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Die Cut

Discussion in 'Graphtec' started by PMG, May 16, 2007.

  1. PMG

    PMG Very Active Member

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    Ive been in a debate with my buddy who also owns(the money man only) a sign shop,he said on the Graphtec Fc 7000 and above you can die cut the stickers out of a sheet of say like 100 stickers,he cant show me any that his wife has done on his,i keep telling him shes going to screw up his cutting strip and blade,and also that the sheet will not be ridged enough after the stickers come out of the sheet and will not run true if not go completely off track !!! I have not tried this on mine as of yet because i dont think it can be done.
     
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  2. bob

    bob Major Contributor

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    The cutting strip you can protect by covering it with a strip or two of heavier vinyl. But cutting through the backing is going to eat your blade. Paper is abrasive as all hell and dragging that tiny cutting area through a few feet of paper is going to dull it severely.

    I's one of those things that you can do as a stunt, preferably with someone else's equipment.
     
  3. ChicagoGraphics

    ChicagoGraphics Major Contributor

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    We have a Mimaki cutter that cuts normaly on the back teflon strip, then theres a second stip in front of that and thats for strickly die cutting the strip is made out of a softer rubbery/spongy doesn't dull the blade either
     
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    signage Major Contributor

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    i believe some of the graphtech cutters have an option to do a pounce like cut through the backing paper.
     
  5. NBaessler

    NBaessler New Member

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    If you go to our website under support (www.graphtecamerica.com/support), at the bottom right of the page is a video that can show you how this can be done on the FC7000. It is a feature called Perf Line. This show how you can use the plug-in to accomplish this. Make sure you have the latest version 1.8 firmware. Contact me if you still have issues. 800-854-8385 x 1119.

    Neal Baessler
    Graphtec America, Inc.
     
  6. PMG

    PMG Very Active Member

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    Thanks Neal.....Ill give it a try!!!:thumb:
     
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    PMG Very Active Member

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    :Oops:I cant find it.................
     
  8. PMG

    PMG Very Active Member

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    I got it figured out,its in the menu on the cutter its self..........here is how its done................
    #1 set up like your going to contour cut
    #2 set new origin
    #3 hit menu
    #4 hit next 2 times
    #5 hit function 1
    #6 hit perf line type and set the spacing you want your perf to be
    #7 hit enter
    #8 hit menu to return back to main screen,and cut away!!!!!!
     
  9. Neil

    Neil Member

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    Does it work okay?
    Does it cut into the strip much?
    What pressure did you use?
    What happens to the vinyl as it's scrolling back & forth through the machine?
    Did it kill the blade?

    Come on PMG - you're the GP (guinea pig)!
     
  10. PMG

    PMG Very Active Member

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    i just got done with a 200ct. die cut run,and the blade is still good,the cutting strip seems to be in good shape as well,but im sure they both will need to be changed if you do this allot...To save the blade and strip i would set it up like your going to do a run,and open your plotter controller and into edit conditions and do a Test for cutting force test first.
     
  11. PMG

    PMG Very Active Member

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    Well after 300 die cuts the strip is showing allot of abuse,,i think i will not do this die cut stuff till they come out with a die cutting strip just for this purpose. I had to adjust the force 3 times along the last 50......................................... :Sleeping:
     
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