"Making professional quality 1-3/4" buttons just couldn't get any easier!"
The Model 175 RX is a manually operated 1-3/4 inch button machine. Made of solid-steel, it can produce up to 5 professional quality buttons in a single minute.
a Model 175 RX button machine, or button-making supplies for a Model 175 RX.
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Proudly Made in the U.S.A.
All of our button machines, circle cutters and button-making supplies are proudly produced in the USA
Making 1-3/4" buttons with the Model 175 RX
If you've ever tried making buttons with one of the inexpensive Badge-A-Minit button machines, you are in for a very pleasant surprise the first time you use our Model 175 RX. That's because the Model 175 RX is so fast and easy to use!
To make a button with the Model 175 RX, simply place your artwork and button supplies into the machine, pull the handle down twice, and in seconds your perfectly formed button is made!
In the video below, watch as six year old Benjamin Singel makes a button in only 20 seconds, using the button machine he purchased from Dr. Don's Buttons.
Be Inspired by Benjamin Singel
To see photos and learn what Benjamin Singel has been able to do with his button-making business in the seven years since he first purchased his button machine, click here.
Unlike the inexpensive Badge-A-Minit button machines that are made of plastic (or a plastic-like compound), the Model 175 RX is made of solid-steel. Whiles it's obvious that steel is more durable than plastic, what you might not know is that button machines that are made of steel will also make better buttons. That's because the button machine has to bend and crimp the button parts that are also made of steel.
How buttons are made
The following is a description of what actually takes place when you make a button.
When you push down on the handle of your button machine, the button design and mylar covering are pulled taut over the face of the button. The edge of the artwork and mylar are then tucked underneath the front of the button, in much the same way sheets are tucked under the mattress when making a bed. The back of the button is then pressed into the front and the edge of the button is crimped. This crimping action is what holds the button together.
Why steel is better than plastic
As you push down on the handle of your button machine, mechanical energy travels from the muscles in your arm into dies of the button machine. This energy provides the force that is used to crimp the edge of your button. The Model 175 RX, which is made of solid steel, facilitates the transfer of mechanical energy far more efficiently than can a button machine made of plastic or aluminum. This is the reason carpenters use hammers made of steel... not plastic or aluminum.
Buttons made with the Model 175 RX will have smooth, tightly crimped edges. They won't exhibit the "poor quality issues" that are so common with buttons made using machines made of plastic; issues like paper and plastic sticking out the sides, buttons that have rough or serrated edges, or buttons that fall apart after being made because the edges weren't tightly crimped.
Make buttons anytime / anywhere
Since it doesn't require electricity to operate and is small enough to fit in a child's lunch box, you can take the Model 175 RX along with you and make buttons where ever you happen to be.
How to get started making buttons
For loads of helpful information about how to get started making buttons, including the story about how Dr. Don got started making buttons and several of my very best money-making ideas, click here.
Creating the Artwork for Your Buttons
Online Button Design Studio
Now you can easily create the designs for all your buttons,
using nothing more than your Internet browser!
If you don't yet own a graphics program to design your buttons, or if you struggle to use one you already have, you are definitely going to want to look into the Online Button Design Studio.
Unlike traditional software that is loaded onto a single computer, you access the Online Button Design Studio over the Internet, using your Internet browser. This means you can design your buttons at home, at work, anywhere you have an Internet connection.
The Online Button Design Studio is made up of three powerful design modules; the "Curved Text Studio", "Photo Button Studio" and "CD Template Studio" which make it easy to create just about any kind of button you can possibly imagine.
And all three modules give you the feature every button-maker wants and needs; the ability to create curved text!
But that's not all!
The Online Button Design Studio also gives you the ability to change typestyles, change the color of your text, and if you like, give your text a glow.
You can make your text larger, or smaller and increase or decrease the spacing between your letters.
You can create and delete text fields with the click of a button and save your designs to work on or print at a later time.
You can upload photos to make your own photo buttons, or upload templates from any of our Button Design CDs and add your own text before sending them to print.
After you've finished creating your design, you can select which size button you are going to make and the Online Buton Design Studio will take your design, properly size it and add a cut line. It will then fit as many designs as possible on the page and save it as a .pdf file that you can easily print using Adobe Reader (a free program) or any program that can open and print .pdf files.
And with all its many advanced design features, the Online Button Design Studio is still incredibly easy to use!
