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Old January 26th, 2017 Jan 26, 2017 1:09:38 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default DIY LED Exposure unit and hat platen

I recently built a few pieces of equipment that I thought you all would like to take a look at:

DIY LED Exposure unit Part 1/4

Hat platen

The LED exposure unit burns 305 mesh (for vinyl stickers) with the new CCI LXP emulsion in 180 seconds with a solid 7 on the Stouffer scale. I was using Cryocoat and got burn times under 30 seconds but had drying issues with it. I've since purchased a small dehumidifier so I'll have to try it out again when I get a chance. One thing to note with the exposure unit is I'm using a space saver vacuum bag to get perfect positive contact and forgot to add that in my posts.


The hat platen is ideal for single color prints and makes them as easy to print as koozies. The router templates for the parts were laser cut (in house) for precision but really you can rough cut it and it would work just as well. I've been printing with water based inks with a low cure catalyst and haven't had any issues besides the occasional misprint here and there. The base I designed for this platen can be used to make other shaped platens and, I just found out, actually has for running 6 sleeves on press at once.

My next equipment project is modifying a cheap 4 color 1 station press to have 4 stations and am pulling my design inspiration from the lower plate of the Antec Legend. If you look at some photos of them it's dead simple and the most difficult part will be making registration gates.

Any questions let me know and I can try to answer them! I like to keep all of my printing projects open and help as much as I can.
 
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How detailed are the images you are able to burn with this unit?
 
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I regularly burn 55LPI on 305 mesh for 3"-4" stickers. Now that it's dialed in time wise I think I could up the LPI to maybe 65 but I have no need to with them being so small.
 






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