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Plastic source for engraving and laser

Discussion in 'Materials' started by strypguy, Nov 4, 2020.

  1. strypguy

    strypguy Active Member

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    I'm looking for suggestions on where I can buy thin plastics for engraving and laser. One of the products is Gemini duets or equivalent. Thanks, John
     
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  2. TammieH

    TammieH Very Active Member

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    Try johnsonplasticsplus.com they sell romark

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    jpplus.com for the same
     
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  3. JBurton

    JBurton Signtologist

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    Gravograph is another, but we mostly use Johnson Plastics Rowmark.
     
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  4. Gene@mpls

    Gene@mpls Very Active Member

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    Gemini sells Duets thru JDS Industries
     
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  5. PNH Jake

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    Third on Johnson Plastics (jpplus.com)
     
  6. strypguy

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    Would you agree these are made using a rotary engraver? Disregard the top one. John
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  7. CanuckSigns

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    Yes those were done (poorly) on a rotary engraver
     
  8. strypguy

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    Yeah, I know. This is one of my big accounts and they want me to take over this type of work since they are so happy with what we do on the vinyl side of the business for them. What machine do you recommend for this? I see Roland and Vision make rotary engravers. Any others I should look at? John
     
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    CanuckSigns Very Active Member

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    We've had 3 vision engravers over the years, they are complete workhorses.

    Would they accept these as laser engraved? Way less of a learning curve and the machine has a ton of other uses around the shop.
     
  10. strypguy

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    We are in the early stages so anything is negotiable at this point. What reasonably priced lasers would you recommend if we go that route. Thanks, John
     
  11. CanuckSigns

    CanuckSigns Very Active Member

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    I've only ever owned trotecs, they are the best of the best in this market, however epilog isn't far behind these days.

    I would keep an eye out for a second hand trotec.
     
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  12. Christian @ 2CT Media

    Christian @ 2CT Media Major Contributor

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    Laser them! We have a Epilog Fusion Pro and can recommend them highly.

    Johnson Plastics, JDS, and Hansen Supply our our primary suppliers. But N. Glantz carries duets.

    You can also try your plastics suppliers as many of them can get the various brands.
     
  13. PNH Jake

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    What do you do if a customer wants the beveled edge? We have an Epilog laser and Roland engraver and I've had to use the Roland on a few jobs to do bevel cuts. (We do use the Roland to do washout/engraving on the color core stuff.)
     
  14. GaSouthpaw

    GaSouthpaw Active Member

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    A good router (if you have one) can also engrave. Just throwing it out there.
    If you're getting an engraver, we've been happy with our Xenetechs. I personally liked the Gravograph at a previous shop, but the operator hated it.
     
  15. Christian @ 2CT Media

    Christian @ 2CT Media Major Contributor

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    We have step cut to make beveled edges, but that is something that is best on a router.
     
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