Static electricity in a vinyl cutter machine: Tips and tricks to alleviate the problem


If you use vinyl machine, then at least once you must have experienced the problem of static electricity. Even in the best vinyl cutting machine, problems like this can occur. Static electricity in vinyl cutter machine is a very common and annoying problem. Static electricity causes a number of issues like:

  • Carriage moving to the outer limits of the cutter range when the artwork is within the range of the cutter.
  • Spilling vinyl onto the floor
  • Uncontrolled motor movement
  • Missing cuts where there is artwork
  • Cutting lines where there is no artwork
  • Losing connection between the computer and cutter
  • Stopping during cutting

The reason behind this issue is that vinyl has significant static charge so coming off the roll, the vinyl is charged. Additionally, the vinyl produces additional charge when it gets rubbed against the center portion of the vinyl cutting machine. This center area is generally coated or painted so it is insulated and won’t dissipate the charge. When charge reaches a particular level, the charge will dissipate to ground.

Usually, the path that through which charge dissipates is the USB port/cable. When this happens, the charge will disrupt the link between the cutter and the computer causing the above issues.

To detect static interference with your vinyl cutter, experts recommend you remove the blade and vinyl and run your job a number of times. If the cutter starts working fine, add the vinyl back in and run the job again.

Vinyl is an insulator which freely donates positive charged ions to any surface it rubs against, like the plastic, the carpet, itself and the vinyl cutting machine. As vinyl rolls through your cutter, these ions get produced in the cutter and if they are not dissipated due to any reason, they will build up to such a point that they discharge as electricity, causing disturbance in the electronics of your vinyl machine.

During some atmospheric conditions, this issue becomes more common, like in low humidity. So, the best vinyl cutter that has been working great all of a sudden starts experiencing static problems due to seasonal change. In the winter when it is cold and the moisture literally freezes out of the air, a vinyl machine that has been working fine until now can all of a sudden start showing static problem. Similarly, Best vinyl cutting machine works fine during winters but goes wild as soon as the temperature starts to increase.

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We have a few helpful tips that you can use to use to solve static problems.

First is the grounding cable which probably came with your cutter. This wire is attached between the screw at the base of your cutter to a screw on the stand. Both the ends of the stripped wire must make metal to metal contact, so you might have to remove some paint away on your stand. This gives cutting machine the impression that it’s bigger and there is more area for the charge to build up.

Included software is another common reason for the vinyl cutting machine to go wild. Sure your software is registered using the keycode given on the back of the disc package, but if not the software assumes that it is “trial version” and will make random cuts besides cutting your design.

Take a price of specially fabricated static sting and drape it across your vinyl as it rolls through the cutter. Fastened by magnets at either end of the cutter housing, this strong dissipates the static charge.

Some people also use anti-static spray, or wipe their vinyl with dryer sheets or running a dehumidifier really close to the cutter. Additionally, some people also use anti-static mats.

When using SC and Laserpoint vinyl cutters, you must try to “super-ground” your motherboard and rollers into the wall socket.

We hope that you found this article helpful and now you can easily rectify or prevent the static electricity problem in your vinyl cutter.

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