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Brad Kitchener

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Post Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:51 pm

Cutting Laminated Graphics

Does anyone else have a problem cutting laminated graphics? I am using a brand new smart blade, only cut a few jobs with it and now it will not cut through. I am using 100mic vinyl and lam, the pressure was set at 120g and was cutting beautifully until today.
Any ideas?
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Post Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:57 pm

Re: Cutting Laminated Graphics

as a rule of thumb, a new Smart blade on my versacamm will cut print and laminate at 90
Without lam 50-55

Has it hit a media clamp?
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Pane Talev

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Post Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:14 pm

Re: Cutting Laminated Graphics

With a pretty old smart knife at the moment, my Summa cuts with 80g (M7, MD3/MD5) and 160g laminated MD3/MD5 with their recommended laminates.
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Post Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:09 am

Re: Cutting Laminated Graphics

What condition is your cutting strip in Brad?
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Brad Kitchener

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Post Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:28 am

Re: Cutting Laminated Graphics

Mark Piddington wrote:What condition is your cutting strip in Brad?
Cutting strip is in perfect condition, no grooves at all. I just don't understand, how it was cutting perfectly, then not!
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Brad Kitchener

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Post Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:29 am

Re: Cutting Laminated Graphics

Chris Windebank wrote:as a rule of thumb, a new Smart blade on my versacamm will cut print and laminate at 90
Without lam 50-55

Has it hit a media clamp?
No, I am pretty sure it hasn't.
It's a real head scratcher.
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Phill Fenton

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Post Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:56 am

Re: Cutting Laminated Graphics

How do you know it hasn't hit a media clamp? This is the most likely explanation. Have a close look at the knife to ensure it hasn't lost the tip.
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Chris Wool

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Post Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:12 pm

Re: Cutting Laminated Graphics

a loupe was the best thing i ever bought for checking blades and just looked so cheap now.
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Post Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:41 am

Re: Cutting Laminated Graphics

We had the same problem this week and having a closer look there was a small piece of vinyl stuck to the blade ...!!
Just have a close look Incase :-)
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Lee Reeves

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Post Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:23 pm

Re: Cutting Laminated Graphics

Could be glue build up on the blade try cleaning with some ipa it’s worked for us.
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Post Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:05 pm

Re: Cutting Laminated Graphics

Is it a Roland machine ?. We had the same problem a while back and Harry at Mathias recommended not pushing the blade fully into the holder. Use a credit card as a thickness guide. Ours was hitting the media clamp, It's a well known problem as the tip just skims the metal and takes the edge off.

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