SAi announces worldwide agreement with Graphtec to include its Flexi-based software on Graphtec’s vinyl cutters

Mark Blundell, CEO of SAi (left) with Hiroyuki Takahata, Senior Managing Director at Graphtec.
Mark Blundell, CEO of SAi (left), with Hiroyuki Takahata, Senior Managing Director at Graphtec.

SA International (SAi), a leading provider of software solutions for the signmaking, wide-format digital printing and CAD/CAM for CNC machining industries, has announced a worldwide agreement with cutting technology giant Graphtec, to supply three newly-created cutting software packages with the company’s entire range of large-format vinyl cutters. Driven by SAi’s market-leading Flexi software, the feature-rich cutting solutions – Cutting Master 4, Graphtec Pro Studio and Graphtec Pro Studio Plus – have been designed to meet the varied requirements of printers and sign & display companies. The new three-tier offering replaces Graphtec’s previous software solution, also named Graphtec Pro Studio, and provides users with access to the specific design and cutting tools to suit their respective needs. Commenting on the agreement, Hiroyuki Takahata, Senior Managing Director at Graphtec, said: “Our goal is to provide our customers with full access to a complete workflow to ensure that they can maximize the potential of our cutters. With the enhanced design and editing functions, the new SAi software solutions work in conjunction with our cutters to deliver greater productivity and incredible output. This partnership brings with it fantastic opportunities to expand application offerings and improve business operations for users.” Graphtec’s portfolio includes flatbed, roll-fed and sheetfed cutters that deliver cutting widths of up to 162 cm (64″). The new software packages comprise:

Graphtec Pro Studio Plus. Driven by FlexiSIGN, Graphtec Pro Studio Plus offers users several new tools, including smart nesting for designs that are larger than the substrate. Graphtec Pro Studio Plus will automatically nest the sections of the design that exceed the material into available vacant space. This ability to maximize material usage ensures that printers and sign & display companies can realize greater savings. The Animated Cut Viewer tool allows users to view and analyze the cutting order and amend this ahead of the cutting process for optimum productivity. This solution is available as a payable upgrade from Graphtec.

Graphtec Pro Studio. Graphtec Pro Studio offers a vast catalogue of options when creating original designs and includes enhanced functions such as auto-shapes. This enables faster and easier output of sign and display applications and more importantly reduces the time-consuming barriers of designing from scratch. Featuring a new Advanced Registration Mark Sensing System (ARMS), users can easily achieve accurate results. Graphtec Pro Studio is included with all Graphtec cutters.

Cutting Master 4. Designed as a Graphtec plug-in software for Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, Cutting Master 4 enables users to drive the cutter with minimum input. New capabilities enable easy and simple creation of registration marks to locate the design, which improves accuracy and facilitates greater production efficiency. This tool is included with all Graphtec cutters.

“We’re proud to join forces with Graphtec and add it to a roster of leading strategic partnerships,” said Mark Blundell, CEO at SAi. “With almost 70 years’ experience, Graphtec has built a reputation as the number one source for pioneering cutters, which is complemented by our industry-acclaimed Flexi-driven bundles. This collaboration provides Graphtec customers with the opportunity to enhance their business performance by increasing throughput and achieving premium quality applications.” Graphtec Pro Studio and Graphtec Pro Studio Plus are compatible with Windows, and Cutting Master 4 is accessible on both Windows and Mac platforms.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.