9923Re: [PPLetterpress] Imagesetter and Jacob
- Jul 5, 2008Don't forget that the exposed film out of the imagesetter has to go
somewhere. And that somewhere would be a film processor of an
appropriate size. You'd need a transmission densitometer too for
calibrating the whole mess. Probably a water panel too. I haven't done
that kind of budgeting in a while, but for a whole film workflow to
make sense cost-wise, you'd have to be doing pretty significant volume
on a regular basis.
There's also a dry-process type film that might be more suitable to
small volumes, but I suspect the equipment is more expensive up front.
I've never used the technology as we generally skipped over it when we
moved to platesetters.
On Jul 5, 2008, at 10:18 PM, Amber Ellis-Seguine wrote:
> I was wonder if Jacob is out there. I was searching the archives
> regarding imagesetters and I would love to chat with you about the
> information you have gathered.
> I am sure this is a topic that is beat like a dead horse on the site,
> the archives however are a bit light when it comes to actual facts,
> more of it seems to be you should or should not get one. I am curious
> as to exactly how they work. My EXTREMELY limited knowledge and
> understanding is....plug it into a computer, use RIP software, push
> print and get a negative! I also don't understand the sizes of such
> machines, 2up 4up 8up? How much should a used one be? I have seen them
> online anywhere from 1000 to 10000, and new for 50K. That seems like
> such a wide range.
> If this is an annoying topic that keeps coming up feel free to
> contact me off list. Otherwise let the knowledge sharing begin!
> Thank you so much,
> Amber Ellis-Seguine
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