Updated Proofgrade Labels

Not sure what made them make the change, probably their partnership with JoAnn stores, but this new label is massive. It’s just one big sticker. I’m already in the habit of manually changing my settings, and only keep the QR codes on to save me on having to select which material is in the machine (which only works half of the time, anyway), and so I know which side has a nicer grain (seems the backside of PG isn’t as aesthetic as the other). I eventually have to remove the label on some of the sheets for a consistent engrave, but for cuts it’s not a big deal.

Anyway, the other change I noticed in the shipment was that the entire order was sealed in plastic, rather than wrapped. Thought that was an interesting addition.

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Those barcodes all but confirm it’s a change for retail, and the larger, more bold font must be for easier spotting and identifying while walking down an aisle.

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When I first saw the label posted, I figured it was a 2 part label - the larger, more visible retail type sticker, with the regular QR code sitting in a cutout.

On the one hand, it’s nice to be able to tell what the material is really easily without having to peek under the masking, but dang it takes up a lot of real estate.

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I had hoped it could be peeled away and separated - now that would be a cool design! Unfortunately, just one big sticker, and just another routine to get in the habit of peeling off when needed.

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I can tell you exactly why they aren’t easily removable. To prevent theft in stores - people would swap draftboard stickers onto walnut and such.

If you order online, you should get small, unobtrusive tags in the unprintable area.

Never happen…

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A larger QR code would be easier to read with a blurry dirty lid camera too…

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I was thinking the same thing. My camera no longer reads QR code’s, apparently. Even when clean.

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Smoke particles have worked their way inside the camera and settled on the inside of the lens. They are not airtight, but they set the focus by melting the plastic on the thread. I’ve tried to break mine free but gave up as I didn’t want to risk permanent damage.

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They… uh … do what?

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Tip of a soldering iron or similar where the lens cap meets the threads. It’s done on most fixed-focus cameras of this type. It will often break free as the plastic is brittle, but it wouldn’t with “reasonable force” on the GF camera.

I doubt GF assembly is doing it - they probably come with focus pre-set by the manufacturer.

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I’ve never noticed this. I don’t use a lot of it, but I’ve certainly used some. I pick the side I like best for the project, but as I recall sometimes it is the back and sometimes it is the front.

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So this would be speculation then?

I’d be kind of surprised. If it were a lens that had moving elements, I could see that, since those breathe/exchange air. But then again, I’m surprised a lot. :man_shrugging:t2:

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