Getting Started with a Print/Cut System
There are 4 important factors to consider when getting started with a print/cut system.
1. Heat Press
If you don't already have a heat press, you'll need one to heat apply the designs that you cut with your vinyl cutter.
2. Print/Cut System
A print/cut system allows you to print full colour designs. The system cuts around the design which is then masked and finally heat applied onto a garment. The Roland® VS-300i 30" is the recommended print/cut system for beginners.
Print/Cut System Benefits:
- More flexibility: Produce full colour or multi-colour graphics.
- Save time: Eliminate weeding and application steps for designs with two or more colours.
- Variety of products: Offer customers promotional product decoration services, signs, and T-shirts.
- Dual functionality: Use as a vinyl cutter.
3. Design Software
You may already be experienced with Corel® or Adobe® software; if not, consider one of the following options for ready-to-use artwork:
CadworxLIVE™ features an online design studio and Easy Teams® creator for generating cut-able artwork, fast and easy. There are hundreds of predesigned layouts that feature editable text and clip art.
|Great Dane Graphics|
Full colour raster images that can be customized and used with a print-cut system are available from Great Dane Graphics. Monthly and annual subscriptions available.
- Time saver
- Dual function
4. Printable Heat Transfer Material
The material choice is typically based on the type of fabric of the garment/piece being decorated.
Be aware of polyester fabrics; they tend to bleed through. When decorating polyester fabrics, select SuperTEK™ Sublistop™ to inhibit dye migration.
For help with selecting the best material for your project, review this chart of popular material and fabric combinations.
|Popular CAD-CUT® Heat Transfer Materials and Fabric Combinations|
|Performance Materials||Lightweight Fabrics|
|Printable Material||SuperTEK™ Sublistop™||SuperTEK™ Opaque||CAD-COLOR® Express Print®|
|Benefits||Inhibits dye migration||Excellent stretch and recovery||Versatile; great for light or dark fabrics|
|Suggested Fabric Types||Polyester, Lycra®/
Make sure you have the equipment, accessories, and products needed to quickly get started with your print/cut system.
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