The Ultimate Guide to Print and Cut according to me
printing several designs on the one piece of paper using a standard home/office colour printer and then cutting them out altogether.
I print 24 playing cards on the one sheet of paper then I cut them out.
Methodology and Observations
every printer prints differently
every type of paper prints differently
the amount of ink on the paper affects the result and quality of print e.g. draft v high
printing both sides is different to printing one side of the paper
if you want accuracy then you can only print one sheet at a time, multiple copies at the same time changes the position of the image on the paper
printed paper goes through rollers on your printer and this distorts the image so you have to allow for this in your cutting
the way your printer picks up the paper will affect your final result
climate alters the way paper is printed and then cut
find out the maximum area you can print on your printer on the size of paper you use
I print a border around each sheet so I know the areas and limitations involved. This is important as it helps later on
using your design/graphics package to draw your designs you can place/position your designs on your paper ready for cutting out
if you place your layout in the bottom left hand corner of your paper it helps to position paper in cutter later on. You would need to group all your designs together so there is one complete sheet with all your designs on them
Now for the Hard Part
positioning each design you want to cut out requires time and patience depending on how many you want to do on the one sheet
you need to take into account all of the above parameters because each design needs to be
located according to the final cut. We are talking here of .1,.2,.3 of a mm.
- Trial and error is how you do it
To the cutting
I have set up a hard edge on the laser bed. So each page goes into the same position. No thinking required.
Because I set out the boundaries of the paper I know where each design needs to be to get an accurate cut
It takes time
P.S. I have run my machine for about 500 hours and now have a 2nd machine to have fun with. So loads of experience here in paper cutting and printing. I have tuned my printer to the laser cutter so everything is repeatable. Hope this helps.