Author: adamyukish

Versacamm Forum Name Change

The popular Versacamm owners forum has changed names. Garmentua.com has changed names to www.myversacamm.com. Myversacamm.com has been a forum for current and prospective Versacamm owners to go for a ton of helpful information.

Here are few things you can expect to see on the site:

  • Versacamm 101 Training class schedule
  • Creative ideas for mixed media applications
  • Marketing ideas
  • Pricing recommendations for any type of solvent digital printing
  • Printing profiles for various types of digital material
  • Current owners ready and willing to share ideas and experiences

If you’re a current Versacamm owner, someone who is considering making the investment or just curious about the technology, I recommend you go to the site and register.  You may be surprised what you learn!

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Introducing the Roland Versacamm SPi Series

In early September Roland launched the latest update to the Roland Versacamm’s – the SPi.  Available as a 30″ SP-300i and a 54″ SP-540i, the “i’ series has brought the original Roland Solvent Print/Cut machine in to more modern times. 

Some key improvements from the SPv series:

  • Printing quality has been improved by bringing Roland’s revolutionary Intelligent Pass Controltmto SPi series.
    • Ensures high speed printing with virtually no banding.
  • 50% faster printing in Standard mode.
  • Improved media handling
    • The SPi now accepts rolls up to 66 lbs
    • Additional pinch rollers added to help accomodate the larger rolls.
  • Improved Drive system
    • Belt drive system replaces the previous cable drive system making the accuracy and quality of Print & Cut rival that of the VP series.
  • Ethernet connectivity replaces USB
    • The faster Ethernet connection can work off of any network allowing an entire office or work area to have access to the same machine. 
  • The larger maintenance bay allows for easier access to print heads for cleaning.

Even with all of these improvements, the SPi series is in the same price range as the older SPv.  The SP-300i lists for $12,495 and the SP-540i lists for $17,895.

 

 SPi Printer/CutterRoland Versacamm SP-300i and SP-540i:

Solving Dye-Migration

Dye-Migration is dye from a sublimated fabric bleeding through and dyeing a heat transferred design. Since Polyester is the only fabric that is gets its color from the sublimation process, it’s the only fabric that you’ll see migrate. Dye-Migration should not be confused with opacity. In the world of garment decoration, opacity refers to a heat transfer blocking out the color of the dark garment where as migration is the dye of the fabric coming through and becoming a part of the transfer.

So how do you solve Dye-Migration? Simply by using the right product. Standard heat transfers may not block migration. If you run in to an angry polyester that doesn’t like being transferred on to, you can use the Solutions Sub-Block for a full color printable fabric or Spectra Sub-Stop for single color vinyl cut transfer. Both products are available from Imprintables Warehouse and from me by requesting a sample.

Please see the pictures below for what migration looks like and how much a difference using the correct media makes.  The fabric this material is applied to is one of the popular performance wear garments. 

Heat transfer with Dye-Migration:

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Same heat transfer using the Solutions Sub-Block:

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 Side by side comparison:

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The side by side comparison really shows the migration from one transfer to the next.  It is most apparent in the white but the entire design is noticeably faded. 

Dye-migration can be a problem but certainly not one that can’t be avoided or fixed.  Just like choosing the correct transfer for a cotton or nylon, choosing the correct transfer for garments prone to migrate is essential to success as a garment decorator.

ay

Print Cut Material Calculator

As a follow up to my Material Calculator that was posted a few months back, I’ve completed the calculator for Print & Cut materials. Materials included on this calculator include: CAD-COLOR® Solutions™ Opaque, Quickprint™, Colorprint II™, CAD-COLOR® StretchPrint™ and more. The calculator will give you the amount of yardage needed for your job, cost per design, cost per roll and the option to purchase. The cost of ink has already been added in to the price.

You can download the Print Cut Calculator from the Box on the left. I recommend downloading it on to your computer to use at your convenience.

If you have any questions, please comment below or email me.

The Versatility of the VersaCAMM

Q:  What is the worst thing you can tell your customer? 

A:  “No.”

How many times have you had to tell your customers “No”?  Far too often I’m sure.  If it’s not “no”, then it may be “I’ll have it for you in two weeks” because you have to outsource the job.  There isn’t a machine out there that will give every customer everything they want, but there is one that will give you a heck of a start.  That machine is the Roland VersaCAMM.

So what makes the VersaCAMM such a versatile machine?  Consider the following.  Imprintables Warehouse offers 15 different types of Digital Media…and that’s just for garment decoration!  While most would expect a media for cotton, poly and cotton/poly blends to be available, they may be unaware that they can decorate performance wear, spandex, nylon, leather, both light and darks, just by switching out the media loaded in the machine.  Possible applications range from the common t-shirt to fire retardant leather race apparel to polypropelene bags that have become popular in the Promotional Product industry.  Not to mention socks, shoes, shorts & sandles…and much more!  And yes, i did spend a minute or two trying to think of another product you can decorate than begins with an “s” but decided to go on with the post.  No sense getting sidetracked. 

How about a printable Flock?  Anyone have a need for full color Reflective printing for safety apparel?  Have you had requests for a Puff print on a t-shirt?  Metallic is another effect that can serve an entire new market.  If your customers haven’t asked you for this yet, it may only be because they haven’t seen it! 

