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By Melissa Donovan
Routers and cutters are for cutting traditional sign board, but they are also imperative for untraditional materials more so than ever before due to the ability to print onto almost anything.
A number of solutions are available, and we include a few here.
Industrial CNC’s Pro Series CNC router tables feature a stress annealed, welded steel frame and structural steel gantry beam to ensure maximum rigidity for the most challenging CNC machining applications. This is designed, engineered, and built to cut a wider variety of materials like wood, plastics, acrylic, aluminum, metal, and solid surface materials. Pro Series CNC Router Machines are powered by a Posi-Trac, four-motor, dual driven, integrated system, which includes CNC software; a high frequency, variable speed, liquid cooled spindle and inverter; a standard T-slotted hold down; a dust collection attachment; and a standard 12-inch gantry.
The Laguna Tools’ Swift MT is equipped with everything needed to handle routing, cutting, and creasing operations. With the Laguna Vision System, quickly find registration marks to identify parts and adjust the cutting path, giving perfect cutouts in printed shapes. The series is available in three work table sizes—4×4, 4×8, and 5×10 feet. Materials able to be cut include leather, carpet, gaskets, aluminum, veneers, foam, acrylic, rubber, cardboard, and wood.
MultiCam, a Kongsberg PCS Company’s Celero Series is the next generation of digital cutting systems as they offer one of the fastest knife cutting speeds in the industry. These advanced flatbed cutting systems provide end users unparalleled cutting capabilities for both rigid and flexible substrates as well as roll media. With a reputation for accurate and smooth motion, the Celero Series is an easy-to-use, programmable, cutter/router solution for both small and large businesses alike. With an extensive list of standard features and available customizable options, each system is built to ensure the right cutter for your application and investment.
The Summa F Series flatbed cutters can be upgraded afterwards with media handling options, modules and tools, new workflow methods, and other add ons. For instance, the F1612 model can be upgraded with a conveyor extension at the front. Using this extension, the cut material is fed forward and can be removed easily and safely while the machine cuts the next part. The same cutter can be equipped with a roll-up system winding the material back on a roll after it has been cut. With the software pro pack, the F Series benefits from the Summa Barcode Workflow enabling an automatic process of identifying and opening cut files to start cutting an entire roll with minimum operator intervention.
Made in the U.S. since 1983 Vision Engraving & Routing Systems’ 2550 CNC router/cutter is capable of producing accurate, repeat work on a variety of materials including coated and uncoated metal, wood, plastic, cardboard, corrugated plastic, and rigid and semi-rigid materials. Options include an automatic raster Braille inserter, three horsepower high-frequency spindle, engraving head, oscillating knife, DACS print-to-cut system, and UNIST misting system.
The G3 series of Zünd digital cutting/routing systems is completely modular and offers maximum versatility for processing materials ranging from thin, pressure-sensitive film to four-inch thick foam and everything in between. This includes acrylics, non-ferrous materials, metal composites, and wood.
Having a robust router/cutter in house that can finish wood or signboard isn’t for every print provider, but those who have a demand for it greatly benefit from these multi-purpose devices.
Oct2022, Digital Output