It is perhaps understandable that when it comes to printing, many people's first thought is for the actual printing. But in reality, it's the finishing stage where any given job actually comes together, where the printed graphic is turned into an actual product, be that a retail display board or a vehicle graphic. So, it’s usually best to plan the finishing first, although in most cases the application will determine the type of media to be used and therefore the most appropriate printing and finishing.
The most common form of finishing for rigid materials is to cut a specific shape, for example, cutting around the shape of a superhero for a display advertising a new movie, or simply cutting the flaps to create a dump box. For this sort of work, you will need a cutting table, and since these kinds of jobs are typical uses for most flatbed printers, it's quite common to find cutting tables sold alongside printers.
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