Graphtec GB, who supply flatbed plotter/cutters, has added the i-Mark automatic digital die cutter to its product portfolio. The machine is based on the popular Graphtec CE6000-40 plotter/cutter and i-Mark hardware and software.
The die cutter can be used for a range of print and cut applications, such as digital prints and packaging, and will handle sheets of material of varying thicknesses and sizes, from A4 up to Super A3 (330 x 483mm).
One of the unique features of the die cutter is that, depending on the thickness of the material being processed, it can handle up to 120 sheets of material in a continuous cycle. And has the ability to add further sheets as required without interrupting the cutting process. This is a capability that Graphtec GB considers sets the die cutter apart from any comparable sheet-fed system, according to the company.
The cutter comprises three main components: sheet feeder, cutting unit and collection tray. The compact footprint of the cutter enables it to be mounted to a table as small as 60 x 67cm. The machine allows contour-cutting of printed sheets without operator intervention. It is equipped with an internal vacuum compressor to remove the need for an external air supply connection.
Precise sheet alignment is achieved via crop mark reading for each individual sheet, with a camera equipped with i-Mark technology performing the crop mark adjustments quickly. Software algorithms compensate for any distortion from the printing process to enable precise cutting with minimal bleed. There is also an option to cut perforated lines during file creation.
Heavier material cutting is possible on board up to 350gsm, as well as the kiss-cut cutting option for adhesive sheets. The cutting blade is designed to accommodate two different cutting modes and works by an opening that protects the blade from wear during the cutting process.