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SPECIALTY MACHINES / ATTACHMENTS

GCC Expert 24 vinyl cutter

Imprintables Warehouse (asi/58475), Masontown, PA; (800) 347-0068;
    www.imprintables.com

Cost: $550

What it is: The Expert 24 is a budget-friendly vinyl cutter that cuts at speeds up to 15.7" per second for sign makers and apparel decorators. It can be used for creating letters, numbers and shapes out of heat-applied graphics products for decorating apparel, or cutting signage materials to make decals, bumper stickers and more. It's compatible with GreatCut Software and
    CadworxLive.com.

What's new:

      
  • Cutoff tool allows for precise, straight cutting after job is finished
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  • Hosts dual-point connectivity for USB and serial ports
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  • Uses only 65.6 watts of power during use.
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Key features:

      
  • Comes in a 24" width with up to 250 grams of downforce and 3m tracking
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  • Cuts any standard vinyl or film for apparel decoration or signage.
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Buyer's note: The Expert
    24 is ideal for startup decorated apparel shops or craft hobbyists.

DECOR Automatic Rhinestone Setter

MESA Distributors Inc. (asi/16004), Fort Worth, TX; (800) 330-3867;
    www.mesamachines.com

Cost: Contact manufacturer for price.

What it is: The DECOR Automatic Rhinestone Machine sets rhinestone designs to transfer paper at speeds up to 170 stones per minute. It's available in two-, four- and six-color models.

What's new: Requires no air compressor; built-in ultra-quiet vacuum pump provides all air requirements.

Key features:

      
  • Two-color model design area:12.5" by 12.5"; four- and six-color models design area: 15.75" by 15.75"
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  • Large color touchscreen control panel with 6.4" display
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  • Transfer designs using SD memory cards
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  • LAN port for design transfer via FTP
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  • Dual sensors help prevent missed, skipped or flipped stones
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  • On-board memory holds up to 1,000 designs.
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Buyer's note: The DECOR line of automatic rhinestone setting machines allows any shop to offer custom design transfers or rhinestone apparel.

DECOS Automatic Spangle Machine

MESA Distributors Inc. (asi/16004), Fort Worth, TX; (800) 330-3867;
    www.mesamachines.com

Cost: Contact manufacturer for price.

What it is: The DECOS Automatic Spangle Machine uses a die punch system to punch spangles from a roll of tape. It's available in four- and six-color models, and sets up to 1,000 100% lead-free spangles per minute.

What's new: Requires no air compressor; built-in ultra-quiet vacuum pump provides all air requirements.

Key features:

      
  • Four-color model design area: 16" by 16"; six-color model design area: 17" by 20"
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  • Four-color model features removable table
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  • Large color touchscreen control panel
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  • Transfer designs using standard SD memory cards
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  • LAN port for design transfer via FTP
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  • On-board memory holds up to 1,000 designs.
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Buyer's note: The DECOS line of automatic spangle-setting machines allows any shop to offer custom design transfers or custom bling apparel. Spangles also offer a lead-free alternative to rhinestones.

Roland VersaStudio BN-20 Desktop Printer/Cutter

Roland DGA Corp. (asi/18201), Irvine, CA; (800) 542-2307;
    www.rolanddga.com

Cost: $8,495 (MSRP)

What it is: The VersaStudio BN-20 is a compact, affordable 20" desktop printer with integrated contour cutting. It offers users a choice of four different ink configurations, including metallic and white options.

Key features:

      
  • Integrated printing and cutting in a 20" desktop inkjet
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  • Eco-Sol MAX ink in CMYK, CMYK+Mt (Metallic Silver) or CMYK+W (White)
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  • Supports Windows 7, Vista and XP
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  • Supports popular Windows design software including CorelDRAW and Adobe Illustrator
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  • Comes with bundled VersaWorks RIP software, R-Works design software, Windows driver.
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Buyer's note: Compact, affordable and versatile, this desktop printer/cutter is a great choice for entry-level shops that want to produce everything from stunning heat-transfer T-shirts to signs, labels and decals, quickly, easily and cost-effectively. The BN-20 is also ideal for medium-sized and larger shops that want to supplement their existing equipment and capabilities in order to handle shorter runs.

Roland VS-300i Inkjet Printer/Cutter

Stahls' Equipment (asi/88984), St. Clair Shores, MI;
    (724) 963-6115;
    www.stahlsequipment.com

What it is: The Roland VS-300i is a 30" inkjet printer/cutter.

Cost: $16,495 (MSRP); contact vendor for current pricing and specials.

What's new:

      
  • Redesigned eight-channel piezo inkjet print head and variable droplet size
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  • Eco-Sol MAX 2 inks for smooth gradations
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  • Automated ink circulation system reduces waste.
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Key features:

      
  • Maximum print resolution is 1,440 dpi
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  • Maximum cutting speed is 11.8 ips (300 mm/s)
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  • Gold plating reduces static electricity
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  • Compatible with Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW
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  • USB interface.
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Buyer's note: The VS-300i is perfect for decorating garments, as well as stickers, window decals and bumper stickers with metallic inks.

User review: "In a day and a half, we were up and running with our new VS-300i," says Veronica Williams, partner at Fraser, MI-based Marvelous Promotions (asi/263380). "There was a small learning curve when we started with new materials, but Stahls' continues to be hands-on and always helps us when needed." Marvelous Promotions offers in-house embroidery, screen printing, digitizing, vinyl and promotional products. "We'd like to see a little more documentation from Stahls' on how best to use this Roland machine for different products and cut forces," she adds. "But overall, they've been great to work with."

SARA LAVENDUSKI is an assistant editor. Contact: slavenduski@asicentral.com.

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