- Mar 2, 2003Gerald,
Thanks for the great information, you've been very helpful. I think I may just
start out with having someone output the plates for me and if there is a need
to purchase then I may think about it. Your right it is a huge expense, I called
Anderson Vreeland and spoke with a sales person for 20 minutes or so and
he gave me the scoop.
Does used equipment ever become available and how much price difference
is there usually? Where can I see the database of people that output and
manufactures? Do you recommend magnetic bases?
How long have you been doing this? I see your name on the Letpress forum
--- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, "Gerald Lange <bieler@w...>" <
> Do you intend to make your own plates or have someone make them for
> you? If you are not going to be doing an awful lot of work, I'd say,
> making plates every other day or so, I can't imagine that you want to
> buy a platemaking machine as they are quite expensive. Even if you
> went into platemaking semi-commercially and provided plates for other
> folks it would take you several years to generate enough profit to
> cover the initial cost of the machine. And you'd have to layout chunks
> of cash on a fairly regular basis just to maintain a stock of raw
> material. Not exactly a high-profit margin in this.
> The cost of buying plates from plate processors ranges from about 45
> to 65 cents a square inch (from what I've seen). Plus there is usually
> a set up charge and a cutting charge.
> In the Database here, I have a list of just about every platemaking
> machine manufacturer and/or distributor that I can find (or
> recommend). You can check these out and compare costs. I also have a
> list of most of the known plate processors who tend to cator to
> studio-letterpress folks.
> Besides the platemaking machines and plate processors, of course,
> there is alternative processing. There are a number of folks on this
> list who are quite proficient at it. You might want to check the
> Messages archives here as this has been discussed at length in the
> near past.
> I hope I've interpreted your question correctly. Good luck.
> > What kind of cost estimate could someone give me to start printing
> out my
> > own photopolymer plates for letterpress? What output size of plates
> do these
> > machines have? I want the flexibility to design on the MAC and make
> > and print using my letterpress. I've heard it expensive and it may
> now even
> > be within my budget.
> > ::
> > Casey McGarr
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