Give Your Shop an Edge
More than 50 sources of cutting systems, routers, and trimmers.
When printing graphics, you’re most likely going to need a tool that will cut the almost-finished product to its final size or shape. To get this job done, consider: Do you need a tool that can handle a wide range of rigid substrates – from foam to aluminum to wood? Or will a tool that only cuts flexible materials suffice? Are you interested in a machine that only produces straight cuts? How important is contour cutting in your current operation? Is there a certain cutting speed you must have, or a particular cutting head or software that you deem necessary to the work you take on? Will purchasing a laser system provide your shop with added benefits?
If you’re in the market for a piece of equipment that can provide you with cutting and/or routing capabilities, you’ve come to the right place as your first stepping stone. In this sourcelist, we’ve assembled more than 50 companies that produce cutters, cutting systems, routers, and trimmers designed for wide-format graphics, and highlight some of the products they have to offer (to view all of a company’s available products, visit its website). Note that printer-cutters are not included in this list.
Advanced Greig Laminators
The AGL Auto Trim 3 is an inline automatic web trimmer and sheeter that utilizes a self-sharpening rotary blade. Capabilities include flush-edge, sealed-edge, and bleed-edge trimming; plus a program to trim step-and-repeat sheets. An optional “Graphics Registration” package allows trimming of individual sheets from continuous rolls of printed media. Available in 27-, 38-, 50-, and 63-in. cutting widths. Other slitters and trimmers also available.
Its Roll@Blade 64 is a 64-in. rotary trimmer featuring a tungsten rotary blade (self-sharpening), an extra-rigid steel guide bar, an ergonomic metal blade carriage, a transparent clamping bar, an extra-wide working table, and more. It can trim materials up to 2-mm thick. Metal stand and waste catcher included. Other cutters and trimmers available.
Allen Datagraph Systems
Offers several cutters specifically designed for signage and graphics, including: the i-Tech cutters (in 24- to 60-in. sizes), which feature an EZ-Run Interface, precision motion control, and six programmable job setups; the Model 230 Vinyl Cutter, a 30-in. portable friction-feed, vinyl system; and the i-Tech Traffic Cutter line, specifically for materials used for highway and traffic signs including prismatic reflective materials (24- to 60-in.).
Alpha Systems’ series of routers include DXB Routers, geared for sign and advertising shops, and for cutting and engraving plastic, acrylic, and other materials; available in sizes from 14 x 14 x 2 in. to 47 x 95 x 4 in. Router package includes T-slot cutting bed, starter bit pack, machine control software, 2D design software, hand controller, and 2HP spindle with inverter. Alpha’s four series of cutting plotters include the GL Cutting Plotter, aimed at wide-format digital graphics and packaging; in sizes from 79 x 126 in. to 165 x 204 in.
Anderson Group America
Its AKut Cutting System is a multi-tool system specifically engineered for sign and graphics shops. The AKut system feature Esko’s i-cut vision system: i-cut Vision Pro with integrated i-cut Camera, a water-cooled router spindle, a fixed table gantry with six vacuum zones, three different types of knives, and more. Table size is 8 x 4.2 ft. Eight series of CNC routers are also offered.
Its range of CNC router systems are for processing rigid and semi rigid materials. The company’s rotary cutting tool can operate simultaneously in three axes of motion to create three-dimensional surfaces for moulds or finished products. Designed to machine materials such as natural woods, engineered wood products, plastics, non-ferrous metals, fiberglass composites, foam products, as well as other engineered products including metal composites, phenolics, and more. Also offers CNC Knife systems and CNC laser/plasma systems.
Canon Solutions America
The Océ ProCut Digital Cutting Tables are suitable for roll media, sheets, or rigid substrates up to 1.97-in. thick, and can be utilized on output from any manufacturer’s printer. The tables include three ProCut Software modules to create automated finishing systems that can be used to optimize basic trimming tasks for rigid and flexible media; they can also be used to finish more complex jobs such as contour-cut P-O-P displays, production-quantity decals, and structural projects. Table sizes range from 51 x 63-in. to 128 x 124-in with cutting speeds up to 55-in./sec. All tables feature an aluminum table top, a self-adjustable vacuum system, advanced industrial dust protection, and the Modular Tool System that allows up to three tools to be mounted at one time.
