 07 but will have to go down a vers...

Tue Feb 06, 2007 3:36 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Does anyone know where I can get a type of laser engraving?

Replies: 3

Views: 2103

You need a galvo "YAG" laser to do this without marking paste , you can get em up to 200mm x 200mm marking field size. They are super fast and mark and cut lots of other stuff.
GCC make a good one
http://www.laserproi.com/en/mark_prod_m ... 0920042129

Fri Feb 02, 2007 6:04 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Vector viewing

Replies: 3

Views: 1054

XNview is free and it shows corel and other vector files
http://perso.orange.fr/pierre.g/xnview/enhome.html

Tue Dec 26, 2006 12:53 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Photokina 2006 Cool Technology

Replies: 9

Views: 3920

I cant see the vid (I'm at the Hilton , California atm, their on line facilities are less than stellar) but the 3d laser thing is the result of 2 laser beams intersecting and micro fracturing the substrate where it does so. The 3d modeling is called stereo lithography and there are many systems that...

Wed Dec 20, 2006 8:58 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: ShopBot Routers are they any good?

Replies: 5

Views: 3181

Oops , I meant the Z axis cable , not x axis

Wed Dec 20, 2006 8:16 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: ShopBot Routers are they any good?

Replies: 5

Views: 3181

Gert , if the Z axis is acting intermittently , it's most likely the X axis cable that has a break or a short , try swap cables with another axis to determine it. It could also be the card , swap cards too. We run ours on Autocad as well as signlab. If you run signlab , you dont need the translation...

Tue Dec 19, 2006 9:14 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: ShopBot Routers are they any good?

Replies: 5

Views: 3181

Gert, whats wrong with the Isel, we run 5 of them , the oldest from 86!! They are pretty good heavy duty engravers. Rubber Stamp and Engraving are the new agents , if your controller is playing up , they can help. We run a Tekcel with a Perske High frequ spindle as our heavy duty machine. I would ru...

Sun Dec 03, 2006 5:24 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Roland Versacamm with Colorip software PLEASE HELP

Replies: 16

Views: 3592

Check that you have enough vinyl at the end of the piece so it doesnt uncover the back "material out" eye on the machine when it rolls forward to the 3rd cropmark, You can put a piece of masking tape over the eye if its being uncovered. Always leave about 30cm of matereial in front of and ...

Fri Dec 01, 2006 6:48 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: where can i get a heat press to soften perspex?

Replies: 3

Views: 1641

An old convection ordinary/oven will do , so long as it gets to 180 deg c , We use old stoves for this, like 10 or 20 quid.

Fri Dec 01, 2006 6:07 am

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: what do you think this logo is saying to you?

Replies: 13

Views: 2620

You do konw od crouse taht you can raed and unerdastnd ayanhting so lnog as ther frist and lsat lteteers are crorcrret :)

Wed Nov 29, 2006 4:54 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Halftone Effect - Dots - Image - vector...

Replies: 9

Views: 1601

I did a similar thing for an art student , she was taking part in an art exhibition to do with what ppl use Cars for . She asked me to vinyl cut scenes that could be sandblasted on the cars windows , i just used photshop to generate gross 1/2tones and traced and cut em. The scenes were ppl having se...

Wed Nov 15, 2006 5:05 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: can anyone help with my new logo please?

Replies: 19

Views: 3376

Ok here goes , I'm not going to give you specific ideas. The logo you posted is not readable, that font does it no favours Your logo should be simple , easy to print , engrave , vinyl cut , laser cut etc, Glaumer.net means nothing at all in terms of communicating what you do, either use a bye line l...

Sat Nov 11, 2006 4:56 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: laser repair help needed please?

Replies: 5

Views: 2996

It has a synrad laser , made in the good ol USA , supposed to have a 20 000 hour life which is absolute bull , we never had more than a yr with ANY laser source at about a 7 hr daily cycle. (1400-1500 hrs) What blows is the RF card , there are generally 2 in each laser and this needs to be fixed , s...

Tue Nov 07, 2006 6:27 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: where can I get an acrylic bender?

Replies: 7

Views: 3563

To do 1000mm bends properly , you will have to get a decent machine , the CR Clarke ones are good , its a wire bender and they are by far the best compared to anything else. You could build your own using nichrome resistance wire , but it wont be that cheap

Mon Nov 06, 2006 6:58 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Factoring?

Replies: 7

Views: 1303

Once you factor your invoices , the perception amongst your customers will be that you are in cash flow difficulties.
If any supplier factors their book I cease dealing with them forthwith. I made the contract with the supplier and not some arb beasncounter co that has assumed my debt.

Sun Nov 05, 2006 8:20 am

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: what size of large flat cut lettering panel can i cut?

Replies: 13

Views: 4878

Extruded pex tends to expand in the direction of extrusion , cast will expand equally in all so try use cast (pricier than extruded) We just make the holes of stand off's slightly oversize to compensate and dont torque down the retaining nuts/whatever to real tight so it allows for expansion. at the...

Thu Nov 02, 2006 4:42 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: what size of large flat cut lettering panel can i cut?

Replies: 13

Views: 4878

See what you can get in a 3m length , 5mm pex would work and be pretty rigid. you will need 4 locators , top , bottom , left and right and these will need to be screwed into a wall etc , however I would rather use mirror tape to hold in position and then used marine silicon sealer for pefm fixing (t...

Wed Nov 01, 2006 10:08 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: GREETINGS FROM NAMIBIA

Replies: 22

Views: 3103

Thats exceptionally slow , a 25 watt mercury will cut at 100% power and like 1.4-2 % speed , NOT 0.2 Either your optics are really dirty or damaged , the tube is on its way out or the thing is badly aligned , this is a potent machine if used well and can make you a LOT of money , well over R2 grand ...

Tue Oct 31, 2006 5:58 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: GREETINGS FROM NAMIBIA

Replies: 22

Views: 3103

The mecrury is an excellent machine , can do it all , yours is probably 25 or 30 watts which is fine , we upgraded to the faster Explorers and were sorry , the mercuries are far more reliable. There cant be many laser engravers in Namibia , you can make a ton of dosh if you the only one or 2 around....

Mon Oct 30, 2006 3:53 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: acrylic sign advice needed please?

