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Adding A Cutter For My XC-540

Discussion in 'Roland' started by quikseps, May 25, 2007.

  1. quikseps

    quikseps Member

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    Okay...I have this nice XC-540 however also using it as the cutter too is taking WAY TOO LONG due to the nature of my jobs (small decals). I figure I could almost double production if I can cut while the printer is printing other jobs, so, the need for an external cutter?

    Anyhow, since I'm new and need to ask dumb questions here goes:

    I'm looking into buying a Roland GX-500 to use as my cutter for the XC-540. Question is, does this simply take the file generated from Versaworks and do its thing with the crop marks, etc?....And accurately? Or am I getting into adding a potential problem by not cutting on the printer itself?

    Also, if this cutter addition works, would you suggest getting another computer for the cutter or can a single computer drive the printer's RIP and cutter simultaneously?

    Thanks again!

    Steve
     
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  2. Pro Image

    Pro Image Major Contributor

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    The GX will work for you cutting needs.......Its one nice machine.......I think versaworks will run the cutter and printer both on one computer....
     
  3. quikseps

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    Thanks ProImage. Appreciate the reply. Any other thoughts or opinions from all those more knowledgeable than me, LOL! is also very much appreciated.

    Steve
     
  4. BobbyFosson

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    Versaworks will not drive an independent cutter.
     
  5. customsticker

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    I thought about this same thing. My question is, the GX-500 is a 50" cutter or so. Will we be able to only cut up to 50 or even 50" wide when we have a 54" printer?
     
  6. LightHouse

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    you could go for a graphtec fc7000 series as well. and i beleive you would have to run a seperate computer otherwise it would be cumbersome and slow.
     
  7. Robert M

    Robert M Very Active Member

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    Gx 500

    The GX 500 will take up to 54" material, but will cut to 47". I'll check if you can cut only to a Roland cutter in Versaworks. There may be an option of using the Cut Studio software that comes with the GX series. There is a GX 500 demo unit available at $3995.00 if you go that way


    Robert
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  8. customsticker

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    With only a 47" cut width, there is no reason to consider this as an external cutter to a Soljet.

    Why would roland do this? Just seems dumb.
     
  9. quikseps

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    You ain't kidding. Started looking at a Graphtec cutter but there's a boatload of issues here since I could not use Versaworks to determine the number of decals I want to print. This would have to be done in Illustrator to create a file with 50, 70, 100, etc., pre-spaced decals which is a major pain. Only other solution might be using Flexi which I don't have and at $3,000 for Flexi and another $4500 for the cutter, its starting to get expensive.

    One would think Roland would make a 54" cutter that can read a Versaworks file?
     
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