Re: [PPLetterpress] Re: Inkjet negatives
From what I have seen you are correct. The specifications of the best inkjet or toner based setups that I know of just barely meet minimal letterpress standards.
I assume that the fineness/detail might NOT be a significant concern though for folks pursuing this as an alternative to silver based film negatives.
A problem that I see is initial and ongoing cost and the constant evolution of the hardware/software. The great thing about the Linotronic and other imagesetters is how stable that has made digital letterpress for over two decades.
I'd think that you'd have to be consuming an awful lot of film to justify any sort of expense beyond just buying from a service bureau or equivalent. And you still need a platemaker. Or better yet, not have one. Had not an odd set of circumstances allowed me to buy a platemaker for a major project way back when I suspect I never would have really had the need for one.
I started using photopolymer plates for letterpress book production in the early 1990s and I can easily state that decision saved me a ton money over buying metal type and photoengravings. Buying the processed film and plates from someone who knew what they were doing was a no-brainer.
It is nice to have a platemaker in-house, as someone mentioned, but if you can't make a better plate than you could buy elsewhere, it doesn't do you a whit of good.
On 8/22/12 9:54 PM, Dan Selzer wrote:
Maybe I don't understand something but I'm still confused at how inkjet negatives (or positives for that matter) can be sharp enough for letterpress use. When I used to work at a service bureau in the mid/late 90s I used to make Lino 330 film at 2450 dpi. It was one thing to use inkjet film for silkscreen, with it's courser meshes and screens, but I would think letterpress would require better/sharper detail. I'm not even talking about the density, just the sharpness of a line. Am I underestimating the quality/detail you can get from inkjet?
- My apologies Gerald, I'd forgotten the rules for this list but won't repeat.On Sep 1, 2012, at 1:54 AM, PPLetterpressemail@example.com wrote:Hi Chad and others
Sorry to have to say but you can only post mention of items for sale if you are the seller. Saying "I have no other information or contact with the seller" might seemingly get you off the hook but it doesn't get Yahoo! off the hook if the seller comes after them for harassment/privacy issues. Yahoo! will dump us in the wink of an eye for infractions. See their guidelines at the bottom of the group site page or the PPL guidelines in the Files section for further information.
--- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, Chad Pastotnik <chad@...> wrote:
Just came across a listing from a used equipment seller here in the midwest:
TPX METRO EXPRESS Thanks for receiving the TPX Metro Express that local printers and trade shops may receive, in which we list SOME OF the equipment that printers in your region want to sell now and which advertises the TPX services offerred atwww.tpxonline.com.
Please visit www.tpxonline.com or call TPX at 1-800-955-1879 to:
1.. search the entire TPX Marketplace and our on-line auctions. Contact sellers with the best deals
2.. advertise your equipment for as little as $50 "until-it-sells" and also start auctions
3.. finds the best prices on rollers, parts, supplies and equipment listed in the TPX Shopping System
4.. outsource printing and other jobs using the TPX Buyers Guide
5.. find employees by placing help-wanted ads in the TPX Jobs Marketplace
and the specific listing:
A & V ORBITAL 8 $2,000 OBO,9 X 12.5",CLEAN, LOW USE KAREN HEIBERGER otagman@...
I have no other information or contact with the seller just thought others here may be interested.
Deep Wood Press 231.587.0506