Replies: 8

Views: 3710

Cut the pex in white , cheap and plentiful , duco spray with the colours you want , use superglue/contact adhesive to hold em together.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 5:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: GREETINGS FROM NAMIBIA

Replies: 22

Views: 3103

Yeh , Slapstad it is!! Who do you buy from? Maizeys? What laser do you have? Using it for stamps etc is a severe waste , we have made 3 stamps in 6 years of lasering , PAID , OVERDUE and All goods to be paid for on collection. Some good laser boards are http://www.worldofengraving.com (has a live ch...

Sat Oct 28, 2006 5:03 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Printing from Corel Draw on VersaCamm

Replies: 13

Views: 4612

Gert , the best way is to design in Corel and use EPS to colorip. For a better idea of what you see is what you get , you would have to have your system colour calibrated , but you will get a far closer representation if you go to colour management in corel and set it to emulate professional printed...

Sat Oct 28, 2006 11:56 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: would it be sensible to go ahead and buy a PC600?

Replies: 25

Views: 5612

I would buy a Graphtech craftrobo and use inkjet vinyl , use a clear overlam if you want major abuse resistance.
http://www.graphteccorp.com/craftrobo/
They arent expensive , but limited to a4, it seems a good cheap start for small stuff.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 10:24 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: GREETINGS FROM NAMIBIA

Replies: 22

Views: 3103

Hiya Gert , im from South Africa , Cape town. Welcome.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 10:20 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: perspex - removing glue, best way?

Replies: 12

Views: 6072

As david says , Any perspex that has been subjected to any process that creates heat in it (like flame polishing , bending , lasering , routing or saw cutting with the wrong bits) will almost certainly stress crack at the heated points if you use meths and some other solvents. This can happen years ...

Sat Oct 28, 2006 10:14 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: doming with an ALPS printer

Replies: 25

Views: 8172

Doming resins are either epoxies or urethanes , the epoxies will give you adherence and bleeding problems , the urethanes wont. 2 part flexible urethane doming is the way to go , but is critcal in terms of 1) mixing ratio and 2) any moisture. Getting either wrong will result in foaming , bubbles or ...

Sat Oct 28, 2006 10:04 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: would it be sensible to go ahead and buy a PC600?

Replies: 25

Views: 5612

Do not buy it , may be cheap short term but it is VERY expensive long term and is not a relaible machine , far eclipsed by the new crop of digital print and cut machines. Output will cost you 10x the price of stuff like a roland sp300 and it cant do anywhere near as much, It will only be good , when...

Tue Oct 24, 2006 7:35 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Liquid Resin Doming

Replies: 6

Views: 1468

The resin should spread over the item by itself if you get the shot size correct , however I would suggest using a scalpel to "pull" the resin to the edges if it does not get there as well as to pop bubbles prior to the resin gelling. (you can use a needle too) DO NOT contact the print wit...

Fri Oct 20, 2006 5:49 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: help with laser engraving settngs?

Replies: 1

Views: 1764

They right , there are suggested starting points , but most materials will require a trial and error approach until you have a firm database yourself. There ae various issues ,. such as 40 w is not always 40w , it could be 38 or it could be 45 and the speed of one brand of laser cannot be equated to...

Wed Oct 18, 2006 7:59 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Marking wooden pens - print options?

Replies: 6

Views: 2640

Laser engraving is by far the best way to mark wooden pens. Major wow factor , the engraving detail can be held as fine a human hair. Laser engraving wont come off either , but its a single colour. I have a flatbed printer , the busjet , works well these days as a doorstopper, did work quite well at...

Wed Oct 18, 2006 4:42 pm

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: digitising software?

Replies: 7

Views: 2119

AutoCad works very well for what you want and it suports most tablets
Older versions are probably fine , 11, 12, 13 or 14 , we used Acad + tablets for ages and did wonderful work.

Wed Oct 18, 2006 4:36 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Perspex or poly carb - best to use?

Replies: 7

Views: 1428

Extruded perspex is fine , there is no call for polycarb unless you need it to be somewhat vandal and impact resistant

Tue Oct 17, 2006 8:23 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Liquid Resin Doming

Replies: 6

Views: 1468

We dome around 5000 items a day , very profitable work. Print and cut here goes for about 30 quid per sq meter m. Print , cut and dome goes for round 280 quid a sq meter. Doming resins cost around 10 quid a litre and 1 ml will cover around a sq inch , ie 1 litre will do 1000 sq inches (which is abou...

Tue Oct 10, 2006 6:04 am

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: looking to go into printing is a Roland PC-60 good choice?

Replies: 4

Views: 2017

I suggest you stay well clear of this machine , regardless of cost etc. In the long run compared to a small inkjet print and cut , it dies an economic death. parts are getting scarce too. Running costs of a PC60 are roughly 10x+ the costs of my Roland inkjet, even more if you factor in head replacem...

Sun Oct 08, 2006 2:42 pm

Forum: Uniform Printers

Topic: Does anyone have info on a Uniform Bullet digital flatbed?

Replies: 8

Views: 3695

Spot on , don't buy it.

Sun Oct 08, 2006 2:36 pm

Forum: Uniform Printers

Topic: which printer should i go for Grenadier or a Soljet?

Replies: 10

Views: 4306

I think the reasons Roland dont do full solvent or offer the option is manifold In the first place agressive solvents are a lot harder on components , especially if they werent designed for them I am under the impression that to use the Epson Dx3 heads , Roland have to abide by an agreement to use E...

Sat Oct 07, 2006 9:26 pm

Forum: Uniform Printers

Topic: Does anyone have info on a Uniform Bullet digital flatbed?

Replies: 8

Views: 3695

Same machine , different label. Works brilliantly when it works , however it stopped working after a while. Dont buy it - we burned our fingers. Never made real money with the machine and spent a lot trying to get it to work properly without clogging the heads. We been offered a free t-shirt printer...

Fri Oct 06, 2006 11:47 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Advice needed from PC60 users

Replies: 2

Views: 1009

You can't be competitive even if you did do them , conventional printing would be the best way for this. You might as well use vinyl if you are gonna do em tho.

Wed Oct 04, 2006 9:17 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Show us your puppies/pet

Replies: 119

Views: 24372

We have a Golden cocker (barbie) shown here , a black one which I dont have a decent pic of (Ken), and a cat that is ALWAYS cross (Ginger)

Wed Oct 04, 2006 11:42 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: How to give a radius to the corners of a triangle..

