Re: [PPLetterpress] platemaking question
- I like having a plate maker if for no other reason if there is a
sudden change that needs to be made, I can make it on the spot... I
don't make my own negatives but I can get them same day from a local
adpak printer here in town, $8 for a 13.5x21 sheet-- I spend far
less on plates now than I did when I had someone else make them,
especially the larger plates. What could get over $100 for an
oversize plate, now costs me less than $30 in materials. When we
price them out for clients we mark it up any where from 100-300%
depending on the plate size. When you first start you probably come
out with ruined plates, but overall its no more difficult then
running a press..
My question to you is what is your daily output-- is this for client
work or for yr own pleasure? Are you ever on tight deadlines? All of
these questions should probably weigh into your decision.
428-B Haywood Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806
On Jan 20, 2006, at 10:49 PM, arithmeticpress wrote:
> So far, I have had all my plates made for me. It is great, I send out
> my press-ready pdf and a couple days later the plate arrives on the
> doorstep. sweet.
> so, I am curious how many smaller printers are using their own
> platemakers in their shop? or how common is it? especially doing
> everything under one roof. digital, neg and plate.
> I noticed box car press sells some plate makers from around 5k-10k.I
> know this isnt news to you guys, but the very little gears in my head
> are turning...
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