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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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Saw Trax Manufacturing
Saw Trax offers an array of panel saws, including the Sign Makers Panel Saw and Mat Cutter Combo Machine. The Sign Makers saw can cut a variety of materials – rigid as well as softer materials – up to 1.75-in. thick in all directions with saw or knife. Available in 52-, 64-, 76-, 88-, and 100-in. cross cuts. A mid-fence for waist-high cuts on small materials is optional. Also: handheld cutters for signage.

ShopBot Tools
ShopBot’s PRSalpha gantry-based CNC routers are intended for wood, plastics, aluminum, and other materials, and are available in sizes from 48 x 48-in. to 144 x 60-in. (nominal cutting area); cutting speeds up to 600 in./min; step resolution of 0.0004-in. A line of entry-level PRSstandard CNC routers (48 x 48-in. and 96 x 48-in. cutting area) is also available and can be upgraded to PRSalpha.

The EnduraCut is a 24-in. desktop vinyl sign cutter designed for short-run graphics; available in four different bundled versions. Also offers the Vinyl Express Q Series of vinyl sign cutters in 24- to 60-in. models; 50-in./sec top speed.

SpeedPress Sign Supply
Its Rotary Mini Cutter can be used to cut and trim vinyl, digital prints, cardboard, paper, and fabrics. Offers a 36-in. cut; built-in blade cover.

Summa USA
Its OPOS-CAM contour cutter was specifically developed to increase workflow efficiency when contour cutting printed graphics, signs, labels, vehicle wraps, and decals. It features advanced camera optics, Summa’s CameraControl recognition software, the Summa TrueTangential cutting head, and a pressure-sensitive control panel. Top cut speed of 54 in./sec; available in 54- and 64-in. versions. Summa also produces: its Summa S Class T and S Class D series of cutters (30- to 64-in.), 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.

The Teckcut CNC router is available in two sizes: as the Teckut 1525, with an active cutting area of 98 x 61 in., and as the Teckut 2030, with a cutting area of 122 x 81 in. Both routers feature an 8-Kw HSD spindle motor, auto tool change, high-performance vacuum bed, digital servo/ballscrew drive systems, and more. Maximum traverse/cutting speed is 79 ft/min. Various options and accessories available.

Its SignRouter series of CNC routers is specifically designed 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 machine flat and three-dimensional signage using wood, composites, chip core, rigid foam, plastics, non-ferrous metals, and other materials. An i-cut Vision camera and software are optional. The SignRouter 45, with table sizes from 5 x 10-ft to 7 x 12 ft, is also available.

Universal Laser Systems
The PLS6.75 is a free-standing platform designed and engineered for light manufacturing operations and batch production. It offers a work surface area of 32 x 18-in. and is particularly suited for manufacturing and production environments. The PLS6.150HD is the same size as the 6.75 but offers dual-laser configuration for increased power. Universal offers a variety of other laser models.

Vision Engraving & Routing Systems
Offers three models of CNC routers/engravers in its lineup: the 2525, the 2550, and the 4 x 8 Large Router. The 2525 features a 25 x 25-in. table while the 2550 features a 25 x 50-in. table; both have aluminum T-slot tables, a heavy-duty gantry, and the ability to 2 x 4-ft sheets of material, including wood, metals, plastic, acrylic, Sintra, sign foam, and more. The 4 x 8 Large Router features a 4 x 8-ft routing area and Vision Pro software; a digitally aligned cutting system (DACS) camera is optional.

Vytek Laser System
Its laser cutters are available in various models. The G/X Laser Cutting and Engraving series utilizes sealed CO2 laser technology (100, 200, or 400W power) and comes in three sizes (working area): 50 x 50, 50 x 100, and 64 x 125 in. All sizes can accommodate materials up to 3-in. thick. Maximum cutting speed is 1200 in./min.

Zünd America
The Zünd G3 Digital Cutter is available in various sizes, from 52 x 63 to 126 x 125 in., and it can cut materials up to 2-in. thick. Users can combine various modules and tools to take on various graphics projects; the Universal Module accommodates tools ranging from a universal cutter, pneumatic oscillating cutter, and kiss-cut tool to a creasing tool for corrugated cardboard and a driven rotary tile for fibrous materials. Material-handling systems include a conveyor belt, universal and shaft-based roll off units, and a sheet feeder.