Replies: 7

Views: 2050

Corel X3 has a Fillet/Chamfer/Scallop docker that does this , its very useful , especially for vinyl cutting where you often need to round corners of sharp objects
Corel X3 is a VERY worthwhile upgrade
Lots of fantastic features that makes life easy for engravers, signage etc

Fri Sep 29, 2006 6:04 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Do you deal with Liars?

Replies: 7

Views: 816

We would normally do that ,do em all and hold em in stock , problem is when they all not the same , IE have to be produced on demand and we werent told that. Its like someone orders 1000 post box nos , all different , and instead of getting em all , you get like 100 numbers a month , but they all be...

Fri Sep 29, 2006 4:36 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Do you deal with Liars?

Replies: 7

Views: 816

Do you deal with Liars?

Here's the Scenario. Customer requests a quote on a 1000 items and ends up wanting a 100. We apply our std policy , 1000 costs X per item , 100 costs 2x per item , so we charge you out and you pay the 2x price for the 100 and when you order the balance we credit you with the difference between the 1...

Fri Sep 29, 2006 4:14 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Servicing a laser cut acrylic Sign

Replies: 4

Views: 853

I don't quite get it , surely the laser cut panels have something behind them , if not the whole face of the lightbox would have open sections? If there is a supporting back structure like an opal , 3mm is not a problem in terms of structural rigitiy if applied to em. It is most likely cut in sectio...

Fri Sep 29, 2006 10:49 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Silvers to print?

Replies: 7

Views: 1491

Yes, it does give the inks a metallic look , and you can vary the metallic look with your inkloads as well as the type of substrate you print , the best is mirror silver for this. Some of the mirror Metallics wont accept inks , but there are 2 workarounds 1) spray artists fixative on the metallic 2)...

Wed Sep 27, 2006 9:14 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Customer quotes

Replies: 8

Views: 1034

In case no 1 , you most likely came off as too expensive and even tho he did ask for a "quick quote" , he probably wanted more , like "improvements" on his design. It could have been that he was dissatisfied with his existing supplier and was just trawling for others , they might...

Mon Sep 25, 2006 3:38 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: what do you think eastern imports/alibaba are like?

Replies: 55

Views: 22373

Its the same co that advertsing all the lasers , Rabbit or something like that. 60w is plenty for Co2 lasers as engravwers , but power is not the determinant of whether a laser is good or not, these are "flaky" machines at best and the determining factor of what brand to buy is the support...

Fri Sep 22, 2006 9:47 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Anyone running CMYKOG instead of CMYKlclm?

Replies: 33

Views: 7940

Shane , Colorip is the Wasatch RIP , you arent goiing to get much better than that unless you spend silly money , its a VERY good rip.

Wed Sep 20, 2006 3:53 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: what do you think eastern imports/alibaba are like?

Replies: 55

Views: 22373

How do you possibly expect to get that machine at that price , the heads are epson Dx3 heads and they alone cost about the price of the whole machine. This is obviously a scam The lasers from China are real and they are quite cheap , but you get what you pay for - glasss tubes with lousy beam qualit...

Tue Sep 19, 2006 6:00 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: problems with overlaying text on a pic

Replies: 8

Views: 1791

Check your RIP or printing program is set to print BOTH raster and vector

Tue Sep 19, 2006 5:58 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Manual or Auto Cars!

Replies: 43

Views: 5385

Hugh , what times were you running? I used to race a 67 Camaro with a blown methanol injected 454 , Powerglide 2 speed box and got down to a best of 7.8 secs. My 70 Camaro with normally aspirated 454 did mid 10's on slicks and mid 11's on street tyres. I had a th400 box in it , but had the option of...

Sun Sep 17, 2006 7:57 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Manual or Auto Cars!

Replies: 43

Views: 5385

If you got the grunt , then auto is way better , it can handle more power and has torque multiplication which a manual box doesnt have. Most of my stuff is V8 and a manual is waste of time cos of the low end torque. If you got someing like a peaky hig revving engine , then manual is better IMHO , I ...

Fri Sep 08, 2006 9:29 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Motor Racing Legend Peter Brock, dead

Replies: 4

Views: 981

Well the one in the pic has had a 350 cu in transplant , I get about 5-6km per litre in it , however I dont drive a lot , basically a 15-16km round trip a day to work and back. If its nice weather , I normally take my scooter (600 silverwing) which gets around 18km/l , so it all sort of balances out...

Fri Sep 08, 2006 8:03 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Motor Racing Legend Peter Brock, dead

Replies: 4

Views: 981

Wow , turning out to be a bad few days for well known Aussies.....
I used to race a car (drags) with a holden 308 motor and currently have 2 hot rod type Holden utes so Im in some ways a dyed in the wool aussie petrolhead.
http://www.drgfinger.fotopic.net/c1033010.html

Fri Sep 08, 2006 6:07 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Steve Irwin dead - update

Replies: 18

Views: 2439

My 10 year old daughter was VERY VERY upset , cos when we were in Aussie in Dec at his zoo, he and his kid stopped their scrambler and spoke to her. That and having her pic with a Koala (which peed on her) were her highlights of her holiday. Her first words after hearing of his death were about how ...

Thu Sep 07, 2006 7:45 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: photo cutting software

Replies: 17

Views: 4740

On reading this thread , I did realise it would probably have been easier to use my signlab and photocut for this job , but the customer wanted a dot type 1/2 tone and didnt really want the detail too high. I havent got pics as all I did was cut the vinyl , I refused to weed or apply it The job was ...

Thu Sep 07, 2006 5:43 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: photo cutting software

Replies: 17

Views: 4740

I just did a project for an art student where we had to cut vinyl masks for blasting pics of ppl shagging in cars on a cars windows , like you were looking into a car and could see the ppl inside having it off. We started out with a picture and converted it to a 1/2 tone black and white bitmap with ...

Sun Aug 27, 2006 7:25 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: DOMED STICKERS

Replies: 11

Views: 1187

Its not complex , but its not that easy. I currently do up to 5 000+ of these on a daily basis and have set up a facilty. The small hand doming units are great for occasional use but the cost of the resins in them is horrendous which makes the profitability of domed items unattractive. There are als...

Wed Aug 23, 2006 3:34 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Verscamm cut issues

Replies: 9

Views: 1900

Check the blade holder for freedom in rotation or change it , the metal one is the best , apart from that , check your cutting strip , if its not totally smooth or if its scored , change it.

Wed Aug 16, 2006 7:17 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: How do I find out remaining ink on SP540V ?

