the wacom comes with a rough surface that files down nibs super fast. i don't like that. i replaced it with a sheet of tablet glass. but no matter how i mount this thing on the surface, it cracks within a week or two of having it. the first sheet lasted for months, i don't get why since i allowed flex. the second one i filled in the gap with paper and it still broke, the third just broke in the center where i was erasing something, only lasted a week.
they claim to have a life time promise on it and they are upholding it, but i can see very fast i will be going through these like paper cups and these so called life time things, they vanish over night and open as a new store.
i was thinking of getting a 3 pack, as they claim to have a lifetime too, and at least i think i would get a 3 pack each time one broke, or that is the theory.
but instead of glass, i would like to find a plastic material that is as smooth as tablet glass. i know the wacom has a fine surface but i think that's to rough too. and i suppose i could keep using it until its polished smooth, but i was wondering if anyone knows of a very hard material that i can use instead, and not worry about it cracking.
it has to be as hard as glass or it will drag.
anyone have any ideas?
do you have the wacom's finest cover? does it sand down the nibs?
I don't use a Wacom so I have no idea if this is viable - but have you tried a flexible ipad screen protector? It should stick to the surface of the Wacom and remove any movement that could cause cracking. I have not idea if this would work, but it's something that came to mind as I read your post. Good luck whatever you try!
Mike, have the same problem with nibs and always looking for a different stylus. Patti, great idea, will check this out. Here is what I have found they say I can use on my tablet. Depends on which one you have.
Compatible pen brands
Hi-uni DIGITAL for Wacom. STAEDTLER, Noris digital. LAMY, AL-star black EMR. Mitsubishi Pencil 9800 Digitizer pen for raytrektab, 9800 Pencil. Raytrektab, DG-D08IWP. Samsung, Galaxy Note and Tab S Pen.
trimmer line fit the old model, but they changed the design. also i never found the nibs to work. it always skipped on me or something. they also made a metal nib but also doesn't fit my pen as far as i know. i think i would work through the tablet itself if it was metal though.
not sure if i have mylar, i think the problem there would be, the tip would cut it. they design the tips to wear down for some reason. (i know the reason). and it creates a sharp edge. and i think the thinness would bunch up. what i need is something like the glass, something very thin, but smooth and wrinkle free.
i tried to ease up on the pressure with the settings, but i lost my control of it.
i was also thinking of that plastic film, i may have to try that as an option. it would be flat, not sure how long it would last though i would if it would catch at all.
with the original surface i was going through a nib a week. and at a dollar per nib, that's nuts. with the glass, provided it didn't crack, after dulling the tip now and then with a file, i could get 2 months out of one nib. which is more like it.
i also didn't know there were other pens that worked with wacom. i wonder if it has the same control.
that might be too soft. kind of pricey to experiment with. i have some film for some phone i can try, its certainly cheaper to get the film over the plastic. ideally thin is best because my wrist gets irritated on the edge, the glass is just at the right thickness, but thin would be better.
i'll have to keep my eyes open for hard plastics now i guess. i was thinking even metal might work. but it will probably block the signal too. and i don't have any metal that would fit it maybe.
just tried the film, unless they make them harder than what i have. it created too much drag. i need something that just glides. even window glass is too soft, i find it scratches or the scratches on it caused clicking.
its not super intense though the eraser may need adjusting. i'd say by pencil if i remember those right i'd say it was like between a 2 and a 3, its not a soft touch, its more like making a dark line.
its hard to adjust the pressure on those things. one dit too low and while its better for my hand, i can't control the shade, it just flows out. and one dit too high and i'm putting too much pressure on it.
but its cracking in random places. the first one i think cracked on the top. the next was on a corner near a button like something dropped on it. it might have, but i'm pretty careful. this current one is smack in the middle, and the glass up against the surface with no bend space. so i dunno...
Hi Mike, have you tried Perspex it is a hard plastic just like glass and comes in various thicknesses. It may work well, certainly wouldn't break but I am not sure how it will go over time when your pen gets sharp edges (as you mentioned above) it may scratch the surface. Not sure about the US but here in Australia I would suggest going getting an off cut from a supplier (carpenter, picture framer, builder etc) and test it before you buy the size you need.
amazon seems to think its plexiglass. but they may just be using that as a spam word, because plexi is soft. others seem to be calling it a broken glass replacement but don't come in sizes that fit the tablet. and the larger sheets are more expensive. i'm not sure i know of any framers, though a sample would be nice. its at least something to look at, thanks.
i think i tried those. too soft. it makes a groove. i used to use very thin lexan for my old tablet. the nib was made of a different material and my old plastic version worked great for that. i lightly sanded it. but when i tried it on this one, it dragged and i could feel all the scratch marks. the hard part is, i have different plastics in the basement, but none of them are really scratch free.
i ordered samples of that perspex, and crossing my fingers. i don't need a lot of it.
and its weird that normal window glass also drags. i don't know what they do to the phone glass that makes it that smooth. i wonder if there is phone glass, but thicker? i don't know what that stuff is even called. and i can't cut it. it has to fit a surface pro 3, that's the size more or less that fits.
maybe. looking at the tablet, even a medium would work, 6x9 is the actual working area. i was hoping to find something cheaper but no. i did notice that on certain products on amazon, if its large they offer a replacement if it cracks, but not small. and ipad, doesn't offer anything replaced, only android. strange.