What Is a Flatbed Cutter Plotter?

If you are reading this, chances are that you are in search of the right plotter cutter for work. When it comes to picking the right plotter cutter, there are plenty of options to choose from. Cutter plotters are versatile in their function, but the use of a plotter and the specific model you use depends largely on the type of material you are working with and the type of projects you need it for. 

With AirMark’s extensive array of cutters, from our large Summa flatbed cutters, to our selection of Summa Vinyl Cutters, like the S1 Series, S2 Series, and SummaCut Series, finding the right one can quickly become overwhelming. 

Luckily, that is what we are here for. AirMark strives to not only provide an extensive range of high-quality equipment and supplies, but to also be a support system you can turn to for any and every question you may have. With experts pointing you in the right direction, you can focus more on the project at hand and less on the logistics. 

So, as you embark on your search for the right cutter plotter, there is an important question you need to ask yourself. What type of cutter plotter works best for your needs? 

Two Types of Cutter Plotters 

You might be familiar enough with cutter plotters to know that there are two types: flatbed cutters and roll-fed cutters. 

Roll-Fed Cutter Plotters

Unlike a flatbed cutter, a roll-fed cutter requires you to connect the roll of material you are working with, hence the name ‘roll-fed.’ The roll-fed cutter is a great choice for more flexible materials, such as fabric and vinyl. 

Flatbed Cutter Plotters

While a flatbed cutter plotter can cut through fabric and vinyl, it also has the ability to cut through various other types of materials, including paper, cardboard, metal, foam, and corrugated boards. Unlike a roll-fed cutter, however, a flatbed cutter holds the material stationery as the cutting blade moves over it. Depending on the model you can get, the flatbed surface can be several square feet in size, or as large as several square meters. 

What really makes a flatbed cutter plotter stand out is its incredible accuracy when it comes to cutting, especially when handling complex and intricate designs. It comes equipped with a powerful blade that is mounted to a motor, and the motor is able to move on both an x-axis and a y-axis, giving it the ability to cut in several directions. This motorized range allows a flatbed cutter plotter to cut out curves, straight lines, and angles in a meticulous and highly-detailed manner. 

Pros of Using a Flatbed Cutter Plotter

The ability to use a flatbed cutter plotter on a variety of materials ranging in type and thickness makes flatbed cutter plotters versatile. If your business and design needs require a product that can be used on a variety of different materials, projects, and industries in an efficient manner, a flatbed cutter plotter is the ideal go-to. 

In addition to its versatility and efficiency, flatbed cutter plotters are known for being very user-friendly–noth the machine and the accompanying software are easy to use and operate. With various customizable options, you can be sure that a flatbed cutter plotter can meet your specific needs. 

Find Your Flatbed Cutter Plotter at AirMark 

The award-winning Summa F Series Pro Flatbed Cutter is easy to operate, great for use on a variety of different materials, and the go-to for designing packaging, textiles, displays, and signs. However, it is just one of many options. Let AirMark help find your perfect match today!