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Vinyl plotter.
« on: March 26, 2011, 09:42:44 PM »
I just bought the gallery an affordable craft level vinyl plotter.  I'm looking forward to printing some wall signs!

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Re: Vinyl plotter.
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2011, 10:12:22 PM »
Sounds cool!

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Re: Vinyl plotter.
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2011, 11:25:08 PM »
Yeah, I'm excited by the possibilities.  Years ago, Sean posted about looking for one, and I've been dreaming ever since.  Mainly for wall signs but the possibilities are great.  I'd like to play with glass etching..

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Re: Vinyl plotter.
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2011, 05:54:51 PM »
Oh, so glass etching using sand?  As in sand blasting?  Use the plotter to cut a stencil and then blast away right?

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Re: Vinyl plotter.
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2011, 08:36:25 AM »
You could do that, but they suggest using acid...

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Re: Vinyl plotter.
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2011, 09:18:44 PM »
Eww, I think I saw that in a horror movie once!   :smt064

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Re: Vinyl plotter.
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2011, 08:59:19 AM »
Hahaha.  After doing some reading, it looks like you can actually get better results with a sandblaster, but there's that start up cost...  Where as the etching cream is more affordable..

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Re: Vinyl plotter.
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2011, 07:20:05 PM »
Congratulations on your vinyl cutter!

Vinyl cutters are awesome. I've had one for years. I would do custom car graphics - I'd draw the design that the client wanted by hand, then re-draw it in illustrator (or maybe use live-trace).

There are frosted vinyls that resemble etched glass that you can get. The tricky thing about translucent vinyls are applying it cleanly w/o catching bubbles or dirt between it and your substrate.

Hope you have lots and lots of fun with it! Let me know if you have any specific questions, I might be able to give you some tips!

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Re: Vinyl plotter.
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2011, 09:51:46 PM »
Thanks so much!  Yeah, I can see what you're saying about the bubbles.  I notice in several applications that they seem to go away after a day or two.  What do you do to prevent?