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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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Keencut ( Manufactures a wide variety of large-format cutting systems including cutting bar, rotary cutters, and sheet material cutters. Javelin, Practik, Max, and Sabre comprise its cutter bar line; Big Bench is a table that accommodates its large-format bar cutters. Rotary cutters include Technic, Technic OE, Technic TE, and Classic. Sheet materials cutters include Excalibur 1000, 1000E, 3000, and 5000.

LaserPro ( Offers laser-cutting hardware including the 51 x 36-in. Gaia, the 38 x 20-in. Explorer, and the large-format 50 x 37-in. Neptune.

Mikkelsen Graphic Engineering (MGE) ( Its i-cut vision registration/compensation system is an automated digital die-cutting system that is available on MGE cutters, as well as cutter/routers of several partner companies. The MGE cutter system accommodates flexible media up to 4 x 8 ft; its router system works with media up to 3-in. thick; the i-cut Laser FX Model offers a working area up to 51 x 51 in.

Mimaki ( Vinyl cutters include the FX Series with machines up to 74-in. wide and the 26-in. CG 60st. The 30-in. CG-75ML cutter features a photo-electric eye for registration-mark detection. The CF2 flatbed series of cutting plotters has models up to 70 x 47 in. and offers the MGE i-cut system as an option.

MultiCam ( Produces a wide range of CNC cutting systems, including the 1000 series of routers that range up to 120-in. long. Its new Multi-Vision Digital Registration System incorporates the MGE i-cut and is compatible with MultiCam router, laser, plasma, water, or knife cutting systems.

Mutoh ( Its Ultima series of cutting plotters offers contour cutting in 33- or 55-in. widths.

Neolt ( Distributed in the US by Digital ES, Neolt makes a large variety of manual and electric cutters and foam trimmers for both rigid and flexible media up to 205-in. wide.

The Electro Foam Trim (horizontal or vertical) offers foamboard and Sintra cuts up to 122 in.; the Plexi-Trim uses a router-type head to cut Plexiglas, acrylic, Dibond, PVC, and Sintra up to 0.25-in. thick.