Labels aren’t made individually, you need to cut them out of a much a larger label known as Print media. Print media comes as a sheet or roll, in various sizes and finishes, and with different types of adhesive.
Doming requires specific print media, such as self-adhesive gloss polyester or vinyl. We’ve selected or designed all of our print media to give you a smooth, even flow of resin and vibrant, high-resolution printing. We’re particularly proud of our Liquid Lens Polyester, which we designed to suit our Advanced2 polyurethane resin.
Liquid Lens Polyester Print Media
Once printed and dry, an outline needs to be cut around each image to create an individual label. It’s essential to use an accurate cutter when making domed labels. You’ll want the cut line to be perfectly central to the image. This is especially true if you have a border, which needs to be the exact same thickness all the way around the edge of the label.
Plus, as you’ll see later, the crisp sharp edges made by a quality cutter cause flowing resin to stop where you want it to stop.
Cutters can be controlled either by sending a file to cut, which works just like sending a print job or by adding barcodes to the original print. Some cutters can read the barcodes, which speeds up the process.
We recommend one of two cutters, depending on requirements. We include the Graphtec CE6000-40 in two of our Complete Systems because it balances low cost with high quality and it’s large enough for most doming production needs. In our experience, it’s also quick, reliable and works beautifully with Pro Studio.
For high-volume production, we favour the Summa S2 D75 because it’s specifically designed with features that deliver speed and precision, plus unattended cutting. For example, it can automatically identify registration marks, read barcodes and recognise multiple jobs printed on the same roll of media. We include the Summa S2 D75 in our Complete System 600.