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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Wild2cpl, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. Wild2cpl

    Wild2cpl New Member

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    I've always been Intrested in graphic arts. I have been air brushing as a hobby for about 5 years now(a few real paying jobs :clapping: ) and really enjoying it. I volunteer for rotary and the local united way and make all there signs . So I bought a piece of $&@? China built plotter thinking it would save me time making stencils but I spend more time working on the getting the thing to run and it just ends up frustrating me.
    I'm going to spend a little more money and buy a better plotter obut I would like the ability to print on the vinyl as well. Maybe turn this into a side business :supersmilie: .
    So all your info or advise on plotters ,airbrushing or sign making is welcome. My budget for a plotter/printer is in the $2000-3000 range . I don't mind buying used as long as it was cared for .
    My other hobby is rebuilding old cars . I have a 47 dodge coupe , 52 ford f8 truck and a triumph tr4 .
    Thanks :Canada 2:
     
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  2. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

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    Welcome to a outstanding Signs 101 & people

    With $2,000 a good 24" cutter can be had

    Take the rest buy software & books on advertising design.. like Mike Stevens Mastering Layout
     
  3. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

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    Welcome from PA..............................
     
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    Sign Up Graphics Very Active Member

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    Sign Up Graphics

    Welcome from Skokie, IL :thumb:
     
  5. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

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    Welcome from OK.

    Printers need to be used or they become a repair nightmare. You're better off farming out the prints until you do something with it beyond a hobby.
     
  6. Wild2cpl

    Wild2cpl New Member

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    I airbrush almost every day it's time consuming to hand cut all my stencils and would be to expensive to run down to the vinyl shop everyday. I think it would be utilized a fare bit. I use the china built unit buT it was never a very clean cut and always have to clean up the stencil by hand after weeding it .
     
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    Salmoneye Very Active Member

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    Are you doing mostly indoor stuff? I know that there are some aqueous printers to be had very inexpensively that also don't require the level of maintenance. Media will cost you a little more but if your volume is small it won't matter much. You won't find a traditional print cut solution within your budget I am afraid.
     
  8. limacchina

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    welcome from tianjin
     
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