9787Re: Material to make large printing blocks
- May 8, 2008Erik,
I was excited to see your post about this new material that was
thick enough to be planed down to type high. The website showed what
appeared to be a solid dense plastic, so I quickly found the
distributor and then a store that sold the product, but unfortunately
it's not suitable for printing. It's most common use is as a
replacement for lumber to make decks, one side is smooth while the
other side has a faux wood grain finish, however even the smooth side
is covered with very fine pits. It appears as though it's a mixture
of plastic and sawdust or some kind of filler to reduce costs, but it
was worth a try!
--- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, "Erik Desmyter"
> I normally start with an end mill which works only in X & Y on a
> for example 5mm and this one takes away most material and doesfirst the
> rough work. In the last finishing step I use a 60 degree V-bits forall the
> edges and fine details and this one goes three dimensional X, Y &Z because
> you need the fragile sharp top of the V-bit to cut out the sharpedges and
> small details. I use several softwares including signmakingsoftware very
> similar to ArtCam to finally come to a WinPC-NC file on which thisauthorized
> CNC-router runs.
> Buying large panels of new Corian is indeed a problem but some
> fabricators are selling their scrap on eBay at reduced prices andsome less
> popular colors can go really cheap. In Europe there are somecompanies where
> you can order cut to size panels in all the different colors butthis is
> still expensive. Another possibility could be 1 ¼" thick PVC whichis used
> as a replacement for wood like this AZEK To Mill (ATM) which ismade in
> sheet sizes of 4 ft x 8 ft:but it
> I don't know this ATM material here in Europe and haven't tested it
> looks interesting at first sight and is probably cheaper thanCorian.
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