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    Default Counterweight question

    Ive been tinkering around with making a counterweight and I was wondering what the "formula" was. Is there a height to weight thing? Whats the proper angle if any?

    This is what im thinking about.

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    mine is like the third one, but extended.
    I just tried to take a pic, but my batteries are dead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steve w View Post
    mine is like the third one, but extended.
    I just tried to take a pic, but my batteries are dead.
    If you get a chance could you please snap a pic for me. The biggest screen I think Ill go is 36x36, right now I have 24x31s or something. Im just trying to figure out how tall the post should be. Im guessing I could just add more weight for the bigger screens.

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    if you make it longer, you just have to slide the weight out further.
    I'll run to the store and get batteries
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    in this you can see my version of a counterweight (kind of). I threaded a screw in to the corner of my frame and then hooked up a cord that runs up and through a pulley. That is attached to some beer and it works wonderfully. Hardest part is i have to keep buying more beer for it because i always end up drinking it through the printing process.

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    hey Ravi;

    3 or 4

    I have no idea if there is a formula, but the idea is you can move the counterweight back for more support, so you need a collar.

    I like it when the counterweight hits something so when it as rest, the angle is right for the lifted screen.



    on this one, you can adjust the weight location, but not the angle of the counterweight. I've got another version where the counterweight rod can be changed in relation to the angle from the hinges. sorry no picture, but I have some others, I'll see if I can find



    here's some more systems, sorry I don't have better pics - these are ATMA hand presses, I am now adding them to my line at TMI.



    that shows it a bit better
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    awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by windflame View Post


    in this you can see my version of a counterweight (kind of). I threaded a screw in to the corner of my frame and then hooked up a cord that runs up and through a pulley. That is attached to some beer and it works wonderfully. Hardest part is i have to keep buying more beer for it because i always end up drinking it through the printing process.

    C-clamp instead of the screw, then you don't get water inside your frames or rip them with the protuberance.

    Beer for counterweights....Mark, I hope you are using hightest Canadian or euro beers. that USA low alchohol pisswater requires 2 cans for every one of the goodstuff
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    How long is that bar that the weight is on?

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    maybe 12 "

    The counterweight doesn't have to be the same weight as the screen and squeegee, because the actual weight it has to hold up is reduced as the screen becomes more vertical.
    you can always use a kickleg too.



    that's our Rabbit clamp set-up. Whole thing (not including table) is $300 to GP folks, I've got a few sets in Texas ready to ship. 2 Micro clamps and kickleg. they just screw into a vac table top, or a board (no vac)
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