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Tech Tip – Paint Filling

Paint Filling

You can use oil based or acrylic paints for paint filling. You can also use 2 pack paint. We recommend using a spray can or spray gun. Apply 3 light coats allowing to dry in between coats.

SR3000 PhotoMask Resist

SR3000™ What is it and how does it work?

SR3000 is a photopolymer film specially designed for sand blasting images into many types of materials. It works by exposing black and white artwork via a UV light source and then washing the image out.

If you took a piece of SR3000 without exposing it to UV light (so no day light or UV source lighting) and wash it in water the blue photopolymer layer would dissolve, wash away, and you would be left with a clear carrier sheet only. But if you took a piece of SR3000 and exposed it to UV light and then washed it in water it would not dissolve. So SR3000 photopolymer resist is light sensitive and goes hard when exposed to it.

You start with black and white artwork on special media such as Ink Jet film or laser film. The artwork is laid on the SR3000 and then UV light is exposed through the artwork onto the SR3000 film. The black areas of the artwork prevent the light from getting through to the SR3000 and so that area does not get exposed. All the area around the artwork, the clear area, gets exposed and hardens and will not wash out (dissolve). Only the area protected by the black artwork is still water soluble and so washes away leaving you with a very sharp and clear image.

When you apply the processed SR3000 to a substrate and blast it the images surrounding area that did not washout resists the abrasive blast, the abrasive simply bounces of it, so only the artwork area gets etched. SR3000 is the world’s most versatile and durable resist. There is no need for a variety of types of resist, SR300 does it all.

SR3000™ Overview

SR3000 is a repositionable, self-stick film that does not carry or require a stubborn, messy adhesive—that means no residue clean-up, no complicated handling issues, and no adhesive to apply or over-wash. There’s simply nothing else like it in the marketplace today. The film develops a slight tack after wash-out, but will never feel gummy or sticky.

SR3000 has industry-leading durability and resolution capabilities—you can trust it with half-tone images or ultra high resolution images, for deep etches or fine details, and on flat or curved surfaces. The 3 mil thickness is designed to push the envelope in high resolution designs; you can blast finely detailed images without the worry of pinhole blast-through. Use the 5 mil to achieve a deeper etch or multi-stage carving. You will be thrilled with the results.

Processed SR3000 clings steadfastly to any polished surface, providing an ideal system for creating fine quality engravings on glass, wood, stone, ceramic, granite, marble and soft metals.

The efficiency advantage

From exposing to blasting, SR3000 helps you get it done faster, more efficiently than ever before. It saves you money because it saves you time.

  • Manufacturer direct film support
  • Easy application/User friendly
  • No special lighting necessary
  • Versatile
  • Repositionable
  • Durable
  • Flexible for curved surface
  • Fast exposure
  • Quick washout
  • Excellent detail
  • Multistage carving
  • Cost effective

Description :

User friendly SR3000™ is a high-resolution photoresist with an inherent self sticking quality enabling etchers to achieve the finest detail and deepest etch in the sand blasting industry. SR3000™ will turn any black and white design into a sandcarving stencil. It provides an ideal system for creating fine quality engraving on endless varieties of glass, wood, stone, ceramic, granite, marble, and soft metals. From exposing to blasting, carvers are able to get it done faster and more efficiently then ever before.

Requirements:

SR3000 can be processed easily with a UV light source, film print and pressurized washout unit, such as a ProBlast Hand Washer or automatic washout unit. A plastic burnisher is necessary to bind the processed photomask to the substrate surface and remove the photomask’s clear carrier. The ProBlast Wire Wheel Brush is also strongly recommended; this hand-held tool releases air trapped between the substrate and the photomask.

Room Lighting:

You do not need a darkroom or yellow lighting to use SR3000. The film can be safely handled in white fluorescent lighting for approximately ten minutes. Avoid any room or area that has direct or indirect UV light such open windows or doors. Sunlight will expose the film in a matter of seconds.

Mils:

SR3000™ comes in 3 & 5 mil thicknesses.

3 mil is recommended for fine detailed artwork and halftoned photos.

5 mil is recommended for bold artwork, moderate to deep stage carving and for paint filling jobs.

Shelf Life:

Conservatively, 12 months at room temperature.

Development:

Standard washout times begin at 45-60 seconds, depending on the mil.

Exposure Time:

20 seconds

Durability:

SR3000™ has unmatched blast resilient properties superior to any photoresist in the industry. Blast high resolution designs without the worry of pin hole blast through.

Training

We offer expert training solutions from group classes to individual classes both set and tailor made to suit your requirements. Training is done at our workshop in Milperra NSW.

Easily accessible from Sydney Airport.
By Train – Get the train to the East Hills Railway station from the Sydney Airport station. Once at east Hills call us on 02 97772 1999 and we will pick you up. After training we’ll take you back to the airport.

