Vinyl Cutter Blades

Created by Tom Lockhart, Modified on Thu, Feb 29 at 10:35 AM by Tom Lockhart

The following cutters use a generic Roland Cemented Carbide Blade: ECOcut, GoldCut, MH, SC, TC, Laserpoint, PCut, Laserpoint2, Titan, Titan 2, Titan 3 Copam and ZenGreen/Black. You can find our entire selection of vinyl cutter blades here

Blade angle: 45 vs. 60 degree: Most vinyl materials have two layers, a Release liner or “backing” and the vinyl itself. The cutter is designed to cut completely through the vinyl without cutting completely through the backing. When loading the material, the vinyl should be facing up. Establishing which side is up should be fairly straight forward with most materials. When cutting heat-transfer vinyl, the backing will be the shiny (glossy) side of the material. Place the clear plastic glossy side down when loading it into the cutter. The primary reason for blades with different angles, is cutting depth. A lower angle (45 degree) is great for thin materials, while a steeper angle (60 degrees) has a more vertical cutting orientation that penetrates deeper. An increased amount of blade dragging through the material when cutting fine detail can cause, what they call, vinyl ears (parts lifted up). With minimal blade in the material, a 60 degree blade tends to cause fewer, if any, vinyl ears. Using a 60 degree blade on everyday cutting is a waste of a blade, technically speaking. Less of the blade's cutting area is used, and blade life is wasted. The more horizontal cutting orientation of the 45 degree blade accurately distributes the cutting task over a larger blade area, and thus last longer (and is cheaper). So use a 45 degree blade always, unless a 60 degree blade is needed for thick or more custom types of cutting, if 45 degrees blades are not available


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