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  • Both off and on topic: I hope this doesn't mean I've upset Mercury.

    So, first off I've been waiting for a little over a month for a 7 row Rado NSA with Manhattan lug ends. No news, no shipping info, no nothing. This is shipping within Canada so it should take a week at the most.


    Next I bought a brand new printing press about ten weeks ago. It was custom built and was expected to be 12-14 weeks delivery. I've bought from this manufacturer before and I like their presses and their service. I got a call about a week ago that it was ready to ship, Yay!, followed by another call at the end of the week. The press failed final inspection, Boo! Now I've got to wait another four weeks for a new bed to be built and then four weeks shipping. The real problem is that I have a huge job starting in the beginning of February that I hoped to run on my new press.

    I think I may need to sacrifice something to Mercury- I have a brand new watch on order and if he is not upset with me, I may still take delivery before Christmas.
    Solve all your doubts through question mode.

  • #2
    What in the name of Gutenberg?
    Printing press! What kind of work do you do with it?
    Waiting on a Manhattan... at least you already have one to wear to soften the pain!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by BrandonS View Post
      What in the name of Gutenberg?
      Printing press! What kind of work do you do with it?
      Do share! Inquiring minds want to know!
      -Brian

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      • #4
        Ha! Perhaps Ganesha...

        The Remover and Placer of Obstacles. Also the Lord of Letters and Writing

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        • #5
          just don't

          don't mess with Ganesha

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          • #6
            'just don't don't mess with Ganesha'... so, you are advocating messing with said Eastern Deity?

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            • #7
              Hey, Russell: did you get my email?
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              • #8
                You could be right Tyler. It's probably my Western Canadian upbringing that has given me a cultural bias here. I always assume that I have annoyed someone from the Greco-Roman pantheon but there are so many other choices.
                Solve all your doubts through question mode.

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                • #9
                  What do I do with a printing press? Uh...print. (sorry)

                  I am a screenprinter. I do not print textiles or t-shirts. I specialise in work for the electronics industry. I do work for companies that build electronics for commercial internet usage, scientific research, the mining and agriculture sectors and the military. I print panels, overlays, cases and sometimes circuit boards. Panels I have printed have gone into orbit and to Mars. Every warship in the Canadian Navy has control panels from my shop and ground satellite stations all around the world have my work in them as well. I do a tom of work that has to meet various recognised levels, Mil-Spec, CSA/UL and, occassionally NASA's specs.When I do circuit boards or antennas I use inks that have massive amounts of nickel or silver in them. The last time I used a silver conductive ink it cost $25, 000 a gallon ( roughly 19 pounds of silver in it), but mostly I use the vastly cheaper nickel inks. As an odd side development I produce tens of thousands of various RF/ EMI/ESD shields as well as gaskets each year.
                  I also print fine art posters from time to time ( but not my own), CDs (not the covers),field signs and a lot of safety decals. The vast majority of my work is close tolerance work for various high tech industries though.

                  I have been screenprinting since 1980. I bought a two employee company that had one $500 manual press and that was weeks away form bankruptcy in 1996 (?). Now there are ten of us, a building, and five printing presses including two 3/4 automated lines with Ultra-Violet dryers.
                  Solve all your doubts through question mode.

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                  • #10
                    Holy guacamole is that incredibly cool! How fine are you able to screenprint? I'd love to see pictures of the whole operation if you can post them!
                    -Brian

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                    • #11
                      Terribly cool, Henry!

                      Your circuit board printing reminded me of my life long ago... around '77 I worked for a circuit board designer. I laid tape lines on acetate overlays for his board designs. It was quite exacting work as this 36" x 24" overlay was to be photographed, shrunk to just a few inches across and burned into a board for the circuitry of the day.

                      my, my, my, how technology has changed!

                      25,000 / gallon... WOW!

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                      • #12
                        Brian and Brandon-

                        Brian- I regularly print type that is less than 1mm tall. UV inks are amazing. There are no VOCs in most of them so there is nothing to dry into the screens. Roughly 90% of what I print is printed with UV inks. They are easier to use, better for the environment and much healthier for the humans using them. They do not last as long though, so most of the non-encased work I do for the electronics industry is done with Mil-Spec epoxy inks.

                        I'll bring a camera one of these days and take some pictures.

                        Brandon- when I started we used to handcut stencils out of rubylith and then reduce them on the line camera. Same basic thing you did. Now it goes straight from the computer to an output device.

                        Last year I did two fine art prints to raise funds for a project I was involved with. In the early '50s a somewhat famous artist painted some murals in a meat packing plant. That plant was due to be demolished. The city was going to let the murals be destroyed, so some friends decided to try and save them. I joined up. We eventually succeeded. I handcut the stencils for these prints to preserve the integrity of the project and that was a lot of fun.
                        Last edited by Henry Krinkle; 12-06-2011, 11:01 AM.
                        Solve all your doubts through question mode.

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                        • #13
                          Neat! Yes, I used rubylith, too... and again in college design classes (I still loathe it )
                          I'd love to see that mural... what a cool, albeit odd place for a mural! Even so, art shows up in the strangest places

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                          • #14
                            Very cool! I did a lot of work on semiconductor patents and MEMS devices (micro-electromechanical systems) and the related masking techniques. Now, I'm working on a lot of patents that provide alternatives to harmful VOCs.

                            Was the mural related to the meat packing industry? Some of the best art seems to be in the unlikeliest of places.
                            -Brian

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                            • #15
                              Fred Mendel, the man who founded the plant was a patron of the arts and quite a colourful character. He also founded our public art gallery. Here is a mostly true article about him in the LA Times.

                              http://articles.latimes.com/1988-02-...mental-journey

                              Here is a link to the blog about the rescue project. I believe that there is a picture of a Chagall hanging in the meat packing plant and there may be another of the Rodin sculpture he had there as well.

                              http://mendelsmurals.blogspot.com/
                              Solve all your doubts through question mode.

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