- MemberDecember 9, 2019 at 12:32 pm
To overcome issues with my secondhand Mimaki CG 130 FX, I’m considering purchasing a brand new cutter but I’m unsure between a new wide format Mimaki or Graphtec. Opinions most welcome on which is your preference. Perhaps Thanks Paul
- MemberDecember 9, 2019 at 12:38 pm
i would reccommend a graphtec but i usually say that being being based in wrexham where they are based, i have used most makes and models of plotters eg mimaki , graphtec, summa etc and always find the graphtec most user friendly
hope this helps
- MemberDecember 9, 2019 at 1:37 pm
We’ve always had Graphtec, you can’t go wrong with them.
What it may boil down to is:
Are you printing & cutting?
What software are you using?
Graphtec provides a reasonably good plugin for Illustrator, which allows both of these to be done without much issue, if you’re using other software check to see if either machine is compatible.
- MemberDecember 9, 2019 at 1:55 pm
Thanks, I have a HP 330 Latex printer so seperate printing and cutting is my way forward. I use Flexi that has its own RIP (Producution Manager).
- MemberDecember 9, 2019 at 1:57 pm
I’ve no idea about flexi, never used it.
I know you can add registration marks in Illustrator and print it through most RIP software, then cut the print job using the illustrator plugin.
- MemberDecember 9, 2019 at 7:20 pm
Hi Paul, I have the 315 with Flexi.
Although I already had a graphtec, I opted for the packaged Summa cutter. Can’t find anything wrong with it. Seem less interface with Flexi and excellent for print/cut – hope it helps
- MemberDecember 9, 2019 at 8:59 pm
David Hammond. I’ve just tried installing Fine Cut 8 but received message "You can NOT install FineCut8 on Illustrator CC 2019". I’m hitting barriers every which way here.
- MemberDecember 9, 2019 at 10:25 pm
Where are you based Paul ?
- MemberDecember 9, 2019 at 11:37 pm
Don’t touch the Mimaki plotters. Printers are brilliant the CGSR is scrap. Summa or Roland bullet proof [emoji106]
- MemberDecember 10, 2019 at 5:02 am
The plugin for graphtec in illustrator is cutting master 3 or 4.
Not used Finecut.
- MemberDecember 10, 2019 at 10:06 amquote PaulHughes:
You could try downloading an earlier version of Illustrator if you have a subscription to CC, and install FineCut on that.
Mimaki can take a while to get up to speed with their software updates. We’ve had Mimaki CG-FX plotters for over 13 years, and they are very accurate and reliable, so hopefully you can get it sorted.
- MemberDecember 11, 2019 at 10:33 amquote Iain Pearson:
- MemberDecember 11, 2019 at 4:00 pmquote PaulHughes:
Ah thats a shame, if you had been closer id have come over to see if i could help, or you could have come here to see our equipment/software running. Did you make a decision yet or is it still open to suggestion ?
- MemberDecember 11, 2019 at 11:04 pm
Where are you Iain?
- MemberDecember 12, 2019 at 9:11 am
I have the Graphtec FC8600. Its a solid machine, and it doesnt seem to have any flaws or problems.
My only negative comment on it is that the later illustrator "cutting-master" plug-ins are rubbish.
So dreadful in fact that I back-graded to the earlier cutting master 2, which is very good, and apart from the less flash graphic interface I cant really see why they upgraded it.
I think they are on version 4 now.
As for the Mimaki I can’t comment, having had no experience of them.
I have had 2 roland plotters in the past, both of which have been brilliant.
I went for the FC because it also does perforation cutting as well as pouncing.
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