Printwear

October '15

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 5 O C T O B E R P R I N T W E A R || 25 read the registration marks that will position your cut around the live area of your image. Without optical po- sitioning, your cutter will be blind to the registration marks. Another thing you need to consider is how your cut- ter is powered. In every cutter there is a drive motor that powers the grit roller to advance and retract the flex media and the blade. There are two types of drive motors: mechanical steeping motors and digital servos. A stepping motor moves the drive in very small increments. Economy cutters typi- cally employ this technology. Digital servomotors drive the more expensive cutters. These servos depend on an en- coder to translate the input signal from the software. The result is a precise and smooth movement. This smooth movement translates into much more precision on small graphics than steep- ing motors. Another benefit of digital servomotors is better tracking. The bet- ter the tracking, the longer the straight line your cutter can cut. Although tracking is not as import- ant in cutting heat transfers, it will be important if you intend to cut sign graphics. In addition to contour cut- ting sheet feed heat transfers, a cutter can be a valuable partner in decorating garments. Keep in mind that decorations using a digital printer and a digital cutter are strategically different from the other al- ternatives in our business. Sublimation depends on polyester and direct-to-gar- ment is limited to cotton or 50/50 blends; using a digital printer—either inkjet or laser—and a digital cutter/ plotter is much less restrictive. Addi- tionally, there are no nozzles to clean or heads to check, either. So there you have it; Production Pairs. When added to your business these two small pieces of equipment can greatly improve production flexi- bility and make it easier for you to sur- vive and prosper. The Marketplace TO ADVERTISE CONTACT DIANE GILBERT AT 800-669-0424, EXT. 297 DGILBERT@NBM.COM DISPLAY ADVERTISING Shopping online with Nazdar SourceOne means you don't have to go anywhere else. With over 5,000 products online, we've got your business covered! WE ARE YOUR LEADING SUPPLIER EQUIPMENT, INKS & SUPPLIES OF SOURCEONE MAKES SHOPPING EASY SOURCEONE.NAZDAR.COM • Easy Product Searching • Dynamic Filtering & Sorting • Responsive Design for Mobile • Customer Reviews & Feedback SOURCEONE MAKES SHOPPING EASY SOURCEONE.NAZDAR.COM • Easy Product Searching • Dynamic Filtering & Sorting • Responsive Design for Mobile • Customer Reviews & Feedback and other top brands

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