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The Razor's Edge

(January 2007) posted on Tue Jan 02, 2007

Cutting systems and routers for wide-format printing.

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AXYZ Automation ( Manufactures CNC routers, useful in finishing graphics printed or mounted on rigid media, including thick and dense materials like wood or metal. The 4000 table series handles materials up to 5-ft wide; other routers have working areas up to 10-ft wide. Bed lengths extend up to 32-ft long.

Beam Dynamics ( Offers the laser-powered Lumen Digital Cutting Center, with a 4 x 4- or 4 x 8-ft cutting bed. The DCC-9000-PA is designed for unattended loading and cutting with its Automated Pallet Loader, Barcode Reader, and the Job Batch Software to read the job code and load the proper job specs.

BeDigital ( This Spain-based manufacturer sells the SuperCutter 210/320, a 70/110-in. machine for cutting heavy boards (up to 20-mm thick) such as Kapa Block or Gatorfoam. It uses a laser guide for precise cutting.

CAD Machinery ( Has an array of CNC router/cutters, including the AristoMat CL, SL, TL, and the large-format GL series (with beds up to 125 x 204 in.); also 3-D CNC Router tables.

Coda ( Sells the CodaTrim 59- and 63-in. trimmers with a self-sharpening blade and optional roll-feed assembly.

Contech ( Its DigiCutter is a large-format media trimmer.

Craftsman Cutter ( Offers Easy Cut manual cutter with a dual in-line blade in 24-, 36-, and 48-in. models. Also has an air-operated Straight-Line Cutter for cutting up to 24-pt board in custom sizes.

Dahle ( Produces a wide range of large-format cutters, available as both rolling trimmers (up to 51-in. long) and guillotines (up to 43-in. wide).

Eastsign International ( Offers 22 models of DingTec vinyl cutters, which cut materials as wide as 61 in. at speeds up to 31 in./sec.

Esko-Graphics ( The Kongsberg i-XL is equipped with MGE’s i-cut vision system, offers working areas up to 87 x 120 in., and provides a choice of FlexiHead and MultiCut toolheads. Options include a conveyer system to feed rolls or sheets. The i-XE10 is a smaller version (31 x 43 in.) of the i-XL, but it can be equipped with a pick-and-place sheet-feeding system. The Kongsberg DCM loads/unloads boards and cuts/creases them directly from a CAD file; it is particularly helpful for packaging and P-O-P displays.