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

Go Beyond the Shirt: Use Heat Transfer Vinyl on Home Décor [+ Sign Vinyl Inspiration]

We think heat transfer vinyl and we immediately think shirts, lots and lots of shirts. Almost as if we’re robotic about it. Day in and day out…

  • Plot your design.
  • Send it to your cutter.
  • Weed while the machine cuts the next design.
  • Press.
  • Repeat. Repeat. Repeat…

But what if we take a minute and think outside the box (or in this case the shirt)?

The possibilities extend beyond the normal wearable fabrics and into our home or office.

Surprising Home Surfaces for Heat Transfer Vinyl

Heat transfer vinyl (HTV) can be used on more than just the standard 100% cotton. Try HTV, such as our exclusive line of Xpress Cut Vinyl, on these surfaces:

  • Wood. (Ensure the wood has a smooth surface. HTV can be used on raw, stained, or painted wood.)
  • Burlap.
  • Canvas.
  • Cork.
  • Fabric other than wearables. (Try HTV on dish towels, placemats, blankets, and more.)
  • Sports Balls. (Yes, really. Customize footballs, basketballs, and more.)
  • Glass.*
  • Ceramics.*
  • Metal. (Ensure your metal is clean and smooth.)*

Make sure to test your HTV on each surface before applying your entire design, and purchase extra vinyl and product blanks.

*Do not wash in the dishwasher.

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A Little Inspiration to Get You Started

Enhance any room with throw pillows showing your favorite quote, monogram, or graphic.

Heat Transfer Vinyl on Blue Throw Pillow from Coastal Business Supplies

Decorate for birthday parties or dorm rooms with customized burlap banners.HTV Decorative Banner - Coastal Business SuppliesCustom Birthday Banner with Heat Transfer Vinyl - Coastal Business Supplies

Create custom cork coasters to brighten up any conference room.

HTV Coasters by Coastal Business Supplies

Even More Home Décor Possibilities with Sign Vinyl

We all love HTV because of its wide selection of colors, textures, and patterns, but let’s not forget about the endless possibilities with sign vinyl!

Get Inspired Now:

Create custom signs with affordable craft store finds!

Rustic wood Sign created with FDC Sign Vinyl from Coastal Business Supplies

Blank Canvas Sign with Vinyl - Coastal Business Supplies

Display your favorite quotes in any room with removable wall vinyl.

Removable Wall Vinyl Kitchen Decal - Coastal Business Supplies

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Have more ideas? Show us your creations in the comments below and shop our wide selection of vinyl now!

How To Cut and Apply Removable Wall Vinyl

As soon as we heard about our new FDC 4301 series removable vinyl, we couldn’t wait to try it out! Wall vinyl can be applied to any flat surface and removed much easier than normal sign vinyl. It’s our preferred way to decorate interior spaces, phone cases, notebooks, etc. with original designs or pre-made vectors found online, and some wall vinyl. It’s perfect for creating profitable decals for any room!

All you need is a roll of vinyl (offered in black or white), a masking tape and a vinyl cutter. For our project, we used a Graphtec CE 6000 vinyl cutter and medium tack masking tape. 

Start designing!

Unique, original designs are best, but something as simple as text or a quote can be just as effective! Just make sure that your lines are solid. This is typically a project for single color designs using either black or white. Since we are placing our design on a light-colored wall, we are going with black vinyl.

There are a ton of programs to design in, but our favorite is Adobe Illustrator. You can send your design from Illustrator to Graphtec’s Cutting Master plug-in by going to File –> Cutting Master –> Send to Cutting Master. (Learn more about this process here.)  From there, simply send your design to the vinyl cutter. Do not mirror the design!

Start cutting!

Feed your vinyl in the cutter with the front side facing up (the colored side). The cut settings are very similar to standard heat transfer vinyl. The blade settings we use on our Graphtec vinyl cutter for the FDC 4301 vinyl are:

Speed: 20 cm/s
Depth: 13

Always do a test cut and adjust accordingly!

Weed away and mask!

Just like any other vinyl, the next step is to weed away the excess background vinyl. We use our favorite rubber grip weeding tool to help with the process. During the weeding process, the vinyl can easily stick to other pieces and pull up smaller details. Wall vinyl has a very sticky adhesive as you peel it so be careful!

Once all excess vinyl is removed, place masking tape on top and rub with a squeegee or your fingers to remove air bubbles. The manufacturer, FDC, recommends the low tack mask made for removable wall vinyl. We use the medium tack mask, which also works great and is transparent! Apply pressure when rubbing the top of the design to ensure all details are picked up by the tape.

Place on desired surface or wall!

The last step is simple! Peel the masking tape together with the design. Do that in smooth and slow motions, making sure small details are on the tape. From there, place the design on a clean flat surface.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We found a great spot here in our office above a desk! The space looks and feels instantly more zen.

Order a roll of FDC 4301 wall vinyl today and share your creations with us on Instagram by tagging us (@coastalbusinesssupplies) and use #InspireMeCoastal!