We call it Self-Stick film, but you might call it amazing. SR3000 is a repositionable, self-stick film that does not carry or require a stubborn, messy adhesive—that means no residue clean-up, no complicated handling issues, and no adhesive to apply or over-wash. There’s simply nothing else like it in the marketplace today. The film develops a slight tack after wash-out, but will never feel gummy or sticky.
SR3000 has industry-leading durability and resolution capabilities—you can trust it with half-tone images or ultra high resolution images, for deep etches or fine details, and on flat or curved surfaces. The 3 mil thickness is designed to push the envelope in high resolution designs; you can blast finely detailed images without the worry of pinhole blast-through. Use the 5 mil to achieve a deeper etch or multi-stage carving. You will be thrilled with the results.
Processed SR3000 clings steadfastly to any polished surface, providing an ideal system for creating fine quality engravings on glass, wood, stone, ceramic, granite, marble and soft metals.
From exposing to blasting, SR3000 helps you get it done faster, more efficiently than ever before. It saves you money because it saves you time.
Here’s what our customers have to say about SR3000™ Self-Stick Film: “Production time is reduced so we make higher profits. We saved around 30% of our time when etching a run of 100 glasses.”
User friendly SR3000™ is a high-resolution photoresist with an inherent self sticking quality enabling etchers to achieve the finest detail and deepest etch in the sand blasting industry. SR3000™ will turn any black and white design into a sandcarving stencil. It provides an ideal system for creating fine quality engraving on endless varieties of glass, wood, stone, ceramic, granite, marble, and soft metals. From exposing to blasting, carvers are able to get it done faster and more efficiently then ever before.
SR3000 can be processed easily with a UV light source, film print and pressurized washout unit, such as a Rayzist Hand Washer or automatic washout unit. A Plastic Burnisher is necessary to bind the processed photomask to the substrate surface and remove the photomask’s clear carrier. The Rayzist Wire Wheel Brush is also strongly recommended; this hand-held tool releases air trapped between the substrate and the photomask.
You do not need a darkroom or yellow lighting to use SR3000. The film can be safely handled in white fluorescent lighting for approximately ten minutes. Avoid any room or area that has direct or indirect UV light such open windows or doors. Sunlight will expose the film in a matter of seconds.
SR3000™ comes in 3,4 & 5 mil thicknesses.
3 mil is recommended for fine detailed artwork and halftoned photos.
4 mil is recommended for moderate detailed artwork and a moderate depth etch.
5 mil is recommended for bold artwork, moderate to deep stage carving.
Conservatively, 14 months at room temperature.
Standard washout times begin at 45-60 seconds, depending on the mil.
SR3000™ has unmatched blast resilient properties superior to any photoresist in the industry. Blast high resolution designs without the worry of pin hole blast through.
SR3000™ photoresist film satisfies all needs for a self-stick film without the problems "self-adhesive" brands can bring. SR3000™ renders unmatched detail for half-tone imaging and ultra high resolution images. SR3000™ saves time and money by enabling you to produce a superior product with less hassle.
What side of the glass is normally etched, front or back?
Etching on glass always has the best appearance when etching from the back side, unless the etching is very light or surface depth, then the front side would show best, this would be particularly true for Jade glass.
What is the best way to sandcarve on wood handles?
I have no direct information on wood handles with out seeing the pieces. If your handles have a curve to them, you can warm the mask, this will enhance the materials ply-ability for wrapping around the curves. Keep in mind, that softer woods such as pine are easiest to engrave however, make sure of the following:
1. Avoid overheating the mask.
2. Make sure the mask is flat and tight on the surface of the piece.
3. Keep your blasting pressure low to moderate. Do not blast with great intensity; this can lead to a stubborn residue that is left behind.
4. After blasting, Peel away the mask quickly; do not allow the mask to sit on the piece for any longer than it has too. This will also help prevent any left over residue.
How do you wrap the laser mask on a round or curved surface?
Applying a flat mask to a rounded surface will naturally create some wrinkles.
What I typically do with curvature items is:
Why is the photoresist film not washing out at all?
This can happen to anyone; here are some things to check:
How long does it take the photoresist to washout?
This will depend on the sheet size, thickness of the material and the temperature and pressure of your water. All these answers combined are crucial to producing a perfect photomask everytime.
What is a photomask?
Photomask: a stencil made of photoresist film that has undergone a developing process. The stencil design is typically created from custom, computer-generated artwork, which may include lettering, photo images and/or a design pattern. The finished photomask is used to guide the sandcarving process, so that the custom artwork is etched or engraved into the surface being carved.
--- Photomask may also be called mask, stencil, premade pattern or template. ---
What is a Membrane?
Membrane: a clear, exceptionally thin layer present on some types of photoresist films. The membrane allows for easy release of the film carrier and, once the film has been developed, holds the photomask together. The membrane disintegrates during the sandcarving process.
What is Photoresist Film?
Photoresist Film: a translucent, durable, flexible, light responsive, water soluble, raw film that has not gone through a developing process.
---- Photoresist film is used to create a finished photomask. Photoresist film may also be called raw material or film. ---
How do I remove the photomask after sandcarving?
This will depend on two things: the material of your engraved surface and how that engraved surface can be treated.
1. For best results, submerge the piece in warm water and let it soak for several minutes. Because the photomask is water-soluble, it will absorb the water and cause the photomask to loosen from the engraved surface. Warm water also helps remove the dust and grit from the surface, which helps prevent scratching.
If the item you have engraved cannot be submerged under water, as in the case of a picture frame or a labeled wine bottle, try the following:
2. You can also try lifting off the remaining photomask material with tacky tape. This way, you avoid rubbing the surface, which can scratch wood, acrylic, polished or coated metals.
Rayzist offers a full line of products designed to optimize the performance of your SR2000 or SR3000 photoresist films. The recommended supplies for use with these films are shown below.
For added convenience, we have bundled all of these products (except the optional film dryer) into the Rayzist UV Letralite® Mask Making Kit.