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Print then cut, or cut then print ?

Offline Bobby17543 Posted 03-04-2012 - 03:50 AM
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Onyx Version:
10
Printer(s):
LX800 w/850 upgrade and FB500

I need to produce a job on ¾” plastic ePVC board.

There is a 1” thick black border around the perimeter of each sign that bleeds off the edges. They are signs to go over conference room doors in an office building with the name of each conference room.

I am somewhat new to Grand Format and I’m not certain how to approach this.

Should I cut the boards to size and then print ?

If I do, then how do I prevent ink from shooting down the edges of the board. I ran a test and this occurs even if I cover the edges with masking tape.

Should I print and then cut ?

I tested that and got rough edges and chips in the black border that will be unacceptable.
The 4’x8’ boards I have to produce the job on cost $120, so I do not have much to experiment with.

I am printing onto an HP FB500, and I am using Dremel Saw-Max with a creamic tile blade for cutting the board. http://www.dremel.com/en-us/Tools/Pages/...x%E2%84%A2

Thanks.
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