CLN of South Florida
Offers two router series including the CLN 300 Series, a heavy-duty, steel-framed table router featuring automatic tool length measuring, spindle speed control, 17-in. widescreen monitor, and more (available in table sizes of 4 x 8, 5 x 10, and 6 x 12 ft or custom).
Offers OmniBeam, a versatile laser machining tool for cutting a wide range of materials (non-metals up to 25mm and metals up to 2mm); and MetaBeam, optimized for metal cutting up to 6mm thickness. The MetaBeam 1000 (released in September 2012) has an expanded cutting area of 50 x 50 in.
The 5- x 10-ft Colex Sharpcut Digital Flatbed Cutter features: a fixed knife, oscillating knife and router; a Panasonic servo motor; a triple, interchangeable tool head for cutting and routing; vision registration system camera and software; and more. A semi-automatic board feeder is optional. The company is also the exclusive North American distributor of Fotoba cutters (see Fotoba listing).
The Accu-Cut X-series routers offer 5-HP Perske spindles, steel frames, automatic tool-height calibration, and a dual motor-driven gantry. The X-series routers can cut aluminum, plastics, wood, and more, and deliver accuracy within +/- .001-in. Cutting speed up to 700 in./min. Other Accu-Cut routers available.
Its line of CNC routers includes the Tech and Panel Pro series, both featuring moving-gantry-type machines. The Tech router is available in a table size of 145 x 61 in. and the Panel Pro is available in table sizes from 5 x 12 to 35 ft. Onsrud also produces fixed-table routers and inverted routers.
The Accu II High Speed is an automatic cutter featuring a max. web width of 32 in., a max. material thickness of 40 mils, a flush cutting accuracy of +/- .005 in., and a dual air cylinder. A stand is included.
Dahle North America
Dahle’s Premium Series Large Format Guillotine cutters feature a metal safety guard with pre-printed guides, an automatic clamp, and a spring system that prevents blade from falling. Available in 32- and 43-in. cutting lengths. A stand is included. Also offers a range of rolling trimmers.
Digital Art Solutions
The SmartCutter Pro Series 24-in. vinyl cutters feature the AAS II Accu-Alignment System for contour cutting, digital servo motors, an adjustable media-handling system, and 600 grams of cutting force; they can accommodate media up to 0.8mm thick. Graphics can be output directly from CorelDraw, Illustrator, or Freehand with CoCut or Smart Pro cutting software.
Its series of three trimmers, available in 48-, 60-, and 96-in. widths, are suitable for flexible media such as vinyl, paper, and banners less than 2mm thick. A stand is included with all models.
The Kongsberg XN Series of finishing tables can handle a broad variety of materials. Geared toward the mid-range market, the XN tables feature a modular tabletop industrial design and are available in seven sizes, from 50 x 66-in. to 87 x 258-in. The tables offer a choice of four tool heads: PowerHead (for heavy-duty material), FlexiHead (for flexible and thin materials), FoamHead (for foam materials), and a MultiCut milling spindle or MultiCut-HP (the latter offers three times the speed of the standard MultiCut). Newly developed insert tools include a solid board v-notching insert, a corrugated paper-core board v-notching insert, and a Braille tool insert. Esko’s Kongsberg XP series of high-throughput digital-cutting tables are designed for 24/7 short-run production of corrugated packaging, P-O-P, and permanent in-store displays. Beyond corrugated board and display carton, the XP series works on numerous substrates, including corrugated plastic, foam boards, MDF, plywood, acrylics, and other rigid materials. The XP series is available in three sizes: the XP20, with a 66 x 56-in. work area; the XP24, with a 66 x 126-in. work area; and the XP44, with an 87 x 126-in. work area. All of the machines offer a maximum cutting speed of 66 in./sec. Various XP tools available; the cutters can be equipped with i-cut Suite pre-production software. Other Kongsberg cutting tables include the XP and XP Auto; the XE; and the i-XE and i-XE10 Auto.
