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Peripherals RMD A3 printer

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Vault-Tec, 31 Jul 2020.

  1. Vault-Tec

    Vault-Tec Green Plastic Watering Can

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    recommend me do.

    I need an A3 printer for printing bike decals. I will be printing onto white decal vinyl, then laminating it.

    Cheap/compatible ink would be a massive bonus.
     
  2. edzieba

    edzieba Virtual Realist

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    What type of printer does your vinyl stock manufacturer recommend? e.g. no good getting a big inkjet printer when the stock will only adequately accept dyesub.
     
  3. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    pigment ink or dye ink?

    IIRC Canon for pigment-based, Epson for dye-based
     
  4. Vault-Tec

    Vault-Tec Green Plastic Watering Can

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    I have no idea.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10-A3-Wh...rentrq:a6164ab21730a69d343eb1b6ffdab3ba|iid:1

    It's that. I used a matt one a couple of years ago (A4) and it was very good ! but soppy me forgot to laminate it and the ink ran in the rain :D



    I just need to do that with some laminate film, basically. So the printer would just need to be a photo printer, as the surface is pretty much like glossy photo paper?

    Example of what I will be printing.

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    Shirty W*nker! Super Moderator

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    I used to use an Oki C821 to print onto decals and transfer paper. Grabbed the printer used for a song, but the genuine toners were terrifyingly expensive. They are wax-based which is apparently the best technology for this type of application, although I actually found the compatibles to do a good enough job.
     
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    I got the HP. Bit peeved, as when I went to order it Argos changed from the £3.95 delivery option to collect only. Gits. So I paid £16 more for it on Prime. It's still £100 less than they were at the beginning of the year when reviewed.

    The ink doesn't matter so much tbh dude. I found this stuff.

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    For much cheaper than the A3 sheets. I will never have a bike decal higher than 6" tbh. It's also tough that stuff, and UV protective :)

    It's also how the originals were made for the frame.

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    Like you will notice it has like "Dirty patches"? they are not dirty, the laminate has torn/scratched off the decal underneath leaving residue and then **** has stuck to it lol.

    I'm just absolutely sick and tired of people trying to charge ridiculous sums for bike decals. A modern set is about £9-10. For repros people want £35+. For this bike? they are $100+ shipping and import tax. Yeah, F that. Tired of being held to ransom tbh it's time that stopped. Illustrator is so good now that you literally take a photo, trace and convert to vector and then basically add colour.
     
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    Ooh, would you mind feeding back as to what this stuff is like once you get it, @Vault-Tec ? I'm looking for some helicopter tape to protect my new bike frame and this looks like it could be an alternative (depending on exactly how tough/thick it is, of course). Cheers :)
     
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    Aye, will do mate.
     
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    Cheers dude :thumb:
     
  11. Vault-Tec

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    @bawjaws I can confirm it's the shiznit.

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    I deliberately took this pic with tons of reflection to show how clear it was.

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    It's also very, very tough. Like a fool I have forgotten my squeegees (3M ones, I left them at home) so I used a credit card. Like, HARD. And it didn't mark or scratch at all.
     
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    BTW make sure you do it on release paper if you are putting it over something like a sticker because it just removed some colour from my mouse mat lmao.
     
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    Cheers @Vault-Tec , appreciate you following up :) I need something like this to protect vulnerable areas on my new bike frame (when it finally arrives) so if this is tough then it looks ideal :thumb:
     

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