This is not intended to be spam. That said, here goes...
I have just accepted delivery of 3 high precision stainless steel coating blades that allow near production quality coating in sizes of 4x5, 5x7 and 8x10. The coating thickness can be a very large range limited mainly by the 'feeler' gauges that you use to set the blade gap.
These blades are based on equipment that we used in research at Eastman Kodak with some modifications to improve yield of usable prints in a home darkroom. They are intended for making paper prints. I am working on a similar set of film coating blades. They use no proprietary technology.
I have no idea what they will cost in quantity, but the ones I have cost me a bundle.
Right now, the yields of good prints are about 90% with the smaller blades, and due to a design error, only about 30% with the large blade. I am having it redesigned (it wasn't heavy enough and the end cap was not thick enough), and another one made that will coat 11x14 sheets.
The reason for this post is to find out if there is any interest in such equipment. Not spam, but a poll to see if there is anyone else out there who wants to give up the old paintbrush or foam brush and go with professional quality. I am not taking orders.
Anyhow, in the future, there may be a professional style coating block and a professional drying cabinet.
Am I barking up the wrong tree? Is anyone or no-one interested?
Your comments would be very appreciated. Thanks very much.