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TED with a Pinball Idea: PLEXI Backglass & Custom Plastics Printing Service


By spfxted

3 years ago



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    #1 3 years ago

    OK, Pinsiders…I want to run something by you. A little while ago, my friend, who has a printing factory, bought a $175,000 machine for a job. He asked me what else we could create using this machine.

    When he told me what it could do, I immediately thought of Pinball. He can direct print on plexiglass (or just about anything) and cut to fit. Plexiglass up to 2 inches thick! So I said, lets try to make a plexi back glass…then plastics, speaker panels, or anything else for a Pinball Machine.

    We decided to run a few tests. I took a bunch of Creature From the Black Lagoon foreign and domestic posters from the 50's and separated a bunch of elements. Then I put them together in a size that would fit a Pinball Backglass.

    As I was doing this I realized…Hey, wouldn't it be neat to put myself and my wife in there. Then I said….whoa!…we can customize ANYTHING! Imagine T2 with your own disintegrating face in there…or Tron with your girlfriend. Anyway, you get the idea.

    The inks used are UV protected and these plexiglass images can even be used outside or in direct sunlight and still last VERY long.

    I tried the Creature test back glass in a machine to check for fit and density of inks. You need it to light up nice without the bulbs showing through. The first test we tried just the ink without a background of white. No good, you could still see faded bulbs. When we put white paper behind it, it looked just fine. We will be printing out another test this week.

    My question is…..is this something you guys could use? What would be a good price point?
    Don't forget…you could make up YOUR OWN custom files and they could be printed and cut for a back glass, plastics, speaker panel, etc.

    AND, we can also make 3D art. One plexi panel with an image on the back and another bolted to the front to make a cool art piece to frame and put on the wall, or a light box!

    You guys may have other ideas. Let me know and I'll see if it's possible.

    PLEX CUSTOM ART may be coming soon! ….who needs breakable glass when we have plexiglass!

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    #2 3 years ago

    Very nice! Hard to tell from a photo, what were your impressions of the overall translucence and color saturation?

    #3 3 years ago

    Colors were fantastic. We just need to see how much white to use.
    If you blow up one of the 2nd Creature pix you can get an idea of the quality. It's as good as the file.

    #4 3 years ago

    That other Thread about needing a Mars God of War backglass…… should be no problem as long as we have the art files...

    #5 3 years ago

    Find a consumer need and fill it!
    I'll be a buyer when you work out the kinks.
    Have to think about some practical and pinball uses. Love technology moving the needle forward.

    #6 3 years ago

    Yer a fkn rockstar Ted ! That looks spectacular ! I'm sure a lot of Mustang guys (all 10 of us) would love to have their Stang on the backglass...too bad I have a Corvette.

    #7 3 years ago

    Thanks Vyzer. Yes, being able to make any custom back glass is neat. It's 1/8 inch thick and all you need is the one piece. You slip it into the "lifting thingy" on the bottom and slide it right in. (and no more broken glass)

    #8 3 years ago
    Quoted from Gryszzz:

    Yer a fkn rockstar Ted ! That looks spectacular ! I'm sure a lot of Mustang guys (all 10 of us) would love to have their Stang on the backglass...too bad I have a Corvette.

    YES! We can have you driving your own car on there!

    [I have to run a few errands, but will check this when I get back] THANKS GUYS!

    #9 3 years ago

    I'm guessing no black out on the back, just full art work for fully lit trans-lights? Or could a vinyl mask be adhered to back?

    #10 3 years ago

    Yes, that could be done. We will be testing stuff all next week.

    #11 3 years ago

    Awesome!

    #12 3 years ago

    Stargate speaker panels. For some reason, they go missing frequently, but they are NLA.

    #13 3 years ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    Stargate speaker panels. For some reason, they go missing frequently, but they are NLA.

    No problem!

    #14 3 years ago

    Can you get me an art file?

    #15 3 years ago

    Ted, what size art file do you need for translites?

    #16 3 years ago

    Here's the Creature backglass with me in the bottom right picture. (with cigar!)
    The TOP right picture we can put in whatever you want. Your company logo, or use your imagination...

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    #17 3 years ago

    I need a glass for my zees peek. I currently have an ice cold beer on it. Sounds like something you could do?

    #18 3 years ago

    This is awesome! Look fwd to seeing what all can be done with this.

