Sign & Digital Graphics

December '14

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SPECIALTY IMAGING DIGITAL GRAPHICS interest on conventional printed media can be very striking. And of course, this is best done with conventional cut vinyl techniques. More and more designers are looking to vinyl applications to achieve desired effects both for the interior or exterior aesthetics of a building or space. The ORACAL Series 8300 Transparent film simulates a stained-glass look and can be used in a variety of ways. It comes in a large selection of colors and is a very eco- nomical alternative to colored acrylics or glass. This product can also be used as an overlay to other specialty films such as metallic or brushed films to achieve even more dynamic effects. Masking films for painting and sand- blasting are also popular. Avery makes its 1830 S calendered vinyl paint mask that can even be baked along with the paint! And once again, the old cut vinyl processes are the best way to use these products. Cutting Cut Vinyl Technology for cutting vinyl has come a long way since the Gerber Signmaker. And though there are fewer companies selling cutters than there were, the qual- ity of the equipment has improved dra- matically. Companies including Roland, Graphtec, Colex, G C C , Mimaki and Mutoh offer a range of cutters to fill the space. But not all of these films cut the same. Some vinyl is thicker and stiffer than standard vinyl. The sand- blast resist, for example, is massively thick in order to resist being pelted with grains of abrasive under high pressure. There are ways to mitigate the possible problems that might occur when first using all of these unique specialty products. Sometimes a cutter needs a little more oomph! Summa offers a range of vinyl cutters that fill the bill, even for tougher thick films. 3M offers opaque cut vinyl films in a wide array of colors and finishes. (Image courtesy of 3M Commercial Graphics) Summa's 54" S2 D SERIES S2 D140 com- bines S Class power and precision with a drag-knife cutting head. (Image courtesy of Summa) 58 • December 2014 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S Roland's GX-640 vinyl cutter features Roland Quadralign technol- ogy that can precisely read crop marks on pre-printed data. (Image courtesy of Roland DGA)

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