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Reference Number: AA-00208 Views: 31129 Created: 2012-06-06 12:59 Last Updated: 2020-05-07 16:37

Slabsmith is Designed around a very specific set of algorithms and techniques that depend on the correct hardware and setup to produce consistently accurate digital slabs.  The following hardware represents our recommendations in order to achieve the best possible results for your Slabsmith photo station.  If you select other equipment, results may vary.

*All prices are correct as of the writing of this article.  Prices may have changed since this writing.


Camera equipment

Qty
Description / link
Vendor Part #
Cost/unit Total
1
Canon T6i / T7i / T8i  Camera w/18-55mm lens   (European models: EOS750D / EOS800D / EOS 850D)

Prime lenses

The Canon camera "kit" includes an 18-55 zoom lens, however slightly better pictures can be created by using a prime lens on the camera.  Because a prime lens does not have the ability to zoom, the camera placement and the lens must be matched.   The table below assumes a 12' (3.66m) wide A-frame.

Approximate minimum distance from 
Camera to A-Frame -  Ft / M
Recommended Prime Lens
 19'     /  5.9m  Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Wide-Angle Lens
 21.6'  /  6.6m  Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens
 27'    /   8.23m  Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens




Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel T6i
 $749.00
 $749.00
1
Canon AC Adapter
(IMPORTANT: Match the AC adapter to the camera model you purchase
for the T6i & T7i the adapter is the ACK-E18)

Amazon
 ACK-???  $119.95  $119.95
1
Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head
Amazon
Manfrotto 410
 $216.00 $216.00
1

USB 2.0 - A/Mini-B Cable
( Long enough to go from the photo station computer to the camera )
Amazon

$9.99
$9.99


 

Flash equipment

Qty Description / link
Vendor Part #
Cost/unit Total
4 Alien Bee B800 Flash units
  Paul C. Buff
  B800  $295.00
 $1180.00
1 Spare flash tube for B800 Flash
  Paul C. Buff
  AWFT14MMUV $34.95  $34.95
1
(NOTE: If you will set up the photostation in a large open
area with high ceilings, purchase 2 receivers, 1 for each
side, to assure all lights will flash)

 Paul C. Buff
 CSR  $69.95 $69.95
1 CyberSync Trigger Transmitter
(Fire the flash remotely - mounts on camera hotshoe)

 Paul C. Buff
 CST  $59.95 $59.95
4 Cam brackets
( allows positioning of the flash and mounts it to a 1" pipe")

 Paul C. Buff
 EC32  $16.95 $67.80


Calibration Targets

Qty Description/link Vendor Part #
Cost/unit Total
 1  Set of Calibration targets ( call: 315.287.2877315.287.2877 or email: nwd@nwdesigns.com
 Northwood Designs, Inc.
 Calibration Targets
 $725.00  $725.00 + shipping

Calibration targets are custom made for Slabsmith and must be purchased directly from the makers of Slabsmith: Northwood Designs, Inc.  


Label printers


Any printer that works with Windows 7 or later will work to print labels for your slabs.   Custom labels for Slabsmith can be created to your specifications for a charge of $50.00 per label.

While any Windows printer will work, if you need labels that can stand up to the elements, you should be looking for a printer that prints on Vinyl.   We are recommending the Zebra ZD220t printer.  Following are the links for the printer, labels and thermal transfer ribbons.

Qty Description/link Vendor Part #
Cost/unit Total
 1  ZD220t - Zebra Label Printer  (Zebra part # ZD22042-T01G00EZ)  Barcodes ZD22042-T01G00EZ  $439.00  $389.00
   4" x 2" Polypropylene label roll (1000 labels)
 Amazon  PolyPro
 $177.00   $177.00
   4" Thermal Transfer Ribbons
 Amazon  TTR12  $30.00  $30.00



Barcode Scanners 

( For use with the Slabsmith "Scan" module )


Qty Description/link Vendor Part #
Cost/unit Total
 1 Zebra Scanner Kit  ( Physical Inventory Reconciliation)

The scanner kit includes the scanner and  base station used to quickly and accurately reconcile your
Slabsmith database with your physical inventory.
Northwood Designs, Inc.
phone: 315.287.2877
email: nwd@nwdesigns.com
 Zebra Scanner
 $1,100.00  $1,100.00 + shipping


Qty Description/link Vendor Part #
Cost/unit Total
 1 Socket D730 Bluetooth Barcode Scanner

Recommended for use with Slabsmith's  Scan module "Inventory Browser"  tablet based  sales/inventory interface.
(replaces the Socket 7Pi with a more durable scanner)
 Amazon
 Socket D730 Barcode Scanner
 $400.00  $400.00


Qty Description/link Vendor Part #
Cost/unit Total
 1 LI4278 Bluetooth Scanner with Cradle

Recommended for use with Slabsmith's  "Locator" or "Slab Consumer" modules at the Saw.
 Amazon
 LI4278
 $179.00  $179.00



Computers

  In all cases, if the computer will run Windows 7 or later, it will probably run any Slabsmith module.  However, a slow computer may result in substantial increases in the time it takes to produce digital slabs with Slab Maker and/or how well you can layout a job in Perfect Match.  The recommended configurations below will provide good performance for each of the modules of Slabsmith as detailed below.

All computers should be connected to the internet (for technical support) and must be able to see each other across the network.

Photo Station (Slab Maker™) computer – The Slab Maker computer is typically located at the photo station and is the computer that creates the digital slabs from a photograph. It does not require specialized 3D graphics, but it benefits from as many CPU cores as you can give it.

  • 3.0 Ghz+ Intel Core -i7 processor (multi-core AMD is also compatible)
  • 16+ GB RAM
  • 250 GB+ Hard Drive
  • On-board Graphics card (Intel graphics, for example)
  • 17"+ Monitor
  • Windows 10 - x64

Layout (Perfect Match™) computer – The Perfect Match computer benefits from both processor speed and the right graphics card.

  • 3.0 Ghz+ Intel Core i7 processor (multi-core AMD is also compatible)
  • 16+ GB RAM
  • 250 GB+ Hard Drive
  • nVidia dedicated graphics card 2 GB+  *important  ( ATI is acceptable, but the nVidia is preferred )
  • 17+ Monitor
  • Windows 10 - x64

Database server – Digital slabs are managed in a database.  The database can reside on either of the other computers, but it often resides on a company server.  Wherever the db resides, all other computers that need to access the data must have a network connection to this computer.

The size of the hard disk is important on the database computer as the storage of the slab images can require a lot of disk space.  Each digital slab will require somewhere between 2-10MB on the server.


 

Custom hardware

 

Custom hardware includes a modified A-frame, a camera stand, and light stands.  Because each shop has different space and needs, these are often customized to the individuals needs.  Typical construction details are available in other articles within this knowledge base.

Costs for the custom hardware typically range from $750.00 - $2000.00 depending on your needs.