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  • Colin Smith

    November 17, 2005 at 6:53 pm

    Hello from another newbie, I am possibly looking at starting a small vinyl business, my father is a traditional signwriter (gold leaf, fine lining etc) now semi retired when he needs vinyls he has to sub it out. I am a print engineer by trade (traditional offset and now digital imaging) so have experience of file formats etc. Any info on what kit to buy, most reliable etc will be gratefully received. In return I can help with any printing issues, offset or digital. I have factory trained on Epson large format inkjet printers so can help with these.

  • Lynn Normington

    November 17, 2005 at 7:34 pm

    Hello csd4t do you have a name I didn’t think we were all numbers just yet 🙄 what sort of equipment are you looking for and for what purpose ? you will find ton’s of info on here and lots of helpful people


  • Colin Smith

    November 17, 2005 at 7:43 pm

    The names Colin, im thinking of a small cutter and all the gubbins to go with it. Ive been looking at roland but they seem expensive compared to others on the market or is it cos they are the best?

  • David Rowland

    November 17, 2005 at 7:50 pm

    Which particular Epsons Colin? 10000/10600 by any chance?

    Welcome to the boards.

  • Colin Smith

    November 17, 2005 at 7:57 pm

    yes 10000 series 9000 series and 7000 series. got lots of info service manuals etc

  • Nicola McIntosh

    November 17, 2005 at 8:01 pm

    welcome to the boards colin 😀


  • David Rowland

    November 17, 2005 at 8:07 pm

    no prob Colin… deep down a modern sign makers printer is based on the Epsons.. so that’s why I was asking, you would be right at home with them :lol1:

  • Carrie Brown

    November 17, 2005 at 10:27 pm

    Hi Colin

    Welcome to the boards

    ….. I have to say it cant break the habit now ……… Dont forget to load a piccie so we all know who we are chatting with 😉 :lol1:


  • Jon Fields

    November 17, 2005 at 10:38 pm

    I have a Roland..touch problems as yet..




  • Robert Lambie

    November 18, 2005 at 12:49 am

    welcome aboard mate.
    rolands are good machines, very reliable. im not pleased with tech support/after sales though, so i decided to switch to graphtec a good few years back now. best thing i done. im now about to buy my second graphtec in the next couple of weeks. it will replace my roland as the new graphtec has contour cutting fascilities for digital printing etc. it will be a 48 inch wide one i think… as we already have the 54inch wide graphtec at the mo. great machines, very reliable and tech support is very good.

  • Colin Smith

    December 20, 2005 at 2:33 pm

    Done it!!!
    Got a signpal puma 2, just been playing so far (the other half wont let me set it all up in the spare bedroom until after xmas in case we have guests).
    I got the signpal apprentice version software with it but it seems very basic and a lot of features missing, so will probably upgrade to something else later. Also got corel draw 12 and illustrator (can I export directly to the cutter)? .Not really had time to experiment yet (normal work keeps getting in the way) so dont laugh if I sound thick. 😳

  • Jayne Marsh

    December 20, 2005 at 3:24 pm

    Hi and welcome to the boards :lol1:

  • Nigel Pugh

    December 20, 2005 at 4:02 pm

    Hello & welcome Colin,

    You can cut directly from Corel Draw to any SignPal machine, as for the Apprentice software there are three other levels all higher than Apprentice that you can upgrade to.

    Any questions on the Puma II or Apprentice just ask.

  • Cheryl Tissington

    December 20, 2005 at 4:19 pm

    where can I get the info to tell me how to cut straight from corel to a puma ll ?


    Hi Colin,
    welcome aboard ! 😀

  • Nigel Pugh

    December 20, 2005 at 11:25 pm

    Cheryl if you have not got the windows print driver disk then you will need to ring Grafityp so they can e-mail one over. (Technical Dept. ask for Paul Shrives)

    When in Corel you select line thickness to the smallest setting ( I think its hairline / outline) then you need to manually reduce the line thickness to 0.001 mm. This way the cutter will see it as a single line and will cut it out, beware though anything set above 0.001 mm and the cutter will not respond to any job sent.

    I’m at home now taking the rest of my holidays but I will look in each day so if you need any further help just post.


  • Cheryl Tissington

    December 23, 2005 at 3:02 pm

    Many thanks Nigel.

    I’ll send Paul an e-mail now.

    Merry Christmas.

    Cheryl x

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