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Thu Jul 26, 2007 10:17 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: VinylMaster Pro?

Replies: 23

Views: 11365

Vinylmaster Pro

I have used Vinylmaster PRO for a while now, and am very impressed by it. I especially like its built in database of Corporate Logos, and objects (like clipart, only vectored). It also has a tool called Font Detective which is marvelous. I can just load a bitmap image of a mystery letter, tell it wh...

Tue Jun 19, 2007 7:36 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Best software for vectorising images?

Replies: 5

Views: 1587

aha!

Cool thanks guys. I didn't even know Illustrator had this facility. It's all new to me. I'll have a look at it when I'm back at work next week. Oh and Alan, you're right that I wont need it for digital photographs, but I mean if a customer wanted a pattern of solid objects done, and all they could p...

Sun Jun 17, 2007 10:06 am

Forum: General Software Topics

Topic: Best software for vectorising images?

Replies: 5

Views: 1587

Best software for vectorising images?

Hey guys, new question for ya'll. At work we've just got a new GlassJet digital printer. We're very new to this technology, and still unsure how we're going to market it. We still need to figure out what it can do, and what form our customers will need to supply artwork in. Essentially the Ripping s...

Mon Mar 05, 2007 6:25 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: What is the best Software for Digital Printing? help!

Replies: 13

Views: 2865

Thanks Steve. We've chosen Adobe Illustrator, and AutoCAD as we already had it.
regards,
Owen

Fri Mar 02, 2007 9:53 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: What is the best Software for Digital Printing? help!

Replies: 13

Views: 2865

Hi Rod. Since the inital post, I've managed to download the user manual for the Printer coming. It is a long-winded process, depending on what file format the customer provides. -If it is a CAD file, it is edited in AutoCAD, all entities are closed, and then exported in DXF format. -The Graphics App...

Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:13 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: What is the best Software for Digital Printing? help!

Replies: 13

Views: 2865

I've downloaded Photoshop CS version 9, as well as Photoshop 7 and neither recognised the DXF file format. I'm leaning towards Illustrator or Coredraw I think.

Mon Feb 12, 2007 5:34 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: What is the best Software for Digital Printing? help!

Replies: 13

Views: 2865

Oh okay, I'll have a look at that thanks. Yeah it is a GlassJet flat bed printer from http://www.diptech.com. Painted glass either goes through an IR Lamp dryer, or air dries before the ceramic ink can be fused onto it in the toughening process. I mask everything up manually at the moment, so it sho...

Mon Feb 12, 2007 5:00 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: What is the best Software for Digital Printing? help!

Replies: 13

Views: 2865

Valuable feedback so far guys. Yeah, initially the printer will be used to print a black band of varying widths (10mm +)around the edges of glass windows for boats/display units etc. But once the market picks up we hope to be able to print Digital Photos onto the glass too. So mainly flooded colours...

Sun Feb 11, 2007 12:07 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: What is the best Software for Digital Printing? help!

Replies: 13

Views: 2865

What is the best Software for Digital Printing? help!

Hi guys. My department at work currently uses a good old screen printer for painting glass for Architectural use, Kitchen splashbacks, shower doors etc. We are due to receive a digital printer in May and I need to purchase a decent Graphics Application to process and edit image files before importin...

Mon Feb 05, 2007 10:15 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Layering bubbles issue...

Replies: 19

Views: 2576

Yeah, I have from time to time applied a weedbox to each colour, of identical size so I can line them up afterwards. Works fairly well, so long as my plotter hasn't wandered too much on the larger work. I might look into the felt squeegie thing folks, great suggestion. I thank you all!

Mon Feb 05, 2007 12:29 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Layering bubbles issue...

Replies: 19

Views: 2576

Yes, I might look at using a thicker base vinyl. Some stuff I make, I ship out to customers that haven't the co-ordination to assemble the layers themselves, so I assemble it for them first. That is the main reason I wanted advice for, good replies so far. I'm applying dry by the way.

Sun Feb 04, 2007 11:02 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Layering bubbles issue...

Replies: 19

Views: 2576

Layering bubbles issue...

Hi all. I'm wondering if anyone can help me with an issue I keep getting with layered vinyl decals. I find that if I have say a red logo applied to a black background that when I apply it, and remove the application tape, it leaves bubbles in the black surrounding the red material. It's bloody unsli...

Sun Jan 28, 2007 8:35 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: do i wait until application tape dries on glass etch?

