Graphics & Print Finishing

Processing both rigid and lightweight materials for Print Finishing

 

Digital finishers are being asked to do more. From routing aluminium and acrylic to cutting and trimming paper, vinyl, foam board, coroplast, styrene and rubber. Today, advances in technology include high-speed processing that enables both heavy-duty and lightweight material cutting. Instead of using separate finishing tables, the process has evolved with the development of hybrid CNC routers that include larger routing spindles with tangential and oscillating knives.

The components of the hybrid can be described as a three-head configuration: the routing spindle, an oscillating knife and a tangential knife. The combination of these three components ensures processing capabilities are endless.

A routing spindle can come with a variety of power ratings up to 10Hp. Select the HSD quick-release spindle for cutting speeds up to 24,000 rpm. There is a wide variety of choices of router bits and it is important to select the bit that is most appropriate for the material that is to be processed.

The oscillating knife is suitable for soft and/or flexible materials such as corrugated plastic. It is apt to saw through material and does not fray. Unlike the oscillating knife, the tangential utilises a fixed blade and is best used for materials that are heavier, thicker or harder. Both of these knives have a varied selection of blades that are fitted with different geometries designed to suit various materials.

Materials

 

With such a broad range of materials and processes, a CNC router and knife system is one of the most versatile and profitable machines for print finishing and graphic applications. Machining aluminium or aluminium composites requires high-power routing spindles and a robust machine construction. Lightweight or semi-flexible materials may be best processed with a high-speed tangential knife.

AluminiumAluminium Composite MaterialsFoamboardFoamexWoodVinylPlasticsWoodsStyreneCoroplastPETGCardboardHoneycomb
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