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Old May 27th, 2008 May 27, 2008 5:29:12 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default printing small or 'bulky' items

I've had my Kiosk II for about three weeks now and love it. I've printed probably a couple hundred shirts with few problems. Now I want to print some slightly unusual items- baby bibs, small hand towels, and some toddler T-shirts. My problem is how do you attach these to the platen so that they stay flat and fairly secure? I have a youth platen and a pocket platen, but neither of these really do what i need. I've used tape but there's got to be a better way. Also, because some of these items have a band of stitching around the edge that 'sits up' taller than the material, I can't get them as close to the printhead as a regular T and thus the image isn't as sharp because of that. Anybody else had to deal with these issues and found a solution?
 
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Default Re: printing small or 'bulky' items

Most people will use something that will raise the part of the garment that you want to print on higher than the rest (i.e. several blank mousepads are use the most) and print on that area. If you want to hold the item down, you can always use rubber bands and wrap them aroung your platen and over the part of the item that is not going to be printed on. Just be careful when you remove the rubber bands not to touch the print. Pretty simple and cheap alternative. I am sure there are others that will have their own unique system.
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Default Re: printing small or 'bulky' items

I always keep some 1/8 form core around and cut to the area that needs to be raised and then if necessary I can spray with tack spray to keep it from moving
Also pressing item before will make it easier to handle
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Default Re: printing small or 'bulky' items

Hey mark, I never thought of rubber bands hehe what a great idea, I always use tape. I use cardboard to raise up the lower area and it works great. I just add layers until I get the perfect height. The cardboard I use is like 1/16 inch thick and I get it at kelly paper, I then just cut it to size for whatever I am printing. To me sometimes mouse pads are too thick so that is why I use the thiner cardboard.
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Default Re: printing small or 'bulky' items

Great ideas everybody. Thanks.
 
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Default Re: printing small or 'bulky' items

A wise old man once said

"you can print on most anything, you simply need to be smarter than the item you are printing on"

I know I've been challenged by some items sent in for samples. Thinking outside the box pays big sometimes. I usually suggest the mousepads like Mark suggested, however, the rubberbands are also useful.

Another tip, while we are at it, have you ever tried to mount something to your shirtboard that was too "thin" to be held tight (either by the hoop or the Tucloc)? Try placing a plain t-shirt on the platen under the itme to be printed - this should help "tighten up" the garment and keep it from slipping.

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