Replies: 12

Views: 2434

Well, other than completely cocking up the measurements (fortunately oversize, so I could cut them down) it all went up pretty easily. The logo cut-out job is drying out as we speak, I'll be weeding it out in a few days and will be sure to post a pic!

Fri Jan 26, 2007 8:58 pm

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: do i wait until application tape dries on glass etch?

Replies: 12

Views: 2434

Wow, all very good suggestions. I knew I joined this site for a reason. Milk the experience! I've had a couple of trial runs, one weeded, and other not. The one I weeded trapped the moisture under the app tape so never really adhered properly (I use mainly the clear, plastic app tape). The one I did...

Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:44 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: do i wait until application tape dries on glass etch?

Replies: 12

Views: 2434

do i wait until application tape dries on glass etch?

Hi Everyone As the subject line hints, I've got a job coming up shortly which requires me to be applying frosting film to some large windows (1200mm square). Any hints on applying this? Most people have advised to apply it with soapy water. More of a worry though is that one window is to have the cu...

Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:37 am

Forum: Vinyl

Topic: some advice needed on sandblast rubber vinyl?

Replies: 5

Views: 1463

sand blasting glass

Hi Dave I've just gotten into sandblasting glass at home. I was buying proper stenciling film, and even tried the rubberised stuff the others are referring too, but I found both fiddly and difficult to handle. The rubberised material was too damned thick to cut effectively, and the stenciling film w...

Fri Dec 22, 2006 8:02 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: how do i bead blast glass with vinyl stencils?

Replies: 9

Views: 5114

Bead blasting Glass with Vinyl stencils

Well I got the sandblaster, and using stencils cut from Hexis brand stenciling vinyl I did up 20 coasters for a client. It was fast, and looked professional. The vinyl held up without any problems at all. I would call that a success! Thanks again for all your advice people!

Sun Dec 10, 2006 1:51 am

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Best value, small format digital vinyl printer

Replies: 3

Views: 3307

Entry level digital printing...

Thank you Gert and Rackbox for your contributions. The laser printer is a great idea, and I guess the colour being fused to the media would hold up pretty well. I'll do some more homework though, as I need to find the suitable media to use with it. Not a lot around here in Lil Ol' New Zealand. Scree...

Fri Dec 08, 2006 9:40 pm

Forum: General Printing Topics

Topic: Best value, small format digital vinyl printer

Replies: 3

Views: 3307

Best value, small format digital vinyl printer

Hey all. I've been using various vinyl cutters for the last three years, and have been doing a lot of very intricate work for racing bikes etc, so I can see where having a Digital Printer would increase productivity, and quality. I don't have a huge budget, as this is my hobby on the side more than ...

Mon Dec 04, 2006 7:58 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: how do i bead blast glass with vinyl stencils?

Replies: 9

Views: 5114

Bead blasting Glass with Vinyl stencils

That's awesome guys, valuable feedback indeed. I think I'll try it out with the vinyl mask first and see how it holds up. I'll post back should I have any further questions. I'm glad I joined this forum, it's already been very useful!

Sat Dec 02, 2006 9:51 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: how do i bead blast glass with vinyl stencils?

Replies: 9

Views: 5114

Vinyl masks for sand/bead blasting...

You have a point there, I wondered about that. The design is likely to be a repeat job for a small batch, so it might be worth investing in a laser cut steel stencil. I know that there is a sort of rubberised adhesive sheet material you can use, but don't know how they cut it. Too thick for the old ...

Sat Dec 02, 2006 12:53 am

Forum: Traditional

Topic: how do i bead blast glass with vinyl stencils?

Replies: 9

Views: 5114

sand blasting

Thanks for your reply, that's great. I actually work with Ceramic inks in a glass processing plant, and do large scale pieces all the time. The only reason I haven't tried it on these is the minimum size limit to our furnace. However, I had not thought of using a pottery kiln. I suspect that the sma...

Fri Dec 01, 2006 10:58 pm

Forum: Traditional

Topic: how do i bead blast glass with vinyl stencils?

Replies: 9

Views: 5114

how do i bead blast glass with vinyl stencils?

Hey there. I'm currently making coasters by cutting vinyl stencils out, sticking them to glass coasters etc and applying Etching Acid to them. They work out well, but are time-consuming and fiddly. I am keen to try sand/bead-blasting instead and wonder if anyone else has had any experience in this? ...

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