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Suggestions Question Which is better: Many Small Runs or Long Run of Larger Decals?

Discussion in 'Polls' started by RayGun, Sep 1, 2017.

  1. RayGun

    RayGun New Member

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    Hey All,
    I've got some 30"x3" decals I've been running in short batches of 20 so that I can handle the sheet from print (mimaki jv150-160) to laminate (easymount) to the plotter (graphtec 8600-130). While I am able to keep handling the sheets with no problem, I feel I am wasting a good amount of material in all the excess I have to add so the laminator and the plotter will work. I'd love to do a long run on a roll, but I'm unsure of how to make the graphtec stay in alignment over a long run, especially if it's on a roll. Is there a setting in Flexi to give each decal or every few decals a registration mark?

    TL/DR: How to set up long runs of decals on a roll in FLEXI for separate print/laminate/cut?
     
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  2. thezigman

    thezigman Sign maker near Chicago

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    In flexi you can choose different types of contour registration marks. Try using the Graphtec segment types.
    I think you'll have to adjust the plotter so it knows which marks to look for
     
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  3. RayGun

    RayGun New Member

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    Any tutorials or videos for file set up that you know of that can walk me through that specifically? Seems like flexi only makes bare-bones knowledge available but if you want anything of actual use, you'll have to buy their training dvds.
    I've got cutting master 4 and flexi 12 - file was originally built in flexi. (It's just words inside a rounded corner rectangle.)
    Thanks again for the help!
     
  4. I print anywhere from 12" to 48" of my file and repeat it how ever many times I need with .25" gap between (eliminates the possibility that the wrong crop will be read if the media skews etc.)
     
  5. thezigman

    thezigman Sign maker near Chicago

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    I use Flexi 10.
    this video shows where the options for different registration marks are located.
    The marks are specific to the type of cutter that you are using.

     
  6. T_K

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    On our Roland Versacamm I can only get cutting accuracy for about 6-8 feet long, depending on how many cutlines there are. This is within the specs of the machine (deviation of ±0.3% of distance traveled, or ±0.3 mm, whichever is greater). Plus there's a ±0.5mm deviation on the print/cut alignment after laminating. So I try to keep my batches around 6 ft long. But I will print them back to back so I have one long sheet to laminate, reroll and send back through for cutting. It requires a bit more button clicking, but I don't have to redo the decals.
     
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