By Taxi – The cost should be around $50.00

By Car – From the airport head west on the M5 and take the Revesby turn off. Turn Right there an then turn left onto Milperra Rd. WE are about 2km down the road on the left past Bunnings. Look out for our Blue Building

Payment
See each class below to see the costs of the classes. All costs muct be paid for in full before the commencement of the training.


System Purchase Training

With every Sand Blasting System we offer 1 day (6 hour) training at our workshop in Milperra NSW.  It’s hands on training day were you do the practical work and learn not only the fundamentals but also complex processes such as multi-colour paint fill and half tone etching. You can bring your own artwork and your own materials if you wish and we will focus the training.

What you learn

We’ll run you through the basics all the way to the complex.

  • Overview on the artwork process
  • Print media education
  • Exposing resist – standard and fine detail
  • Washing out – manual and automatic
  • Applying Resist to substrates and masking
  • Sand Blasting – glass trophies, glassware, Stainless Steel, Stone, Acrylic
  • Paint filling
  • Half Tone Photograph Etching
  • Specific training in what you want to do
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Tips and Tricks

For training at your location the cost is $440.00 including GST plus any expenses incurred at facilitating your own location training.


Sand Blasting Day Training

We offer 1 day (6 hour) training at our workshop in Milperra NSW.  It’s hands on training day were you do the practical work and learn not only the fundamentals but also complex processes such as multi-colour paint fill and half tone etching. You can bring your own artwork and your own materials or use ours.

Cost

$660.00 for up to 2 people from the same organisation. Add $110.00 per person for more than 2 people.


 

Sand Blasting 1 Hour Training Session

Learn the fundamentals of sand blast engraving from highly qualified experts in the industry. This 1 hour training session will show you how to expose and wash out photopolymer resist stencils, Apply resist to glass products, sandblast, colour fill and clean up the job. During the session we answer all your questions about the process of sandblasting. The outcome of this 1 hour course is that you will be equipped with the fundamentals of sandblast engraving to take back to your workshop.

Cost

$110.00 for up to 1 person. Add $33.00 per person for more than 1 person from the same organisation.


 

Specific Needs Training Session

You set the training agenda to learn something specific such as paint Filling, Half Tone Photo Etching, Engraving Stones. Minimum 2 hour Class.

Cost

$150.00 per hourfor up to 2 people from the same organisation. Add $66.00 per hour per person for more than 2 people.


Corel Draw Training – The Basics

Learn How to use Corel Draw for the trophy and engraving Industry. We will show you the basics that will help you get started with Corel. By the end of the class you be able to:

  • Do trophy layouts for output of sand blasting, laser engraving and sublimation
  • Create gang sheets
  • Put text on arcs
  • Vectorise and re-draw logos from jpegs (introduction to)
  • Learn a cool vectorisation secret
  • Create half tome images for sand blasting or laser engraving
  • Create output files form sand blasting, laser and sublimation
  • Learn about file storage and back up

Class duration: 4 hours

Cost:

$660.00 for 1 person


Corel Draw – Specific Needs Training Session

You set the training agenda to learn something you need to learn in Corel Draw

Cost

$180.00 per hour for up to 2 people from the same organisation.  Add $66.00 per hour per person for more than 2 people.

Technical Tips

ProBlast Offer its customers expert technical advice on a facets of sand blasting. With many years retail engraving experience out expert technical department can assist you with any technical issue. We also offer in training sessions on sand blasting.

Our goal is to make you an expert in sand blasting.

Here is a list of technical Tips to help you:

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SK2 Start Up Kit Content

Need to produce sandblasting stencils, quick and easily? Check out the what is included with the purchase of the Complete Mask Making Kit. This generous package includes everything you need to make your our sandblast masks.

Half Tone PhotoMask Production

Demonstration on producing a Halftone Photo showing basic steps in Photoshop and blasting techniques with SR3000 photo resist film.

Sandblast a Photograph on to a Glass Plate

Using the half tone image technique Liz shows us how to produce a stunning glass plate etching.

Clay Paver Etching

This video demonstrates the production of a clay paver etching

Wire Wheel Brush Demonstration

Using a wire wheel it removes air bubbles in SR3000 membrane

PB2034VXA The Worlds Most Advanced Sand blasting System

Liz Hass shows us the number 1 selling engravers sand blasting machine.

Get Better Wash Outs

Understanding the importance of your artwork print for excellent wash outs.

Applying Resist to an Extreme Curved Surface

This video provides a step by step instruction for applying SR3000™ photomask to an extreme curved surface. Instruction includes how to determine the natural curve of the glass for your artwork preparation and helpful tips to keep the design straight and removing the carrier film when applying the photomask.

