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How to Make Embossing Dies In-House

A quick and low cost solution to making Embossing dies is by using Photopolymer Plates. Being able to make Die’s and counterforces in-house can make life easier and reduce cost, especially when short runs and quick turnarounds are concerned. Photopolymer plates are a useful option that can be used to solve a problem. Correcting mistakes…

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Make Negatives for Trident Photopolymer Plates

Negatives for Trident Photopolymer Plates There are a number of different ways to make negatives for Photopolymer plate but we only recommend photographic negatives. This data sheet will explain the reasons why we only recommend these types of negatives. Typical methods of making negatives: 1.  Laser Negative.2.  Inkjet Negative.3.  Laser Foil Negative.4.  Photographic Negative.4a. Image…

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Epoxy Crystallization

Epoxy Crystallization All Epoxy resins, under certain conditions, can become solid or have a slush like appearance. This is called crystallization and it is where some component parts of the epoxy resin form a crystal-like structure. The crystallization of an epoxy is completely normal and is very similar to water freezing in that it goes…

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uEmboss Degassing Vacuum Chamber DVC-C1

The uEmboss DVC Counterforce Resin Degassing Vacuum Chamber is an essential piece of equipment for any company wanting to produce or are producing counterforces. Produce bubble free counterforces by de-aerating embossing resin. A quick and effective system that is a must for every counterforce making facility. Low maintenance system. Cylinder chamber made of stainless-steel. Powerful…

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Cost of Dies and Counterforces from Die Makers

Cost of Counterforces Lots of Die makers use low cost materials to make counterforces because their customers want it for cheap. By saving a few pennies on the counterforces could be actually costing the users a lot more on make ready, breakages and other issues and not even realise that fact. Die makers have costs…

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Making Embossing Counterforces using 2 Part Putty

A Quick Guide on How to make Embossing Counterforce using 2-Part Putty Systems Process of making Embossing Counterforces: First make or order in your Die. Your Die can be made using our Embossing grade Photopolymer Plate or an etched, hand chiseled or a CNC engraved metal Die. Place a sheet of suitable oversized Release Film…

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Embossing Counterforce using 2-Part Resins

How to make Embossing Counterforce using 2-Part Resin Systems Process of making Embossing Counterforces: First make or order in your Die. Your Die can be made using our Embossing grade photopolymer Plate or an etched, hand chiseled or a CNC engraved metal Die. Place a sheet of suitable oversized Release Film or Paper on the…

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How to make Ultra UV Embossing Counterforce

Process of making Ultra UV Embossing Counterforces:    First make or order in your Die. Your die can be made using our Embossing grade Photopolymer Plate or an etched, hand chiseled or a CNC engraved metal Die. Place a sheet of suitable oversized Cover Film on the base glass of the UV exposure unit. Spray or…

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Typical Pre-made Counterforce Issues

When ordering dies from a Die Maker you generally order matching counterforces as well. Sometimes you will encounter issues with the counterforces. Below are typical but not necessarily a comprehensive list of issues a user can encounter and mess up your work flow. Problems: Embossing Counterforces too soft. Counterforce delaminating from backing material. Broken or…

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Laying Backing Material onto Resins and Putties

Laying backing sheet or board on the counterforce materials needs to be done correctly or you will encounter numerus problems with air bubbles and voids. This will weaken the bond strength between the backing materials and Counterforce materials. Below are examples of different ways of doing this. Photos are taken using the Ultra Counterforce system…