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Prime Cut

(February 2011) posted on Fri Feb 04, 2011

More than 50 sources of cutters, cutting systems, and routers.

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Whether you’re primarily outputting graphics onto rigid or roll materials, or a mix of each, you inevitably have a need to cut to finish the piece. But just what type of cutting equipment do you need? Will a manual cutter or cutting saw do the trick? Or, are you in the market for a cutting plotter? Or perhaps your cutting needs are a bit more detailed and intricate, so it’s a CNC router or even a laser cutter that’s necessary for your shops usual array of products?

We’ve put together the following sourcelist of more than 50 companies that produce cutters, cutting systems, and routers for your perusal. We’ve highlighted a sampling of specific offerings from each company (visit the company’s website for a comprehensive list of products). Note that we’ve not included units that also print (printer-cutters), but we have listed a few cutters specifically geared around laminates.

Advanced Greig Laminators
The AGL Auto Trim 3 is an inline automatic web trimmer and sheeter. Capabilities include flush-edge, sealed-edge, and bleed-edge trimming; it also features 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. AGL also offers other slitters and trimmers.

Akiles Products
Its Roll@Blade 64 is a 64-in. rotary trimmer that features a self-sharpening tungsten rotary blade, an extra-rigid steel guide bar, a transparent clamping bar, extra-wide working table, and more. Trimming capacity is 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 line (in 24- to 60-in. sizes), which allow for cutting directly from CorelDraw, Illustrator, AutoCAD, and other programs; the Model 230 Vinyl Cutter, a 30-in. friction-feed system; the 15-in. Model 315 Sprocket-Trak; and the i-Tech Traffic Cutter line, specifically for materials used in highway and traffic signs (24- to 60-in.).