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Old March 29th, 2011 Mar 29, 2011 9:06:05 AM -   #16 (permalink)
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Yes, your dryer looks very good. I was refering to the person being told to use an iron
Sorry Terry, the moments of idiosyncratic lapse get greater in magnitude as I get older...

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Old March 29th, 2011 Mar 29, 2011 1:56:41 PM -   #17 (permalink)
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How to build a Flash Dryer Stand


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The only problem I have with this guys setup is I don't like the track and is it me or is that flash dryer about 6 inches away from the surface? I don't think that will work very well...

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Something that dawned on my this morning... I can use this to burn my screens as well... It only gets better.

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OK... The oven enclosure is done... I made one error and forgot to bolt the support to the back before assembly. This would have been advantageous before I put it all together but I will glue and screw it on instead. Other than that, so far... It's a go! Next I will build the heater stand...

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OK... The oven enclosure is done... I made one error and forgot to bolt the support to the back before assembly. This would have been advantageous before I put it all together but I will glue and screw it on instead. Other than that, so far... It's a go! Next I will build the heater stand...

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Old April 2nd, 2011 Apr 2, 2011 7:31:53 AM -   #21 (permalink)
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Have you checked what the temperatures reach yet?
 
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Have you checked what the temperatures reach yet?
Terry, that will be easier with a stand to hold it up. It's not tiny and we really need it to be testing on a flat surface with a T-shirt for accuracy. If you do a search on Youtube for heat lamps you will mostly find video logs of fires started with these babies. So, I'm very optimistic we can get some good heat out of 12 of them! I decided to replace the lamp switch with a 1000 watt dimmer. It has an off an on switch as well which will allow me to cut half the lights off and to control the temperature a bit. The timer's countdown feature will allow me to set a time for the unit to shut off so I don't burn the Ts while I'm busy.

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sounds good and, so far, looks pretty good to.
 
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Some thoughts on this unit... It would be a simple matter to build a conveyor using a BBQ rotisserie motor and a dimmer to control the speed. This could be placed over the conveyor as the heating unit... I might just try this later.... Humm.....

The idea of having it on a stand is so that it can also be used as a flash dyer for white backgrounds while silk screening. The mount can hold the unit over the conveyor as well.


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Great idears! I cant wait to see what numbers you hit with it. With you and german here maybe you guys could diy an automatic screen press!
 
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Great idears! I cant wait to see what numbers you hit with it. With you and german here maybe you guys could diy an automatic screen press!
2500hd, An automatic screen press? Who needs it? Just wait till you see Jeff's T-Dozer V3! All gravy!


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Progress is progress even if it is slow... The earth is slow but the ox is patient! I have the bracket glued and screwed on and I added a handle to make it easier to adjust the height. It will make sense when you see it. The heater stand is making good progress. I should have it done by the end of the week.

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Well, the stand is basically built with the exception of the support for the dryer. I need to build the platen bench first so I can determine the depth of the dryer before putting the hardware together. Getting close. Should have it lit up this weekend.

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Well, the stand is basically built with the exception of the support for the dryer. I need to build the platen bench first so I can determine the depth of the dryer before putting the hardware together. Getting close. Should have it lit up this weekend.

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Really looking forward to the dryer bob, Im picking up were i left off on the auto pretreat machine that we left on the wayside due to the printer builds.. the pretreater coupled with a dryer will let use pick up some speed for sure this will offset the slight loss on the 1400/'s... would like to impliment your dryer plan and crank it as high as i can without cooking the shirt to speed up cure times.. should be some fun testing... may even get to see a fire or two

I have a thermo plastic oven that has these lamps like your building but the plastic oven is much to big for t-shirts.. its a bought unit and i see this thing on a regular basis and it never crossed my mind that it could be a t-shirt dryer like your building!!..

great idea its going to be very interesting!! I think your on to something!!

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Jeff, sounds like the thermo plastic oven will fit the bill alright. I've heard different things and will have to test them. I believe that DTG printed shirts only need to reach 250. With forced air this should work like a charm... My only concern is that being off the grid might prevent this system from reaching its full potential.

I look forward to seeing what you come up with on the pre-treatment machine. I remember seeing you post the spray nozzles...

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