[ubuntu-uk] OT: Disc duplication - anyone know any places that can do it cheap?
Mark at yourpropertyexpert.com
Fri Oct 12 00:33:32 BST 2007
On Thu, 2007-10-11 at 20:49 +0100, Rob Beard wrote:
>> When I was looking into this before I figured it was rather expensive,
>> even when using cheap 9p CD-R discs (when factoring in duplication of
>> many thousands of discs, printing etc). I was wondering though if
>> anyone knew of a good duplication company who could take an ISO image,
>> make a glass master disc and then professionally press and print a whole
>> load of CDs (like what we get with the original Ubuntu discs).
As it happens, I was with a disk publisher today sorting out a new
audiobook series I've done for them.
Sadly, they don't do duplication for other people, just their own stuff,
but given I was getting the "factory tour" I spent a bit of time in the
They have moved AWAY from the cheap disks, and moved onto the Sony ones...
... because in the last million they produced on Sony media, 6 failed !
The break-point in producing glass masters seems to be around the 500
disk mark - beneath that, big robotic duplication machines that are
basically a stack of DVD-R drivers, a printer, and a robot arm to move
disks between them (about 6 drives per printer seems to be the balance
for speed purposes) are the way they go.
The biggest cost they were facing was full-colour printing, which
actually cost MORE than the disks themselves. They've, again, moved to a
high-end system that literally has 7 "ink wells" connected to the beast
by tubes that they literally refill from bottles live.
Oh, and the fancy machines also connected to a 4 Tb over Gb ethernet, so
they could just pick any image, enter the number they wanted produced,
and click "go".
I was, it must be admitted envious :-)
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