7 Replies Latest reply: Mar 15, 2010 1:00 PM by greg sahli
iChomp Level 1 Level 1
I believe this is what I need in order to make die cut vinyl stickers.
see link for example:
http://i.ebayimg.com/17/!Bc26Muw!Wk~$(KGrHqQH-DYEqu0j+H!CBK2(mPShgQ~~_12.JPG

What would be the best route for me to go? I'd like to make stickers as big as 15". Mostly just stickers to sell on ebay, and promote businesses on car windows.

Any help would be appreciated.

Also, Ive looked at these... are these good/bad/compatible?
http://cgi.ebay.com/new-28-vinyl-cutter-sign-cutting-plotter-usb-24-25-32W0QQitemZ270546078743QQcmdZViewItemQQssPageNameZRSS:B:SRCH:US:101#ht_5736wt941

http://www.bonanzle.com/booths/betternetworks/items/ProvoCraft_Cricut_Expression_Personal_Die_CutMachine

iMac 20" 2.66 2GB, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • greg sahli Level 7 Level 7
    Neither of the two cutters are designed to use with OS X. Their software is for Windows only. (So yes, if you use Windows on your Mac, then they will probably work.)
    Neither cutter provides enough info to determine if it "might" work with OS X - most cutters are based on a graphics language that OS X can use, such as HPGL or HPGL/2, but they don't bother telling us that info anywhere.
  • iChomp Level 1 Level 1
    any suggestions for a compatible cutter/plotter? I am looking to spend upto $300 for one.
  • greg sahli Level 7 Level 7
    I haven't seen any for Mac. If you want to get into this business, you're going to have to use Windows.
  • zair Level 1 Level 1
    It looks like you want something that cuts 24" material. I can't recommend anything in your price range for that size, but there are vinyl/die cutters available for the mac. Roland makes a line of desktop cutters that are Mac compatible. http://www.rolanddga.com/products/cutters/ . There is also the CraftRobo http://www.graphteccorp.com/craftrobo/about.html .

    I can't really say how these will fair with day to day use.
  • direwolf8 Level 4 Level 4
    Roland cutters are one of the standards for the sign industry. Before you buy the plotter, decide what software you plan to use so you'll know which models and features are supported.

    Some plotters are designed to substitute cutting blades for pens and don't rotate the blade: These will make poor cuts and will get dull faster. Tractor feed is more reliable than friction feed, but if you're not going to cut anything longer than 18" it probably won't make a difference.

    We used Flexisign in my dad's shop. It's a good full featured signmaking program, the support was excellent, and it runs on the Mac.
  • iChomp Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks for all the help. I am researching more about which one I should get. I can use pretty much any program, so I can just get the program the runs with the cutter I choose. I already have illustrator, but its no prob to get corel draw or whatever I need.
  • greg sahli Level 7 Level 7
    Thanks for setting me straight guys!