Introduction to Wide Format Cutters for Trimming inkjet prints.
A cutter for trimming inkjet prints is something you forget about in the rush of excitement in ordering your wide format printer. You need a trimmer for repro departments, copy centers, and any office with a wide format printer.
you have your wide format printer you will need a laminator.
Your printer will have an automatic cutting knife but you
may prefer to trim the prints later. In this likely case you
will need a trimmer, especially one that can handle plastic
(the lamination). If you sell your output the client will
expect the edge of each sign, poster, or banner to be nicely
cut, not ragged.
If you need a cutter-trimmer for a sign shop or other professional use, we recommend you consult with Mike Lind, Reprographic Designs. He imports trimmers from several different companies including Meteor, one of the nice German trimmers
Reprographic Designs (ReprographicDesigns.com) also offers trimmers from Keencut, Rotatrim, and Neolt. Keencut makes Javelin, Big Bench, and Excalibur, including for trimming foam and gatorboard.
In addition to the cutter itself, you will also need a cutting mat and safety ruler as well. The leading place for these accessories would be SpeedPress. You can check with Mike Lind about cutting mats and safety rulers too.
If you wish additional information on trimmers, cutters, and especially on lamination equipment, just ask for the free FLAAR Fast Facts on laminating equipment, a report by Nicholas Hellmuth. Our university makes these available at no cost. Just fill out the survey form and our university sends the reports within 48 hours, as part of the public educational programs of the university.