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Re: Etching Press Innovations: was: Presses forPhotogravure/Gravure/Photopolymer


I had to laugh at your idea of driving the car over a piece of plywood to make a print, because I had the same fantasy! hehehehe

I agree about the blankets, but the idea of using the torque wrench to tighten synchronized  bolts for the pressure (looks like the two have sprockets with a bike chain connecting them is clever!

Press comes this coming week!  Anyone want to help me carry it down into the basement?

Have you checked ebay for a steam roller?

I think we covered this issue once before?  Someone recently said they wanted the larger roller for greater pressure?  A smaller roller I believe would give greater pressure—a given pressure would be distributed over a smaller area with a smaller roller.

Best Wishes,

Mark Nelson

On Sep 28, 2008, at 5:11:09 PM, SusanV <susanvoss3@gmail.com> wrote:
From:SusanV <susanvoss3@gmail.com>
Subject:Re: Etching Press Innovations: was: Presses for Photogravure/Gravure/Photopolymer
Date:September 28, 2008 5:11:09 PM CDT
Hey Jon!

Interesting add-ons for the Takach presses. 

I really enjoy the whole process of placing and smoothing the blankets by hand, though.  I don't really care for the big metal cover for the blanket rig either.  As for the pressure adjustment, that would sure be convenient if you were adjusting (changing), the pressure a lot.  

I've always wanted to try driving my car onto a stack of 3/4 inch plywood placed over my plate to make a print.  I almost tried it once back when I was making collagraphs.

I think there's a group out in California (of course), that uses a steamroller to make prints.... now THAT sounds like fun!


On Sun, Sep 28, 2008 at 2:09 AM, Jon Lybrook <jon@intaglioeditions.com> wrote:
Your press sounds great Susan, but check out the video on the bottom of this page:


I've used quite a few presses too over the years, mostly old ones, some new ones, but I've never seen this before.  Anyone have any experience with these blanket rotation and synchronized pressure systems?  I'm very interested to find some reviews...


SusanV wrote:

Hi Brian,

I had a press custom designed and hand built for me by Marshall Heaton, and I couldn't ask for anything more.  The press has been outstanding, and Marshall was great to work with on the design and build.  Mine is a "tabletop" design with a 10" top roller and a 10:1 ration gear system that makes it a breeze to pull a KM73 plate with Rives.  The bed size will easily handle a 22 wide paper, so I can print a 20" wide image (which I've not done "yet"... but it's nice to know that I "can"   :O) )  My husband and I built a base for mine that includes storage and industrial grade, locking casters which I love... I can push that sucker around out of the way when I'm not using it, and I keep most of my printmaking supplies in the base.  My degree is in printmaking, so I've used a lot of nice presses in various studios and universities through the years... and I wouldn't trade mine for any of t hem.

You can find more info here: http://www.geocities.com/workpress/

Good Luck!

susan daly voss
gravure blog at www.susanvossgravures.blogspot.com <http://www.susanvossgravures.blogspot.com>
website www.dalyvoss.com <http://www.dalyvoss.com>

On Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 9:29 PM, Brian Pawlowski <beepy@netapp.com <mailto:beepy@netapp.com>> wrote:

   Hey. Don't want to argue about what a photogravure is:-)
   Just wanted a little advice on presses.

   I'm using the KM73 plates, and I'm about happy with what I have
   in terms of production... I'm producing plates.

   I tried to run it through a very very small etching press and I am
   simply not getting anywhere near enough pressure to draw the ink onto
   the (dampened Rives) paper. I clamped it down further and when I turn
   the handles I lift the press:-)

   I used some large oder presses with photopolymer plates at Kala
   in Berkeley, so think the final thing here is to get a beefy press
   for intaglio work.

   Any recommendations?  I am sitting on a quote from a few months back
   from Takach for the 3060 table top press. Though they suggested maybe
   a 3450 floor press.

   This is big. I could go smaller. But other options besides Takach?



Jon Lybrook
Intaglio Editions

gravure blog at www.susanvossgravures.blogspot.com
website www.dalyvoss.com