If you sell printed, contour-cut decals, you know that printing and cutting the images is only the first step. Okay, the first two steps. If you’re selling decals, especially at an event like a race or festival, you still have to cut them from the sheet of vinyl to give to your customer. This can be done manually, or with a trimmer. But wouldn’t it be nice if the vinyl cutter could do that … (read more...)
In the 1996 comedy Multiplicity, an overworked Michael Keaton decides to simplify his life by cloning himself. To no one’s surprise, the plan backfires because the clone decides to copy the idea and clone himself resulting in copies of copies. Since the copies of copies are all slightly defective, comedic chaos ensues.
Of course we all know real life is nothing like the movies.
In real life, you can use a … (read more...)
Having the right RIP software is essential to managing print and cut work flow. Even more essential is the design process. Whether you’re using an integrated printer cutter or a two machine system, creating a graphic to be printed and cut requires knowing how you want the finished graphic to look.
When you design a contour cut decal, keep in mind the final step is not cutting the printed graphic on your vinyl cutter. The final step is handing it to a customer who will peel and stick the decal. … (read more...)
One of the most beneficial and perhaps misunderstood capabilities of Qe and Q Series plotters is contour cutting pre-printed graphics. Many people believe that cutting out a printed graphic is challenging and difficult. Not so. As long as you have the right components, it’s really quite simple.
What do you need? A digital printer, a vinyl cutter with a reliable registration mark sensor, and intelligent software to coordinate the work flow. The software is the secret ingredient. Its’ the most often overlooked element. Many people purchase an ARMS-equipped vinyl cutter … (read more...)