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Buying a new print/plotter and a cold laminator

Discussion in 'Product and Supplier Referrals' started by Buccaneer28, Oct 20, 2020.

  1. Buccaneer28

    Buccaneer28 New Member

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    Hello all,

    I currently have a Graphtec FC8600-160 plotter. I am looking to buy a print/plot combo, I have looked at the Roland TrueVIS VG2-540. I will be using the machine to print and plot vinyl for large signage and lettering that I heat press to fabric for awnings/canopies. Any feedback on this machine or a similar one that you prefer would be appreciated.

    Most of my questions however are about cold laminators because I have never used one. I looked a Graphic Finishing Partners GFP 200 series. I watched some videos and laminating itself does not seem to be difficult. My big question is what is the best way to laminate, and then cut again around the contour of your graphics. I am familiar with using registration marks but typically this is just to match up two different colored prints before I apply them to fabric. I don't have experience running the same print through the plotter twice.
     
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  2. WYLDGFI

    WYLDGFI Merchant Member

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    Welcome aboard BTW.....if you already have a plotter, why buy a print/cut combo machine? Having to feed back thru the printer to cut ties up your ability to print when you need to IMO. From day one for me personally, we always had 2 separate machines and it allowed us more flexibility to do more work.
     
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  3. balstestrat

    balstestrat Member

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    Yeah I just 2nd the previous guy. Why would you buy a combo if you already have a good cutter...?
     
  4. Buccaneer28

    Buccaneer28 New Member

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    It does work better if I buy the combo because we have 2 locations 3 hours apart. One location has the cutter. The other has nothing an used to outsource for graphics which is no longer getting the job done. Really the laminating is what I am concerned with most because it is something I have no experience with.
     
  5. WYLDGFI

    WYLDGFI Merchant Member

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    There are a number of good laminators out there. Kala Mistral is a good one.
     
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