RE: [z_scale] Pad Printing
I tried pad printing for about a year with unacceptable results every time.
It really takes professional equipment to do it right (and it does a great
job when done right!) it is also great for mass produced items. I do all of
my work now with blank decals and the ALPS line of printers. I am very happy
with the results.
From: Danny Goodman [mailto:dannyg@...]
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2001 1:24 PM
Subject: [z_scale] Pad Printing
The "Lettering" thread got me wondering about what's involved with the
kind of pad printing that Marklin uses. I seem to recall reading someone
on this list doing it as well. What materials and processes are needed?
"Z" WARNING! HANDLE WITH CARE! Highly addictive in Small DoseZ!
- Hi Danny,
I'm not sure about Marklin but Micro-trains uses older semi auto pad
printers and etched steel templates to get the high quality images on their
rolling stock. These machines can be found on Ebay for a few thousand
dollars. Then they need to be modified to be accurate enough for z scale.
also the pads that are available commercially are not useable for the very
small printing so plan on purchasing a bell vacume jar and having a pad mold
made so you can make your own.
Of course there are some manual machines on the market that will put your
logo on pens and golf balls but I know from experience they are only capable
of the most basic model decorating.
I spent months trying to get an acceptable print on the rogue GP38's with
one of these cheap econoprinters. In the end I went with a company in
Rantings from the Pacific NorthWest
>From: Danny Goodman <dannyg@...>_________________________________________________________________
>Subject: [z_scale] Pad Printing
>Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2001 10:24:22 -0800
>The "Lettering" thread got me wondering about what's involved with the
>kind of pad printing that Marklin uses. I seem to recall reading someone
>on this list doing it as well. What materials and processes are needed?
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