Re: The final word on Gerry Glow?


arved_grass
 

IIRC, at least on of them printed decals on ALPS printers. Lack of drivers for current OSs and the discontinuance of supplies by ALPS may have figured into the business plan of these companies. ALPS announced withdrawl of their last model (MD-5000) on 31. May 2010 (that is, the announcement was earlier, but the printer was withdrawn from the market on that date). Supplies will be withdrawn on 31. May 2015 - less than a year from now.

When your livelihood depends on obsolete equipment and deminishing supplies of raw materials, there's little hope for continued prosperity.

We are about 10 years overdue for a replacement of those old ALPS printers, and there is little interest in white inkjet ink. However, there is hope:

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/45423-white-inkjet-printing-on-clear-decal/

However, the project seem to have mired in patent issues as of 2013. This was specific to certain Epson printers (an Epson SX-115 was the test mule). I'm certain this was because some printers use dyes rather than pigment in their ink, and I'm not sure what the SX-115 uses. There are frequent questions about the usee on Canon printers, but the answer has been (a) no, it's for specific Epson printers only, and (b) the original poster is not at liberty to discuss details about the white ink. If you search that forum, you'll learn all I know about it. I can't find anything anywhere else on the possibility of inkjet or laserprinting white on clear decal film.

Like 3D printing, the issue is far greater than just us STMFC modelers, but time is running out for those printing on ALPS printers.

Respectfully,
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Arved Grass
Fleming Island, Florida

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On Sun, 8/24/14, 'Douglas Harding' doug.harding@iowacentralrr.org [STMFC] <STMFC@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: [STMFC] Re: The final word on Gerry Glow?
To: STMFC@yahoogroups.com
Date: Sunday, August 24, 2014, 4:03 PM


 









Yep and equally distressing
on the same page the announcement that owner Ron Roberts of
Rail Graphics is planning to retire. Ron prints a lot of
decals for those small independent decal creators. I know he
does the M&StL decals for KJ’s Trains.  Doug Hardingwww.iowacentralrr.org
 









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