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V. Ryan 2012

 

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Learner drivers must clearly display a learner plate when driving with an instructor. These plates are manufactured in large numbers through a process called batch production.
 
 
1. Describe / explain the design requirements for Learner driver plates.
 
It must be easy to see the learner plate, even at distance.

The plate should be easy to attach to the car and just as easy to remove.

The ‘L’ symbol must be easy to see and recognise.

The plate must meet all the necessary regulations, especially those related to size, visibility and colour.

The plate must not damage the surface of the car, when attached or removed.

The plate must be light and must not alter the drivers visibility from within the car.

It must be cheap to manufacture.
 
2. Explain what is meant by the term batch manufacture, with reference to one graphic product.
 
Batch manufacture usually involves making a product in a factory.

Small batch manufacture involves making a small number of the same product, for example 10 to 100. Large batch manufacture involves larger numbers, such as manufacturing a 1000 birthday cards.
Batch manufacture often includes the use of machines and equipment, as part of the manufacturing process.
 
 
 
3. The red ‘L’ is applied to the white vinyl, forming the ‘L’ plate. Name a printing process, suitable for the mass production of the Learner Driver ‘L’ plate.
 
Screen printing or flexography.
 
4. Sketch the process you have named in question 3. Add explanatory notes.
 
NOTES

1. The vinyl to be printed on, is placed on top of the base.
2. A template, with the required ‘L’ shape cut out of it, is placed on top of the vinyl.
3. A screen is placed on top of the template. The screen is made of stretched nylon fabric and has a wood frame to hold it in place.
4. Ink is then squeezed through the nylon fabric.
5. A blade is used to spread the ink out and push it through the fabric, through the template, and onto the vinyl.
6. The vinyl is taken out of the screen printing equipment, allowed to dry. The printed pattern can clearly be seen.

 
 
 
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