A GUIDE HOW TO BUY THE BEST VINYL CUTTING MACHINES (VINYL CUTTER) IN 2018 FOR YOUR BUSINESS

 

Graphtec offers one of the best, first-class vinyl cutting machine in the industry.  Either you are in a small, medium, or large business require a small to large cutter, Graphtec is well-known as TOP-CLASS vinyl cutter in the industry.  Here's a guide on how to choose the best vinyl cutting machine that fits your business.  Graphtec offers lists of vinyl cutting machine; desktop cutter, roll-feed cutter, and flat-bed cutter.  Here is our advice, and everything you need to know about vinyl cutting machine in 2018!

 

Our top-quality vinyl cutting machines:

 

FC8600 Series

CE6000 Plus Series

CE6000 AKZ

CE6000 AP

FC4500 Series

FCX2000 Series

Automatic Sheet Cutter

 

VINYL CUTTERS IN 2018 BUYING GUIDE

What type of vinyl cutting machine are you looking for; commercial or personal cutter?  What is your budget?  What material you are looking to cut?  How thick you want to cut?


 

2-CATAGORIES OF VINYL CUTTING MACHINES:

 

1) COMMERICIAL VINYL CUTTER

    Graphtec offers cutting machine for signages, stickers, mass-production customized-vinyl cutting, dedicated-vinyl cutting, stencils for screen prints, personalized sublimation that will fit your business.  Graphtec's machines like:

  • FC8600 Series, CE6000 Plus Series will able to handle multiple, complicated works at one-time.
  • Graphtec's FC8600 Series, and CE600 Plus Series will able to cut complex designs with high cutting precisions 0.1 mm or 0.1% (distance accuracy of FC8600 Series) cutting.  It is an excellent machine, only if it reliably precise.
  • Graphtec's FC8600 Series, and CE6000 Plus Series is well-known for cutting large designs for vehicle-wraps, billboards, signages, heat-transfer on different materials including reflective vinyl sheets, and varieties of materials.

 

2) PERSONAL-USE, INDIVIDUAL-USE, LOW-VOLUME PRODUCTION, HOBBYISTS, LIGHTER-USE COMMERCIAL USE

    Graphtec offers small-sized cutting machines; CE6000-40 Plus Series that small enough to fit a desktop. CE6000-40 Plus Series is an economic cutting machine comes with standard 2-year warranty, first-class toll-free customer service, service dealer locations near you (Graphtec has over 350 dealer locations in U.S., Canada, and Latin America).  The ease-to-use CE6000-40 Series, will able to operate quickly, able to handle more than one job at a time, regardless of complexity of the cutting.  It is a great entry point vinyl cutting machine for those new to cutting business with this budget cutting plotter machine but offer great quality cuts for small to medium projects.

    It guaranteed cutting width of 14" inch x length of 6 Ft (when you basket), it comes with super steel blade, 2-rollers, and standard software; Cutting Master 4, and Graphtec Pro Studio, Graphtec Studio of your choice to match your Windows or Mac workflows.


 

HOW TO CHOOSE VINYL CUTTING MACHINES?

 

  • SIZE
  • PRICE
  • SOFTWARE
  • CUTTING FORCE
  • MEDIA WASTE
  • WIRELESS
  • BUNDLE DEAL
  • WARRANTY
  • FEATURES
  • MEDIA BASKET / MEDIA TRAY
  • REALIABILITY, READ ISSUES REPORTED, BAD REVIEWS
  • FAST / SPEED, ACCURACY
  • HEAVY-DUTY, HIGH-VOLUME, HIGH-PERFORMACE CUTTING JOBS

 

1) SIZE

The large machine is not guarantee the accuracy.  But keep in mind that the bigger designs will need bigger machines, so planning or forecasting how, the media size you need to cut, and what is your business direction? Based on your customers' needs and your budget. 

A cheaper vinyl cutting machine might only cut up to 6" to 12" width, which is pretty small, but for those who make small signages, small stickers, or smaller items, it is perfect for you.  So think about what size of material you use, and likely to cut.  If you wan to cut vinyl sheet that is larger in size, you will really need to look at a commercial vinyl cutter; FC8600 Series, CE6000 Series.