Speaking of new markets…Imprintables Warehouse has introduced a new line of printable material.  Our NAM line, or Non-Apparel Media is a bit of a departure from what has always been availabe from IW.  These materials were brought on to work in conjuction with the digital media for garment decoration that was mentioned above.  The difference is that these are not heat applied medias, but pressure sensitive.  Same printer, same inks, more versatility.  Imprintables Warehouse now stocks 12 more medias (that’s a total of 27 if you’re playing along) for application on to football, baseball & hockey helmets, stickers, laptop skins, removable wall graphics and posters just to name a few.  Consider the ability to print on banners, vehicle graphics, custom labels for bottles and window displays.  The list goes on and on!

Think about this.  Your customer brings you one piece of artwork.  All they may expect is a new t-shirt, hoodie or maybe a cap.  If you can offer them what they came to you for, that’s great.  Having the ability to offer them so much more will bring in more $$$$ and make for a happier customer and a happier you! 

If you are intersted in adding the Roland VersaCAMM or if you’ve already made the investment and you’re interested in any of the medias offered by Imprintables Warehouse, please email me at adam@imprintables.com.  You can also call me in the office at 1-800-347-0068 x 234 or on my cell at 724-322-1085.

If you’re interested in reading more about the VersaCAMM, please read a previous post – Comparing the Versacamm – Direct to Garment.

Thanks for reading!

AY

High School Sports Uniform Guidelines

I just came across an interesting article about a basketball team that was penalized for their uniforms.  The team received a technical foul and the opposing team made one of two free throws before the game even started.  You probably didn’t have to read the article to know what the deciding margin of this playoff game was.

I started wondering how many of my customers where aware of what could and couldn’t be placed on a uniform.  How many decorators know that the numbers on a Football Uniform must be 8″ on the front of the jersey and 10″ on the back?  Did you know a number border width on a baseball uniform is 1/4″?  Not all rules are this strict but there are many ranges that must be adhered to.

The National Federation of State High School Associations is the governing body of High School Sports.  The information above was obtained from their NFHS Uniform Rules Summary.  Make sure you check out the site so even if the school you’re working with isn’t aware of the rules, you are.  NFHS also has a list of the Member State Associations.  There you’ll be able to find the contact information and website for your State.  Some States may have rules in addition to what is set up by the NFHS.

AY

Print And Cut with the GX-24

A while back I created a step-by-step walk through for setting up the Roland GX-24 for Print & Cut using the Cut Studio software.  I’ve been emailing it out as requested to date but it belongs in a more public domain. 

Before I get into the steps involved, the most important thing to know is that this process has to be done in only the Cut Studio software.  You can create your artwork in another design software if you so choose, just save the artwork as a Bitmap (.bmp) or Jpeg (.jpg) to bring into Cut Studio. 

  • The secret to the Print & Cut process is in the Crop Marks.  The Crop Marks that are set up in Cut Studio are what the Optic Eye on the GX-24 uses to register itself.  To add the Crop Marks on the screen, click on “File” and then “Print & Cut”.  This will put two round, black circles on the bottom of your page and one in the upper left.
    • You should notice the options below “Print & Cut” (print, print setup, etc) are no longer grayed out.  If you aren’t in Print & Cut mode there is no reason to use any of those options. 
  • Make sure you have the correct printer and paper size.  To do this, click on “File” and “Set up the printer”.  This is where you’ll select the printer and paper size for your job.  If you adjust the paper size you should notice the crop marks automatically adjust to account for the new settings.

You are ready to import your artwork.  Cut Studio does not read fill colors for vector files so make sure the artwork you are importing for Print & Cut is a bitmap or jpeg as discussed above. 

  • To bring in your image, click on “File” and “Import”.  Locate your design and click “Open”.
    •  More often than not Cut Studio will bring a design in very large.  To re-size the design, click on “Properties”, the “Size & Shape” tab and then re-size your design as needed.  Click the “Move” icon on the top toolbar to bring your design to the origin point on the screen.
  • The next step is to add the cut line(s). 
    • With the image selected, click on “Object” and then “Image Outline”.  This will bring up the “Image Outline” box. 
    • Cut Studio will add a cut line anywhere the black meets the white.  You can adjust the colors by moving the Alignment Image Density slider. 
    • Once you have your desired density, click the “Extract Contour Lines” button.  If you don’t like what you see, you can still adjust the slider and hit the button again.
    • Once you have the cut line the way you want it, hit the OK button.

You are ready to print.  It is very important that the file does not move from here on out.  Once it is sent to the printer, what is on the screen must remain the same as when you send it to the cutter.

  • Steps to print
    • To preview what your design will look like when printed, click on “File” and “Print Preview”.  You should notice that the image will be a bit move vivid and the Cut Studio Grid will be gone.  You’ll also notice that the cut line is not visible.  Cut Studio recognizes the cut line and removes it from the printed image.
    • To send to the printer, click the “Print” button in the upper left hand corner.  When your print box comes up, click the OK button.  This will send to your printer.

Now that you have your printed design, you’re ready to cut.  Make sure you leave Cut Studio in the “Print & Cut” mode.  This is the only way the Optic Eye will function.

  • On the cutter
    • Load the printed Transfer in the cutter with the two registration points on the bottom. 
    • Select “Piece” when the Select Sheet option comes up on the GX-24.  This will measure your width and length. 
    • Set your origin on the registration point in the lower left hand corner. 
    • Back on the Cut Studio software, click on “File” and “Cutting”.  When the cutting box opens, make sure the GX-24 is displayed in the drop down box.  Click OK.

When you click OK, the Optic Eye laser will search for the Registration point.  This is why you set the origin over the Registration Point at the lower left.  It makes it easy for the cutter to find it’s starting point.  Once it finds all three, it will begin cutting. 

The Print and Cut process is pretty simple as long as you’re familiar with it.  Hopefully this has helped you!

If there are any questions, please contact me.

AY