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Howdy from Alberta Canada

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by texasducod, Jun 10, 2007.

  1. texasducod

    texasducod New Member

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    Hello; I've enjoyed reading on this site; it has been helpful as I plan to invest into a vinyl sign business and have no real experience; although I've been working with vinyl sheet flooring for 16 years so I can appreciate the similarities at least.

    Thanks to you all I am deciding between the Graphtec and the Roland machines, but am also looking into benQ.
    Also I am not sure weather to get a combo. print/cutter or two seperate machines... I think two would be better, no?
    And I think a 30" machine would be the best because I noticed most rolls of material only come 30" wide; but don't know if the market here will demand a bigger machine so should I buy bigger to start off?
    As well I think the shop will need a 4x8 light table to cut on and a Lamination machine to avoid nasty bubbles in my product. Plus raw materials, knives, blades and some hand tools is there anything else I will need to run an efficient shop?
     
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    No advice as far as equipment as i am also fairly new at this.
    But just wanted to say welcome from a fellow albertan....where bouts you from??
     
  3. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

    That is a very good question of which I have some very good answers.

    Welcome from Okalhoma!
     
  4. Custom Signs

    Custom Signs Member

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    Hello from Texas!
     
  5. Pro Image

    Pro Image Major Contributor

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    Howdee from VA..............................
     
  6. texasducod

    texasducod New Member

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    lol, so where would I find your "very good answers"?

    BTW I am in Edmonton.
     
  7. mladams7259

    mladams7259 Very Active Member

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    Welcome Aboard texasducod!

    Check out the link in signsbydales' signature. Every shop should have one! The are priceless!
     
  8. texasducod

    texasducod New Member

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    Yeah; I already saw the big squeegee and will no doubt be getting one of those puppies...
     
  9. ENTDesign

    ENTDesign Very Active Member

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    Welcome
     
  10. PhilinMarlton

    PhilinMarlton New Member

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    Welcome! I'm sure you'll find the members here to be very helpful as you begin your vinyl adventure.

    with regard to equipment... depending on your growth plans, larger may be better than smaller. phil
     
  11. texasducod

    texasducod New Member

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    yeah, who wants employees anyway; I think I'll go for the cheaper smaller one.
     
  12. Sign Prophet

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    Welcome from Long Beach, Ca.
     
  13. Ken

    Ken Major Contributor

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    So how are things in Edmonton?
    I left there 16 years ago..I know housing has gone thru the roof(so to speak)
    But do you see yourself competing against existing sign/design shops or will you offer your services to a niche market?
    A print/cut machine such as a versa-camm should serve you well. But you can always just start with a plotter. If you go with print/cut..don't be in a big hurry to buy a laminator. You can hand-lam easily enough.
    Store-front or home-based?
    I've done some business with Corbin Graphics ( 99 ST) and I have found them helpful.
    Wishing you all success...Ken
     
  14. masterdesigns

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    Best of luck. Welcome
     

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