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Getting Started

Whether you are interested in sandcarving for business or recreation, you only need a few items to get started:

  1. A complete sandcarving system, which includes the cabinet, pressure pot, dust filtration system, hose and nozzle
  2. Abrasive etching material such as aluminum oxide or silicon carbide
  3. UV Letralite™ exposure unit to make your photomask
  4. Photoresist film
  5. Air compressor

Your total initial investment, including the cost of the sandcarving system, is typically less than $4200.

Recommended Software & Printer Information

Software
    Vector (line art) Based Artwork
  1. Adobe™ Illustrator
  2. CorelDraw™
  3. Inkscape
    Bitmap (photo manipulation) Software
  1. Adobe™ Photoshop
  2. Corel™ Photo-Paint
  3. GIMP
Printers

In order to create a Photoresist film for sandcarving, you will need to have either an Inkjet or Laserjet printer.

For Inkjet Printers, make sure your settings are set to print 100% black on the "Gray Scale" setting. This will insure that your printer is not mixing colors (CMYK / RGB) in order to get an opaque black film. This setting will force the printer to only print in black, giving you the best print film ready for exposure. Rayzist carries the transparent print film necessary to complete this process with inkjet printers, we call it Inkjet Film.

For Laserjet Printers, make sure your printer is a Monochrome only printer, color laser printers are not recommended. If the printer has a toner saver or "EconoMode," make sure that this feature is turned off. This will insure the darkest print possible from your laser printer, giving you the best print film for exposure. Occasionally, a laser printer will give you a print film that is not dark enough to get a good exposure. If this is the case, we suggest using a toner repair solution, which will darken the image printed on your film. Rayzist carries the transparent print film necessary to complete this process with laser printers, we call it Laser Film.

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