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Old 12-31-10, 09:25 AM   #1
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Printing Tyvex/Custom numbers

One of my goals for 2011 is to be able to print custom numbers for the racers in the Bethel Spring Series. I want to have their name on their number and offer potential sponsors the opportunity to have logos etc on the numbers.

I need to print Tyvex since it's waterproof. It costs about 20 cents a sheet and I can only get one number out of each sheet (8 1/2" x 11").

I need to use either a cool process laser printer or an inkjet printer. I have a couple inkjets but they use a LOT of ink.

So I'm trying to figure out what is a "cool process" laser printer that I can afford. The only ones I can find are those free standing things you see in major corporations or major print shops.

The other option is an inkjet printer that uses separate black ink (for real - apparently some printers use a mix of black and color to make black) and color. The numbers (the biggest print surface stuff) will be black, other things in other colors.

Any ideas on:
- cool process laser printers
- most efficient inkjet printers with separate black/color cartridges and actual use
- Tyvex for less than 20 cents per page ($105 for 500 sheets)
- alternatives to Tyvex?

Thanks
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Old 12-31-10, 09:40 AM   #2
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Are you thinking on-site, or pre-reg only? Or maybe, "pre-pay for x races, get your name on the number"? Anyway, if you go pre-reg / pre-pay just farm it out to a print shop or Kinko's.

Onsite, I got nothin.
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I like the idea!! But, isn't 8.5x11 a huge number sheet!!

I have a somewhat old Canon PIXMA iP5000 that has a 2 black cartridges; one, I believe, is for "separate"/"individual" use. I'm not sure about ink consumption for your purposes as I've never recorded output per cartridge, However, I don't recall myself running out to get ink too often.
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Pre-reg to get your name on it. They have to dry for a day to be waterproof.

I normally buy about 5000 numbers a year. I want to either offer super customization for sponsors (I'm looking for sponsorship $) or at least make the race unique (name on number).

Also by doing this I can use up all the higher numbers I have left - I have probably 5000-7000 numbers left (a full box - I gave away another full box to a fellow promoter) but all broken sets (lower value numbers gone). So lots of 60s, 70s, 80s, not many 10s, 20s, 30s.
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Why not just have Electric City Printing handle them for you? I have had them print numbers for me with custom names and other info that was different on individual numbers. My turnaround has usually been about a week - might be less.
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Wasn't aware of them. Thanks for the tip.
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