|Re: 41Z Overlay For 41CL|
Message #12 Posted by Eric Rechlin on 16 June 2011, 7:12 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Mark Hardman
Angel emailed me to let me know he'd be sending me the artwork, so I can take care of it.
I have already made new blank overlays for the 48 and 41. I have also made replacement printed overlays for the 48 (I just made new Survey Pro overlays a couple weeks ago for someone who requested them). The vinyl overlays are actually better looking than the original Mylar ones, but they may not be as durable. Also, due to difficulty in getting the registration right, I could only make them one-sided rather than printing on both sides.
For the printed overlays, they are actually slightly more expensive for materials than the 34s overlays. This is because, after investing several hundred dollars in different materials from all sorts of stores, the best material I have found so far is taking card stock, sticking the adhesive vinyl on it, and printing and cutting that. This only adds about $0.10 to the cost.
However, the difficulty comes in the way my cutter works. To cut these all the way through, I have to use a cutting mat. I have since found I can get away without a cutting mat for the 34s overlays, so this is an added consumable cost. Also, with a cutting mat, after removing the overlay, I have to clean it of all the keys before I can reuse it, and this is time consuming.
Next month when I get back into this, I will see how it goes, but for now the biggest factor is the labor involved in cleaning the keys from the cutting mat.
I'd love to sell blank overlays for cheap, but then I'd be afraid of getting an order for 100 of them and then having to spend hours and hours cleaning cutting mats.
I will have to do some more testing to find a solution to the cutting mat problem. I bet someone has already run into this before and I just haven't found the answer yet.
Also, I would ideally like to use plastic, but there are several problems there. First, I haven't found plastic that I can print on, and second, plastic is too thick for my cutter unless I buy a heavier-duty one.