But you don't have to believe me, because we created a Demo version of the Online Button Design Studio that allows you test all it's powerful features and see for yourself.
To try the DEMO version of the Online Button Design Studio, click here.
The Online Button Design Studio produces designs for all of the following button sizes: 7/8", 1", 1-1/4", 1-1/2", 1-3/4", 2", 2-1/4", 3", 3-1/2", 6" as well as Badge-A-Minit size 2-1/4" and 3" buttons.
The Online Button Design Studio is compatible with both Windows and Mac and simply requires you to have the Flash 10 browser plug-in, a free download from Adobe.
One year of Unlimited Access to the Online Button Design Studio is only $99.95!!
Button Design CDs
Another truly innovative product we offer at Dr. Don's Buttons is our line of "Button Design CDs".
By using these CDs, now you can create great looking button designs... even if you lack graphic design experience.
You can receive Button Design CDs FREE when you purchase one of our button-making kits or when you purchase additional supplies for a button machine you already own.
For more information about our Button Design CDs, click here.
Printing your designs
You can print your designs using any inkjet or laser printer. Special paper is not required.
Cutting the artwork for your buttons is an important part of the button-making process. So I want to provide you information about circle cutters that will help you better understand the process of how buttons are made and help you choose the cutter that is best suited for your needs.
We currently offer two types of circle cutters... the AC-1 circle cutter and the Punch Cutter.
I recommend the AC-1 for most customers.
It's less expensive and can do things the punch cutter cannot.
The AC-1 does its cutting by means of a rotary blade that is safely housed inside the body of the cutter. So it cannot cut anything you don't intend to cut. The AC-1's blade sits at the end of a cutting arm that is fully adjustable. This feature allows the AC-1 to make the cuts for buttons that are as small as 1-inch, as large as 3-1/2 inches, and any size in between.
To use the AC-1, you simply place the metal cutting plate (that comes with the AC-1) on a table and place your printed artwork on top of the cutting plate. Position the AC-1 over your artwork and center it. Then push down and turn the handle to cut your artwork into a perfect circle.
The AC-1's rotary blade will stay sharp far longer than straight-edged cutting blades (such as those used in Badge-A-Minit's circle cutters). The AC-1's rotary blade will not only give you better cuts, it will cut thousands of designs before needing to be replaced.
If you wish, you can even re-sharpen the AC-1's cutting blade. To do so, simply remove the blade from its adjustment arm (it's held in place with a "C-clip") and run the edge of the blade over a whetstone as if you were sharpening a knife.
For customers who prefer not to resharpen their blades, replacement blades are only $6.99 each.
30-Day Money-back Guarantee
You can try the Model 175 RX for a full 30-days without risk or obligation. Then, if for any reason you aren't completely satisfied, you can return it for a full and immediate refund (less shipping).
If you were to purchase a Badge-A-Minit machine and decided to return it, they would charge you a 10% restocking fee. At Dr. Don's Buttons, we don't charge restocking fees... and we don't need to, because customers who try our button machines seldom ever return them!
Hopefully, this will lead you to wonder... if Badge-A-Minit's button machines are so good, why do they charge a restocking fee when we don't?
The Model 175 RX Starter Kit
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Pricing for our Button-making Supplies
button-making supplies for the Model 175 RX
When you purchase button sets for the Model 175 RX in a quantity of 250 or more, you will also receive your choice of a Button Designs CD (valued at $39.95) or 30 days of Unlimited Access to the "Curved Text", "Photo Button", or "CD Template" studio portion of the "Online Button Design Studio", Free of Charge!
Meet Benjamin Singel... World's Youngest Button-Making Entrepenuer
Benjamin Singel is only 6 years old, but he's already an experienced button-making entrepenuer.
Benjamin purchased our Model 225 button machine, which he operates himself, and started his own button-making business which he calls "Ben's Deluxe Buttons".
You'll be inspired and amazed by this incredible young man.
To read about Benjamin Singel and his button-making business, click here.
Create Button-making Templates
Learn how to create a template for making 1-1/2" buttons with the Model 175 RX, click here.
Other Great Money-making Button Ideas
And for other money-making ideas, click here.
Button Machine Instructions
For instructions how to use the Model 300 SX button machine and our AC-1 circle cutter, click here.
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Dr. Don's Buttons
3906 W. Morrow Drive
Glendale, Arizona 85308