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Mrussell987

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12-03-2016 10:46 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood crates engraving printing

Hey I am mass producing wood crates and want to start putting images and text
on the sides for businesses. Does anyone know what the best machine for
that would be? Someone told me laser engraver?? Idk


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#1 posted 12-04-2016 03:15 AM

Screenprint. You could print 200 in the time it would take a laser to do 1; and you would have a choice of doing colors.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#2 posted 12-04-2016 03:40 AM

Laser works and is cheap but size limited. Large scanned graphics does take time (hours) but simple line art only takes a couple of minutes. My 1600mW 445nM lases 6×8 with a resolution of .1 mm for a cost of under $200 plus an old XP box for the free (and undocumeted) BenBox software.

The software likes .BMP files and AutoCAD .DXF files.

There is a Users Group:

M

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#3 posted 12-04-2016 06:21 AM

Depends upon just how fast you need it done and how much customization is required. Nothing will be faster than an industrial branding iron if you’re trying to cycle parts every few seconds. For small quantities though, it’s a pain to warm up the iron. If you need to change graphics frequently, that is also a pain to do and custom branding dies can be expensive.

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#4 posted 12-04-2016 12:46 PM

Ink stamp? That is what I use to put my name on small wooden items I sell.

-- No PHD, but I have a GED and my DD 214

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#5 posted 12-04-2016 04:02 PM



Screenprint. You could print 200 in the time it would take a laser to do 1; and you would have a choice of doing colors.

- Rick M

Any recommendations on a machine that could do that? I don’t know anything about screen printing.

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#6 posted 12-04-2016 06:06 PM



Any recommendations on a machine that could do that? I don t know anything about screen printing.

- Mrussell987

Hire it done. It’s economical in small quantities, fast, and easy once you know how but unless you want to be a screenprinter, learning will be a commitment. You don’t even need a machine. You could do it free hand with just a screen, ink, and squeegee. You might be able to hire someone local to make the screens and teach you the basics.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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