 

2) PRICE

Everything has a price.  You can't have an amazing long-lasting machine without sacrificing something.  Many successful business owner make a decision to invest in Vinyl Cutting Machine like 'Graphtec' brand because of its durability, cutting-quality, after sales service, video training, software compatibility, technical support, toll-free support, and extended warranty availability.  How important is after sales service for you?

A few hundred dollars machines may not update their mainboard, software, lack of training-materials, tutorials of their products.  No customer's supports either by online or by phone.  So you may end-up wasting your money on low quality machine and lack of customer support.  Higher costs come with higher benefit, of course; better warranty, exceptional customer service by phone, by online, or even service locations near you.

At such a low print point, a few hundred dollars cutting plotter machine, it would be a little naive to expect professional grade cutting quality, not wasting your materials, and cut more intricate designs.  Usually, expensive machines are also the highest quality both pre-sale, post-sale, and able to take complex designs, large volume cutting, without a hitch.  Accessories such as; blades, blade-holders that are available to purchase, genuine manufactured blades are most likely made of super-steel high quality that will make accurate cutting on various materials.

 

3) SOFTWARE

Software: There are two types of softwares for cutting plotter; standalone and plug-in software.  Software compatibility to: Wins or Mac?  Is it easy to use?  Do you need to pay extra cost?

STANDALONE CUTTING SOFTWARE is not a part of other software, is an application that can run without help from other applications.

PLUG-INS SOFTWARE is a component that adds a specific contour/perf cutting features to an existing computer application.  In most cases, compatible with Adobe Illustrator, and CorelDraw.

Most vinyl cutting machines come with either plug-ins software, standalone software, or both that offering a professional solution for all vinyl sign making needs, decals, stickers, and banners.  You should not have to pay for the software.  You may want to find out some reviews of the ease-to-use and choose the best cutting machine that fit and compatible with your graphic software, your workflow and your customers.

We highly recommend you to buy cutting plotter machine that offers you an updated software, hardware, driver, no-monthly software fees or subscription fees.  Software should be proven that they are user-friendly and easy-to-use for cutting purposes.

    

4) CUTTING FORCE

Pressure of the cutting force should be consistent with speed, blade type, blade setting, with or without a tray or basket, cutting design, and thickness of materials you use.  Blade quality and cutting force are a major factor in how well the machine can cut.  Most expensive machines usually have high cutting force - most likely you will able to cut more medias, more conditions and thicker materials.  So you want to make sure the machine you buy will do your job right at first-time.

If you buy a cutting plotter machine to cut thin, medium thickness vinyl sheet up to 450 gf should be adequate. But if you want to cut fabric or anything else that requires more down force, you'd probably looking for up to 600 gf.  Don't running the machine at the top speed, which tend to get pulled up edges as a result inaccurate cutting.

The high cutting force on quality machine range between 450 - 600 gf or max. 5.88 N.  So thinking of do you want to buy a machine that can  cut vinyl sheet roll or would you like to have the machine that handle a variety of materials?  Is this important considerations when you choosing your vinyl cutting machine, and how thick is the material you want to cut?

 

5)  MEDIA WASTE

Start off with the design, making sure to put each design-objects properly and consistent with the width of your material.  The accurate cutting (precision) is the key to successful-cutting-job.  One of the most important thing to do is "well-planning" so you don't waste more expensive vinyl sheet.  Expensive machines come with perf/kiss cutting that help you do 2-jobs at one-time, and ensuring that the cut media properly aligned.  The machine depends on "registrations marks" on the cut media to direct the cutter blades but if the machine can not recognize where to start cutting, the Job will fail, and you are probably going to waste a whole lot of material.

 

6) WIRELESS

Do you have to perform work remotely? If so, you may need the machine with the wireless capability, bluetooth technology.  Expensive cutting machines usually have USB & wireless-design-transfer & traditional direct connectivity, so you can send job from design-room to the production-room.

 

7) BUNDLE DEAL

Many times, you can purchase a new printer along with a new vinyl cutter machine and get special pricing, or discount, or rebates.  If you do a little homework and check out some websites or dealers, surprisingly, you may find a promotional bundle that will save you hundreds of dollars on your new cutter machine.

 

8) WARRANTY

It is "the must" to have on your cutting machine.  Even though you purchase it for creating fun gifts for a craft lover, simple enough for kids to enjoy, or making cards, invitations, scrapbook pages, home decor, fashion, altered art and quilting.  You need to buy a vinyl cutter at least offering 1-2 year warranty and customer service.

