Digital finishing is a broad term. Plotters, print-to-cut machines, laser cutting systems, routers, and even semi-automatic devices fall under this category. In part two of our series on digital finishing devices we go into detail regarding products offered by multiple vendors. Request more information by clicking on the DOdirect.net logo below!
CET’s X-press CNC 480 and X-press CNC 510 routers are compatible with rigid substrates up to four inches thick, with the exception of aluminum, where a quarter of an inch is the thickest width possible.
EskoArtwork provides die-less finishing tables for short-run sign and display production. The Kongsberg XP series is for extremely high throughput, the Kongsberg i-XL series is used for heavy-duty tables, and the Kongsberg i-XE series is used for lighter materials.
Suitable substrates include acrylics, cardstock, chipboard, Coroplast, corrugated, foamboard, Sintra, lexan, wood, and textiles. The tables handle materials up to two inches thick, depending on the table and material combination. For example, acrylics up to one-inch thick are suggested for use, but foamboard up to three inches can be cut as well.
The Fletcher-Terry Company
Fletcher-Terry offers manual and semi-automatic substrate cutting and finishing equipment including the Titan material cutter/trimmer, GeminiPro, Fletcher 3100 acrylic and glass cutter, FSC rigid substrate cutter, and Alta99. "Fletcher’s cutting equipment utilizes a design philosophy based on interchangeable cutting tools. This gives the user the greatest level of versatility and longevity in their investment. When a new material is introduced in the marketplace, the only additional investment require is a new cutting tool holder versus a new piece of equipment," James McNickle, marketing director, Fletcher-Terry. Plastics, aluminum, foamboard, vinyl, canvas, and more are cut with these systems.
Gerber Scientific Products, Inc.
The Gerber Tempo 600 plotter is a friction-feed vinyl cutter targeting entry-level sign shops looking to add additional vinyl cutting capabilities. Bundled with Gerber OMEGA software, the plotter cuts vinyl up to 24 inches wide with a maximum material thickness of 10-mil.
The Gerber enVision series 750 plotter is a 30-inch sprocket-fed device, which also runs on OMEGA software.
The Gerber GSplus series features GS15 plus, GSx plus, and the GS750 plus. These three devices are part of a highly accurate motor sprocket plotter family that uses 15- or 30-inch perforated materials. Each feature Knife Mode Switching technology to ensure optimal cutting. The GS15 plus and GS750 plus features tangential or swivel knife capabilities and the GSx plus features just swivel knife capabilities.
The Gerber M Series of router/cutters includes the M-1200, M-3000, and M-3000 Turbo. Devices in this series handle cutting corrugated plastic and foamboard; kiss-cutting vinyl decals; routing acrylic, PVC, and other rigid substrates; as well as creasing digital offset to create point of purchase displays and packaging. The M-3000 Turbo features a one-kilowatt router that allows users to rout metal.
The Gerber Sabre 404 and 408 routers feature a cutting area of 53.5x54 and 53.5x101 inches, respectively. These devices are primarily used in dimensional signmaking, woodworking, and parts fabrication applications. Wood, foam, plastic, composites, and non-ferrous metals with a maximum material thickness of 4.4 inches can be cut.
The Gerber Dimension 200 router is a versatile, small footprint router with a cutting area of 35.4x31.4 inches. Applications created include push-through letters, engraving, AutoInlay, ADA, channel letters, cut-to-mask, drilling, reverse carving, and patented prismatic letters and graphics.
The GCC LaserPro Gaia II is a 51x36-inch grand format laser cutting system that uses Laser Pulsing Technology for accurate laser firing control. Available wattage ranges from 60 to 200W. The Accu-Aligning System (AAS) offers accurate contour cutting by automatically tracking the positions of graphics.
Also under the GCC umbrella, the Jaguar, Puma, Bengal, and Sable series cutters. Cutting force varies between the four machines. The Jaguar offers 600 grams, the Puma and the Bengal features 400 grams, and the Sable uses up to 250 grams. All GCC Jaguar and Puma cutters utilize the AAS, which detects registration marks encoded into digital images.
Graphtec America, Inc.
Graphtec provides the FC2250 and FC4200 series of cutters suitable for finishing cardboard and rigid media up to .7 mm thick or less. The FC2250 series, targeted more toward large format applications, features a dual head design with 500/1,000 grams of cutting force. Two media hold down methods are currently available, electrostatic or vacuum. Also, a new optional creasing tool for corrugated media creates fold lines. The FC4200 series offers 600 grams of cutting force and a flatbed design for cutting rigid board.
Mimaki USA, Inc.
Mimaki vinyl cutters—CG-75FXII, CG-130FXII, and CG-160FXII—cut media 32, 54, and 64 inches, respectively. They feature HALF CUT mechanism, a technology by Mimaki, that allows for the backing sheet to be cut leaving half cut connecting points, which are easily detached when necessary. New CG-100SRII and CG-130SRII contour cutters are similar, but feature slower speeds. All of the cutters are ideal for vinyl graphics, pre-printed transfer media, or masking film.
