Carrier sheet: Materials without backing or smaller pieces of material that are too small to be taken up by the rollers should be placed on the slightly adhesive surface of a carrier sheet. These translucent PVC films are printed with both a grid and the registration marks necessary for the automatic sensor. These consumable articles can be replaced by less expensive alternatives that you can make yourself using products from the Modulor assortment. Please consult the relevant information found in the description text at Graphtec CE6000-40 cutting plotter.
Pen holder: This pen holder can accommodate pens with diameters up to 9 millimetres. The shape of the pen has to satisfy certain specifications (diameter of the barrel, the taper of the point) for it to fit in the holder –just use trial-and-error for a determination. One pen that you can be sure will fit and produce great results is our STAEDTLER LUMOCOLOR.
Blade holder and blades: The blade holder that is included with the machine accepts 0.9 mm thick blades with a cutting angle of 45° or 60°. In addition, an alternative blade holder for 1.5 mm thick blades is available for cutting tougher materials. Blades with cutting angles of 45° or 60° are available for this special blade holder.
Replacement Teflon cutting strip: Along the cutting path of the blade there is a Teflon strip covering the entire width of the cutting area. Ideally, the blade is positioned in such a way that it will not cut into the Teflon itself, especially considering that this material is not there to serve as a cutting mat but rather as a particularly frictionless substrate. The strip, however, is nonetheless a wear component that can/must be replaced after a large number of cuts have been made. The following describes how this is done: First you remove the old strip and then simply attach the new, self-adhesive one directly on top of the residual adhesive coat. If some of the adhesive coat is lifted off with the old strip it is best to then remove all of the coat (be careful when working with acetone!) in order to avoid creating any unevenness along the cutting path. Applying additional double-sided adhesive tape is not required.
Cutting plotters are used to cut out from a film, paper or cardboard a design or graphic that has been installed on a computer. It is most often used to make lettering for signs, display windows or cars by cutting letters out of self-adhesive film. There are two types: a flatbed plotter and a drum plotter. In the first named version the medium to be worked on remains stationary on the cutting table and the cutting head can be moved all the way to the outermost edges of the surface. With a drum plotter, however, the cutting action is a result of the combined movement of the medium by means of (grit) rollers and the cutting head which runs along a guide rail. This method is similar to that of an ink-jet printer as it directs itself to the required coordinates.
In addition, cutting plotters are differentiated by the way the cutter is employed. One type works with a tangential blade which is moved to the required position by a motor. This has the advantage of having a more powerful cutting action (thicker materials can be processed) as well as being able to deliver an impressive precision because the point of the knife is positioned exactly in the vertical middle axis of the knife. Another type of knife is called a drag knife. In this case the machine must take into account an offset because the exact cutting point of the tilted knife is positioned somewhat to the side of the middle axis. The cutting action of a drag knife is less powerful and this makes it more suitable for use in cutting thinner adhesive film or cardboard. Machines with a drag knife are as a rule cheaper and faster working because the knife is not raised up, turned and repositioned when having to make a sharp angle or change directions but instead the freely rotating blade stays in the material and a drag movement turns the head and the blade following accordingly.
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