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Well...I am still fighting magnets.
Does any one have any luck printing directly to digimag? My prints are so grainy that I print to sign vinyl and mount on top of the digimag.
Here is my process.
print sign vinyl - let dry overnight
mount to magnet with laminator
The problem is that when we go to cut with laser and line it up our cuts are off. We have worked on severla issues but still have the problem. We even went to a thicker sign vinyl. Cost more but that does seem to help. There are just too many steps and too many things that can go wrong to get PERFECT custom cuts...I can be a little picky...On larger magnets it is fine but we are attemting to cut perfect ovals with outlines on about a 5 inch magnet.
Long story short. I have a roland SP540V. Does any one have any luck printing directly to digimag with this printer? Would you be willing to share your profile and settings? The web site for digimag list the printer but they have 2-3 rips...not Versaworks. Very odd since I would assume most people run Versaworks.
Or is there a completly different process that I am missing? We tried to cut the magnets first and then mount them but we were getting bubbles, etc...when mounting. Actually we could try with the new thicker material...
I am spending so much in labor and wasted material that I am losing money on this order.
wow Diane...you never cease to amaze. That is what I am trying to do but going about it the hard way apparently.
So that is the white magent on the very edge or does the vinyl go all the way to the edge? That is why I cut after mounting...To get the vinyl all the way to the edge. I sent some out with the vinyl not al lthe way to the edge and the person did not like them with the edge of vinyl.
nah, Brent............I leave a little border.
Otherwise, you're right. It can be an alignment nightmare.
Tell your customer.......'tough noogies", that's how you do them.
We've done plenty and plenty of magnets over the years. I only had one customer, one time, question the process.
I told them to go get them screenprinted, spend a small fortune or buy a whole boatload........because that's the only way they are going to get custom cut, multi-color.
Never heard another peep. He's been placing reorders regularly with me.
Those pictures are white and black magnetic, but I've also used yellow and blue.
Is the border the problem or the color of the border the problem?
The only other suggestion I have is contract them out to a printer. Again that will only work if they need a boatload or they'll be very pricey.
This is for small amount as well. cheapest way is to print them myself. Maybe I am bring too picky...that one customer scared me off from the border...a little border is not that big a deal I suppose.
Actually I called the compnay that produces digimag and they sent me information on printing direct to the magnet. They do not have a profile for Versaworks but they do have settings. If it works I will post the formula. Pretty sure I can cut after the fact if I print direct to magnet.
This is 30mil thick for car magents so I do not think the roland would cut it. At least mine would not. It does not seem not have force like some people report. thanks!
I had someone print off a sample from their VC years ago for me...........it was awful
First of all the magnetic was too thin. It was more refigerator weight.
Seconly the print didn't POP!
The surface of magnetic is dull.
Brent, I know you pretty well.
I think (?) your problem is that you want to be able to do it all.
I respect you for that ambition.
But it's just not always possible, my friend.
I understand it's hard for you to say 'no' sometimes but in this case, you're not really saying no.
You'll make them their magnets, you're just gonna' make them the way that you can make them.
that's funny because my assistant and my wife think not being able to say no is my biggest problem! well my wife probably has another list as well...
Digimag is "print-able" magnet. it has a vinyl face on it. All of my test prints look horrible though. that is why I started this mess. We will see if the setings from the factory help. If not I guess I will give up and live with the border....if we can mount then without bubbles like you do.
Do you mount center out like masking heat transfers or have any tricks you are willing to share?
Thanks so much!