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Post time: 2015-7-3 11:11:11 |Show all posts
I'm looking at buying shipping tubes & have an order ready to place for 3" x 19" and they are .06 thickness. Is this thick enough to not bend when shipping? I have never used tubes in the past so I don't know a lot about it.

Post time: 2015-7-3 19:43:05 |Show all posts
Colin Franks wrote:
I've been in the sign business for 25 years, and can recommend that you visit your local sign shop for some tubes. They will be about 3" I.D. (or possibly larger), but they should be happy to give you some for free, as they are the left-over cores of the various media we use. (Vinyl, banner, canvas, mesh, cling, paper etc).
Carpet stores are also good for tubes. I have a local cabinet shop that cuts them to size. The end caps are very inexpensive.
Brian A

Post time: 2015-7-3 18:41:02 |Show all posts
I use .125. Can't imagine using anything thinner. Your call, of course. I prefer the ones with plastic end caps. Then I tape over the caps.
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Post time: 2015-7-3 17:41:02 |Show all posts
I've been in the sign business for 25 years, and can recommend that you visit your local sign shop for some tubes.  They will be about 3" I.D. (or possibly larger), but they should be happy to give you some for free, as they are the left-over cores of the various media we use. (Vinyl, banner, canvas, mesh, cling, paper etc).

Post time: 2015-7-3 16:02:18 |Show all posts
He's talking 0.06 inches.  I know Uline has .07, .08, .125 thicknesses too.

Post time: 2015-7-3 14:29:50 |Show all posts
aec2003 wrote:
I'm looking at buying shipping tubes & have an order ready to place for 3" x 19" and they are .06 thickness. Is this thick enough to not bend when shipping? I have never used tubes in the past so I don't know a lot about it.
0.06 what units?
I use ULine tubes that are 4" and 6" diameter and 3 mm (a little over 1/10" thick). 3 inches makes decurling the print more difficult at the client end.
Brian A

Post time: 2015-7-3 12:36:20 |Show all posts
IMO, it's a bit on the thin side but probably do-able.  But, I'm a believer in the 'opening experience' and if you're shipping expensive prints, then the customer will appreciate the use of a heavy duty tube.  Also, consider what happens if it gets damaged.  you now have to duplicate the artwork and shipping etc etc all for a differential cost of using a 'better' tube.
Why not order some of both thicknesses?  or go to Staples/OfficeMax and see/feel the difference if they have them.
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