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Swell-Form Tactile Graphics II Machine
The Swell-Form Graphics Machine is a simple, fast and low cost method of creating stunning tactile maps, diagrams, text and graphics.
This machine has revolutionized the process of creating these tactile images.
Using the special Swell-Touch paper, simply print onto this paper as you normally would through your standard printer or copy machine (we recommend a laser printer/copier, as it creates finer lines).
Once the desired image is onto the Swell-Touch paper, run this paper through the Swell-Form Graphics Machine.
As it goes through this machine, the heat reacts with the black ink (only the black ink, no colors) and causes it to “swell” or puff up, creating the tactile image.
The rest of the paper and any colors, will remain flat.
Instead of using a printer or copier, a user can also draw directly onto this paper using a special black marker.
The process is the exact same – as soon as it goes through the machine and reacts with the heat, the black ink will “swell”.
Unique to this machine is it auto start and stop and consistent superb quality after each use.
As soon as it’s turned on, it’s ready to go.
There is no waiting time or warm-up period.
The machine and the accompanying paper are safe, user-friendly and non-hazardous.
Swell-Touch Paper can also be used with other tactile image enhancers available.
Voltage: 120V or 240V
Weight: 15 pounds
Standard Warranty: 2 year manufacturer's warranty on parts
While these machines are built with the most up-to date-parts and care, sometimes unforeseeable problems occur and your machine needs to be fixed.
The manufacturer offers Extended Warranty options for that additional comfort in knowing that your machine will be protected longer and repaired quickly.
The manufacture's goal is to repair your machine within 2 business days to minimize your down time - when purchased with machine.
1 Year Extended Warranty
2 Year Extended Warranty
3 Year Extended Warranty
Each Extended Warranty option includes
One way shipping
All replacement parts
Complete inspection & cleaning of machine
Any applicable firmware/software upgrades
Free 30 minute diagnosis (labor is then charged at normal hourly rates should repair time take longer)
Swell-Form Graphics Machine
Resource - Tactile Library
SKU - M8/S-0200
SKU: L2/0-0008 - Swell-Touch 8.5" x 11"
SKU: L2/0-0011 - Swell-Touch 11" x 11.5"
SKU: L2/0-1117 - Swell-Touch 11" x 17"
A. There is a small round dial (surrounded by numbers 0 - 10) on the top of the machine which controls the temperature of the heater. The dial settings range from 0 (coolest) to 10 (hottest). When the machine is being started from cold (off for 12 hours) use setting ten. As the machine warms up, gradually reduce the temperature to a normal operating temperature of 8.
A. Feeding the paper into the machine needs to be quick. The paper should be fed into the slot briskly, so that the rollers grip the paper straight away. This is a safety feature which turns off the system in case of failure. If the paper is stuck, switch off at the mains and retract the paper by hand.
A. Feed the paper portrait mode (short edge first) down the middle of the heater. For A3, create the original diagram with a 10mm margin. The bulb is manufactured to A4 length, but the two ends of the bulb are not as hot as in the middle; hence the edges do not raise quite as much.
A. Yes. It is possible to feed a sheet through more than once, adding further information to the diagram if required. After a few times, the original image will begin to harden and become less clear (we recommend 3 times maximum).
A. If the machine is too hot, roller lines can appear on large black areas. The rollers are needed to get the paper through the machine. Simply reduce the temperature.