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Edge with Graphtec and Flexi

Discussion in 'Gerber' started by Vital Designs, Feb 12, 2006.

  1. Vital Designs

    Vital Designs Vital Designs

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    Can Flexi Pro 7.6v2 be used to output to an edge LE? If so I presume contour cutting can be done with a Graphtec FC optically.

    Thx...
     
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  2. Fred Weiss

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    Yes it can but with that approach you will lose about an inch of the available image height to the OPOS targets. That not only wastes materials but, more importantly, it will eliminate enough of certain jobs to cost you more than a used Gerber plotter would ... in a fairly short time.
     
  3. srt10x3

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    Fred, could you explain in a little more detail what you are talking about?

    (reason I am asking, I am planning on contour cutting images printed on the Colorspan with my Graphtec..)

    Craig
     
  4. Fred Weiss

    Fred Weiss Merchant Member

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    Do not be confused. My point relates to just the Edge which is locked into an 11.8" image height for a single panel. This is because the Edge uses 12" thermal resin foils on 15" sprocket fed vinyl.

    The sprocketed vinyl provides near perfect feeding of material and typically the print to cut alignment is done with a single target printed outside of the job and leading it. This way there is no loss of image area to targets. When you print OPOS targets, you are printing a solid target at each corner of the job which infringe on the available image area. Not sure why, but they do. The result is you lose about an inch of the 11.8" to the targets.

    The net result is that smaller decals that would run, let's say 5 up, will now only run 4 up. And one of our main sellers, printed overlays for magnetic signs, can no longer be printed as 12" x 24" (white backgrounds) or 11.75" x 24" if bleed edge colors.

    Vital Designs can certainly start with the Graphtec and Flexi he already has, but I'll bet a dollar to a doughnut he gets a 15" Gerber plotter in a very short time.

    For your setup, the OPOS targets are little or no problem.
     
  5. srt10x3

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    Ahh.. Thank you very much. That is perfectly clear now.

    Thanks

    Craig
     
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