Re: [PPLetterpress] Re: Size plates for Vandercook, inks
- Hi Gerald,
Thanks for your comments on base size for Vandercook. I've been doing some
looking around and think I'm going to narrow it down to starting with a 9x12 or
close to that size boxcar base. Price is a consideration, and those magnets in
magnetic bases sure add to the cost!
Inkwise, based on a few people's experience, I think I'll go with oil-based.
Like you said, nothing specific to photopolymer, but a printing preference.
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- On 3/31/05 1:44 AM, "Gerald Lange" <bieler@...> wrote:
> The larger the base the less it can be guaranteed to be preciseBy working closely with the machinists that make our bases we've been able
> (parallel) across its measure. Bunting Magnetics, for instance, will
> not make a base larger than 8.5 by 11.25 inches as a standard. They
> will make larger bases on special order but caution that they need to
> be bolted to the press bed. The way around this is to put smaller
> bases together as a composite.
to hold the same thickness tolerances (+/- 0.001") on our large bases as on
our small bases. A 24" x 24" base that fits in a Vandercook 325G will (on
paper) have no more variation in thickness, flatness, or parallelism than
our smallest 4.5" x 7.5" base. You're right in saying this is not easy.
We have several customers using large bases (the 24" x 24" and the 17" x 21"
as well) without needing to bolt them to the bed. In fact, we use both of
these sizes in our shop as well, so I know from personal experience that the
larger bases work just as well as the smaller ones. Although it it possible
to butt several small bases together, it is less cost effective and we have
to make sure that the thicknesses pair up well. For this reason, we
recommend Vandercook users to go with the largest base possible for the bed
of the press--within their budget, of course.
Fine Printing / Digital Letterpress Supplies
Delavan Center / 501 W. Fayette St. / Studio 222 / Syracuse, NY 13204
315-473-0930 phone / 315-473-0967 fax / www.boxcarpress.com