Replies: 9

Views: 1954

The percentages the machine shows are meaningless , the cart resets the counter to 100% if taken out and reseated. So if you have ever removed a cart - your display of ink remaining is all cockeyed. The only sure way is weigh a full and then an empty cart and weigh yours to work out ink left. The ne...

Wed Aug 16, 2006 11:10 am

Forum: Uniform Printers

Topic: can anyone tell me if there is a way to print/cut and stack?

Replies: 17

Views: 4877

Suggesting a laser is application specific , we use 1m x 500mm Laserpro Explorers and Laserpro Spirits , all 30w. These are general engraving lasers and dont have any form of crop mark recognition built in but are extremely versatile machines , round about EU 18k or so. You can feed material from fr...

Wed Aug 16, 2006 10:46 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Printing Barcodes?

Replies: 13

Views: 3772

Its pretty easy , there is a freeware program on engraving etc that will allow you to insert text files with correct spacing etc , much like print merge (Very useful macro indeed) http://www.engravingetc.org/forum/messages.php?webtag=EE&msg=4435.1 and heres another for cut and pasting http://www...

Mon Aug 14, 2006 2:42 pm

Forum: Uniform Printers

Topic: can anyone tell me if there is a way to print/cut and stack?

Replies: 17

Views: 4877

That sounds like a LOT of money for a machine that can only do straight cuts. The high tech trend in processing labels etc is laser based tho big sizes would be a problem as you need roll feed or large table sizes that would increase your cost significantly. You wont need high powered stuff , a 25-5...

Mon Aug 14, 2006 12:11 pm

Forum: Uniform Printers

Topic: can anyone tell me if there is a way to print/cut and stack?

Replies: 17

Views: 4877

What is the price of a machine like that? The 30" version?

Mon Aug 14, 2006 8:57 am

Forum: Uniform Printers

Topic: can anyone tell me if there is a way to print/cut and stack?

Replies: 17

Views: 4877

A laser would be ideal for the backing cuts , but its pricey (But can be used for a zillion other things) , we also use rotary cutters and paper guillotines for your type application albeit we do have lasers as the positioning and registration on the laser is a bit fiddly for short run straight cuts...

Fri Aug 11, 2006 9:57 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Anyone running CMYKOG instead of CMYKlclm?

Replies: 33

Views: 7940

Yeh , I can never get a real nice green or orange on my printer , I recon go for it if you got all the tech support.

Fri Aug 11, 2006 4:34 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Anyone running CMYKOG instead of CMYKlclm?

Replies: 33

Views: 7940

What RIP are you running and what profiles are you gonna use?
Roland dont supply OG inks for the 540 and the profiles etc would be what worries me in this regard , I wouldnt want to have to reprofile.
Why are you going of OG, are you having hassles with cmyk ,lc,lm inks?

Thu Aug 10, 2006 7:51 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: NAME BADGE PRODUCTION METHOD?

Replies: 4

Views: 852

We do tons of this type of work. Buy a small digital print and cut machine , like a roland SP300 , which prints and cuts vinyl , buy a small overhead gantry type router/engraver for cutting the blanks and combine the 2. You cnc cut the substrate slightly bigger than the decal , and digitally print a...

Sun Aug 06, 2006 8:17 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: what software would i use engraving software?

Replies: 1

Views: 1795

Firstly one machine will not fullfill both your requirements You would need at least a 100-200W large field CO2 laser to do the die boards and would need either a small robust overhead gantry type engraver or a small computerised mill to do the foil block (easier to etch) I would start out with a 30...

Thu Jul 27, 2006 12:36 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: laser engraving in new unit advice please?

Replies: 10

Views: 3465

I would never phone the authorities to come check it out , kinda like Phoning the taxman for an audit ;)

Thu Jul 27, 2006 5:18 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: laser engraving in new unit advice please?

Replies: 10

Views: 3465

I suppose if you can call organised Chaos being sorted out ....:) China is problematic , we are losing smaller orders to em as their quality has gone up , prices are artificially low and lead times have dropped and even orders that are in the $500 range are now acceptable. I doubt the situation is g...

Thu Jul 27, 2006 5:12 am

Forum: Uniform Printers

Topic: can anyone offer advice on the uniform bullet please?

Replies: 7

Views: 2971

The machines print mechanics and engine is based on an Epson 1290 printers innards. It cant print t-shirts in it's current configuration , but can if you change the inks and add an attachment. I hage no idea of how long it takes or the durability as ours has not been done yet. Print speeds are the s...

Wed Jul 26, 2006 7:54 am

Forum: Uniform Printers

Topic: can anyone offer advice on the uniform bullet please?

Replies: 7

Views: 2971

At that price it might be worth a look , we paid about 5000 quid for ours at todays exchange rate. Was about $10k in the states.
Its an epson 1290 printer that has been converted.

Wed Jul 26, 2006 7:51 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: laser engraving in new unit advice please?

Replies: 10

Views: 3465

We moved to bigger premises , but kept the old one for large scale signage fabrication and very dirty processes like acid etching , sand blasting , welding , grinding , spray painting, screen printing etc. We moved out 3 weeks ago finally as I have canned a few processes and we were only using about...

Wed Jul 26, 2006 5:58 am

Forum: Uniform Printers

Topic: can anyone offer advice on the uniform bullet please?

Replies: 7

Views: 2971

Ours worked well for a while initially but we have had incredible problems with it , its the BUSjet that has just been relabled Maybe the later models have sorted out some problems but despite my early enthusiams , ours turned out to be a total lemon. We replaced countless heads, dampers , pumps , c...

Wed Jul 26, 2006 5:46 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: laser engraving in new unit advice please?

Replies: 10

Views: 3465

Well , we have 6 lasers and 3 "blowers" , 2 lasers are connected to each blower and then we use PVC pipes up the wall to about 8-9 m in height and just vent there. In our old premises we had our neigbours complain , but it was rediculous as we were doing the same thing , but they were a li...

Tue Jul 25, 2006 11:41 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: laser engraving in new unit advice please?

Replies: 10

Views: 3465

So long as you evacuate the laser fumes effectively you should be ok , a PVC pipe with the exhaust above or at roof level should be 100%. If you really run into problems , an odour scrubber should reduce all emissions or minimize em. In all likelyhood you could proably vent thru an open window with ...

Tue Jul 25, 2006 2:05 am

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: Used Ecosol Cartridges - What to do with them?

