Fantastic Greg, as an old sailor I remember seeing a ton of them given out so the business could be really good. Having been in hydraulic sales for the past 25 years, I do caution you about carefully reading all the documentation that government sales require. At our company we had two women that did nothing but work their way through the contracts and requirements, making sure we're in compliance. Also, they tend to be really slow payers. It's great business if you can get it, but go into it with your eyes wide open. Congrats!
Spent some time running down that Oramask 813 film, all the reviews seem great so I bought some from Craftvinyl.com since you can pay with Paypal. Finding a reasonable amount of this stuff is tough, a lot of the websites are either in Europe, or they have a minimum buy amount that would require a minimum purchase of $35 - which is three rolls of the stuff. Since I haven't tried it yet, I wants something less. Some user hints I found out: Use a hand roller when you put it down, to get a good adhesion you need more than hand pressure. Roll the edges again after cutting and before painting. If you painted the piece before masking, you might consider using the base color as a primer of the cut areas - bleeding under the mask normally occurs with the first paint coat so the two colors would blend. Use a sharp tool.
And Amazon shows that they have it through a 3rd party, but that is the guy with the $35 minimum and although Amazon says there is one in stock, the vendor says he's out.
Well I just typed a long reply and it got lost rats! Just curious how you plan to use the film, are you going to use multiple cut files and some other program besides I-picture so you can cut sections at a time?
Greg, the projects I have in mind are simple - I'm not at the stage (and probably never will be) where I can use any programs you use outside of ipicture......my mind just doesn't work that way and I'm a hobby type vs. a serious type when it comes to this stuff. My first project is a carved sign that I've been asked to make, I'll carve then paint the base, then carve the next section and paint it, then carve the last word on the plaque and paint it after putting tape over the second painting portion. I think it will come out pretty well, and I'm only out a few bucks if I can't make it work.
Hey Bob, You can do the same work with Artcam as you can do with cut2d only Artcam is loaded to the hilt with extras. There are no add on's to cut2d if you want more you move up to VcarvePro either way you end up spending a lot of money and about the same amount as you would adding stuff to Artcam.
The reason I like cut2d is it lets me get right to work with it's very simple interface, they both use a post p file to make the output compatible with the I-carver.
I kind of like Artcam and still might get it later but after using it a little while I found somethings annoying like working with simple text and I wanted to enlarge the text, I had to look all over the program to do that and theen it was tedious at best, to solve that problem of course means I need to buy the $99 text add on. After trying to do the project for about 45 minutes I finally went back to cut2d and set it up in 5 minutes and went cutting.
Strangely enough I went all the way back to I-picture to give the Navy the sample they wanted, pricing is settled so is shipping all is needed now is a go ahead by the captain of that ship, they are at sea right now so I have to ship the plaques out to them.
Greg, good luck to you on the navy plaques. I am inclined to go with simplicity for a cut program, if I read right elsewhere one can program bit geometry into either program. I do believe I am going to need a lot of help in getting the post p set up to use on the 1013 however.
All you do is copy the metric one I uploaded into the post p directory and you can open the directory in cut2d from the file menu, Artcam already has it included. Cut2d is more of a cut out program Artcam will do that plus cut those 3d picture files, you can do more with the base program of Artcam but its gonna be like learning Gimp all over again. By the time you get all the modules or programs you end up with both programs being able to do basically the same thing and you have around 1500 to 2000 in either one.
Well now as far as purchasing one or any other stuff, looks like old man winter is going to put a bite on things. Worst winter here in several years, starting to get those nearly double elec/gas bills in and it's not pretty. I usually manage to squeak out some funds to set aside for the wood stuff, but squeak is the word for now.
Bob i hate to bring bad news but my wholesaler for propane called in a panic wanting to fill out business tanks about 5000 gallons in all because he said the price will be over 4 bucks wholesale by next week! Also our food prices are soaring! The wholesale price for ground beef this week is 3.94, I would suggest buying now because it takes a few weeks for inventories to work out the old stock.
You guys are starting to scare this old retired fixed salary guy, our area just had the snowiest January on record since 1887, and with another 9 inches (probably down to six now) we could have the snowiest winter ever. I know they are rationing propane up here now although that doesn't affect me. Bob, I looked closely at the farm picture you did for someone, and was really impressed with the transitional frame you had from the uncarved border down to the cut depth. Was this something you did from scratch, or is that a frame you inserted around the farm?
Rick, yes the retired and fixed income rule applies here as well, we just spent 6 grand in the fall to install a new more efficient furnace and a/c if we had not done that I'd hate to see what the bills would be. You are in Indiana as well aren't you, I am far south IN and we have been hammered most of the winter, we just recently had what the weather service described as 1" snow and 1/4" of ice last week but I had the scrape and shovel it off my drive and walks and it was solid ice 2 1/2" thick.
The frame in the farm pic was created in GIMP with the plug-in called GIMC, I had to look that one up and install into the program, don't know but maybe it comes with the latest versions now. It is found at the bottom of the drop down menu for filters once gimc is open the is a host of things that can be done and the frame was done from the "arrays and frames"This dished frame was created from there as well.
We also did the new furnace & A/C last fall, more because it was the original one in a 30 year old house than for any other reason. We replaced about 1/2 the windows in the house last summer, both those changes made one heck of a difference this winter, but the greatest mechanical thing of all this year has been the snowblower. There have been years when it sat unused, but not this one.
I have Gimp2 installed on my computer, but have never really used it because I've spent more time with learning Photoshop instead. I went looking for the GIMC when you had referred to the bowl shape previously, but couldn't locate it in the software. So I cheated and copied your bowl shape instead, haven't used it yet but it gives me ideas.....so thanks.
You can do the same work with photoshop and some things are easier we just learned from Gimp because it is free. Any picture that is going to be used for carving requires a good amount of time to be spent on it before it will work for what you want, some are easy some can take hours. Thats the part customers don't see when they look at the carved board they like it but wonder why you want $65 for it. I find it easier in some cases to blow the pic way up so I can get to small areas and change the detail.