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Outsource printign contour cutting myself

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Saltedlake450, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. Saltedlake450

    Saltedlake450 New Member

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    Hey everyone, i just got a graphtec express that reads the marks to do contour cutting. Iwanted to see if anyone on here can help me out. Im looking to outsource the pritning and do the contour myself, is this possible? I attached a video to see what I mean, thanks!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFWcgmtlQZo
     
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  2. Gino

    Gino Major Contributor

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    I don't see why you can't do what you want, but will you want the printed media laminated first ??
     
  3. 401Graphics

    401Graphics Very Active Member

    why not just have it contour cut from your wholesaler? I dont charge for contour cutting to neither wholesale customers or regular customers.
     
  4. EmpireGFX.com

    EmpireGFX.com Member

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    I'm not sure how your printer software works but with our graphtec it sends a separate cut file when it sends the print file. I'm not sure how your plotter would read the registration marks without that cut file.
     
  5. omgsideburns

    omgsideburns Very Active Member

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    You're asking for trouble. Unless you set the crop marks and cut them and make sure it's all properly set up, you'll end up screwing something up. Not being negative.. I just know how the graphtecs work. I have several and sometimes I want to punch them.
     
  6. Pat Whatley

    Pat Whatley Major Contributor

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    One thing to remember is that you're going to have to add extra material on all four sides to be able to run it through the plotter. I don't know who you're subbing to but all three of mine charge me by the square foot whether printed or not. On a 3' x 4' print adding a foot to each side adds 65% more square footage and 65% more cost.
     
  7. CanuckSigns

    CanuckSigns Very Active Member

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    not worth the hassle in my opinion, find a wholesaler who offers this service.
     
  8. royster13

    royster13 Very Active Member

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    Often cheaper than the sum of the parts to get complete decals from a wholesale source....
     
  9. Bill Modzel

    Bill Modzel Active Member

    I don't see any problem at all with this. If you're using Graphtec's CuttingMaster to set the registration marks any printer will print them. Like said above, just make sure that there's space between the registration marks and the edge of the vinyl so the clamps have room to set outside the cut area.
     
  10. thmooch

    thmooch Active Member

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    FYI, depending on the length of the run I would suggest putting a bleed on the print. also, if manufacturing small complex shaped decals keep the run length to a minimum to help with cut registration. Trust me, even with "restrict media movement" clicked over a long run the cuts will start to vary.
     
  11. Patentagosse

    Patentagosse Active Member

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    Tell us why you don't let your outsource printer handle the whole job instead of messing with that? They will print - laminate - cut the whole job and if something went wrong during the process, THEY will take it on 'em...
     
  12. bob

    bob Major Contributor

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    Exactly so. You're asking for a Chinese fire drill of massive proportions if you proceed with your plans.
     
  13. OrderPrintShip

    OrderPrintShip New Member

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    1,000,000 Stickers depending on the size is a massive job, if the stickers are all the same I would suggest doing them via offset printing. Plenty of offset printing companies can die cut. It would be much more cost effective trust me on this.
     
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