After much soul searching (and once the threat of having to replace the Darlinge's computer was over), I have gone ahead and ordered the KNK Maxx. Not the 13" or 15", but the beeeeg one. The 24" one.
I really had to stop and think about this purchase. It's a shitload of money. BUT, it has the capacity to pay for itself reasonably quickly.
I had noticed that some small businesses have their URLs on their 'personal' car rear windows. Guess what the KNK does? Yup, cuts signwriter's vinyl...
It also does Tshirts.
Good for Triremis web design.
Going to be revving up THAT as well. Hell of a time to try and convince small businesses to get websites, but I think we're well positioned with our price, and the fact that we really care about what we do etc etc etc. Plus, no other web design business in the ACT offers vinyl signs and T Shirts!!
Oh, and "wall art". Gonna be big. Not in the ACT yet. Hopefully, I may have found something that not every man and his dog is out trying to sell.... Hmmm. I wonder if our customers would like car signs, Tshirts AND a big wall art for their home office to all coordinate? I saw a really cool Tim Burtonesque one that looked like an oilspill coming out of the cornice - it was so gorgeous.
Did I mention that the KNK Maxx will cut fabric appliques as well? Hah!!! That to me is the part that sucketh the most in cutting out appliques, the wretched tracing and then the hand cutting. Painful. Hopefully not for much longer!!! Oh!! Plus the fact I will be able to cut out my cloth doll templates the same way. Scan 'em in, load up template plastic and press 'cut'. Too easy. (Whoot, I'd only just thought of that one!)
Oh, did I mention the fact that it does stencils as well?
My deep apologies to the Darlinge, as this will come as somewhat of a surprise when he reads this. I cancelled the order when it looked like we'd have to replace his computer, but that resolved itself thankfully, and now the Big Beastie (as opposed to Wee Beastie our Roomba robot) is on his way.
Just another week.
Fred said (heh) that they've landed in Australia, just got to get through customs. IT comes with heaps of extras... I bet the software is going to be a real mongrel to learn, but you get that. It is claimed that you should be bale to be up and cutting within an hour, but on one of the Yahoo groups I joined (during the five week research phase), they said the worst mistake newbies make is trying to run before they can crawl, let alone walk.
SpartyBart is looking very tired and shagged out after a long day of mischief. I'd better load up the Civil War audiobook on iTunes and pack myself off to bed as well. It's funny watching him try and stay awake, but the eyes keep almost crossing whilst they shut. Too cute for words.
Did I mention it makes stamps too?...
Did I? Huh? Did I?