Supplies for building printed Minifigure

Today I received a large shipment of supplies for printing and laminating paper mini figures. 

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Enough supplies to make about 500 pages of Minifigure.  

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The most important part is the paper, I use double sided pages and duplex print both sides.  

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But occasionally I need single sided paper for printing wood core or for publicity info. 

 

There is also photo sticker paper available. I don't recommend this brand, it has bad contrast and the black looks faded on them. I use them for shipping labels.

  

 Cyan:  ~80 page, PBLK: ~80 pages, Magenta ~100 pages, BLK ~120 pages, Yellow ~150 pages.

Cyan:  ~80 page, PBLK: ~80 pages, Magenta ~100 pages, BLK ~120 pages, Yellow ~150 pages.

Once you have paper you're going to need ink. And a lot of it. I have found I use the most pblk, followed by cyan, then magenta, then blk, and yellow the least. I go for generic ink canisters because they run ~$1 per canister, Canon ink runs ~$10 per canister. On top of that I refill the canisters after they run out. I will be doing a full video on how to refill like a pro after I get my chip resetter.  

After they are printed we need to protect that print. I have found the best way is to laminate them. For a perfect water tight seal, the pages should be cut, then laminated, however that doesn't look as clean so I opt to laminate then cut for cleaner looking edges.  

 0.003 inches thick polyethelyne with Eva hot melt glue

0.003 inches thick polyethelyne with Eva hot melt glue

Thermal laminate are stiffer, the 3 mil can be creased, but will leave a 'witness Mark'. The 5 mil is much stiffer and recommended for gargantuan creatures, but if it is creased or bent at to tight of a radius it will likely tear the paper down the middle delaminating the front off of the back. They can be glued back together if that happens. 

 0.005 inches thick polyethelyne with Eva hot melt glue

0.005 inches thick polyethelyne with Eva hot melt glue

 0.003 inches thick polyethelyne with contact adhesive

0.003 inches thick polyethelyne with contact adhesive

The adhesive laminates are always softer and more flexible than the thermal. I would recommend them for 2.5d creatures with complex body shapes and lots of bending. Can be much more difficult to apply without bubbles, creases, or other defects. 

 0.005 inches thick polyethelyne with contact adhesive.

0.005 inches thick polyethelyne with contact adhesive.

 Mass production in progress

Mass production in progress

I make a stack of printed pages, a stack of laminate, and a stack of the paper inside the pouch waiting to be laminated. It takes about a minute for a sheet to make it through the laminator. Gives time to prep the next sheets while the current sheet is processing. Or to update your website... So check there.

 Then it's too the laser cutter

Then it's too the laser cutter

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