How is machine printing done?
Posted 14 July 2012 - 07:53 PM
Posted 14 July 2012 - 11:27 PM
If this sounds familiar to you and you can better narrow down what he's using that would be cool.
Edit: Again making a big assumption on how pad printing works; sounds like a pad, rather than printing 50 items at once, prints one-at-a-time and that's why he would need a new pad for each individual design.
Edited by Praiter Yed, 14 July 2012 - 11:32 PM.
Posted 10 September 2012 - 01:15 AM
Posted 10 September 2012 - 06:41 AM
But here's some information for you guys... Christo actually offers custom printing services. You send him the parts and the design you want printed and he sends them back. He said that it's 50 cents per color per print. But that it'll be more expensive if you don't buy an entire jigs worth of printed parts. Meaning if you just want a single head printed it'll be more expensive per part.
Maybe we can all chip in and get a bunch of our stuff made? I sent him an e-mail back asking how many minifigures fit in a jig so I know how many to buy to keep the 50 cent price. But it looks like if you wanted a simple minifigure with 2-3 colors it would be around $2 per minifig. So if a jig holds 50 minifigs you're looking at $100 which is definitely a GOOD deal.
But he's extremely hard to get a hold of for obvious reasons and he's all the way in South Africa. It took about 2 weeks to get the minifigs I bought from him. So if you don't mind waiting 2 weeks and have $100 to spare you could probably get like 50 custom printed minifigs from him. Not bad.
Posted 10 September 2012 - 10:09 AM
$50 for just one printed minifig is insanity, no other way to put it. I used to sculpt and paint entire quality custom action figures and statues and would be lucky to get $50 lol. Making custom minifigures or action figures of popular/trendy characters is where all the money is. A quality Creeper or Darkhawk custom will get you like $20 bucks if you're lucky, but make a quality Black Widow custom and it's pretty much a guaranteed $70+ every time.
You never have to worry about copyrights. Pretty much every customizer has made at least a million Wolverine and Batman customs to sell, and publicly displayed their work, and they never get bothered by the companies.
Totally agree with your statement about never getting replies. I tried it too and didn't get anywhere, I guess they're just sick of answering the same question over and over, and why would they help out potential competition anyway, right?
I feel like waiting until the printing technology gets minituarized and easily affordable by hobbyists before diving into it, but I'm sure by then either it wouldn't be profitable anymore, I won't give a crap about LEGO, or I'll be dead. If I had a quality printer right now and if it were financially feasible, I would give everyone a free torso print just so they could see first-hand the quality of the print (have them pay all shipping charges of course). Hopefully that would get them hooked and would gladly pay for more, as well as tell their friends.
Hell, if I had a bunch of money to throw away I would just print free stuff for everyone, maybe ask them to donate some money to charity or whatever but not require it. I believe every kid and AFOL out there should have at least one kickass custom minifig they absolutely love without having to pay $50 for it (hey, it's great publicity! haha).
Anyway, good luck with this venture!
Edited by DrNightmare, 10 September 2012 - 10:09 AM.
Posted 10 September 2012 - 01:09 PM
The only problem with pd printing is that each part gets a new design. Let's take Red Robin for example. You have to stamp the black curved part on his torso first. Then you do the abs. then the harness. With all this the machine can miss. In printing, you can just screen one image over and have an exact copy of how you intended it to be. The pad thing is why you see LEGO faces with aligned lips but thou mouth line is off. Also if any of you saw the BrickQueen Video of Hulk, you will see that the face is not center.
Posted 10 September 2012 - 05:22 PM
Posted 01 October 2012 - 06:57 PM
Iv been obsessed with superheroes for as long as I remember, I collected and customised egalmoss lead superhero. Figurines for years and made some
Nice custom figurines.
Iv recently got obsessed with lego iv bought most of the DC and Marvel sets and collected loads of the mini figs in blind packs my thirst has not been quenched as the
Figs that can be bought are so limiting. So iv been looking in to how to get hold of quality mini figs of the comics I love.
Lego have licences for both DC and Marvel I'm hoping they will relice blind packs like they did with mega blocks to cover the characters that may be a littel more obscure
Or won't get a set dedicated to them but there will always be ones never Made!
But I will never get hellboy figs or judge Dread as carnt see lego seeing the licence attractive enough
ID Love a good custom Dread mini figurine that is of the same quality as that green lantern with a Anderson and judge death fig to accompany them and plus
So if you guys can machine a good dread costume and helmet.
Iv done some plastic moulding in the past so may try and custom make the helmet and shoulder pads that give dread that look but that's gonna be a while in the future
As I'd have to set up a work space again.
Posted 01 October 2012 - 07:16 PM
Posted 01 October 2012 - 07:59 PM
Love the scarlet spider and the FF Spider-Man btw
Cheers yer found this thread as I'm particularly interested in machine print mini figurines.after reading the posts on hear I know I won't bet setting up with a printer any time soon
But I do have skills so hoping I may be able to trade my way to getting a decent dred figure so was just really wanting to know how far the guy had got with his printing ;)
Posted 01 October 2012 - 11:28 PM
Posted 03 October 2012 - 02:44 AM
With regards to design, if you intend to do the design work yourself that's ideal, but I suppose if you see anything you like by other customisers it could be worth making a freelance/one-off production deal with them. I reckon most customisers would be up for seeing their designs machine printed and earning a bit of cash on the side.
I believe you're mistaken. the flatbeds are actually better than the pad's Christo's prints will look like anyone elses prints because they are small(excluding low quality printers). the smaller an image the better the quality. that's why cropped images start to look bad ; most things will perform like Christo's except for the low quality pads. The flatbeds use the ink that's needed. If you look closely at pad prints you can see the thickness of lines varies and is sometimes smudged. To see the difference in quality(not saying anything is bad or good no opinions) look at Chrito's work and eclipsexgraphics work. Not putting anyone/thing down, just stating the facts of the printers.
Edited by Tim13, 03 October 2012 - 02:45 AM.
Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:36 AM
LEGO & MACHINE PRINTED COLLECTION
HERE ARE SOME LEGO & CUSTOMS WITH DECALS (hopefully will have machine printed versions soon)
Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:41 AM
Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:09 PM
He made a mistake on something and needed me to help him with a few shipments. Something along those lines. As a thank you he hooked me up with a free one. Coolest part is that minifig now goes for about $300 on eBay because of the custom made helmet.
My collection of super heroes is even bigger now. About another 15 extremely awesome minifigs. I have total OCD when it comes to these things. No other LEGO theme really intriguies me as much as the DC and Marvel ones do simply because I was a huge comic book geek as a kid first and foremost. LEGO came second.
The coolest part is that I just got the official 2013 DC Universe Minifigures and the machine printed ones from Christo actually look BETTER than the official LEGO. For instance Bane, Aquaman, and Comissioner Gordon are way more detailed and have sharper/higher quality printing. Christo is seriously a master of his craft and I highly recommend his work.
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Edited by nemesis4670, 31 December 2012 - 08:13 PM.
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