The Fletcher FSC Multi-Material Cutter offers a 65-in. vertical cutting capacity, the ability to be wall-mounted or used as a freestanding unit, and interchangeable cutting-head technology. Its Fletcher 3000 is a wall-mounted or freestanding machine that can cut foamboard, acrylic, and glass/mirrors up to .75-in. thick and offers 48- and 60-in. cutting capacity; the Fletcher 3100 can cut Gator board, foamboard, and corrugated plastics up to 0.5-in. thick and has a 63-in. cutting capacity. Also available: the FSC Semi-Rigid/Flexible Cutter and the Alta99 Automated Substrate Cutter.
Flexicam offers a range of CNC routers, including the S2, which is available in six models and sizes from 60 x 62 to 72 x 149 in. The S2 features rigid steel construction, a moving gantry, and a max. cutting speed of 82 ft/min.
The Evolution-E2 is a wide-format cutting bar. Intended to fit any bench (or the optional Evolution 2 Bench), the E2 features an extruded alloy cutting base, integrated lift-and-hold mechanism, and adjustable levelers; it can cut materials up to 0.5-in. thick, including banners, fabric and textiles, inkjet media, PVC foamboard, Fome-Cor, and more. In cut sizes from 64 to 144 in. The company also offers various multi-substrate cutters, rotary and mat cutters, and more, including the HSGM Hot Cut System designed for fabric-graphics cutting and finishing.
Offers a variety of digital print cutters, including the XXL 500 X/Y superwide automatic roll cutter with a cut width of 210 in. The XXL can accommodate materials up to 0.8mm thick, including polycarbonates, laminated media, photo paper, vinyl, banner, PVC, and more. Fotoba also offers: the XLD 170 automatic cutter, designed to work with rolls and sheets (67-in. max.; up to 0.8mm thick); the XL 250/320 automatic cutter (102- and 130-in. max., up to 0.8mm thick); the Digitrim 44/64 (44- and 64-in. max., up to 0.5mm thick) with TrimManager software; and the Rollcut WR61/75 (62- and 75-in. max., up to 0.5mm thick). Colex is Fotoba’s exclusive distributor in North America.
Freedom Machine Tool
Offers its Patriot 3-axis CNC router in three sizes – 4 x 2, 4 x 4, and 4 x 8 ft. All three sizes feature: steel construction; Fagor 8035 Industrial CNC Control; z-axis tool plate; 25mm rails; and industrial brushless AC servo motors. Various spindle and table options.
The ProCut 40 and ProCut 63 are substrate and board cutters that can cut materials up to 0.5-in. thick and 40- and 63-in. long, respectively; both feature an open-ended design for oversize cutting, power-grip cutting head, and embedded grip strips to prevent material from moving while cutting. GBC also offers a series of Triumph-branded automatic and semi-automatic programmable cutters (up to 18-7/8-in. trim width), programmable automatic cutters (up to 25.5 in.), and programmable hydraulic cutters (up to 28-in. trim width).
Offers various cutting plotters, including the Expert Pro, which features 24- and 52-in. cutting widths (up to 0.8mm thick), a 400-g cutting force, and a cutting speed of 24 in./sec. Other cutting plotters include: the Expert 24LX and the Expert 24, both with 23.6-in. cutting width (up to 0.8mm thick), and 250-g cutting force (the Expert 24LX features a dual-port connectivity with USB and serial ports); and the Jaguar, Puma, Bengal, Sable, and RX series models.
Gerber Scientific Products
Gerber’s Sabre Routers are available in two table sizes: 54 x 71.5 and 54 x 121 in. (approximately 54 x 54- and 54 x 101-in. cutting areas, respectively). Designed for dimensional sign making, woodworking, and parts-fabrication applications, the Sabre Routers feature aluminum construction, multi-size platforms, z-axis depth control, a T-vac slotted vacuum table, a material-hold and chip-removal system, and more. The company’s M Series flatbed cutter features a T3 modular cutting head with automatic tool recognition, an M vision optical-registration system, and a light beam security system; available in 95 x 77- and 103 x 148-in. table sizes (66 x 46- and 75 x 120-in. cutting areas, respectively).
