Badge Maker Guide
Badge Makers are located within the stationery cupboard of the FUSA Club Space for shared club use. Clubs must purchase their own badge components (FUSA recommends purchasing from Badge-A-Minit). The Badge Makers must be used within the Club Space only, or booked out via the Event Registration Form.
- 2 x Multi-Press Badge Makers (with 25mm and 35mm Die Sets)
- 1 x 1900A Rotary Badge Maker (with 57mm Die Set)
- Circle Cutters in 25mm, 35mm and 57mm sizes
Operating instructions for the Multi-Press Badge Makers
Making a Badge
Refer to the instructional video HERE.
Operating instructions for the 1900A Badgemaking Machine
Making a Badge
You will see that the badge components consist of:
- A badge back
- A convex metal disc – a badge front
- A clear plastic Mylar front disc
Step 1 – Make sure the gold coloured front die is nearest to you. Place the metal front, edge down, in the gold cloured die.
Then insert your artwork laying it on top of the metal disc. Place it in the 12 o’clock position.
Lay the clear plastic Mylar disc on top of your artwork.
Rotate the rotor plate 180º until it hits the stop on the machine body. The silver “back” die will now be nearest you. Pull the handle down to the limit of its travel. You will see the top and gold dies engage and “snap” together.
Gently release the handle (do not let it fly back) to its normal position. All the components will have now transferred to the top die.
Step 2 – Place the badge back in the silver “back” die. The pin should be clasp side down. Ensure the pin sits in the “East West” position across the die.
Rotate the rotor plate 180º until it hits the stop on the machine body. The gold “front” die will now be nearest you. Pull the handle down to the limit of its travel. You will see the top and silver dies engage and “snap” together.
Gently release the handle.
Step 3 – Repeat step 1. Rotate the rotor plate 180º until it hits the stop on the machine body. The silver back die will now be nearest you. In the die will be a completely assembled badge. To eject the finished badge, push upwards on the small pin located in the 3 – 5 o’clock position under the silver “back” die. Because of size limitations there is no pin on the 35mm die.
Use a magnet to extract the finished badge.
Step 4 – Repeat step 2.
Continue to repeat the steps until the required quantity of badges is made.
Fitting Die Sets – The machine is fitted with the size die set of your choice.
To remove, lift off the rotor plate containing the front and back dies. Lay the machine on its side. With the Allen Key provided remove the top die by unscrewing the Allen Screw located in the centre underneath the top die. (refer to diagragm sheet).
Depending on which size Button Badge you wish to make, take the top die of that size and insert the top die shaft making sure that the mark on the top die is lined up with the notch on the front of the badge making machine body. Insert the Allen Screw in the centre underneath the top die and screw up tightly with the Allen Key provided. Stand the machine up. Fit the rotor plate in the locating hole in the base of the machine. In the case of the 85mm die set insert the loose pin in the locating hole.
Fitting the Cutters
Step 1 – Remove any dies if already fitted to your machine. refer to the instructions “Fitting die sets”.
Step 2 – Lay the machine on its side. Depending on which size Button Badge you wish to make , take the cutter head of that size and insert on the top die shaft of the machine body. Screw up tightly with the Allen Screw and Key provided.
Stand the machine upright.
Step 3 – Place the cutter block in the hole in the base of the machine directly under the cutter.
Step 4 – Place the artwork to be cut on the cutter block and line up with the cutter head. Pull the handle down and apply pressure. Gently release the handle.
Your printed material/artwork should now be cut to the exact size required.
You are now ready to make your badges.