How Does a Plotter Cutter Work?

When it comes to creating the perfect graphic and sign to meet your business needs, having the right equipment and support at your disposal is paramount. 

Whether you are working with a flatbed cutter plotter or trying to understand the how-to’s behind cutting corrugated plastic boards, AirMark’s extensive selection of high-quality equipment has your back. Add in a knowledgeable support team, and you can rest assured that your next project will go off without a hitch. 

We understand there is a lot of information out there when it comes to creating the right sign. From vinyl cutting to printing to labeling to finding the right machine to use, it can all get overwhelming very quickly. That is why we are here! 

You most likely have come across the range of Summa flatbed cutters and Summa vinyl cutters AirMark has to offer. Summa plotter cutters are renowned for their incredibly precise cutting. But what are plotter cutters, and how do they work?

What Is a Plotter Cutter? 

A plotter cutter is a computer-controlled piece of equipment that is able to cut through vinyl, fabric, paper acrylic, and more. It is able to cut these materials into complex designs and shapes. Because of a plotter cutter’s ability to cut through a range of materials, it is the go-to tool for various industries and professions, including sign-making, architecture, and fashion. 

Each plotter cutter comes equipped with a cutting blade, a computer, and the appropriate accompanying software to create and shape the designs to be cut. Arguably, the most important part of a plotter cutter is the cutting blade. Durable and powerful, the cutting blade is attached to and operated by the equipment’s motor. 

How Does It Work? 

Once your design is ready to go in the accompanying software, it is sent off to the cutter. It is here that the motors and gears cut through the material. Because plotter cutters have motors that move along both the x-axis and y-axis, there is a wide range of flexibility and freedom when it comes to cutting designs. All of these options mean that nearly anything you can imagine is possible!

Types of Plotter Cutters

There are two types of plotter cutters: flatbed cutters and roll-fed cutters. Flatbed cutters, like the Summa flatbed cutter, can be used on more rigid materials, like metal and acrylic. Roll-fed cutters, on the other hand, are designed to be used on more flexible materials, such as fabric and vinyl. Unlike flatbeds, roll-fed cutters push material to the cutting blade through the rollers. 

In Conclusion

When it comes to finding the right plotter cutter for your needs, be sure to contact the experts at AirMark. We take pride in our extensive array of tools and supplies available, as well as our ability to help take your project from ideation to completion!