Replies: 7

Views: 1709

There is generally at least 20-25ml left in the carts and from time to time , we use a large syringe to suck out the remaining ink and inject it into one cart , often get an almost full cart. It's a messy process and you run the risk of puncturing the bladder of the nearly full one. Not sure of the ...

Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:49 pm

Forum: Neon, LED, Lighting

Topic: Can Ultra Violet tubes be used in lightboxes ?

Replies: 10

Views: 3617

The opal Pex will block a large percentage of uv light so uv radiation wont be an issue but it will NOT flouresce under uv (like ladies underwear does at discos) We spray paint flourescent tubes if we want light of a particular colour and it works real well. A real nice way to do that sign would be ...

Fri Jul 07, 2006 8:07 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Engravers Laminate & CNC Router help please?

Replies: 6

Views: 3101

Just to clarify , its only the metallics that are not for exterior use. Heres a pic of some metallic traffolyte engraving http://www.tokerbros.co.za/engarved_amp_fascia.jpg http://www.tokerbros.co.za/dial1.jpg http://www.tokerbros.co.za/traffolyte_and_perspex.jpg http://www.tokerbros.co.za/Stakeng.jpg

Fri Jul 07, 2006 8:00 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Engravers Laminate & CNC Router help please?

Replies: 6

Views: 3101

Traffolyte is a Phenolic resin core with either a solid resin cap (colours) or in your case , a brushed aluminium skin. I use tons of it , wonderful material BUT it is NOT for exterior use at all - the silver pits and the gold fades. You HAVE to use tungsten carbide bits with it and ideally a single...

Mon Jun 12, 2006 8:16 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: what vinyl media can be used for Stickers?

Replies: 10

Views: 3742

Use one of the thicker white medias , ask your sign supplier for this. there is a fly in the onintment however as the inks tend to thin the vinyl when printing high area coverage. Easiest is to supply the decal with application tape or overlam and cut thru both decal and overlam for a nice sturdy st...

Thu Jun 08, 2006 8:02 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: looking for laser engraving onto rubber stamps?

Replies: 4

Views: 2209

Laserbits in the USA sell sheets of stamp rubber , as does Trodat/Trotec (europe based)- You get 2 grades , the laser friendly variety and the cmmon garden variety Engraving rubber stamps with a laser is , imho , a not so profitable business , it's slow , its messy , it's smelly and there is a lot o...

Mon Jun 05, 2006 9:44 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Pixellated Image - eps file

Replies: 6

Views: 1607

Those file sizes are huge , you should have more than enough pixels , something sounds wrong there ? You sure you not trying to print a preview ? !t the size you wanna print , you need about 15 pixels per inch or round 600 per meter or so Your file size in pixels should be like 2400 pixels by 6000 p...

Thu May 25, 2006 5:02 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Any advice on a new router please?

Replies: 7

Views: 3124

No , but I did a lot of investigation and am still considering one. Basically these are rather primitive lasers compared to machines costing 10x more , I looked at the software and users manuals (bad translations - but hats common for machines from china) The mechanics seem ok , rails and bearing I ...

Thu May 25, 2006 4:20 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: Any advice on a new router please?

Replies: 7

Views: 3124

You really need to have a look at your requirements if you are spending that type of money. What are you engraving? Do you need routing? What about a laser? What is wrong with your old machine? do you need 3 axis interoplation? What spindle will be best? and so forth. I have 3 Isels , a small Roland...

Tue May 23, 2006 8:41 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: is anybody using coreldraw x3 yet and is it worth upgrading?

Replies: 16

Views: 4891

X3 is marvellous for signmakers , it is a fantastic and a no brainer upgrade.
the trace alone is worth it , but the photopaint knockout lab . create boundry in draw as well as the smart fill and a whole host of other little features make it a bargain.

Tue May 23, 2006 8:33 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: I don`t do signs but...

Replies: 11

Views: 1738

Hiya and welcome. One thing you can look at is laser cutting this stuff and other reflective materials , often the laser can do what no cutter can. Find someone near you with a laser cutter to "expand" your services. Some of the reflectives can also be laser engraved , like the silver mate...

Wed May 10, 2006 11:42 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: which CNC Router should i buy?

Replies: 21

Views: 14507

I have never seen a diamond bullnose tool , I have only seen em used on flat edges to "polish" flet edges.

Tue May 09, 2006 3:48 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: is there other software like Flexi/SignLab support AXYZ?

Replies: 10

Views: 3184

We use signlab/engravelab/profilelab to output to all our NC machines a tekcel , multiple Isels and a small Roland , superb package for that. I design in corel and merely export to SL which we use as a front end to our machinery. We also use it to our lasers and could probably use it to our thermal ...

Tue May 09, 2006 3:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What was your first car?

Replies: 87

Views: 7432

Mine was a hillman imp , bought 30+ years ago (I was 16 didnt even have a liscence) for the princely sum of 5 quid (partially earned by playing father Xmas in a dept store selling lucky dips to kids " Tell your mummy she must buy you a lucky dip or Santa wont bring you a pressie" - nice jo...

Tue May 02, 2006 5:19 pm

Forum: Graphic Design Help

Topic: can anyone help with suggestions for my own van layout?

Replies: 30

Views: 5154

I think if you change the grass/foliage to some sort of jumble of signs (arrows , stops , etc etc) and have your sign overshaddowing em (use the grey for all the other signs , yours will pop) you will have communicated exactly what you want - "Use us if you want YOURS to pop too". I like y...

Thu Apr 27, 2006 8:15 am

Forum: Computers

Topic: Attention: RAW camera users

Replies: 7

Views: 1761

I feel Canons DPP does a better job with colours and detail , bibble seems better with noise (none of these are night and day things) Bibble has far more "correction" and other image options than DPP , but it also costs money where DPP is free. Not sure whether Canon's software will suppor...

Wed Apr 26, 2006 5:43 pm

Forum: Roland Cutters

Topic: what are the preefeed problems with my versacamm?

Replies: 8

Views: 2712

Danny Your problem is caused by the rolls you are using , you would save yourself a lot of heartache and angst about vinyl feed if you simply changed to a supplier that can slit dead square. Loading the roll and using the roll feed mechanism and guides are vital for good results , you can't possibly...

