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Static cling cutting problems

Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by rtorrington, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. rtorrington

    rtorrington New Member

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    Hi :
    We are having difficulty maintain alignment when trying to cut our printed static cling vinyl decals. Any suggestions?

    Mutoh Value jet printer
    Mutoh cutter
    Flexi pro

    Print/cut job 300 1x1.5" decals,

    Alignment starts accurately but gradually drifts,
    We tried putting premask on the front of the cling where the rollers travel with some success and also added it to the backing. But there is still drifting.

    Thank you for your help
    Bob
     
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  2. Replicator

    Replicator Major Contributor

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    smaller batches and maybe even holding the material taught as it comes of the cutter !
     
  3. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

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    Welcome from OK USA
     
  4. randya

    randya Very Active Member

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    What speed and force are you using?
    How old is your knife blade?

    You might even want to extend your knife distance out from the holder.
    Perhaps the holder is dragging the material.

    I would start by slowing down the speed and the acceleration.


    Your best bet is to try and observe it during cutting.
    Look for the material bunching up at the knife.
     
  5. rtorrington

    rtorrington New Member

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    Thank you Pat:
    No luck on the short run, though it isn't as bad.
     
  6. cdiesel

    cdiesel Very Active Member

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    We have had issues that were fixed with shorter runs using a slower velocity. The static material creates quite a bit of drag across the platen, which I suspect is the culprit.
     
  7. thewood

    thewood Very Active Member

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    Have you calibrated your printer's media feed for the cling? Cling will feed differently than pressure sensitive film, and an uncompensated print can result in inaccurate cuts in the y axis.
     
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