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Newbie starting out in garage

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by zapata, May 7, 2007.

  1. zapata

    zapata New Member

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    Hello 101 Team,

    I’m also staring out in my garage just as the previous newbie. I was looking at new and used equipment to try to save of couple of bucks. Good idea or bad idea? I’m shooting out for cars signage first, and then I’ll venture into other areas. I currently own an hp750c plotter that I intend to use for indoor signs (prints). Can I used this plotter for outdoor too? I’m looking at a vinyl cutter but not sure what size is best, any suggestion? I see that some of you are using 24”, is this size sufficient as starter or will I outgrow it too quickly. During my research, I was reading something about RIPs software and hardware for oversize prints. Are you using RIPs to print? Do I need one for my plotter, what software package should I purchase as RIP software?

    Thank you so much in advance,
    Zapata
     
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  2. SignosaurusRex

    SignosaurusRex Major Contributor

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    Welcome Aboard! Whats your background? Where abouts are you geographically?
    :Welcome: 2 :signs101:
     
  3. Pro Image

    Pro Image Major Contributor

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    Howdee from VA..............
     
  4. Mason

    Mason Very Active Member

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    Hola! from Beantown
     
  5. wsteely7

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    Hello from KY.
     
  6. Jackpine

    Jackpine Major Contributor

    Welcome to the group. Search other Newbie questions about starting out for equipment, software and supplies.
     
  7. vinylbarry

    vinylbarry Active Member

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    :Welcome: to:signs101: from Ky
     
  8. zapata

    zapata New Member

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    First and most thank you for your feedback!

    I’m Portland Oregon and my background is in sales and service. I sold copiers from Kodak and Xerox for approx 10 years. I was a service tech for five years prior to sales. I enjoy selling, meeting new people and for the longest time wanted work for myself. I know very little about large format printing and want to learn as much as possible. This is why I’m here hopping to get help from people like you who have done it a lot long than I have.

    Thank you again,
    Zapata
     
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    Creative_Lance Very Active Member

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    Welcome!
     
  10. Flame

    Flame Major Contributor

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    I'm from the Vancouver area. PM me and we could have coffee sometime.

    :glasses:

    Could give you some tips in person. I'm not THE most experienced at this, but I do have a graphics business up and running and am making a living... so can help you atleast pointed in the right direction.
     
  11. Ken

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    Hi Zapata.
    A 24 inch plotter will serve you well for vehicle graphics.
    My Creation CT630 has done well, but I really would like to have one of the top brand names. Soon, I hope.
    Cheers!
    Ken
     
  12. GregT

    GregT Very Active Member

    Welcome from PA
     
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    Welcome from Skokie, IL :Welcome:
     
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    Welcome from Long Beach, California
     
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    Welcome again from PA
     
  17. mgraef27

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    Welcome

    Welcome from NJ....

    Out door prints with your hp might be ok for a while if you laminate. You need to figure out what inks and media you can use, take a look at the specs.

    If you get a cutter start with a 24", mien has served me well and going strong.
     
  18. zapata

    zapata New Member

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    Thank you ALL for the great feedback! It’s great to know that there are a lot of good people out there willing to help. I’m very thankful for stumbling into Signs101 website.

    This is a good start for now…

    Thanks a million!
    Zapata
     
  19. chopper

    chopper Very Active Member

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    I have a 30" plotter but find that 90% of the time all I need is a 24" machine
    since most material is readly available in 24" that would be the best size to get and if you need bigger graphics than that you can pannel them just like the rest of us do...also get a name brand machine, like...summa,graphtec, anagraph,ioline, roland,there are others you need to check the plotter fourms, also I seen a used summa on ebay an s75d for 2900 bucks less than a year old that is a deal that is half of new!!! that is the same machine I have and summa will honor the warrenty if you buy it and there tech service is great
    (Iam not as fond of the roland but that is a personal choice)good luck //chopper
     
  20. wannabe

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    Welcome from Shreveport, LA! I still like my garage shop even tho' I'm working for someone else for the time being.
     
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