Wed Apr 26, 2006 4:30 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: Attention: RAW camera users

Replies: 7

Views: 1761

Ta for the link , will DL and try it. I also take pics in RAW and use various Raw converters and all seem to do a different job with sharpness , noise and colour rendition etc I currently use Adobe Camera Raw with Cs2 and then tried a few others and it was a case of 6 of one and half a dozen of the ...

Sat Apr 22, 2006 8:27 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: how many mtrs of print do you get from full set of inks?

Replies: 13

Views: 3642

Heres how we work it Vinyl GBP 4 per sq meter (5-7 yr stuff) + 25% wasteage = 5 pounds Ink based on 18ml per sq meter coverage 150per litre = 3 quid Fixed costs to operate , maintain , program , mind and pay the machine off are approx 75 quid per working day assuming you have a designer and the thin...

Sat Apr 22, 2006 5:12 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: how many mtrs of print do you get from full set of inks?

Replies: 13

Views: 3642

How do you get to the 25 squid a sq meter? It sounds quite high to me- is that what you have worked out is your cost per sq m?

Sat Apr 22, 2006 5:10 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Partnership or not-all thoughts appreciated!

Replies: 28

Views: 3383

Just one more thing , collaborative business proposals are often just a sort of industrial espionage , to find out more about a competitor or the viability of instituting a particular process or such like In such negotiations you tend to reveal a lot you would not normally do. Be Careful

Sat Apr 22, 2006 2:28 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Partnership or not-all thoughts appreciated!

Replies: 28

Views: 3383

So whats in it for you? If your co is not doing well the fillup in the workload might work out , if you are OK , then why bother with the headache a partnership is likely to cause. Treat a partnership the same way as you would a new marriage after having just gone thru a messy divorce. If you are re...

Sat Apr 22, 2006 4:34 am

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: how many mtrs of print do you get from full set of inks?

Replies: 13

Views: 3642

Depending on the coverage , you can use 12-20ml per sq meter , work on an average of 15-16 ml , that is for ALL colours. IE total ink usage. Overprinting uses substantially more.

Sat Apr 22, 2006 4:27 am

Forum: Adobe Software

Topic: help please trying to find photoshop clipping program?

Replies: 5

Views: 2142

Here's a tip , once you have a bitmap with a removed background , corel 13 has a new function called create boundry , what this does is put a vector line around any objects you select and thus the bitmap can be printed and cut VERY easily. IE if you have a butterfly and you remove background , corel...

Sat Apr 22, 2006 4:18 am

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: what are the ink differences in the cadet & versacamm?

Replies: 62

Views: 13831

I have been using my soljet SC 540 EX for well in excess of 3 yrs , I have used all the inks , including the Sol ink that required coated media. Despite all the discussion in regard to solvent resistance of a print (which quite frankly is a load of baloney as any person that uses solvent on any prin...

Wed Apr 19, 2006 7:31 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Fixing perspex to cladding - any thoughts ?

Replies: 5

Views: 881

Use marine silicon sealant , the stuff they make fish tanks joints out of "shluck" the sheet down and smooth it out , it keys well to the pex , is weather resistant and has "give" for expansion. Use a few pieces of that spongy mirror tape to stick it to the wall while the silicon...

Fri Apr 14, 2006 4:53 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: how is photo engraving done?

Replies: 4

Views: 2377

You can do it , but have to jump thru hoops to do so. If you have signlab/engravelab , it has a routine to allow greyscale images to be engraved using various vector strategies. If not , you have to capture the photo in 8 bit greyscale , apply whatever contrasts , edge detection etc you can to enhan...

Thu Apr 13, 2006 9:30 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: information please on laser engraving machines?

Replies: 13

Views: 5828

You can engrave metal pens with a laser in 2 ways 1) Using a co2 laser and coating the pen with a film that allows it to engrave a black mark that is bonded to the surface metal. You can use a rotary attachement , but a laser can work on curved surface depending on the lens , with the standard lens ...

Wed Apr 12, 2006 5:05 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: help please with EGX-300 router?

Replies: 2

Views: 1430

They got to be vector images , lines and arcs not dots(raster). Coreldraw and other engraving packages are the best with this machine. You can drive it directly from Corel if you download the driver. (found at roland support) http://www.rolanddga.com has an extensive support section with FAQ's and g...

Tue Apr 11, 2006 8:19 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Do signs have an artistic value?

Replies: 21

Views: 1635

Depends on your classification of artisitic. Mostly sign guys dont get the ability to be artistic even if they are - most signs have pretty much specified elements , fixed logos , colours etc. There is a big difference between an accomplished artisan and an artist and IMHO most sign ppl confuse the ...

Mon Apr 10, 2006 10:41 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: whats best method for acid etching?

Replies: 2

Views: 1460

Caustic soda or diluted Ferric , full strength Ferric will go exothermic and generate a ton of heat snd cause fizzing and lift the resist. 1:3 water diluted ferric if its fresh. 1:2 dilution if its partially spent. Caustic will go thru anodising. Caustic is DANGEROUS stuff. You can also use dilute h...

Mon Apr 03, 2006 5:12 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Domed Decal Pricing

Replies: 6

Views: 1026

You are looking for trouble with this , unless you use a mercury free UV stabilised urethane , the decals will yellow very quickly outdoors. We charge GBP300 a square meter for domed decals , but that is based on a Dopag doming setup , not on the handheld one which is about 10x more expensive in ter...

Sat Apr 01, 2006 5:26 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What camera !

Replies: 11

Views: 2018

Martin , quite a bit of Post processing workflow goes on. I generally shoot RAW , not relying on the Camera to do any sharpening or colour saturation or even white balance I open the RAW file in Adobe Camera Raw and adjust WB , exposure , contrast , saturation, sharpening etc and then transfer to ph...

Fri Mar 31, 2006 3:05 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What camera !

Replies: 11

Views: 2018

For quality and responsiveness the Canon or Nikon DSLR's are king , For a budget model the 350d is superb. The biggest difference between point and shoot and DSLR is the way improved image quality in less than bright sunlight and the ability to use a very wide angle lens or specialty lenses which ar...

Thu Mar 30, 2006 7:46 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: can anyone give me a supplier of suitable material?

Replies: 2

Views: 1460

You can use any stiff NON pvc based plastic thin film , tho 0.6mm styrene or ABS is the cheapest and easiest to get. Other materials are UHI acrylic , thin polycarbonate (discolours edges) PETG etc. You can use cardstock too. Some solvents in paints can affect plastic stencils. In a pinch you can us...