Applying SR3000 to a Flat Surface

This video provides a step by step instruction of applying a photomask to a flat surface. Instruction includes, How to properly apply a photomask and what application tools are needed or available for applying a photomask.


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AwardPro is an industry specific software program designed to assist the daily operations of a Trophy, Engraving, Promo retail business. The program allows you to write your customers orders directly into it and then it will work out your stock needs and create automatic supplier stock orders.

There are many other features and functions in AwardPro to suit your business needs. The program has been designed to allow you to use as many or as little functions as you desire.

Either way AwardPro allows you to take a job all the way from start to finish. It’s been tailored for your industry and designed to make what you do easier and faster.


Sand Blasting Manual


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ProBlast has produced the definitive Engravers Sand Blasting Manual to help engravers learn and teach techniques for sandblasting. It provides detailed process descriptions and explanations and how to on specific tasks such as metal etching, paint filling, half tone photo etching.
The Engravers Sand Blasting Manual can be used to teach yourself sand blasting techniques and also teach your current and future staff.
The Engravers Sand Blasting Manual is available for sale Click here for Pricing

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What do I need to get started?

Learning the basics is easy. There is no difficult information to absorb, no lenghty technology to decipher, no large books to read. You’ll be etching straight away. It’s a process that you can teach to any employee at any level. Sand blasting is a craft and if you’re a professional in the new economy – it’s a craft worth learning.
What do you need to get started

Computer System and Software
Your existing computer and graphics software will probably do. You need software such as Corel Darw, Illustrator, Casmate to produce your artwork.

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Printer
You need a good quality Laser printer or Ink Jet Printer to print your artwork out onto. If you use an Ink Jet Printer you use Ink Jet Film and if you use a laser printer you use either Vellum paper or Laser Film. ProBlast supply all of these media types. Ink Jets do produces a darker black which makes the exposure and wash out better but lasers still produce excellent results.


Exposure System and consumables
The artwork is exposed with Ultra Violet light to Sr200 Photo Mask Resist. The Letralite Exposure UNit is the best and easiest to use light system. See our ‘Start up kit No.2′

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Wash out hose
Our specially designed Trigger Jet wash out hose connects straight to tap water for the wash out process. SR200 washes out in normal water very quickly leaving a perfect replication of the original artwork.

Compressor
We sell and recomend good quality compressors for Sand Blasting application. See ‘Equipment’ on our website for more details.

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Sand Blasting System
Which Etching System is right for you. We have two cabinet models the large Market proven Pressure Pot System and the the Small Minin Bench Blaster

PB2034VXA Pressure Pot System
The ultimate in engravers Sand Blasting System. Buit to not break down and last forever. All fittngs are of top quality standard. See ‘Equipment’ for more details
2034VXA-500x500

 


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Mini Bench System
A great small system designed for the small operator or business with confied space.

ProBlast Technical support
We offer a thourough manual and proceedure document as well as video and training. Our Technical support is second to none.

A step by step guide

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Whether, you are just beginning or an experienced sand carver, you should know that a good quality film print is key to processing a superior PhotoMask. Although other factors may be involved, it all begins with a dark, opaque film print.

You can produce your Custom photomasks in four simple steps. To begin, you will need a computer, printer, a UV light source, photoresist film, water and a film print such as UV Vellum, Inkjet Film or Laser Film.

  1. Create and print your design. You’ll start by creating your artwork (using your preferred design software), and then printing out that artwork onto a film print . You need to produce your artwork in black and white, No colours or shades of grey. Just black and white.
  2. Expose your design. The next step is to expose the artwork design on the film print to a photoresist film using a UV light source such as our Letralite exposure S The film print will block the UV light from the photoresist in the exact outline of your artwork, but the areas that are exposed to the UV light will harden.
  3. Wash with pressurized water. You then simply wash out the photoresist film with pressurized water. The non-exposed areas will wash away, and you will be left with a PhotoMask stencil of your custom design.U&se our Wash OUtthose to produce the best results.
  4. Apply the PhotoMask. Once your photomask is dry, you can apply it to your surface of the item to be etched. The resist has a sticky surface and adheres to the substate.
  5. Etch the PhotoMask. Once your PhotoMask has been applied to your surface, you are ready to begin sand carving.

Using this method, you can create finely detailed, complex designs that can then be sand carved onto glass, crystal, marble, stone and other surfaces. You would follow the same process to create PhotoMask for multi-dimensional carvings as well. (To create different levels of dimension on your sand carved product, you would simply remove different portions of the PhotoMask, one after another, at different stages of your engraving. The result will be an intricate, multi-dimensional carving.)

Click HERE and watch a two-minute video on Making a photomask.

For more information on creating Darker Film Prints, click HERE.