 

9) FEATURES

Great features come with the price tag,  but its features and durability is much more advanced than it normally included with a few hundreds dollars machine.  Expensive machine will have higher-quality, powerful cuts, smooth feeds with not jams, more accurate cutting quality, more memory and expertise to be be particularly useful for complex and intricate designs.

 

10) MEDIA BASKET / MEDIA TRAY

It is an important accessory to have a material basket or tray, which is highly recommended to avoid static catching your vinyl sheet as it passes through the cutting machine, especially with large-roll medias with larger vinyl cutting machine. 

 

11) RELIABILITY, READ ISSUES REPORTED, BAD REVIEWS

Some few-hundreds dollars machines received poor reviews with users complaining issues installing, finding good instructions, training, or troubleshooting on software, missing functions.  So you will need to spend a good investment on reliable, accurate, and consistently good cutting machine.

 

12) FAST / SPEED, ACCURATE

If you need precision on large jobs, or multiple vinyl cutting jobs, you can't go wrong with a commercial vinyl cutting machine.  Contour cut pre-printed graphics, suitable for professional vehicle-vinyl-wrapping cutting, custom vehicle window tinting, custom residential window tinting, vinyl signages, and heat transfer for apparel and garment industry.  

 

13) HEAVY-DUTY, HIGH-VOLUME, HIGH-PERFORMACE CUTTING JOBS

A commercial vinyl cutting models like 'Graphtec' brand; FC8600 Series, CE6000 Plus Series are industry leader vinyl cutting machines for signage, automotive aftermarket, apparel, and who needs to get cutting jobs done right, and fast.  If you are looking to start a decals, signage business, you may looking at Graphtec's CE6000 Plus Series, if you invest in a economy-sized machine that come with great cutting quality, and faster,  CE6000-40 Plus Series is a great starting-alternative, its very well-known for cutting precision, and great price tag of $1,xxx.

 

14) CUSTOMER SERVICE AND SUPPORT

If you struggle to assemble the cutting machine, set up your new vinyl cutting machine, will there have someone to help you?  Later, when you need new parts, new blades, new blade holders, materials, will there have accessories and materials available for replacement?  When you have problem cutting, will they have Technical Support for you to call or email and how fast they respond to your email?


 

SO WHICH CUTTING MACHINE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

The benefits of a commercial vinyl cutting plotter machine is far outweighs those of a personal vinyl cutter machine.  The benefits include:

1) The ability to perform on demand which will allow you to create multiple-jobs for your clients and expand your business.

2) Value and Time in production.  The cost to own a commercial machine is more, but it is a long-term investment.  The set-up time in production is about the same on small and medium sized-machines.  The commercial vinyl cutter machine is far more faster in result and short/long run designs.

3) Profitability - If you invest to start a business and looking to expand, you can get a smaller sized commercial vinyl cutter to start off, and $1,xxx - $2,xxx investment will be paid off within 6-months, or so.

4) Independance - If you have your own machine rather than having to go through a middle-man, you can earn more money when you do-it-yourself.

5) Business growth - you can grow into other business such as: decoration, personalized-bags, coffee mugs, souvenirs, t-shirts, heat-transfer, vehicle stickers, vehicle window tinting, vehicle wrap, signage business, home-decor business, custom apparel business.  Again, purchasing a vinyl cutting machine that have higher cutting force will allow you to cut more medias, and of course increase your business opportunity.


WHICH VINYL CUTTING MACHINE FOR ART DECORATION BUSINESS, VINYL DECAL STICKER AND SIGNAGE BUSINESS?

ART IS A CRUCIAL COMPONENT OF ANY SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS.

Without your signage, most of your target audience would not even know you existed.  Both your indoor and outdoor signs are a direct reflection of who you are as a brand and what your customers think of you.

Graphtec Vinyl Cutting Plotter Machine had complete professional jobs and the ability to help you expand product offering, to do more, and expand your business.  

Graphtec FC8600 series, high-performance cutting plotter is an industry leader for sign makers, graphic artists, automotive aftermarket professionals, counter top installers and other related users.

Graphtec FC8600 series features a maximum cutting speed of 58.5 in/sec, 4.0G maximum acceleration, and 20 to 600 g selectable cutting forces, allowing users to process diamond grade, high-intensity reflective film, sandblast resist rubber, automotive window & paint protection films, self-adhesive vinyl, Amberlith™ and Rubylith™, among other media types.

