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The Model 300 SX is the BEST button machine on the market for making 3" button! And that's because the Model 300 SX is fast and easy to use!
To make a button with the Model 300 SX, 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 20 seconds, using the button machine he purchased from Dr. Don's Buttons.
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 your Model 300 SX along with you and make buttons where ever you happen to be. Rugged dependability Unlike Badge-A-Minit's inexpensive button machines that are made of plastic (or a plastic-like compound), the Model 300SX is made of solid-steel.
Steel is obviously a more durable material than plastic, but what you probably didn't not know is that button machines made of steel also make better buttons. That's because to make a button, the button machine has to bend and crimp the edge of the button parts, that also happen to be made of steel.
You should also know that button machines made of plastic will bend, warp and crack, which renders them useless. Badge A Minit will replace the machine when that happens, but if you're in the middle of an job, you'll be out of luck until the replacement arrives.
How buttons are made The following is a description of what takes place when you are making 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 your artwork and mylar covering are then tucked underneath the front of the button, in much the same way sheets are tucked up 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 so much better than plastic As you push down 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 crimps the edge of your button. The Model 300 SX, which is made of solid steel, facilitates the transfer of mechanical energy far more efficiently than a button machine made of plastic or aluminum can. This is why carpenters use hammers made of steel... not plastic or aluminum.
Buttons made with the Model 300 SX will have smooth, tightly crimped edges. They won't exhibit the "poor quality issues" that are common to buttons made with machines made of plastic; issues like paper and plastic sticking out the sides of the button, edges that are rough and serrated, or buttons that fall apart after being made because the edges weren't crimped together tightly.
How to get started making buttons For loads of helpful information about how you can get started making buttons, including the story about how Dr. Don got started, and several of his very best money-making ideas, click here.
Making Photo Buttons
One of the most popular and most profitble uses for our Model 300 SX is making photo buttons.
With the Model 300 SX, you can make photo buttons in 15-20 seconds, that can easily sell for $5.00 - $10.00 each, while the supplies to make them can cost you as little as 13 cents each!
For more information about making photo buttons, click here.
Shutterbug magazine reviewed the Model 300 SX and liked what they saw. To read the review, click here.
Creating designs for your buttons is a SNAP, when you use Dr. Don's Online Button Design Studio!
1 Month for $9.95 / 3 Months for $19.95 / or 12 Months for $59.95
Designing buttons doesn't have to be expensive, time consuming, or complicated.
And it isn't when you're using Dr. Don's Online Button Design Studio.
Unlike traditional software that is loaded and used on a single computer, you can access the Online Button Design Studio from any computer, which means you can design buttons at home, at work, anywhere you have an Internet connection.
The Online Button Design Studio includes four powerful design modules; the "Curved Text Studio", the "Photo Button Studio", the "CD Template Studio" and the "Template Background Studio", all of which make it incredibly easy to create nearly any kind of button you can imagine.
And each design module gives 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 allows you to change typestyles, change the color of your text, and if you like, you can even give your text an exciting glow effect.
You can also make your text larger, or smaller and increase or decrease the spacing between your letters.
You can create and/or delete text fields with the click of a button and you can save designs so you can work on them again, or print them at a later time.
You can upload photos to make photo buttons with or without text, and you can upload templates from any of our Button Design CDs and add text before sending them to print.
After you've created a design, you can then select which size button you would like to make and the Online Buton Design Studio will properly size your design and add a cut line. It will also position as many designs as possible on an 8-1/2 x 11" page and save it as a .pdf file. You can then easily print all your creations using Adobe Reader (a free program) or any program that can open and print .pdf files.
And the best part is that even with all its many advanced design features, the Online Button Design Studio is still incredibly easy to use!
We even created a Demo version of the Online Button Design Studio, so you can try it before you buy it and test out all it's powerful features.
To try the DEMO version of the Online Button Design Studio, click here.