Wed Mar 29, 2006 6:30 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: so you fancy a bigger monitor!!

Replies: 10

Views: 1262

I run 2 apple 20" cinema displays in a dual mode , cos I think apple make some of the best displays , but any 2 17"-19" TFT/LCD displays can be used as a dual monitor setup if the graphics card has dual output (most 1/2 decent ones these days do) Make sure they both have the same nati...

Tue Mar 28, 2006 8:15 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: metallic gold and silver printing question

Replies: 23

Views: 6055

There is an alternative and this is to print colour on metalic vinyls , leave the metallic bits unprinted. Works very well on matt and shiny vinyls. The colour gets a metallic hue and looks wonderful. You can lam that for extra durability. You can do this with an inkjet and a Thermal printer - the t...

Thu Mar 23, 2006 11:54 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Versacamm or OrangeJet ?

Replies: 50

Views: 10740

Having to replace your heads 4x is totally crazy , we have run our soljet for almost 3 years and have never had to do anything as radical , we replaced ONE head and only paid a pro rata amount for it. If that is the norm , there is something seriously wrong somewhere.

Wed Mar 22, 2006 8:55 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: information please on laser engraving machines?

Replies: 13

Views: 5828

No , thats the beauty of it , the laser can do both vector and raster images , it more or less acts like a dot matrix printer when it engraves firing a pulse where the engraving is. Obviously Vector images ARE better in terms of sharpness and the ability to manipulate em , but it's a snap to engrave...

Mon Mar 20, 2006 11:26 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Illegal software on Ebay

Replies: 42

Views: 3365

I did not see where the discussion went to the point of personal morality We were talking about business in that the pirate software costs someone something and the reasons given to police it were money related - unfair competiton , higher costs of programs etc , so it DOES seem the crusade is motiv...

Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:32 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Versacamm or OrangeJet ?

Replies: 50

Views: 10740

Vale I would NOT do a hot swap from a solvent to max inks AT ALL!!! I would never take that chance without being 100% sure a mixture of the inks would not be harmless , I would definately do a flush with the solvent cleaners that are used with the MAX inks. Max dries a lot faster and thus allows a h...

Mon Mar 20, 2006 7:34 pm

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: Versacamm or OrangeJet ?

Replies: 50

Views: 10740

What changes on machines depends on the type of solvent used and its agressiveness. I do not believe the heads are changed on any conversion on the roland machines (Epson DX3 heads), pumps , pipes, dampers and perhaps wipers and capping stations are. If your machine is equipped to handle agressive s...

Mon Mar 20, 2006 6:57 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Illegal software on Ebay

Replies: 42

Views: 3365

I am not paid to be another businesses eyes and ears , I use software to do my work , I am grateful to those that supply it and pay the price for it if the price/cost benefit ratio is good , but do not consider myself in their employ or their watchdogs and I would rather devote my time and energies ...

Mon Mar 20, 2006 1:00 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Illegal software on Ebay

Replies: 42

Views: 3365

I'm going to be pretty blunt here and you might not like what I say. It's up to the manufacturers and suppliers of this pirated software to police is use. You can do better with your time than indulge in 'moral indignation' than to do their jobs. At the end of it all , the fact that one has purchase...

Fri Mar 17, 2006 12:29 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: information please on laser engraving machines?

Replies: 13

Views: 5828

One could most likely write a book on this to answer your question but the most IMPORTANT factor to consider whatever machine you get is backup and service and warrantee!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do NOT uderestimate the importance of this. A laser engraver can either be a licence to print money or a total loss ...

Fri Mar 17, 2006 9:59 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: what to do???

Replies: 19

Views: 9303

You have to define what you are , if you are primarily a sign manufacturere , thats what you do , if you are primarily a design house , thats what you do. In reality , as a signmaker you are a communications specialist , a message of some sort or another is to be got accross to a target audience and...

Thu Mar 16, 2006 2:26 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: I need to find a vinyl that is printable and heat resistant?

Replies: 11

Views: 2271

Its almost impossible to vac form plastics with vinyl applied , you will end up with huge problems like bubbling , delaminations distortions and the like , the way to do this is print directly on the hips and then vac form. There are flexible screen inks that are used for this. The problem with form...

Tue Mar 14, 2006 11:43 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Any ideas how to stop this.......

Replies: 18

Views: 2118

Give them the artwork in an unusable format , low res JPG printed on A4. As others have said , institute a design fee which is either waived or reduced or better still , applied as a credit for future work if the job is accepted. We have a policy that no design work is donbe unless a quotation is ap...

Tue Mar 14, 2006 11:29 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: What would you do?

Replies: 30

Views: 3480

Ignore him and institute or redouble your marketing efforts stressing your reliability , quality and delivery. It's not worth confronting him in any way whatsoever as you will get dragged down to his level and he will beat you with experience.

Thu Mar 09, 2006 7:06 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: laser photos on granite help please?

Replies: 10

Views: 3589

The marble is not really the problem , so long as its not too speckled , what is vital is the photo prep and there are 2 ways of doing this , the hard way or the easy way. The hard way is to futz around with photoshop , contrast etc and the easy way that gives stunning results most of the time is to...

Sun Mar 05, 2006 7:57 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: help with cutting after laminating

Replies: 4

Views: 1469

You need to do 2 things 1) use a 60 degree blade and not a 45 degree one and 2) there is a test cut button on the machine itself where you can vary the pressure , use that to get the correct pressure and then put it into the RIP (if your RIP allows cut speeds and pressures ) DO NOT cut or test with ...

Sun Mar 05, 2006 7:36 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: where do i start engraving onto perspex?

Replies: 7

Views: 3050

By far the best engraver to buy today is a laser , especially for acrylics. They are however not cheap machines but can do amazing things. A rotary type engraver to do pex is also not cheap as one requires a relatively large format one with a high power spindle. A laser will both engrave and cut per...

Sat Mar 04, 2006 6:30 am

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: do you think this is a cheap x3 version?

Replies: 49

Views: 21391

The real issue is the "bulldust" students version , that is a real stupid policy and is totally open to what Corel might call abuse and we might call minimising expenses without piracy. The better way of doing things is what Adobe do with photoshop , you can buy the full package or PS elements which...

Sat Mar 04, 2006 6:18 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: laminating acrilic

Replies: 1

Views: 689

You can get many types of optically clear double sided adhesives in roll form that you can apply to the acrylic. They are used in the laminating industry and any lamination film supplier should have some in stock.

