In this section you will find information and videos for setting up a photopolymer production process. To get started you will need to generate files with Braille using our Workflow Manager Software, generate a film negative using our InkStar Film Solution, set up a Photopolymer Processing area which includes the Orbital X Photopolymer Processor, cutting area and tipping area.
WorkFlow Manager Software
Workflow Manager runs on PC based computer. If you are using an Apple computer you will need to also have the Windows Operating System installed using Parallels or another similar software.
View the Workflow Manager Page for more Technical information.
InkStar Printer and RIP Set Up
The InkStar Solution works with the Epson 7900 Photo Stylus Printer and the AccuRIP software to produce high quality film negatives and positives that meet the required density to exposure photopolymer.
- Install the AccuRIP on a PC or Mac computer
- Set the AccuRIP at 1440 x 1440 dpi and the Droplet size to 8 using the Photo Black ink setting.
- Insert a DyeStar Photo Black cartridge in the Photo Black slot.
- Insert a DyeStar Matte Black cartridge in the Matte Black slot (the photo black and matte black print to the same printhead)
- Install Clear DyeStar cartridge in ALL the other color ink slots. You can use the start-up Epson ink when setting up the printer and insert the Clear cartridge as needed.
- Turn off the Auto Clean setting in the control menu on the printer.
- Always keep the printer turned on.
- Use a surge protect to power the printer.
- Always keep an extra Ink Maintenance tank and extra ink on hand.
The Orbital X Photopolymer Processor is 220v Single Phase and requires a water line and a drain. The washout tank has a heating element that will maintain a temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit. A heated water line is recommended so that the water coming into the machine is up to temperature and ready for processing as soon as the tank is filled with water.
When the photopolymer comes out of the washout tank it will be wet. We recommend that you have a compressed air hose near by to remove the standing moisture off the surface of the photopolymer before placing in the drawer. This will reduce the amount of water marks that are left on the surface of the photopolymer during the drying process.
View the Oribital X Photopolymer Page for more Technical information.
Kobo TC-851 Hot Stamp Device
The Kobo TC-851 Hot Stamp device is 220v Single Phase and weighs approx. 450lbs. The unit requires a strong, sturdy table. You will want to store the foil in a climate controlled area so that the foil does not absorb moisture which will negatively effect the way the color transfers on to the photopolymer.
View the Kobo TC-851 Hot Stamping Page for more Technical information.
The 21 Step Stouffer Scales is used to measure the amount of UV light needed to properly expose NovAcryl Photopolymer. As the bulbs age they output less light which means that the exposure time increases. The Stouffer allows you to keep track of the UV output to ensure you are always exposing the photopolymer long enough.
Watch our Stouffer Scale video to learn more.