The GO MiniMax is a 16-in. desktop vinyl contour cutter, designed to perform as a standalone cutter or as a full print-and-cut solution with Graphics One and OKI printers. It features a steel cutting blade, an optical laser sensor system to detect registration marks, and a 3-m media-tracking system for accurate contour cuts. The MiniMax cuts up to 26-in./sec and uses up to 750 g of cutting force. The GO CutsIt Rotary Trimmer can be used with various media and is available in sizes from 38 to 78 in. Features include a self-sharpening blade, two clamp rollers, and double steel tube cutting suspension guide; stand and waste catcher included.
Its FC8000 series cutting plotter features a max. cutting speed of 58.5 in./sec, 4.0g max. acceleration, and 20 to 600g selectable cutting forces; can process self-adhesive vinyl as well as high-intensity reflective film, sandblast resist rubber, automotive window and paint-protection films, Amberlith and Rubylith masking films, and other media types. In five sizes, from 30 to 72 in. (media widths). Also available: the CE6000 series cutting plotter, in 15-, 24-, and 48-in. versions.
Image Edge Cutting Systems
The Image Edge substrate-cutting system can cut up to 10 ft in length. Its cutting mechanism is pressure-activated and automatically retracts when not in use; the system can cut vinyl, banner material, magnetic media, PVC, foam boards, Coroplast, and other materials. The system includes four edges, two cutting heads, stabilizer dowels, and blades.
The SmarTrac I/S is a wide-format sign cutter designed to handle a variety of rollfed materials including vinyl, heat-transfer film, Rubylith, and more. It features the company’s SmarTrac technology, a powerful servo motor, a high-speed processor with 1-megabyte buffer, adjustable downforce pressure up to 500g, tangential blade control, and more. In three cut widths: 25, 31, and 41 in. Ioline also offers the rollfed 100 System that creates heat-transfer designs, vinyl decals, signs, banners, and vehicle graphics; 25-in. max. cutting width.
The SteelTrak is a vertical cutter geared for sign makers and is capable of cutting rigid and semi-rigid materials; can also cut glass and aluminum with optional accessories. In 65- and 84-in. cut lengths. Also offers a range of cutter bars and its Arc Rotary Cutter in sizes 42- to 120-in. models. Foster Manufacturing is the exclusive distributor in North and South America.
Kern Laser Systems
The HSE (High Speed Engraving) Laser System is geared toward sign makers and can process acrylic, metal, wood, stone, foam, and more. Features a moving gantry with high-speed servo motors, a solid-steel frame, lasers from 30 to 400 watts, and KCAM laser software. Models available in 52 x 25-, 52 x 50-, 52 x 100-, 60 x 120-, and 80 x 120-in. widths.
Ledco’s Automatic Cutter is designed for use with the company’s HS30 Thoroughbred Laminator, but will adapt to fit other manufacturer’s equipment, Ledco reports. Cuts up to 30-in. wide with a max. cutting thickness of up to 50 mils; cutting speed is 150 ft/min max.
The company’s CF3 series of flatbed cutting plotters is available with three types of changeable cutting heads: M head (router), R1 head (reciprocal cutter), and TF2 head (tangential cutter). The reciprocating blade cuts through (or creases) corrugated board like a typical saw would, as well as thick, soft materials; the tangential blade is like an X-acto knife and does sharp cuts with pressure, cutting materials from soft to rigid with a cutting force of up to 11 lb; the router head is for cutting hard materials like metals, thick plastics, wood, Gatorboard, and Dibond. Available in 122 x 63- and 39.3 x 63-in. sizes (cut area); max. cutting depth for the router is 1.96 in., for the reciprocating cutter is 0.78 in., and for the tangential cutter is 0.39 in. Included: FineCut 7 software to create cutting data from CorelDraw and Adobe files; and Mimaki Plotter Manager, to set up cutting conditions.Also available: the CF2 series of flatbed cutting plotters (in various configurations); plus three different series of roll/sheet cutting plotters including the CG-SRII series, the CG-60SR, and the CG-60SL.
Offers a full line of CNC cutting systems, including routers, knife systems, plasma and laser cutters, and more. Its Digital Express high-speed digital registration, routing, and knife cutting system is available in a range of table sizes, from 60 x 60 to 80 x 120 in. and cuts 7000 in./min. It comes standard with the company’s MultiVision digital registration system. Features include 3 HP, 4 HP, or 5.5 HP high-speed routing spindles, up to three tangential knife receivers, and automatic tool- and knife-changing systems. Also available is the Graph-X Cutter.