Graphtec Vinyl Cutting Plotter Machine, professional class of CE6000 Plus Series  update the extremely successful CE5000 series with improved features.  Graphtec CE6000 Plus series  comes standard with: floor stands (60 and 120), rear media roll rack with new media brake (60 and 120 models), Graphtec Studio software, Cutting Master Plug-in, plus Graphtec's ARMS (Automatic Registration Mark Sensor) system.  Professional, reliable servo motors are made for production and accuracy!

Graphtec CE6000 series is also cleaner, "greener" with an electronic design and manufacturing process that minimizes the environmental impact of the hardware equipment throughout its entire life cycle.


TOP CUTTING MACHINE FOR PACKAGING BUSINESS?

Flatbed Cutting Plotter Machine are used in a wide range of industrial applicatons and processes. The benefits of a economy sized flatbed cutter will allow you to create sample making or the production of packaging, displays, signage or textile offers a wide rang e of distinct benefits.  'Graphtec' brand offers smaller formate 2 flat-bed cutting models: FC4500 Series and FCX2000.  Both can benefits;

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  • Very short set-up time
  • Extraordinary speed
  • Perfect for short-run production
  • Fast, high cutting quality solution for sample making
  • Perfect for cutting system for folding carton and more
  • A wide rang of tools offers speed, power, and flexibility
  • A wide variety of materials commonly used in sample making: corrugated Caron, folding carton, magnet sheet
  • Macintosh and Windows compatibility

Graphtec FXC2000 flatbed cutter is the ultimate solution for prototyping and small production runs of rigid packaging media and other sheet fed materials. With Graphtec’s medium to large flatbed cutting plotters, you have the right tool for contour cutting without requiring a die. Reduce media waste and processing time with included, dedicated software.  Added offline, USB operation enables operators of all skill levels to process various types of media for cutting.

Graphtec FC4500 Series offers Max. 750 mm/S cutting speed for high performance and productivity from your desk-top model.

A good selection of tools so suitable for various processes:

Precise control of contour cut, half cut, perforated cut, and plotting.  Ideal for creating samples or small production runs.

Suitable for print and cut using ARMS:

Equipped the ARMS (Advanced Registration Mark Sensing system). Easy and accurate cutting of pre-printed images using Cutting Master 4,3 . Enables higher productivity of POP, stickers and prototype cartons.

Work with harder, thicker, and thinner materials:

Suitable for PET (polyethylene terephthalate), Polyamide, Stiff paper, Cardboard, Microflute board or Industrial materials with precise adjustable cut pressure up to 600 gf.

'Graphtec' FC4500 Series tool holders:

With their capability to hold both a cutting blade and a plotting pen simultaneously, the FC400 Series allows garment and shoe pattern designers to mark and cut the material without manually replacing the marking and cutting tools.


TOP VINYL CUTTING MACHINE FOR WINDOW TINTING AND VEHICLE WRAP IN 2018?

Vinyl Sheet Cutting Machine is a proprietary cutting system from digitally imaging and cutting patterns for automotive and paint protection films.  The best vinyl cutting plotter machine you buy must incorporate precise repetitive technology to cut the exact sizes.  

'Graphtec' brand has helped reducing installation time and difficulty.  With great cutting machine, you can become proficient in no time at all - helping to reduce labor time and film waste while increasing productivity. A great commercial vinyl cutting machine, its system can also reduce film waste that can impact your profit margin.  When film is cut on the plotter vs. hand-cutting, waste is significantly reduced.

'Graphtec. FC8600 Series AKZ features a maximum cutting speed of 58.5 in/sec, 4.0 G maximum acceleration, and 20 to 600 g selectable cutting forces, allowing users to process diamond grade reflective products, high-intensity reflective film, automotive window paint protection films, including self-adhesive vinyl.  The FC8600 AKZ offers you the ultimate solution for creating large-format stickers, vehicle graphics and wraps.

Graphtec's next generation ARMS system adjusts for several types of potential print distortions, allowing for accurate contour cutting of pre-printed images and decals. Each unit includes standard media roll rack, floor stands and dual media catch basket for dust-free, continuous long length and/or repetitive job operations.

Vinyl Sheet Cutting Machine you buy should performance first class cutting that allows you to minimize set-up time, and allows you to cut high-intensity reflective film, self-adhesive vinyl, automotive window and paint protection film and a variety of medias.

