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Frequently Asked Questions - CAD-Cut Vinyls

Below are the regularly asked questions regarding CAD-Cut vinyls - Simply click on the question to see the answer. However, if you still aren't able to find an answer to your question, please feel free to contact us.


Which is the right material for me?

The material that you need will depend on the fabric that you are applying it to and the requirement of your job. We stock a wide range of materials, some suitable for lots of garment types (such as Premium and Econofilm) and the more specialist ones (like EconoReflex). If you are unsure which product is going to be suitable for you and the task you have at hand, please feel free to contact our experienced Sales team.

What are the advantages of the different materials?

Each individual material has its own qualities, each one having something that makes it essential in our range of products. Some products, such as the Premium, have incredible versatility, offering you an excellent finish on most garment types, including Nylon, and the ability to cut terrific detail, especially on smaller designs. Other materials, like the Tufftrans (custom material) will provide a perfect solution to workwear problems. No matter what job you have, Target Transfers will have a process or material that will be able to provide you with a Solution.

How much pressure and cutting speed should I use?

This will vary from material to material and you should follow the instructions carefully at all times. It is also best to test products and machines thoroughly so that they give you the best results possible. Regular maintenance of all machines and equipment will make sure that you obtain the highest quality results possible.

If I already have a cutter, will it work with your materials?

In a word - YES!

Don't believe anyone who tells you that you must use their heat press or cutter. They all do the same thing - and if you have some sign writing software, you can usually use it for designs for textile vinyls.

How durable are transfers made from Cad-Cut?

Most transfers produced today are made from materials which will outlast the life of the garment that it is applied to. Cad-cut materials are washable, and are normally ironed on the reverse, although some (such as Premium) can be ironed directly over. Some materials can be dry cleaned. It is highly recommended to check the individual instructions for the different materials and processes, but you can rest assured that you will be getting a product that will give you fabulous results for a considerable period of time.

Do all Cad-Cut material brands match in colour?

No, they don't. You must keep to the same brand to ensure the same colour is used throughout the job - and for any subsequent re-order. We have a Pantone list for most of our colours that should give you an excellent indication of what to expect. If you want help selecting the right colours for you, please feel free to contact our experienced Sales team and they will be happy to help.

What are the differences in different brands of Cad-Cut materials?

Please remember that not all materials are created equally. There are some simple questions to ask to determine whether the brand is likely to be of good quality. Is it easy to weed? Can you see the cut lines through the material? Can it be overlaid to produce multi coloured designs? What is the smallest size lettering recommended to be cut from the material? Is it washable, and can it be dry cleaned?

How many Cad-Cut materials do I need to start?

You will need materials for cottons and polyesters (such as Premium) and materials for Nylon (such as Premium Nylon). Initially you should not need to stock any other colours than white and black, and order most other colours as and when you need them. Remember, a good supplier should get materials to you by the next day.

How can I achieve a two-colour design using Cad-Cut materials?

It is usually possible to create a two or even three colour image using Cad-Cut materials, by layering some of the materials, such as Cad-Cut Premium and Econoflex. Please refer to the individual instructions on the website for full details.

The cutter does not recognise the material – What am I doing wrong?

Firstly, and most obviously, make sure the cutter is turned on. Try reloading the material, as it could have been missed originally. Make sure that the pinch rollers are down and in position. If all of these things fail, please contact our experienced Sales team, and they will be happy to point you in the right direction.

How can I stop the material from catching on the blade when I am cutting?

Often, the blade catches on the material because it is blunt, so replacing your blade regularly can stop this from happening. It is often the case that when this happens, it is because the pressure is too high and it is going to far through and catching on the carrier. You also need to make sure that you are leaving enough room/excess around the design, to ensure that the blade is not going off the edge of the material, and then coming back against it and forcing it upwards.

The material keeps slipping through the cutter – What am I doing wrong?

You need to make sure that the pinch rollers are down and in position, as it is these that hold the material in the correct place. If you find that this is still happening when the pinch rollers are correctly aligned, you may have a problem with the mechanism. It may also be that the material hasn't been cut straight. If this is the case, as it feeds through, it can slip off the pinch rollers before the light sensor gets to the end of the roll.

Where can I buy garments, bags etc?

Look in Yellow Pages for your local suppliers - there's bound to be someone not too far away. Alternatively, you can contact us. We can either source what you need, or point you in the right direction. Most suppliers can offer a "Next-day delivery service, so you should not keep a large stock of items, perhaps just a few fillers and back up.

 
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