Contour Cutting / Kiss Cutting involves placing an outline around an object. The object(s) but not the outline are printed onto media such as white vinyl, later the outline is cut out using special Registration Marks (ARMS)o, which then creates a decal or sticker. Graphtec cutting plotters have the ability to cut around a pre-printed image - like die cutting. Similar production result as a die cut but using a drag blade to perform the cut.
To cut vinyl or any pre printed cut media — such as printable heat transfer and full color stickers — all the way through up to its backing material without having to produce a separate die or punch. This cutting method is also useful for contour cutting of printed materials such as full color, printed stickers. When contour cutting printed stickers/vinyl, you can combine a kiss cut with a perf cut in the same cut job: this combination results in individual stickers cut thru with a kiss cut inside for that perfect peel away finish.
Graphtec’s Automatic Registration Mark Sensor system (ARMS) is the laser/optical eye which reads multiple registration mark patterns on pre-printed media to obtain accurate contour cutting for the production of decals, stickers, heat transfer and packaging in the print and cut operation.
This system especially benefits those who have a need for contour cutting of longer prints. The ARMS system is designed to compensate for media misalignment, material expansion/contraction, and the common media shifting that occurs during the printing process. These intelligent features assure users of unsurpassed accuracy and reliable operation for even the most intricate contour cutting applications.
FC8600 cutting pre-printed graphics for custom full-color stickers and decals
Preparing the image for contour cutting, Locating the registration points, Using the cutter's axis alignment feature