Re: UV light
- In a message dated 9/5/2003 bieler@... writes:
<< the vacuum uses a sheet of glass...
My understanding is that you do need a translucent medium not a transparent
medium for photopolymer exposure. I had asked my platemaker sales rep about
this a long while back and he confirmed it.
I believe Harold Kyle (Boxcarpress.com) sells some kind of kit for replacing
glass with (K)reene though. >>
I have been using transparent glass (an old Nuarc vacuum frame) for exposing
photopolymer plates -- no problem except the vacuum actually was bending the
glass slightly and allowing occasionally irregular contact between the negative
and the plate material. I solved that by adding pieces of mat board around
the plate material to support the glass and keep it from bending so much.
The use of glass (and the transparency) does not seem to me to be a problem,
once I figured out the bending. I work with an home-made exposure set-up and
hand washout, and I have been getting excellent and consistent results, all
kinds of fine-lined images and fonts.
My exposure box is 4 UV flourescent bulbs, which cost me a total of $48. A
friend gave me the vacuum frame, so that was my total start up cost except the
price of a brush I got from Gene Becker.
The only advantage I can see for the expensive exposure/washout machines is
for doing quite large plates, which may take too long to wash out by hand with
a manageable size brush. I've done 7 x 9 and a few larger, though, on
occasion, mostly around 4 x 6 no problems.
Best wishes to all, Tom
Now It's Up To You Publications
157 S. Logan, Denver CO 80209
> The only advantage I can see for the expensive exposure/washout machines isThe enthusiasm and ingenuity is aplauded, but the understatement calls for a
> for doing quite large plates, which may take too long to wash out by hand with
> a manageable size brush. I've done 7 x 9 and a few larger, though, on
> occasion, mostly around 4 x 6 no problems.
> Best wishes to all, Tom
correction: The advatantage of "the expensive exposure/washout machines" is
being able to make plate after plate in a predictable and reliable manner
with the least amount of effort in the least amount of time, wasting less
material in the process. If you print for profit (ha ha) there's no
If you print occasionally though, the big machines are overkill.