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Gavin Towle

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Post Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:09 am

Cutting Vinyl Right Through Backing Paper

Morning all,

Wonder if anyone can help, I want to cut reflective vinyl out for use in manufacturing number plates. Can i set a vinyl cutter to cut right through the vinyl and backing paper ?

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Martin Pearson

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Post Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:00 am

Re: Cutting Vinyl Right Through Backing Paper

You can increase the cutting force which should cut through the backing paper as well if your plotters cutting force will go high enough, just do a test & bump it up a bit at a time, you are going to have problems though as you are likely to cause jams where bits that have been cut out get stuck, craft plotters that cut card & other materials all the way through use a carrier strip to keep everything together. The other problem is that your cutting strip is going to get wrecked very quickly.
This isn't something I would think about doing.
Can't you just buy the reflective backings from one of the plate supply companies??
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Post Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:51 am

Re: Cutting Vinyl Right Through Backing Paper

Depending on your plotter, you can get high impact cutting strips, depends if the pressure will go high enough. Or you could perforate cut it, so that it remains in the sheet and you just pop it out when done.

That daid, I doubt it will work with thick reflective film.
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Post Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:09 pm

Re: Cutting Vinyl Right Through Backing Paper

You should be able to do this, but it will be trial and error like David says. We have done this with our Graphtec CE6000 before and it worked fine on chalkboard, also worked fine on vinyl + laminate (combined thickness of 180 micron + backing paper). We did get some cutting strips though from Graphtec to do this.
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Martin Gray

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Post Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:27 am

Re: Cutting Vinyl Right Through Backing Paper

You could make a template out composite material. Lay it on top and cut it out by hand. Depends on how much your looking to make I guess.

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Post Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:42 am

Re: Cutting Vinyl Right Through Backing Paper

Just buy it already cut, I seem to remember it was £1 a plate when we were buying them

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