 A good example of 'Graphtec' FC8600 Series AKZ Kit includes extended media brackets and anti-static string for front and rear which reduces the static electricity that is so common with tint films that can restrict media movement.   Plus, with its heavy-duty high end servo motor, it delivers accurate cutting (up to 600 gf) of heavy materials such as paint protection films — making it the perfect solution to any tint and paint protection shop that wants to explore the vehicle graphics world.  

With Cutting Plotter Machine like Graphtec FC8600 AKZ can easily handle varieties of jobs:

  • Perf Cut Through Vinyl Media
  • Cut Window Tint Film
  • Cut Automotive Paint Protection Film
  • Cut roll fed media up to 59.1 mil thick!
  • Cut High-Intensity Reflective
  • Cut Prismatic Grade Reflective Sheeting
  • Cut Diamond Grade Media
Vehicle Wrap Vinyl Cutting Machine Top Great Choice

VEHICLE WRAP TESTIMONIALS

"We are a small company that originated 12 years ago offering auto detailing and reconditioning services. We began to fill the niche of New Vehicle Protection and started playing with PPF (Paint Protection Film) AKA the Clear Bra about 7 years ago.

We purchased our first Graphtec cutter plotter in 2002 and have been moving onward and upward ever since.  We now operate separate divisions and our shop in Orange is full 6 days a week protecting vehicles.  We love what we do and all 6 crew members are driven with a passion for automobiles."


TOP VINYL CUTTING MACHINE FOR GLASS ART, ETCHING STENCIL CUTTING, SAND CRAVING IN 2018?

Creative Sandblasting can bring a dynamic look to your business or home environment. Whether it’s a vision from nature or a scene of fantasy, your custom installation will be a one of a kind creation. 

Sand Carving is clean, easy and efficient. Unique effects, attainable only through sand carving, add elegance and value, making every carved substrate stand out among the rest.  Techniques such as color-filling, stage carving and shading allow for images and textures that will be sure to turn heads.

Sand Carving produces dramatic results, and can add more value to the product than any other marking method.  Sand carving is suited for those customers who are looking to make a strong statement with their award/recognition/gift.

With Cutting Plotter Machine like Graphtec FC8600, glass-art, etching stencil cutting, sand craving business can easily handle varieties of jobs:

  • Perf Cut Through Vinyl Media
  • Etching and Sandblast Resist Stencil Cut - The stencil material used in this process is very similar to vinyl sign material and cuts very nicely
  • Cut Etching and Sandblast Resist Stencils
  • Cut roll fed media up to 59.1 mil thick!

TOP CUTTING SOLUTION FOR PATTERN MAKING IN GARMENT INDUSTRY IN 2018?

A cutting plotter you decide to buy must able to help you turn garment designs into patterns both rapidly and accurately.  The garment pattern cutter that help you improving work efficiency in pattern making, cutting & plotting reliable quality, intuitive operation and easy-to-use.

'Graphtec' pattern cutting machine is well-knows in its reputation as a proven global leader in imaging products for the garment and apparel industry.  With Graphtec, you can depend on superior performance, reliability, precision and quality production output.  Graphtec professional cutting plotters are the industry top performer for small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, and MAC/PC Compatible.  'Graphtec' Cutting Plotter can also output directly from the NScan & NShot Digitizers.  The Plotter accepts Sheet paper & Roll paper.

Graphtec CE6000-120AP (Apparel Pattern Cutting & Marking) is a Graphtec high-speed, professional cutting plotter designed specifically as an output machine device for apparel CAD systems.  The CE6000-120AP was designed specifically as an output machine device for apparel CAD/CAM systems.  The Cutter/Plotter can also output directly from the NScan & NShot Digitizers.  The Plotter accepts sheet paper and roll paper.  It handles a wide variety of pattern paper in widths up to a maximum of 1180 mm (when using a 2-inch core), and in a thickness range of from 64 to 130 g/m2. 

All come standard with the machine to ensure accurate plotting of long markers and precise cutting of pattern layouts.

• The floor stand, roll media rack and media basket come standard with the machine to ensure accurate plotting of long markers and precise cutting of pattern layouts.

• Seven different perforated line types are provided to enable clean, easy separation of the individual pattern pieces after cutting.

• Media catch basket

• A cross-cutter function is also provided.

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