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can I make a large image with a small plotter?

Discussion in 'Tips & Tricks' started by spawk, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. spawk

    spawk New Member

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    I have a 24 inch plotter but have a job that requires me to make a 4foot by 10foot vinyl design. i have made larger images on a printer by printing in sections and was wondering if something like that is possible with a plotter.
     
  2. S'N'S

    S'N'S Active Member

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    Is the design exactly 48", if it was slightly under, you could cut two 10ft lengths with the top overlapping the bottom one by 1/4" or so.
    Also depends on the design, if the element is not just one piece you could cut individually and apply.
    It all depends on the design.
     
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  3. DizzyMarkus

    DizzyMarkus Active Member

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    If you make 24" letters of the word "store" would it not be 10' laid out?

    hehe

    Markus
     
  4. Jillbeans

    Jillbeans Major Contributor

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    Sure. All you do is tile it.
    Make sure to apply the bottom sections first, to avoid a "lip" that can catch water.
    You can also use a condensed font like Arroyo and cut each letter individually, flipped on its side. But that's more of a PITA to install.
    Love...Jill
     
  5. visual800

    visual800 Very Active Member

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    what Jill said! and make sure you size is not 48" tall but rather like 23" so you dont end up cutting something 1" wasting vinyl
     
  6. Jillbeans

    Jillbeans Major Contributor

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    ^ What Bruce said. A little smaller lettering is usually better anyway.
     
  7. ezeloCreative

    ezeloCreative New Member

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    I have done 3 different 8ft x 12ft billboards with a 15" cutter and it worked fine. Need to plan out each pass and optimize your vinyl and cuts. Make sure you number every piece to prevent confusion during installation.

    I now use a much larger cutter, but I don't panic when I need to tile an object.

    -s
     
  8. spawk

    spawk New Member

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    Thanks

    You Guys have Been very helpful i Tiled my design and worked perfectly was just scared to waste that much vinyl at first but it worked out Great.
     
  9. JoshLoring

    JoshLoring Very Active Member

    Same note, I had to make a 8ft tall by 15' diecut before.
    What we did is weeded the vinyl, transfer papered only the top piece and the placed them all on a table to pre-seam them together. This way you can tape them all to the table for perfect alignment. Once finished, we transfer paper the rest.
    May not work for all. Becomes a large diecut, although perfect alignment.
     
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