Fri Mar 03, 2006 4:06 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: do you think this is a cheap x3 version?

Replies: 49

Views: 21391

If he is not generating significant income or using the program in a full commercial environment , why should he not take advantage of the student deal In fact why is there a 2 tiered type payment structure - surely students that use Corel are going to earn more cos of their knowledge? Why should th...

Wed Mar 01, 2006 2:59 am

Forum: Graphtec Cutters

Topic: Does anyone know anything about the Craft Robo Pro?

Replies: 5

Views: 2936

CARP cutter? LOL
I see it does metal engraving , cuts chipboard? HUH

Fri Feb 24, 2006 4:43 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: why am i having problems with in-filling engraving?

Replies: 7

Views: 2906

Flood fill with automotive duco or the like and wipe off excess is the best. We use pieces of post toastie boxes etc cut with a nice straight edge to both flood fill and wipe off excess, removal of excess properly or as much as you can will make life easy later. However using thinners is a problem o...

Tue Feb 21, 2006 11:07 pm

Forum: Ink Topics

Topic: General Ink Usage Question

Replies: 2

Views: 1052

12-15 ml per sq meter on average , 18ml if full coverage dark print , 25+ ml for a double print. all colours combined.On a worst case scenario , 20ml per sq meter = 50 sq meters per litre. Carts should be round 40 quid each or round 200 per sq meter , ie ink cost at WORST about 4 quid a sq meter or ...

Tue Feb 21, 2006 6:46 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: pc 600 cartridge usage help

Replies: 4

Views: 1288

Depending on ribbon length , each 90m cart does about .74 sq meters , for a cmyk job you use 4 carts pers sq meter. There is some saving in terms of yield by using the ribbon saver. If you take your labels , at 200 x 150mm , the area printed is 0.03m squared and 100 of them is 3 m squared which does...

Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:52 am

Forum: Roland Printers

Topic: PC 600 - Best Vinyl to Use

Replies: 2

Views: 1174

We found using the cheap stuff worked better than high quality , however one thing to check is the little foam roller next to the head , it is actually what lays down the resin on the vinyl , NOT the head. This has to be in EXCELLENT condition otherwise you get drop outs etc. (they get graunched and...

Fri Feb 17, 2006 6:47 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Problem printing reverse on clear and backing with white

Replies: 3

Views: 1308

Do not cut with the heater on , read the crop marks cold , cut cold , cut with a 60 degree blade Prior to printing , do an environmental calibration and then do an auto print/cut alighnment (on the menu) and if that doesnt work , do a more specific detialed print cut alighnment as shown in the user ...

Thu Feb 16, 2006 11:30 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Doming Machinery Question

Replies: 4

Views: 1089

You need a mixer that uses 2 reservoir drums , this has to have a variable ratio to dispense your 2 part resin correctly , after the resin is dispensed in the correct ratio , you need a static mixer to mix it and then a form of controlling the shot size (how much the dosing head lets out at any one ...

Thu Feb 16, 2006 6:33 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Photo zoom pro

Replies: 6

Views: 1901

You have 2 options in terms of hiding pixelation and thats to interpolate (and one of the best interpolating programs is free ware - irfanview - http://www.irfanview.com - it's Lanczos method is regarded as tops) The other option is to apply a slight gaussian blur which will blur the pic but smooth ...

Wed Feb 15, 2006 3:07 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Help me Guys honest answer

Replies: 128

Views: 20393

I have just re-read this thread , I am at a loss over what to make about your comments that seem to intimate you used your "feminine" charms to get the job and that your boss seemed to have wanted to hit on you and that you seem to have been aware of his interest and in some way played on it. I dont...

Wed Feb 15, 2006 2:42 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Help me Guys honest answer

Replies: 128

Views: 20393

You are not going to like what I'm going to say but I'm going to be realistic here In as much as you have concerns over family and money , so does your boss. If you are an invaluable employee , your boss should not have reacted like this unless he is a cretin who wants to cut his nose to spite his f...

Wed Feb 15, 2006 6:13 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Summa DC3+ ....questions

Replies: 5

Views: 1953

I really dont think an expensive thermal printer is a good option , you already have a thermal and the addition of a small inkjet print and cut will open many more markets to you than just another thermal. In terms of maintenance , the Roland Soljet/Versacam machines require virtually none , certain...

Wed Feb 15, 2006 6:05 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Stickers In Small Quantities - Best Machine To Use?

Replies: 40

Views: 10099

In essence all you need to do is print reverse on clear using the printers crop marks (this allows you to reload the vinyl in for cutting at a later stage) you have an option after this , either to hand apply white vinyl atop the print , obviously missing the crop marks so the machine can read them ...

Thu Feb 09, 2006 6:49 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Stickers In Small Quantities - Best Machine To Use?

Replies: 40

Views: 10099

An inkjet will use 12-15ml per sq meter with pretty extensive coverage , we pay about gbp 38 per 220 ml cart which is about 180 quid a litre , assuming 15ml , the worst case scenario is round 3-4 quid a sq meter In general , media for an inkjet can be a bit cheaper than sprocketed or premium vinyl n...

Wed Feb 08, 2006 1:14 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Stickers In Small Quantities - Best Machine To Use?

Replies: 40

Views: 10099

You can go for a thermal printer like a roland pc60/600 etc , that uses resin to print onto clear , however these machines are flaky and consumable costs are HORRENDOUS. A small inkjet print and cut will cost a ton initially but is hugely more flexible for all sorts of other stuff - The Roland SP300...

Sun Feb 05, 2006 7:28 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: wHAT ARE GOOD PRINT & CUT COMBO MACHINES

Replies: 4

Views: 1288

I use my Soljet SC540 Pro IIex HT as a cutter , it's as good as a 1220+mm cutter can get , it's also as good as a printer in that class can get. A combo machine is a very good idea for a shop that does jobbing and is not using the printer to churn out high volumes of billboards , wraps or banners or...

Fri Feb 03, 2006 1:30 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: who invented internet

Replies: 18

Views: 1485

Tim berners-lee is credited with the WWW and to all intents and purposes , the creation of the www and its open architecture is the "internet" as we know it
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Berners_Lee

Fri Feb 03, 2006 12:22 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: who invented internet

Replies: 18

Views: 1485

It was a CERN thing , google CERN to find all the bumph , it ws NOT a yank thing - was in Switzerland.
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