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The Razor's Edge

(January 2007) posted on Tue Jan 02, 2007

Cutting systems and routers for wide-format printing.

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Fletcher-Terry ( Manufactures the wall-mounted Fletcher 3000 Multi-Material cutter (in 48- and 60-in. widths), which features a "triple turret" with cutting assemblies for cutting board, glass, or scoring plastic. Users can change cutting instruments with a click of a switch.

FlexiCAM ( Its ValueLine CNC large-format routers are available in 11 sizes, up to 100 x 242 in. and can cut a variety of materials from acrylic to aluminum.

Fotoba USA ( Offers Digitrim Digital Print Cutters (32 and 62 in.), which can sense cut marks printed between digital images and will adjust to a misaligned print. The Rollcut WR 55/61/75 and XL250/320 auto cutters cut in horizontal and vertical lines to separate prints on a roll, using printed cut marks. The X/Y Autodigitrim cuts and sorts sheets or rolls up to 62-in. wide.

GBC ( Offers 45- and 63-in. ProTrim rotary cutters with bidirectional trimming.

GCC ( Its Jaguar II, Jaguar III, and Puma II series cutting plotters come in a variety of widths up to 75 in.; the new Sable is a 24-in. vinyl cutter.

Gerber Scientific Products ( The Gerber Sabre router has a cutting area of up to 53.5 x 101 in. with a maximum media thickness of 4.4 in. Its newest cutting machine is the GerberCut, a Sabre with MGE i-cut technology, which reads printed registration marks. In addition, it also offers the Gerber P2C plotters (in sizes up to 62 in.) and several sprocket vinyl plotters up to 30-in. wide.

Graphtec America ( With models up to 64-in. wide, the FC7000 Series Cutting Pro cutting plotters is compatible with vinyl and digital media and can be used in post-printing contour cutting. The CE5000, in 24- and 48-in. widths, is a cutting plotter that features speeds up to 40 in./sec. Graphtec also offers a series of flatbed cutting plotters from the tabletop FC4200, to the large-format FC2240, to the heavy-duty FC3600.

ImageEdge ( Manual image-cutting system with ruler and retractable cutter.

Ioline ( The rollfed SmarTrac Contour reads registration marks and cuts graphics up to 72-in. wide. The SmarTrac I/S series cuts vinyl up to 31-in. wide.