Graphtec plotters are made of high quality components which enable it to accomplish tasks that the cheaper cutting machines cannot.
These cutting machines also tend to be larger; making them able to take wider and longer media, making them perfect for high volume business use.
Common applications for these machines include:
sublimation print and cut
vehicle signage and decals
Personally, I first used Graphtec cutting machines while working in thriving a sign-writing company. They are easy to use (once you’ve familiarized yourself with the software), particularly good for doing intricate cuts, long production runs, and the machines will last for years.
Take a look at the full range in the following table, then scroll down for all the features, specifications, and technical information.
The FC8600 Series is the best Graphtec cutting machine range. These cutters are for professional, industrial and commercial use.
There are 5 cutting machines in the FC8600 range:
FC8600-60 which is 24 inches wide
FC8600-75 which is 30 inches wide
FC8600-100 which is 42 inches wide
FC8600-130 which is 54 inches wide
FC8600-160 which is 64 inches wide
Take a look at the FC8600 in the following promo video from Graphtec:
The Graphtec FC 6000 is certainly one of the best professional cutting machines that you can buy. It has the same features as the CE 6000 series, but here is what’s better:
a 600 gram max cutting force (as opposed to the Graphtec CE6000 450 gram)
an almost twice as fast cutting speed
when purchased from Heat Press Nation, a 5 year warranty (as opposed to the CE6000’s 2 year warranty)
and of course, there are more sizes to choose from
Graphtec Cutting Machine Technical Terms
Here is an explanation of what some of the Graphtec technical terms mean.
Graphtec ARMS 5.0
ARMS stands for Advanced Registration Mark Sensor. Graphtec states that the “renowned ARMS system produces high precision print & cut results – even on challenging materials such as high gloss and high intensity reflective.”
The system uses sensors to detect registration marks and performs the Axis Alignment. It enables significantly improved productivity in Print & Cut jobs (for example, stickers or decals).
Graphtec Overcut Feature
This feature means that the blade will over cut on straight corners by however many millimeters you set it to. For example, on jobs where you need extremely sharp corners, set to over-cut by a millimeter. This can be especially necessary when cutting thicker materials, or creating Rhinestone transfers.
These motors are used in a wide range of industrial and commercial applications, allowing for precise precision control of machinery. In the case of Graphtec cutters, you are getting a high performance motor that is also quiet and fast. It makes cutting materials such as flocked vinyl or stretch vinyl easier as well (more on Wikipedia). The Consew 206RB is an example of a sewing machine with a Servo motor.
Graphtec Studio Software Plugin
This is the editing software that comes with Graphtec cutting machines. There are tons of features, including:
Most cutting machines have a 3 point positioning system, and so Graphtec is superior with a 4 point system. This means it precisely cuts your media in the perfect position as it monitors the placing of these four points.
Allows for smoother corner cuts, especially when cutting intricate designs. The cutter with pick up the blade and pivot it when going around corners, rather than dragging the blade around, as with many other cutting machines. Using Tangential Emulation takes longer, but is not required for all jobs.
Graphtec Plotter Review
Graphtec Cutting Machines are at the high end of the price and quality spectrum in the cutter plotter market. They are for advanced and professional users, with business applications in mind.
Their machines are designed for high production quality in quick time, coupled with excellent precision cutting and processing. These are the best cutting machines for sign-writers, those doing large print-and-cut jobs, vehicle signage, and more.
There is a learning curve, as with all things, when you first get a Graptec cutting machine. However, there are plenty of online resources and support to make this no more painful than it need to be!
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