    #19 3 years ago

    What about a playfield glass for Pinball 2000? They are tinted at the far end for the reflection... The "art" would just be black/grayscale I'd guess...

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or for my Pinball 2000 H+V video sync combiner kit

    #20 3 years ago

    Sounds like there could be some very, very, very, very, very sexy Baywatch backplexis coming down the pipe soon.

    #21 3 years ago

    Yes…you digital gurus can create whatever you want and just give me the files.

    rkahr ----do you mean print on the glass itself? I have to ask about that…

    #22 3 years ago

    Ive needed a new Mr & Mrs pacman backglass for years. Printing on this would be great

    #23 3 years ago

    Yes. This is a great product. Very cool.

    #24 3 years ago

    Hey Ted...I drew a blank at pinball and kept coming back to better pictures of Chinese Food at the take out places!

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    #25 3 years ago

    We can do that too!

    #26 3 years ago
    Quoted from labnip:

    Ive needed a new Mr & Mrs pacman backglass for years. Printing on this would be great

    Because of the smaller size that would work great. My Eight Ball Deluxe LE has a plastic panel on front of the displays so if someone needed a backglass for that game (which many do) a plexiglass panel would look right at home.

    #27 3 years ago

    Yes, that would look great!

    #29 3 years ago

    Probably. Max 2 inches thick. hmmmmm

    #30 3 years ago

    Yes.

    #31 3 years ago
    Quoted from OLDPINGUY:

    Hey Ted...I drew a blank at pinball and kept coming back to better pictures of Chinese Food at the take out places!

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    Id take 2 of these.

    One translite with MSG and one without MSG.

    #32 3 years ago

    Ted,

    Any way I can get one of those Creature translites from the original lobby card? Just beautiful art all the way around.

    #34 3 years ago

    How about a set of TSPP plastics?

    #35 3 years ago

    Well Damn. I could use this to make a backglass (or whatever) for my Apocalypse Now.

    #36 3 years ago
    Quoted from Methos:

    Any way I can get one of those Creature translites from the original lobby card? Just beautiful art all the way around.

    No problem!

    There has been a lot of interest and we're trying to figure out a good price point as Plexi is not cheap. Do you think $149 is ok?

    #37 3 years ago

    Simply awesome idea Ted! If you need any help with the art aspect of it let me know. I have a buddy who has some real talent. He and a colleague came up with the monster logo.

    #38 3 years ago

    Excellent! Thanks!! This is gonna be fun!

    #39 3 years ago

    Thanks for all the PM's guys!

    #40 3 years ago
    Quoted from spfxted:

    rkahr ----do you mean print on the glass itself? I have to ask about that…

    Correct - I assume the original plexi is clear.

    -Rob
    -visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or for my Pinball 2000 H+V video sync combiner kit

    #41 3 years ago

    A few questions I will try to answer.
    If we can print on glass.
    If we can fill in images on an existing backglass.
    Stay tuned....
    I'll also do a Podcast about all the stuff we're thinking about....

    #42 3 years ago

    How bout a cheaper alternative to the back board plexi for scared stiff? The one at the back of the playfield with the lightning bolt/ electric look that is lit from behind with flashers.

    #43 3 years ago

    It can be made either from the original art or a custom job

    #44 3 years ago

    Very cool!

    If this is a go, I'd love to redo the artwork on my woody, then have a nice clear one printed with you guys.

    #45 3 years ago

    Only issue I see with creech is that the word "creature" isn't going to be lit up one letter at a time with the whirlpool.

    #46 3 years ago

    Cool...I will hit you up when I re theme my Black Pyramid to Black Sabbath

    #47 3 years ago
    Quoted from yzfguy:

    Only issue I see with creech is that the word "creature" isn't going to be lit up one letter at a time with the whirlpool.

    Yes, a few people have written to me about this. The letters could always be moved. I just have to overlay mine with the original and line up the letters.

    #48 3 years ago
    Quoted from spfxted:

    No problem!
    There has been a lot of interest and we're trying to figure out a good price point as Plexi is not cheap. Do you think $149 is ok?

    That's reasonable.

    #49 3 years ago

    Ok...now we just gotta figure out plastics and speaker panels...

    #50 3 years ago

    What's the largest sheet size it can print on?

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