How Much Do You Know About Digital Cutting Tables?

Jul. 06, 2022

Home Décor

Digital cutting tables are an essential piece of kit for most large format printers, but there are many options to choose from.

 

Every print service provider knows that printing is only half the game; the print media must still be finished - converted into a product - before it can be sold. Of all the various types of finishing equipment available, digital cutting tables are among the most versatile. They're not cheap, but as with anything, you get what you pay for, and a high-quality digital cutting table will outlast most printers and should be able to handle output from multiple printers.

 

Most cutting tables can handle a wide range of applications. 20 years ago, when the first flatbed printers appeared, large format users began buying cutting tables to cut rigid panels for displaying graphics. But today, these tables are also used for short-term packaging and for cutting textiles for apparel and home décor applications.


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At their simplest, these digital cutting tables include a platform for holding media, a gantry that traverses the length of the platform and supports a cutting head that moves across the width. However, there are many things to consider before deciding which one to invest in. The most obvious is the size of the bed, which must be large enough to handle the work you are doing now, as well as the type of work you want to do in the future.

 

Obviously, a larger bed will require a wider gantry and the cutting head will have to move over a larger area, which will put more strain on the drive system. Some of the simpler tables will use belt-driven gantry movements, but rack and pinion drives will be more accurate, while larger digital cutting tables will benefit from linear magneto drives for more accurate cuts. In addition, the faster the drive system moves the head, the more productive the table will be.


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Most digital cutting table suppliers will offer a choice of cutting heads, but at least one header should be able to accommodate multiple tools and be able to switch automatically between tools so that the operator does not have to do so. The head must be strong enough to handle all the substrates you may want to cut. The denser the material, the more power you will need. Most tables should be able to handle plastic board, foam core board, and corrugated board, but may slow down for wood and composite aluminum.

 

Most digital cutting table suppliers will also offer a range of different tools, which should include tools for creasing and punching, as well as wiring tools for handling some of the denser materials. In addition to basic cutting knives, there should be tangential knives and tools for specific types of cuts, such as V-cut and Kiss-cut.

 

In addition, just as inkjet printers have become faster, cutting tables must also keep up. Therefore, most suppliers also offer automatic loading and unloading options. This includes palette loaders for rigid materials, and winders for handling web substrates, although there are significant differences between suppliers.


Want to know more?

If you are looking for the perfect digital cutting table, have a look at  IECHO ’s line of  IECHO Digital Cutting Systems and visit https://www.iechocutter.com.


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