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What do you think about Lego stickers?

ingsamaingsama korea southMember Posts: 20
The color changes over time, and the stickers are falling off. It's fun to put on stickers, but Lego stickers don't seem to be durable.
Since last year, I have bought a printer and printed it on the brick myself.
How does it look?

It takes a long time to design and test for printing, but I'm personally very satisfied with the results.


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  • MarshallmarioMarshallmario Madison WIMember Posts: 296
    I really don’t know anything about printing but yours look very nice!
    ingsama
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Northern VirginiaAdministrator, Moderator Posts: 5,234
    I’d love to know more about the process and limitations, if there are any.
    madforLEGOingsama
  • lowleadlowlead Downeast, USAMember Posts: 574
    These look great!  The quality looks just as good if not better than LEGO.
    I'm also curious about the process.  What type of printer does this require?  Is the software proprietary with the machine, or acquired separately?  Any photos of the process would be very interesting.
    madforLEGO
  • daewoodaewoo DFWMember Posts: 770
    They look nice.  What kind of printer are you using?  
  • ingsamaingsama korea southMember Posts: 20
    Thank you for liking it.
    The printing process is more complicated and time consuming than expected.
    I'm using a UV printer and it's a little expensive.
    You can scan the sticker and print it after a little work, but I'm drawing a new image and printing it. It prints much more neatly.
    datsunrobbieKungFuKenny
  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie West Haven , CTMember Posts: 1,785
    Can you provide links to the specific UV printer and software that you are using?
    panchox1ingsama
  • ingsamaingsama korea southMember Posts: 20
    The printer is using Roland LEF 12i product and printing after working on images with Illustrator.
    panchox1datsunrobbie
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,416
    Most of my stickers have not faded, even 20 year old ones although I don't display in bright sunlight. Some have peeled but that is often due to bad application. Not that I like stickers, but that is more because I don't like seeing the edges of stickers, the slight colour difference between the background and the part, and the process of aligning large stickers.

    Obviously your prints will not peel, but I wonder how the colours will hold up if left in the same conditions as stickered parts for 20 years. 
  • daewoodaewoo DFWMember Posts: 770
    CCC said:
    Obviously your prints will not peel, but I wonder how the colours will hold up if left in the same conditions as stickered parts for 20 years. 
    Anyone got a time machine we can use so we can get results sooner? 
    Brickchap
  • YellowcastleYellowcastle Northern VirginiaAdministrator, Moderator Posts: 5,234
    Where we’re going, we don’t need stickers.
  • BobflipBobflip Member Posts: 685
    Where we’re going, we don’t need stickers.
    Do you mean the future of Lego? Are you saying there's no more stickers in the future?
  • BrickchapBrickchap AustraliaMember Posts: 958
    Mostly I would prefer prints, I HATE applying stickers. However, sometimes prints are very very annoying as they are permanent. If it is a generic thing or something I dont want to change its great but if its something very specific and only really relevant to that situation it makes the part almost completely unuseable. For example I have some Cars movie 4 wide printed car parts, which unfortunately have eyes and/or mouths on them and are therefore useless to me.

    Recently I converted a yellow City bus to a 1950s bus (I love old things) and was able to use a specialised truck roof piece to get the curved shape of the back. The original piece had Police on it but because it was a sticker I could just pull it off and use the sticker somewhere else.

    Stickers are very annoying when they peel though. Sadly stickers from sets roughly pre 2010 completely disintegrate and look horrible. I can sometimes scratch them off but it is very sad to lose the sticker, particularly for useful things like my rare 50 speed limit sign. (it is rare for me to find speed limit signs in lego, and the recent printed one that came in a police set was misprinted, being quite considerably aligned to the left rather then level.)
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Chicagoland USMember Posts: 10,573
    The printed parts to make up for today's stickers are interesting. I think I have actually applied very view of today's stickers, and the ones I have applied are a bit annoying to deal with, too thin and seem easily damaged if you try to pull them up and reapply. I hate to sound like an old guy, but the sticker sheets from the 80's set were FAR better IMO. I have always said I do not mind stickers (I mean Id rather have printed parts, especially the larger the design) but I think there would be less hate on stickers if LEGO made them with a bit better quality.
    BrickchapMarshallmariooldtodd33ingsama
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 2,023
    Did anyone else actually look up the cost of that UV printer... *jaw drops*
    ingsama
  • lowleadlowlead Downeast, USAMember Posts: 574
    I went down the YouTube rabbit hole and gave myself a quick crash course on UV printing.  Very interesting, but very pricey and favors a factory or small business application where the printer functions on a more full-time basis for mass production.
    Home UV printing is possible, obviously, but the machines require constant attention and cleaning, and there's quite a learning curve for the software.  Also the UV ink seems to be sold in larger bottles which requires pouring into reservoirs - and it stinks really bad, apparently.  All these factors would probably turn off most casual users.
    @ingsama These are generalities, of course - are you experiencing similar things with your UV printer, or?
    Yellowcastle
  • daewoodaewoo DFWMember Posts: 770
    pxchris said:
    Did anyone else actually look up the cost of that UV printer... *jaw drops*
    Yeah....I think I'll have to take a pass.  Pad printing seems much more affordable in comparison.
  • JudgeChuckJudgeChuck UKMember Posts: 1,557
    I'm really not sure of the point of asking what people on a Lego hobby site think of the printing results from a £13,000 printer! For that much, I'd 100% expect them to be as good as anything done by any professional outfit, such as minifigs.me.
    I really hope the OP isn't using it just for this! ;-)
    ingsamaYellowcastleiwybs
  • lowleadlowlead Downeast, USAMember Posts: 574
    edited August 2021
    ^^Hopefully it's market research for a possible startup business.  I bet he would do well selling fresh classic space parts, especially if you could custom order stuff like CS printed on black bricks.  Snazzy.
    Yellowcastle
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 5,278
    lowlead said:
    ^^Hopefully it's market research for a possible startup business.  I bet he would do well selling fresh classic space parts, especially if you could custom order stuff like CS printed on black bricks.  Snazzy.
    Except you’d have to license Lego designs, I expect.
    CCCdaewoolowleaddatsunrobbieYellowcastle
  • lowleadlowlead Downeast, USAMember Posts: 574
    True...unless they're around 25% different ;)
    Yellowcastle
  • ingsamaingsama korea southMember Posts: 20
    lowlead said:
    I went down the YouTube rabbit hole and gave myself a quick crash course on UV printing.  Very interesting, but very pricey and favors a factory or small business application where the printer functions on a more full-time basis for mass production.
    Home UV printing is possible, obviously, but the machines require constant attention and cleaning, and there's quite a learning curve for the software.  Also the UV ink seems to be sold in larger bottles which requires pouring into reservoirs - and it stinks really bad, apparently.  All these factors would probably turn off most casual users.
    @ingsama These are generalities, of course - are you experiencing similar things with your UV printer, or?

    Fortunately, the printer I use can use ink that has been certified as eco-friendly. It doesn't smell at all.
    lowlead
  • ingsamaingsama korea southMember Posts: 20
    I bought a printer as a hobby and am using it in many ways. In Korea, the club prints some members. I got the brick, printed it, and sent it to you. It's a very small fee. It's a fee that's not even worth the ink. :(
    lowleadYellowcastle560HeliportFizyx
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