The Latest Innovations in Window Film Cutting Tools
by Katie O'Mara
Being on the cutting edge might not be so difficult in the
window film industry. The nature of window film lends itself to cutting—cutting
tools that is. How do you cut and mold your film before application? Technology
is changing the industry’s tools, software and window film itself. See
if your favorites are included in this collection of some of the latest
innovations in cutting tools on the market.
Scorpion Window Films’ film cutter is made up of a heavy-duty aluminum
frame and is adjustable to cut bulk rolls of film or vinyl ranging from
10 inches to 72 inches. According to the company, the cutter reduces wasted
film and vinyl because of a ¼ HP motor at 150 pounds of torque and a dual
safety cutting apparatus. The film cutter is built by hand in the U.S.,
has a 78 inch core width capability and a built-in measuring system to
assist with accurate cutting. The company says set up of the machine is
easy and the cutting process is fast.
Performance Tools Distributing is going knifeless with a new style of
cutting tool. The Knifeless Cutting System is a tape that can be used
to cut graphic film without having to use a knife. The tape has a visible
high strength filament that runs through the middle and does the cutting.
According to the company, the tape is flexible and can turn smoothly in
any direction or create a straight precise line. The graphic film is placed
over the tape and the filament is pulled through the graphic film to cut.
The tape leaves no adhesive residue behind.
Part of a Pair
Roland DGA has introduced its latest tool for cutting, the Roland GX vinyl
cutter series. This cutter can work with the Roland Film Design software
to offer dealers a complete production solution. The vinyl cutter ranges
from 24-64 inches in width and can be used to cut window tint and urethane
paint protection films. The film design software gives users access to
more than 2,000 window film pattern kits that can be applied on more than
1,000 different vehicles.
Computing the Cut
Solar Gard’s ComputerCut software has been around since 2000, but has
adapted and grown to include more services and designs. The software allows
users to customize automotive patterns with more than 100,000 Clearshield
paint protection patterns, decals, custom graphic designs and glass art
designs. According to the company, new patterns are added daily without
the need for downloads or upgrade discs. The software includes a pattern
editor, support for imported patterns, automotive invoice feature, architectural
window planner, a customized database of patterns, multiple languages
and operates with almost any plotter on the market.
OLFA’s latest cutting tool to emerge in the market is the SVR-2 stainless
steel, snap-off utility knife and blade. The tool has an automatic slide
lock, a built-in pocket clip/blade snapper and a stainless steel blade
channel for blade security. According to the company, the tool works well
in moist environments and has a slim design. The knife can be used by
right- and left-handed people and has a tool-free blade change.
Commonwealth Laminating & Coating Inc./SunTek Window Films has released
the latest version of TruCut, a paint protection and window film cutting
software. The software allows users to cut through the film without leaving
behind excessive product waste. According to the company, the software
has accurate editing capabilities which allow the user to change patterns
to fit the specific needs of an installation. TruCut comes with a library
of vehicle patterns, including 2013 vehicle models.
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