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Old December 21st, 2009, 05:15 AM   #1
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I am looking into getting the equipment to print my own vinyl stickers. Example would be the single color stickers you peel off and put on your car. I'm don't need "high volume" equipment or a printer that really is wider than 12-16" or so. We have some "high volume" machines at work and it seems simple, it feeds in the vinyl, the software paired with the printer "etches" the vinyl, you pear the design and then put it in a sticky clear back, then put backing paper on it and BAM! vinyl sticker. Idealy I would like to run this printer/software with my 15" macbook.


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I am looking into getting the equipment to print my own vinyl stickers. Example would be the single color stickers you peel off and put on your car. I'm don't need "high volume" equipment or a printer that really is wider than 12-16" or so. We have some "high volume" machines at work and it seems simple, it feeds in the vinyl, the software paired with the printer "etches" the vinyl, you pear the design and then put it in a sticky clear back, then put backing paper on it and BAM! vinyl sticker. Idealy I would like to run this printer/software with my 15" macbook.


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you want a cutter/plotter. many companies sell cheap ones for the hobbyest.
you put your cast or calendered vinyl in there, it cuts the design, you weed off the waste, apply your premask, etc.

you will have to understand vector paths fairy well in a keyline format to do anything complex and have it look nice. beginners fail because they are looking at composite previews and not the lines that the cutter will cut. usually what happens is the cut paths overlap and make a shitty decal.
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you want a cutter/plotter. many companies sell cheap ones for the hobbyest.
you put your cast or calendered vinyl in there, it cuts the design, you weed off the waste, apply your premask, etc.

you will have to understand vector paths fairy well in a keyline format to do anything complex and have it look nice. beginners fail because they are looking at composite previews and not the lines that the cutter will cut. usually what happens is the cut paths overlap and make a shitty decal.
I get the whole idea of vectors, I used to use them in totally unrelated work on photo shop.

I just need hobby level equipment. Next step for research?
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I get the whole idea of vectors, I used to use them in totally unrelated work on photo shop.

I just need hobby level equipment. Next step for research?
Start small...get a cricut.
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the vinyl stock come in 24" standard rolls, buy at least a plotter/cutter that will handle 12" stock.
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