The ValueCut line of cutting plotters comprises three models: ValueCut 600 (30.3-in. media width, 24-in. cut width); ValueCut 1300 (62.7-in. media width, 52-in. cut width); and ValueCut 1800 (74.8-in. media width, 72-in. cut width). Standard features include: newly designed sheet-off feature; roll support system; multi-segment registration; spare blade; oil-ball point pen; SAi Flexi starter software; and more. A floor stand and media-catch basket are standard on the VC 1300 and 1800 models (optional on the 600). Max. media thickness is 1mm. Dual-roll support system is optional. Mutoh’s line of Kona Cutters are available in three sizes: 30, 54, and 65 in. All three cutter sizes feature: laser-based optical sensors for automatic job recognition and accurate alignment; a dual-roll support system; full-color LCD touch screen with multi-language capability; and an automatic sheet-off mechanism incorporating a rotatable long-life blade with four cutting sides. The cutting force is adjustable from 20 to 450 grams; cutting speed is adjustable up to 1000 mm/s. Maximum media thickness is 1mm.
The Electro Foam Trim Plus is an electric foam trimmer available in vertical and horizontal configurations (three each), designed for heavyweight rigid media with a cutting width of 63 to 122 in. It features a fixed blade cutting head with a variable speed that operates at 6 in./second on the cut; 5-, 10-, 20-, and 30-mm cutting heads are supplied for scoring, single-pass, or bi-directional cuts. Will cut various substrates including rigid foam board up to 1.18 in.- or Sintra up to 0.5 in.-thick. Neolt also makes the Trim (for lightweight flexible materials), Power Trim Plus (medium-weight flexible), Strong Trim Pro (heavyweight flexible), Super Trim (extra heavyweight flexible), Manual Foam Trim (lightweight rigid) trimmers, and more.
Orca Photonic Systems
Offers X-Y laser systems and laser pattern cutter systems. Its X-Y systems are available in shuttle-feed, conveyor-feed, and flatbed configurations; in 50 x 50 or 60 x 50 in. Systems can be equipped with laser powers ranging from 25 to 400 watts. Its pattern cutter systems are designed for flatbed or roll-to-roll media handling; systems for material widths up to 8 ft are available.
The Camm-1 Pro GX-640 cutter is designed for vehicle graphics, signage, banners, floor graphics, and more. It can accommodate media up to 72-in. wide (65-in. cut width) and features the company’s Quadralign technology for cutting pre-printed graphics. It offers three cut modes, front and rear loading, automatic sheet-cut function, an overlap function for thicker media, CutStudio output software, and Roland’s VersaWorks RIP software. Also available is the Camm-1 Servo GX-24 desktop vinyl cutter and the GX Pro (300/400/500) series of cutters. Roland’s line of VersaCut print trimmers are engineered for production graphics shops: the VersaCut manual trimmer is available in 68- and 100-in. widths and is designed for flexible and rigid substrates up to 3/8-in. thick; and its VersaCut CR crank-assisted trimmers, in 48- and 72-in. sizes, can cut Sintra, Fome-Cor, and other substrates up to 0.5-in. thick.
Offers a trio of graphics trimmers, including the Smartrim, the Smartrim TriVision Trimmer, and the Smartrim TriVision Slitter. The Smartrim can trim up to 500 graphics (50 x 70 in.) /hr and rolls up to 60 in. wide. Features an automated finishing system compatible with Scotchprint 2000 media. Rosenthal also manufactures a range of sheeters.
Its range of trimmers includes the Technical T Series for large-format trimming. Available in seven models, ranging from cutting lengths of 26 to 100 in. All have cutting capacities of 4.0mm thick. The British company has several US distributors.
Safety Speed Manufacturing
Manufactures vertical panel saws, routers, saw-and-router combos, and more. Its 3400 Vertical Panel Router provides production routing capacity on a 10-ft vertical welded steel frame. Max. cross cut is 62 in.; max. cut thickness is 1.75 in. Optional Mid-Way fence. The company offers nine panel saws, including the C4 (for 4 x 8-ft sheets) and C5 (for sheets up to 64-in. wide); both designed for shops with limited floor space. A special Sign Saw package is available.
