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Question Keep Killing Blades

Discussion in 'Graphtec' started by Abraxas Aguilera, Jun 9, 2020.

  1. Abraxas Aguilera

    Abraxas Aguilera New Member

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    Since reopening we are doing a lot of floor graphics. We are going through blades very quickly cutting the floor graphics that have either a foil backing, or a grip tape surface. Anyone know of a 3rd party supplier that makes better blades than Graphtec? We are running an 8600 series.
     
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  2. Raum Divarco

    Raum Divarco Application Specialist CWT / Amcad & Graphics

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    A lot fo those grip materials are pretty abrasive for small format plotter cutting pens like that. the foiled ones also cause extra friction. you will likely often use more tools than usual. For some of the smaller format machines we have we have switched to coated tooling. this extended tool life. there are many options but for those materials, i like to use the bigger format machines.
     
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  3. iPrintStuff

    iPrintStuff Prints stuff

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    Is it maybe the materials? Have you tried a regular vinyl with a textured (anti slip) laminate? Sounds like it’ll be a bit easier on your blades!
     
  4. bannertime

    bannertime Very Active Member

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    We use the Clean Cut blades. But yeah, the foil textured floor graphics are going to kill just about any blade quick. No way around that. We used a lot of utility knife blades when we had to hand cut a roll and a half of Alumigraphics. I'll gladly pay $40-$60 worth of plotter blades to not have to do that again.
     
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  5. Raum Divarco

    Raum Divarco Application Specialist CWT / Amcad & Graphics

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    X-edge in the south and Superior Carbide in the north can coat your tools and also sell coated options.
     
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  6. Jim Hancock

    Jim Hancock Member

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    There are blades designed for cutting abrasive materials, such as reflective material. If you have been using a regular vinyl blade, then I would suggest you try the other type. For the Graphtec, you will need to use the red tip blade holder.
    Possible solution - http://cleancutblade.mybigcommerce.com/graphtec-cb15u-45-m/
     
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  7. whatsinaname

    whatsinaname Premium Subscriber

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    Cleancutblades..You might want to ask Ross what blades would be suitable for your materials though.
     
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