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Recommendations for Sticker Printing? (printing and die-cutting)

Discussion in 'Digital Printing' started by webhead, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. webhead

    webhead New Member

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    Now we aren't quite a sign shop, but we do specialize in doing a lot of custom vinyl graphics...

    The next step that I am trying to investigate is equipment for medium-scale runs of sheets of full-color stickers. So if anybody has any advice on sticker and decal printing--and how to produce a professional retail sellable result, I would be very curious to hear.

    Here are some of the things I would love to know more about.

    1. Printing options, eco-sol vs. thermal. We are printing indoor/outdoor stickers/decals, not full signs. Small detail in the graphics is important, since most runs will be of 2-4" stickers, not 6' tall banners. What should we be looking at here?

    2. Die-Cutting. Beyond contour cutting the stickers, which we currently do for our solid vinyl work, it would be ideal if we could die cut our backing so we have clean professional consistently sized stickers at the end of a run.

    Those are the two big things I'm trying to research. I don't expect a magic bullet, but I would appreciate any information or advice from folks that know more about this than I do.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. ChicagoGraphics

    ChicagoGraphics Major Contributor

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    Google it.........
     
  3. AznSensation

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    Yahoo it.......
     
  4. WhiskeyDreamer

    WhiskeyDreamer Professional Snow Ninja

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    use the search button located at the top of your screen...it's between "new posts" and "quick links"........
     
  5. anotherdog

    anotherdog Very Active Member

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    altavista it....
     
  6. modern

    modern New Member

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    I think you want a slitter, not a die cutter, for cutting the backs of your decals. It's usually a specialized machine, and should be finely tunable for getting the correct depth of slit.

    As for the actual printing, that's pretty debatable, but I believe you get a wider range of options from thermal printing (with foils and whatnot).

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  7. webhead

    webhead New Member

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    Wow folks. Thanks for the warm welcome.
     
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  9. webhead

    webhead New Member

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    Thank you.. that is brilliant. I really appreciate a point in the right direction!
     
  10. johngate2100

    johngate2100 New Member

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    As far as die cutting is concerned,i think people should focus the person who is using the machine rather than the machine.Because if someone is professional then he can get the best of any machine.


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  11. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    look for both contour cut and flex cut options (flex cut or perf cut cuts the backing so the stickers will be the same size)...then you can get a slitter to make them "crack and peel"
     
  12. signage

    signage Major Contributor

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    This is a 2 year old post being brought back up and many things have changed! I would recommend starting a new thread!
     
  13. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    that'll teach me not to look at the post dates :banghead:
     
  14. jdmplayground

    jdmplayground New Member

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    Roland VersaCamm SP300i is suitable for your small run print & cut job.
     
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