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    Joe,
    Whats the company name? I would like to check them out. I will be needing to start buying full 4x8 sheets of cardboard, I like the double thick sheets. I could make a run up to Atlanta every 6 months.

    Dave

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    I just purchased the Donek Tools D2 Drag Knife.
    http://donektools.com/

    I have been wanting to get one of these since I first saw it, but have never had my table base properly setup to use it until now. My old bot is finally getting up to production speed now.

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Iannone View Post
    Joe,
    Whats the company name? I would like to check them out. I will be needing to start buying full 4x8 sheets of cardboard, I like the double thick sheets. I could make a run up to Atlanta every 6 months.

    Dave

    Dave,

    For the cardboard, my guy is:
    1. Packaging Plus, Inc.
      Directions
    2. Packaging Supply Store
    3. Address: 2200 McFarland 400 Blvd, Alpharetta, GA 30004
      Phone:(770) 772-9575



    Just ask for Clay, he is a great guy.
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    Thanks Joe,
    Will do.

    I just received my Donek Tool today.....ordered friday and it was here monday. That was with standard shipping. I was so glad to see it already. My digital printer has been running all day, and still have about 5 hrs left of printing. I'm caught up on production stuff until tomorrow when today's printing is cured. I am about to go start cutting some stuff with the knife. I watched his videos over the weekend so I think I'm ready to slice and dice.

    No more me hand cutting my sign substrates no more.

    Dave

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    This was Sat pickup. 3rd pickup of last week.
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    Bravo,

    You're an inspiration to us all.

    Joe

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    Thanks Joe,

    The knife works great. Of course this was just a test cut box. I got it right on the third try.

    - First try the bot took a dump and had a comm error.
    - Second try I zero z incorrectly
    - Third time was a charm....

    Just threw a piece of coro on the table, flipped the Blue Box Vac hold down switch on. Cut the little trial out. Quick and painless.

    Its a nice gadget at least for me. I don't run my Bot very much, but now there are things I can have the bot doing as a flatbed cutter with vac hold down to aid in my processing of the boring stuff.....

    I am sure this has been done before, but here is my next thing I'm gonna try just for the heck of it.

    I do not like sandblast mask, however, I am gonna take a scrap of western red cedar, prime and paint. Then overlay the piece with sandblast mask. Put on the shopbot and use the drag knife to cut out the vectors. Peel out the trash part. Then come in with a router bit and do a pocket in the part I just exposed. Take it down maybe .5" ? Then take it to my blaster to blast in the grain.

    I am going to use a font with thin curves and lines to see how far I can push it.

    Dave
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    Dave, very interested in what you are doing. I sandblast as well and I'm looking to move more stuff away from the blaster and onto the CNC. Aspire 8 has some really neat curve lines that give a pretty realistic sandblast look when using a grainframe.

    Anxious to here your results.

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    Ken,
    Will do. I just upgraded to Aspire 8, but haven't even watched any new tutorials yet. Or played with the new texture tool. But it sounds really cool.

    I will get some stuff posted up tomorrow with the drag knife in a new thread under Sign Making.

    Dave

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    Just worked my way in with a Dish contract company. First order 144 mags. They sent file, I send to printer to 3M vinyl, then use laminator to "apply" the vinyl to rolls of mag. Then trim and ship.

    Dave

    PS. my auto takeup reel is broke. That's why I am rolling it up manually every 15 min or so. Working on making a new one on the Bot.
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