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Need advice on BASIC setup to print SMALL car magnets. Thanks!

Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by dgruszka, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. dgruszka

    dgruszka New Member

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    I am new to the forum, printing, decals, magnets, etc. I have used the search function but did not come up with the answers I was looking for.
    I have an idea that I would like to make into car magnets. I would like to try and sell these so they need to look good. They would be rectangular like business cards but about half the size, have anywhere from 1 to 4 solid colors per magnet (no gradients). There are about 50 variations I would be making depending on demand. They need to be able to stand up to weather.
    Since the designs are very simple and the shapes are extremely basic I want to know what type of equipment is absolutely necessary and what is not. I have read a few posts about people simply using an inkjet printer and cutting by hand but it was always for indoor use.
    Can I make quality, simple outdoor car magnets with some magnetic sheets, an inkjet printer, the appropriate ink for outdoor use and lamination? Am I oversimplifying it? Is there a resource where I can read about this specific topic? If you like, be specific about ink types, printers, lamination, magnetic paper, etc?
    Like I said this is an extremely simple concept but I feel it has an audience. I’m just trying to streamline the startup time and cost and avoid some trial and error.
    Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    so you want to make car magnets that are 2"x1.75" ??? seems a little small...maybe fridge magnets, but CAR?

    welcome from cali :thumb:
     
  3. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    desktop printer, mailing label material from Office Max, and magnet material from Hobby Lobby.

    if you want to spend money, a Gerber Edge, and whatever materials whomever you buy it from (can also laminate with clear spray paint), will fulfill your needs.
    ...otherwise, outsource to a sign guy in your area until you actually find enough demand for your product to justify getting into printing your own... what was it again? 4 inch car magnets?
     
  4. BlueFishDesigns

    BlueFishDesigns Very Active Member

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    You'd be better off outsourcing them. You'll need to spend a few $1000 on software and hardware to get started and you'd have to sell ALOT of little magnetics to pay for the equipment before you start seeing a profit. Outsource them until you make enough money to buy the PROPER equipment.
     
  5. BlueFishDesigns

    BlueFishDesigns Very Active Member

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    And they will look like you printed them on a desktop printer, with mailing label material from Office Max and magnet material from Hobby Lobby.
     
  6. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    hey, he said basic!
     
  7. BlueFishDesigns

    BlueFishDesigns Very Active Member

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    I wasn't slammin' ya! You're right, they *can* be done that way if he wants them to look like poop. Just sayin'.
     
  8. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    lol, most definately :)
    i'd also argue that its more advice than most people get on their first post.

    dgruszka,
    something to look into that might look cool... magnet material, cast 3M vinyl in stock colors, and doming epoxy to give it a nice candy-coated look.
     
  9. visual800

    visual800 Very Active Member

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    sub it out!!! thats basic for ya!
     
  10. Mainframe

    Mainframe Very Active Member

    If you have in fact test marketed your product & are sure this will go, I would recommend a Roland SP 300 printer/cutter, a 30" big squeegee, & a purple ruler with a metal edge for cutting, this is the minimum set up you will need. The big squeegee is for laminating your prints so they will last outdoors. If you have not test marketed the product you are wanting to sell I would hold off & have some made, you could set the file up & have some lam prints made & install them on your own magnetic material for a test & experience. As you go & make money, you will need a much better cutter & possibly a laminator if you purchase a printer, which will cost you some serious money (around 12,500 I believe)
    Good luck!
     
  11. wetgravy

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    depends on the material, back in the day I found a plastic label material for laser printers, printed on a color laser printer in my shop. Looked fantastic, and was only slightly more expensive than regular label material ... had the most agressive adhesive I have used though. (ahh the days when I would tag exterior surfaces with silly graphics ... I do miss them.) Haven't seen that material in about 4 or 5 years now.
     
  12. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

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    Welcome from OK
     
  13. jiarby

    jiarby Major Contributor

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    Gang up your jobs to fit a 12x24 sheet...288sqin

    Half a business card is 2" x 1.75", or 3.5sqin.
    You can gang up 80 of so of these on a single "normal sized" vechicle magnet.
    (Normal Vehicle Magnet = 30mil Magnum Magnetic, Solvent Ink, Vinyl Digital Print, Laminated)

    All you have to do is buy a good steel straight edge, a cutting mat, and a Stanley blade knife with a box of spare blades..

    So gang up your designs, Buy a set of REAL vehicle magnets from a pro, and cut them up yourself.
     
  14. TheSnowman

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    Sub it, Sub it, Sub it!!!! No reason to buy the equipment for a startup focused on one thing when there are people all over printing at just above their cost.
     
  15. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    hell, even sub out 4'x4' of different colors and cut it to size yourself
     
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