The Online Button Design Studio can create 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, but it does require that the Flash plug-in, which is a free download from Adobe, be installed in your Internet browser.
Please note: Since the iPad or iPhone do not use the Flash plug-in, the Online Button Design Studio cannot be used on either of them.
Button Design CDs
Another challenge button-makers face is creating backgrounds for their artwork and that's where our "Button Design CDs" really come in handy.
Our Button Design CDs contain ready-made button designs, button design templates, and button design backgrounds with subject matter that includes sports, politics, business, education and more.
To create a button using one our CDs, you simply find a background or template you want to use, add any text you wish, using your graphics program or the Online Button Design Studio, and send it to print.
To learn more 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.
Since cutting the artwork for your buttons is an important part of the button-making process, I want to provide you with information 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.
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 can't 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 as small as 1-inch, as large as 3-1/2 inches, and any size in between.
To use the AC-1, 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 any straight-edged cutting blade (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 ever 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 $8.99 each.
Customer testimonials about the Model 300 SX
We Love our button maker! (Model 300 SX)
Thanks so much for your great web page and all your great FREE offers and tips.
The children are using the button maker to go to fairs and fundraisers to raise money to do their X-mas shopping. It is a wonderful tool to teach them about money management, business and profit ratios.
Thanks for making this so easy!
We LOVE the new machine (Model 300SX). We got it yesterday and used up all our button parts last night. It is a joy to use after that dinosaur of a machine we had!
Please ship the button parts we ordered the fastest way so we can have more fun (and make more money for the kids)
I bought the machine for my teenagers to use several years ago. They made buttons for local soccer team moms and cheerleaders. I have taken over their business and I'm doing quite well. I'm very happy with my machine and I tried to keep a friend from buying a BAM machine, but he did anyway and has already quit (of course that means more business for me)....thanks,
Beth (Bee's Buttons)
My sister recently purchased a button maker from your competitor, Badge-A-Minit, and it was more like "nightmare-a-minute". Needless to say, she returned it and went to Dr. Don's.
I couldn't believe how easy this machine was to use and I am now ADDICTED to making buttons for our store...
Thanks again for a great product, fast shipping and an overall great experience!
Well, things were very exciting here this afternoon.
First I got to leave work early. Then I arrived home to find my new button machine had arrived!
First things first.
My daughter and I unpacked it all, and then we cleared off the dining room table and started making buttons. My first order was already placed and paid for a week earlier, now I could actually fill that order.
With me running the circle cutter, and my 16 yr. old daughter making the buttons, we had the complete order of 200 buttons made, and stickered in under two hours.
It was simply amazing!
We were almost arguing over whose turn it was to make buttons. So, after the initial few buttons we started timing ourselves, and Dr.Don, I can make 5 buttons in one minute! My daughter did 3 in one minute.
This is such an improvement over that old Badge-A-Minit puny hand press, I now don't know what I'm going to do with all those buttons I made with it. The quality of those Badge-A-Minit buttons doesn't even come close to the ones I just made with your machine. There is no way I'd let those Badge-A-Minit buttons out of this house with my logo on them!
And out of those 200 made, I only lost two, yes two, to mess ups. And they were totally my fault. I did not put the parts in correctly, and of course that won't work. ( I had the pin back part in wrong side up.)
This is a great deal less than I lose with the "other" buttons.
Please feel free to use any part of this letter as a testimonial on your site, if you choose.
30-Day Money-back Guarantee You can try the Model 300 SX 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 button machine from Badge-A-Minit and decided to return it, they will 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 feel it necessary to charge a restocking fee when we don't?
FREE Stickers for the back of your buttons.
Just ask and we'll provide you with personalized stickers for the back of your buttons (just let us know what you want them to say. Your stickers can have up to 20 characters per line, 4 lines max)
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button-making supplies for the Model 300 SX
Added Bonus Customers purchasing pin-back button sets in a quantity of 250 or more, can now receive either of the following as your added bonus: