Monthly Archives: January 2014

Adventures in Scoring, Scoring Matrix

So, if you’ve seen my previous posts on scoring you will see how I attempted to create scores with plain photopolymer. Well, I had a job recently that required proper, functional scores and there was no room for bad craftsmanship, so thanks to a friend called Inky and another friend called Paul (Printer’s Helper) I was able to obtain some scoring rule and scoring matrix. Here’s how it went:

 

1.  First thing – scoring rule is steel not lead and cannot be cut with anything used to cut lead – I had to use a hacksaw to get it to size. Once that was done. I locked it up. Make sure the rounded scoring end is upwards and that the space in between is the correct distance. I also found that you want to make sure the pressure against the rule is even along it’s length, so use furniture that is as long or longer right against it. 

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2. Once it’s locked up I popped it in the chase, make sure it’s clear of the pins! I’m using compressible pins, but either way be careful. 

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3. Now you will need to determine how to move your pins to ensure you have good line up. In this case, the rule was longer than I needed so I won’t need to move the paper up and down so long as the pins are square. I took a few impressions and adjusted accordingly. After you’ve done that, snap the matrix onto the rule and smooth it on evenly. Image

 

4. Take the sticker backing off. 

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5. Set the press into the print mode and hand crank it until you have deposited the matrix onto the platen. I should mention, be sure you don’t have too much packing – better with less to start than too much.

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6. Once that’s on there, you can peel off the plastic guides and reveal the scoring channel.

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7. Score away! Here you can see the comparison of a folded score with the matrix and without, proving that more than the rule, that scoring matrix does make a difference.

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