Quoted from crussomd:
Serious question to outside edge. If someone has a pin with a play field that needs to be restored but they want to retheme are you able to print custom graphics on one of the hardtops with the custom hole layout for that specific game. I feel like that could be very useful to a lot of people.
Well, this is "technically" quite possible. To make a la carte options available is most likely going to be financially unfeasible. Here is why... To have a commercial shop with equipment and people and all the infrastructure it takes to operate at the level we do, we must cover our sizable overhead. In order to do this, we cannot get wrapped up in dealing with an individual's passion for a cool one off idea affordably to said person. We are $85.00 per hour for graphic design. I cannot imagine jumping off into a rabbit hole of a custom design would be just an hour or two... it would be MUCH more.
A quick example: We have between 25 and 40 hours invested in preparing/recreating existing art for a playfield. That said, I imagine "customizing" an existing title would easily run into another 10-20 hours to do it right, anyway.
I cannot imaging many folks being interested in $1,500.00 Hardtops. (Time is money) Now, if art was provided (as long as no IP infringements are imposed) ... It would be less. However, those who choose to do that art need to understand how to set the files up, and know where to back with white, where no to ... matching existing holes... and way more "fun"..... wayyyy more "fun" to get it right.
Can we? ... YES
Is it real feasible? .... NOT REALLY
Will we, under the correct circumstances?... SURE, PROVIDED NO IP IS BEING INFRINGED