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37 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 1 8 price according to size and features from $1,500 to $10,000. This equipment is powered by a compressor. Compressors suited for this work can cost anywhere from $1,200 to $6,000. General space requirements for any system is about 3 to 4 linear feet. The blasting equipment and the com- pressor are the heart of your business ven- ture. If you do not get the right size or type of equipment and/or an underpowered compressor, you are setting yourself up for frustration. The cabinet dimensions determine the size of projects you will be able to make. All cabinets come with light- ing, arm holes, and doors. The pressure blaster can be free-standing next to the cabinet or can be attached to the bottom of the cabinet. This choice depends on the need for compactness versus versatility. All cabinets must have a dust collector attached to them to extract dust form the cabinet interior while blasting. Most of us also use a reclaimer, a gadget that spins out usable abrasive before it goes into the dust collector. Artwork creation, which requires a computer with graphics software like CorelDRAW or Adobe Illustrator (includes Photoshop), and a printer. Most of you already own a system that you use in your office. In terms of printers, an inkjet printer yields the best results. This set-up should be away from the blasting station. In order to create art originals for stencil production, you must learn how to use the graphics programs. You have to use a special art film mate- rial to print your images on from which you will create the actual blasting stencils, also sometimes called masks. Stencil production of photoresist, which requires an exposure unit, art film, and photoresist, and possibly a washout station. The basic equipment and materials you need will cost around $500 and require a darkroom-style set up. Most everyone seems to know that the method of choice for producing an image by abrasive blasting is to use something called a photoresist. But that is where people begin to get lost. Most beginning sandcarvers wrongfully assume that a photoresist must be a resist made from a photograph. This is not true. The resist is produced by a photographic process, but the original is almost always black-and-white line art, not a photograph, even though it has become possible to produce resists from photographs with good quality, but that is not the general application for pho- toresist. Example of pro- cessing a washout photoresist film with a Trigger Jet nozzle and warm water. The equipment is not expensive and the basic techniques are not hard to learn. Call (618) 205 5007 Email sales@bofaamericas.com fume extraction solutions Industry leading fume extraction technology for all types of print and laser processing, at affordable prices. aD oracle iQ reliaBle, HiGH QualitY solutions WITH LOW LIFETIME COST OF OWNERSHIP Make Money Fast with Sandcarving. R AY Z I S T. C O M 8 0 0 . 7 2 9.9 47 8 — High Profit Margin — Minimal Investment — New Revenue Stream — Easy to use, no skill required — Low Operating Cost — Ergonomic Height Adjustment

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