The Graphtec CE6000 PLUS Vinyl Cutters are Here!

We’ve upgraded our Graphtec vinyl cutter game – we now stock and ship all three vinyl cutter models in the Graphtec CE6000 PLUS series!

Graphtec has integrated several new features with the PLUS models that support reliable, efficient performance and increased ease-of-use when compared to the previous models in the Graphtec CE6000 series.

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Increased Programmable Cutting Force

The standard Graphtec CE6000 series boasted a programmable cutting force of up to 450 gf on the CE6000-120 model only – the CE6000-40 and CE6000-60 maxed out at 300 gf. With the PLUS Series, 450 grams of down force can be achieved on all three vinyl cutter models. The three new cutters are available in the following sizes:

•   CE6000-40 PLUS – 15″
•   CE6000-60 PLUS – 24″
•   CE6000-120 PLUS – 48″

Reliable Long Length Tracking

Graphtec has improved the media stocker for the CE6000 PLUS series by implementing a media brake system and pressure settings for the center push roller. These additions promote better media feed stability and successful long-length cutting. Users can also purchase Graphtec’s accompanying media catch baskets separately for the CE6000-60 PLUS and CE6000-120 PLUS models, which allow for reliable tracking up to 16.4 feet long (the CE6000-40 PLUS supports tracking up to 6.5 feet long).

Graphtec Pro Studio

With the introduction of the new Graphtec Pro Studio software, it’s easier now more than ever to create advanced and original designs with confidence – right in the same space you’ll do your cutting.

The software’s enhanced capabilities allow users to design artwork like an expert in the Graphtec Pro Studio just as they would in Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW. Cutting conditions and other plotter settings can be adjusted in the same application as the one used while designing, thus streamlining the process and improving production time.

The new Graphtec Pro Studio is currently compatible with Windows only.  Apple users can still access the previous version of Graphtec Studio for Mac. Users accessing the new Graphtec Pro Studio or the Graphtec Studio for Mac software alike can import EPS, Ai, CM and PDF file types or graphics created using other popular design software, so no worries if you prefer to edit your artwork outside of the Graphtec software.

Cutting Master 4

The CE6000 PLUS series also includes the Cutting Master 4 plug-in software for Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, which allows users to send cutting objects created in these programs straight to the plotter. Cutting Master 4 enables the ability to take full advantage of the plotter and set cutting conditions with ease.

Compatibility with a Wide Range of Materials

With the increase in achievable down force, the Graphtec CE6000 Plus models are able to efficiently cut through more media types than their predecessors. This is a major plus (pun intended) for smaller businesses looking to expand their services and venture into new product territory.

The Graphtec CE6000 PLUS models can effortlessly cut the following materials:

•   Self-adhesive vinyl film
•   Light reflective film (except high-luminosity)
•   Etching resist
•   Paint-masking film
•   Rhinestone pattern media
•   Heat transfer vinyl
•   Image transfer media
•   Vinyl print media
•   Card stock up to 10pt (220 g/m)


Ready to advance your cutting game? Contact our Customer Success Team to learn more about the new Graphtec CE6000 PLUS cutting plotters. Our team of pros will give you the advice and assistance you need to help your shop succeed. Give us a call now: (800) 562-7760

New Product Announcement: FDC 4301 Series Removable Vinyl

Peacock wall decal made with FDC 4301 Removable Vinyl from Coastal Business SolutionsWe’re excited to announce our latest line of wall vinyl now available in our online store: FDC 4301 Series Removable Vinyl in Satin and Matte finishes.

This calendered vinyl is 3.0 mil thick and perfect for creating wall graphics, medium-term signs, and decals. It removes cleanly without any adhesive residue and offers one year of outdoor durability. Currently we offer two colors: black and white.

When It’s Time to Cut

We recommend cutting the FDC 4301 Series with our line of Graphtec cutters, the CE6000 models or FC8600 models) for the highest precision and speed. For hobbyists or vinyl beginner, use the latest model of Silhouette Cameo as it offers a better grip on the vinyl than older Silhouette models.

Removable Wall Decal made with FDC 4301 vinyl from Coastal Business Supplies

Helpful Tip: When cutting sign vinyl, cut with the colored side up. There is no need to mirror or flip the image! Always perform a cut test if possible to determine the best blade depth. You can start with standard vinyl settings and adjust accordingly.

We also suggest using the FDC 2602 Series paper application tape to apply the vinyl to your choice of material. If you desire a higher tack tape, the 2612 Series medium tack R-Tape is also compatible with this vinyl.

Order a roll of wall vinyl today and share your creations with us on Instagram by tagging us (@coastalbusinesssupplies) and use #InspireMeCoastal!

We may share your designs on our page. We can’t wait to see the results!

What Is a RIP And Why Do I Need It?

What is a RIP Software Program?

The abbreviation RIP stands for Raster Image Processing. The RIP Software converts your digital image created in a graphics software (CorelDraw, Illustration, Photoshop) to a ready-to-print file with the most ideal resolution for inkjet printing. The ripped image can now go from your PC to your wide format printer.

rip-software-infographic Desktop printers don’t need RIP programs, because they come with a print driver that has sufficient amount  of control and options for general smaller format printing. Recall when you click “print” and a box comes up and you can select if you want to print in color, black & white or grey scale – this is your print driver. Wide format printers are a bit more advanced and RIP programs are often needed for exact color output, quality resolution, rasterization and maximum control.

Why Do I Need A RIP?

A RIP program offers a professional wide-format print shop multiple benefits beyond the basic printer driver.

  • Save media and ink cost with advanced ink control and nesting features in many common RIP programs
  • Color profile management for a variety of media, ink technologies, and application purposes
  • Multi-printer management with ability to print up to four printers from a single computer
  • Faster image processing, which handles wide variety of file types, including high-resolution vector and raster images
  • Upgrade features available to add-on with such as variable data printing, automatic color separation & halftone screens, and much more!

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What Else Can The RIP Do?

A RIP program also handles the rasterization of images with an enhanced process that preserves the image details to an optimum level. Rasterization is the process of converting a vector file to a raster file (or in other words, a bitmap image). Vector files are graphics made up of paths, not pixels. They don’t have a resolution and can be enlarged indefinitely without losing information. However, when it comes to printing, a vector graphic needs to be converted to a file type that contains pixels (or small dots) so the printer can read it and print it. The RIP software converts that vector file to a raster file at the highest quality possible and preps it for printing.

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Things To Remember

The program you create your graphics design in, the RIP software program and the printer are all separate entities. They will work together to bring you the end product you want. It is important to make sure that they are all compatible. RIP software programs can be purchased separately or in some cases they are paired with the purchase of your printer. If this is the case, be aware that you are getting the basic version of the RIP software program. Upgrades to be purchased will be recommended to you at a later date.