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I am going to be in the market for a plotter in the next couple weeks.  Anyone know of a good plotter for a couple hundred bucks?  I'm going to be making masks for dyes and stickers, so I need it to have a min cutting area of about 11 inches wide. 

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There's a bunch of those things listed on eBay. Different models and prices, so you might wanna start by looking there...
The other thing is I don't know anything about them. What do I look for in a plotter.
Noooo, dont do it. stay on hte artisit side of things. Easier is not alwasy better!!! lol
US Cutter has what you want. Check out you tube for plotters in use. Be prepared to get a graphics software program. Some cutters come with software. This tool will produce precise and speedy results. Cutters also mass produce copies. Time is money.
It is going to be mainly for stickers and such but I figured if I had one I would get it big enough to mass produce stencils if someone wanted lets say 10 discs with the same design for a fundraiser or something. Small orders are still going to be cut by hand.
Some of the smaller Roland models are decent. Main thing is having software to create the vector art, eg xara, and drive the cutter, eg flexisign.

For a couple hundred you'll likely be limited to scouring eBay and craigslist.

Another cheaper but more time consuming option would be to hand cut the film with a razor.
Good luck!
Do most plotters work with the Adobe programs? I have most of them including Illistrator which is a vector program. Flexisign? whats that?
While you can create the art in Illustrator, you'll likely need to export to .eps or copy/paste into driver software for your cutter.

Flexisign is a plotter driver software which allows you to create, modify, and setup your cutting and drive the cutter. Can resize, optimize vinyl usage, specify no. of copies, etc.

Its been about 8 years though since I've worked with vinyl so the technology may have changed and you might be able to cut directly out of Illustrator, but I doubt it?
anyone else got any input?
yes, but copies are lame! Originality is key!
My buddy was dyeing some discs tonight and he uses that equipment to cut the vinyl mask before he dyes the disc. I'm not sure what kind of software he uses. It's all pretty cool. I know he has some bucks invested in all of that stuff.

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