Mimaki’s CF3 Series routers cut materials up to two inches in thickness. Both the CF3-1631 and CF3-1610 feature a cutting area of 63x122 inches. Acrylic and aluminum composite materials are able to cut on these devices. An M head is used specifically for router cutting and an R1 head acts as a reciprocating cutter for materials such as corrugated boards and foam. The TF2 head is a tangential cutter that steers the blades as it cuts.
Value-priced contour cutters, 40-inch CG-100SRII and 50-inch CG-130SRII, are used to cut vinyl graphics, pre-printed transfer media, and masking film. The maximum cutting speed is 85 centimeters per second.
Mutoh America, Inc.
Mutoh’s SC-Pro 1650 is used for contour cutting and regular vinyl cutting for signage, vehicle, and window applications. Cutting widths of up to 64.3 inches accommodate roll and sheet media up to 72.83 inches. The maximum thickness of materials is one millimeter.
SC-Pro 1650 incorporates Mutoh’s patented Epos Technology, which aids in automatic multi-segment alignment. The device is equipped with a media basket, allowing for long length media support and continuous sign cutting.
Océ North America
Océ ProCut Digital Cutting Solutions are available in ten sizes with a variety of cutting, creasing, and routing tools and utilize Océ ProCut Software to prepare files for cutting. Both rigid and roll media is able to be cut, including foamboard, paper, cardstock, foamed PVC, Dibond, acrylic, PETG, vinyl, or fabric.
In November, Océ introduced the Océ ProCut 1600 M digital cutting table, offering a 51x63-inch table size. This additional model is ideal for shops that prefer a smaller footprint.
Roland DGA Corporation
Roland SOLJET, VersaCAMM, and VersaUV LED-UV LEC wide format printer/cutters automate both printing and contour cutting using one file, one workflow, and one printer for precision alignment. The Roland CAMM-1 GS cutter and printer/cutter cuts finished, laminated graphics using the Quadralign four-point optical registration system for a print-laminate-cut workflow. Roland’s GX series of vinyl cutters range from 24 to 50 inches in width and are used to cut pre-printed graphics.
Roland recently introduced the VersaUV LED-UV LEC series of inkjet printer/cutters. The printers combine UV printing, contour cutting, and a layered clear coat all in one device. It is ideal for packaging prototypes to membrane panels.
Summa’s DC4 print and cut vinyl system is a 54-inch thermal transfer device that utilizes optical position system (OPOS) registration mark recognition technology and Summa FlexCut, a finishing feature for producing die cut installation-ready graphics, decals, and labels. For printers looking for a smaller footprint, Summa also offers the DC4sx model, which is 30 inches wide.
Summa also offers the S Class T Series of tangential cutters, which handle thick materials up to 46-mil due to dual X-axis motors. The cutters range from 30 to 64 inches wide. Also part of the T series are the OPOS-CAM cutters—54 and 64 inches—which feature a camera-based mark recognition system. Users who do not require tangential cutters, but want the quality and reliability of a Summa machine can use drag-knife S Class D Series cutters, which handle materials up to 30-mil thick and are available in 30-, 48-, 54-, and 64-inch widths.
The SummaCut series offers users excellent entry-level cutters. Models ranging from 30 to 64 inches wide are available. All of which can cut materials up to 30-mil thick.
Techno CNC routers are used to route commercial signage and displays as well as digital images. The devices feature an automatic print maker verification system that locates reference markers on a print file, verifies the image, and adjusts for linear and rotational distortion. A maximum material thickness is two inches for wood, foam, plastic, and aluminum.
Universal Laser Systems, Inc. (ULS)
ULS offers a complete line of laser cutting and engraving equipment including the VersaLASER, Professional Laser Series, and Industrial Laser Series with engraving areas from 16x12 to 48x24 inches. The Industrial Laser Series offers a pass-through option that allows for items of unlimited length to be processed.
Laser power ranges from ten to 150 watts depending on the device. Acrylic, plastic, wood, cardstock, paper, Coroplast, and textiles up to a half-inch-thick can be cut on the laser cutting solutions. The company’s laser tubes feature a Rapid Reconfiguration capability, which allows users to change out laser power without using any tools—quickly and easily.
Zünd America, Inc.
Zünd offers multifunctional cutting machines that include knife cutting, creasing, scoring, routing, and V-cutting. The G3 model is available in up to ten different sizes from 50x63 to 125x125 inches. The PN series of tables are for users looking for a smaller footprint and need digital cutting options for prototyping and sample making. These devices are available ranging in size from 31x31 and 70x98 inches. Materials up to two inches thick can be cut on Zünd cutters, including banner, vinyl, paper, corrugated board, carton stock, magnets, foam core, styrene, Sintra, gatorfoam, and more.
Next week read about software that powers digital finishing solutions in the third and final part in our series.
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