Saw Trax Manufacturing
The Saw Trax Sign Makers Package Series combines a panel saw and mat cutter in a single machine. Features include an Accu-Square Alignment System, powder-coated steel frame, and Makita 5007N saw. Available in 52-, 64-, and 76-in. frames. Cuts a variety of materials up to 1.75-in. thick, including MDO board, plastics, thin sheets of aluminum, Dibond, Fome-Cor, Sintra PVC, acrylics, Gatorfoam, Lexan, and more. The company offers a variety of other panel saws as well.
Offers its PRSalpha gantry-based CNC routers, intended for wood, plastics, aluminum, and other materials, and available in sizes from 48 x 48- to 144 x 60-in. (nominal cutting area). Features cutting speeds up to 600 in./min and a step resolution of 0.0004-in. A line of entry-level PRSstandard CNC routers (48 x 48-in. and 96 x 60-in. cutting area) is also available; these can be upgraded to PRSalpha.
The EnduraCut, EnduraCut LX, and the EnduraCut Pro are 24-in. desktop vinyl sign cutters designed for short-run graphics; different bundle packages available for each. Also available: the Vinyl Express Q Series of vinyl sign cutters in 24- to 60-in. models with a 50-in./sec top speed.
SpeedPress Sign Supply
Its Rotary Multi Cutter can be used to cut banner vinyl, digital prints, films, cardboard, paper, and fabrics. Offers a 36-in. cut; built-in blade cover.
Its OPOS-CAM contour cutter was specifically developed for contour cutting printed graphics, signs, labels, vehicle wraps, and decals. It features Summa’s CameraControl recognition software, the Summa TrueTangential cutting head, and a top cut speed of 54 in./sec; cutting thickness up to 62.2 in. It’s available in 54- and 64-in. versions. Summa also produces: its Summa S Class 2 series of cutters, available as a high-speed Drag knife model (D Series) or as a True Tangential blade model (T Series), in 30- to 64-in. widths, and its SummaCut series of vinyl and contour cutters (30-, 48-, 54-, and 64-in. models), featuring a high-speed cutting head, OPOS-X contour cutting alignment, integrated media rollers, and more.
Its SignRouter series of CNC routers is designed specifically for signage and P-O-P graphics. The SignRouter 43 features a 61 x 121-in. fixed table, a 10-HP spindle, and an 11-position automatic tool changer; it can trim flat and three-dimensional printed graphics composed of wood, composites, chip core, rigid foam, plastics, non-ferrous metals, and other materials. The SignRouter 45, with table sizes from 5 x 10 to 7 x 12 ft, is also available.
Universal Laser Systems
The ILS12.75 is a versatile dual-laser compatible with a processing power range of 10 to 75 watts, designed and engineered for manufacturing environments. It offers a work surface area of 48 x 24 in. Universal offers a variety of other laser models, with work-area sizes as small as 12 x 16 in.
Vision Engraving & Routing Systems
Offers three wide-format models of CNC routers/engravers in its lineup: the 2525 (25 x 25-in. table), the 2550 (25 x 50-in. table), and the VR48 (4 x 8-ft table); all three can cut 3D signs made of sign foam, wood, and more, and feature Vision Series 4 Controller and Vision Pro software.
Vytek Laser System
Its laser cutters are available in various models. The GX series laser cutting systems are based on an XY gantry style positioning table and feature sealed C02 laser tubes. In three sizes (working area): 52 x 52, 52 x 100, and 80 x 125 in. Can cut wood, steel, paper, acrylic, polyester, and more. Max. cutting speed is 1200 in./min. Its FX3 and LStar series of lasers are suggested for textiles.
The Zünd G3 Digital Cutter is available in 11 sizes, from 52 x 63 to 126 x 128 in., and can cut materials up to 2-in. thick. Users can combine up to three modules and tools to take on various graphics projects. Modules include the Universal Module, the Routing Module, the Punch Module, and the Marking Module. An array of tools are available, including the universal cutting and routing tools to the power rotary tool, creasing tool, universal drawing tool, and others. Material-handling systems include an automatic board loading and unloading, roll-off units, and a collection tray. Also available: the S3 Digital Cutter.