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By Juliet Kalmeta, Training Coordinator

Various types of heat transfer material may require a specific type of blade (i.e. CAD-CUT® Thermo-FLOCK® may require a flock blade or Poly-TWILL™ may require a twill blade).  It depends on what type of vinyl cutter you are using and if there is a blade manufactured for your specific material type.  Below are some blade types available at Stahls’ ID Direct for Roland® GX-24, Ioline™ 100, and Ioline™ 300 cutters.

Roland GX-24 Vinyl Cutter
Stahls’ 45° Dura-Blade:
Offset = .250mm
This blade is ideal for general purpose cutting of the average size name, number, or design (anything larger than an inch).

Stahls’ 60° Dura-Blade:
Offset = .500mm
This blade cuts intricate designs and thicker materials. It also does very well with your average designs and materials.

Stahls’ Flock Dura-Blade:
Offset = .500mm
The key to cutting flock is to only slice through the adhesive and to not score the carrier. This will prevent skipping or corners lifting while the blade is in motion. This blade is rounded with smooth sides and glides easily while cutting.

Stahls’ Twill Dura-Blade:
Offset = .300mm
This blade has a 60° angle and is made of a stronger metal.  The Twill material must have a carrier (as does Pressure Sensitive Poly-TWILL) to be cut on the Roland GX-24 cutter.

The Roland blades can be also used with the GCC Expert 24 LX vinyl cutter.

 

Ioline 100 Cutter
Ioline 100 Blade 1045 – 45°:
Offset = 15
This blade is ideal for general purpose cutting of the average size name, number, or design (anything larger than an inch).

Ioline 100 Blade 1060 – 60°:
Offset = 47
This blade cuts intricate designs and thicker materials.  It also does very well with your average designs and materials.

 

Ioline 300 Flatbed Cutter
Ioline 300 Blade 321 – 30°:
Offset = Factory Default
This blade is recommended to be used for thin materials prone to fraying and for cutting the average size name, number, or design (anything larger than an inch) from heat transfer material.

Ioline 300 Blade 322 – 45°:
Offset = Factory Default
This blade is recommended to be used for thicker materials.

 

Using the Ioline 100 Blade holder and 60° blade with an Ioline 300 cutter
Ioline 100 Blade Holder
Ioline 100 Blade 1060 – 60°:
Offset = 45

If you would like to cut heat transfer material on a flat bed cutter, and the design has parts one inch or smaller, you can use these items on the flat bed cutter to produce a better quality cut.

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6 Comments to Vinyl Cutter Blades… What’s the Difference?

  1. Chris says:

    Hi
    If i cut pressure sensitive twill with a laser cutter do i have to sew the edges
    Ins’t it same as the perma twill,but no pressure sensitive adhesive?
    Also do i need a metal blade holder to cut twill

  2. Hi Chris,

    Yes, pressure sensitive twill will need to be sewn. Its adhesive is not permanent; it simply has a sticky backing to help with placement before sewing.

    As for your blade question, if you’re using a cutter with a blade (as opposed to a laser cutter), the blade holder will matter less than the power of the motor. Be sure that your machine is powerful enough to cut twill without burning our the machine’s motor.

  3. Jayne says:

    The last 2 lines of this post refer to cutting smaller than an inch on a flatbed cutter. Does it mean to use the Ioline 100 blades mentioned above (blade 1060) on a 300 cutter?

  4. Hi Jayne,

    The blade for the Ioline 300 is much thicker than a vinyl blade (such as the Ioline 100 blade). The Ioline 300 was made for cutting fabrics that will be sewn, therefore, objects with wider stem widths and simple curves. If you want to cut more intricate designs from heat transfer vinyl with the Ioline 300 cutter, you’ll have most success using the Ioline 100 blade holder with the Ioline 100-60° blade. Modifications to the offset within the “Design Setup” are required to be set at 45.

  5. Linda hulett says:

    I don’t see the laser cutters on the web site, please help!

  6. Hi Linda,

    Stahls’ doesn’t currently offer laser cutters for sale.

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