That stinks that a good Cronite press is going to scrap. Engraving for printing is gone, even though CNC is hard-pressed to deliver the same quality as hand work.My Former Client merged with another local Gravure Company and than they were picked up by an Consolidated Investment. Than the other Gravure Company was cleared out as they had a Lease, they abandoned a unused 9-15 Cronite but the Machinery mover wanted 15 k for it. It was never a money maker, more to challenge myself and keep the skill alive, I always liked the idea to have a Gravure press on the Floor just to have something to play with. In my work I cut copperplate and such for etching.
Too bad. That is a whole skillset gone, like letterpress, linotype and engrossing.I'm in LA County, CA , a couple Cronites and carvers for sale, the cheapest is 10k, let;s face it - I print etchings, engraved, etched, aquatints and the only way I can sell them, i have them inside Books I print, by itself, there is no market. The same for engraved stationary etc, To sell it, it has to be repackaged into something else.
sad, but the "march of time" leaves a lot of good people in the dust. sorta like the advent of the pantograph machine. a lot of great people were left with a bag of curious looking tools. makes me wonder where all the cnc people will be in 50 years.That was my last cut, now they use a CNC mill for it and digital Files
last year i saw some rather massive tractor parts that were 3d printed. not sure, but i think they were made of steel. it must have taken forever to lay down all the layers needed to complete such a piece. probably way cheaper than the foundry way.I have thousands of dollars worth of tool & die tools just sitting in my tool box.
Some, like Mics, scales and calipers that are in English units, already are mostly obsolete.
Where I work it's mostly metric tools now.
With all the specialized insert tooling, I wouldn't be surprised if basic end mills disappear some day.
Or maybe everything will just be 3D printed, no cutting at all.