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Discount Vector Graphics Clip Art for Sign Shops and Signmaking

Free vector art is available all over the internet. The problem is that you may not find the free art you need. Or it may not be in the correct format. Or it may take you all day to find it. That is why I like to keep a nice collection in my shop ready to go.

Here is our collection of affordable vector art collections. Most of these collections have tons of vector art in them. Keep in mind that you can use an entire image or pick out pieces that you want from that image. In my Flexi Sign program I just select “convert to outlines” and this allows me to pull out pieces to use in my sign. It is simple and no matter which program you use you will be able to figure it out. For example, I needed a palm tree for a lawn care sign. I found a tropical vector scene, selected “convert to outlines”, selected the palm tree, and pasted it into my sign. Simple as that. I like to keep a fairly large collection of clipart available so that customers can go through and pick what they like. People like selection.

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Discount Vinyl Sign Cutters / Plotters ( CAD )

There are several brands of vinyl sign cutters sold in the US. My favorite two brands are Roland and Graphtec. Signwarehouse has a series of cutters made by Graphtec that are also good machines. The key is good service and a good warranty along with a good price. The machines below are priced very well and are all quality machines capable of commercial work. The small hobby machines are good for small sign jobs or at home crafts. When you buy your machine, make sure to get the best software package that you can in the bundle.  You will never be sorry for spending extra money on better software.  Also, we have a vector art store at the following link.  CLICK HERE.

Free Corporate Logos Vector Art for Signs and Graphics

Free Corporate or Company Vector Art (sign art / graphics) are valuable to a signmaker for more than just the ability to recreate the logo for that company.  Each vector graphic contains components that can be used as an example to recreate other art.  For example, a company logo may contain a cloud or a star or an eagle along with other components.  By converting to lines using your sign making software, you can pull out different components such as a star, an eagle, or a cloud and use that as an example to create your own vector design.  You would then be able to use that component in your design.  Keep copyright laws in mind when using art that belongs to someone else.

To go to the Logotypes Corporate Logos Vector Art website CLICK HERE

Free Dog Canine Vector Art / Clip Art for Signs

    Free Dog / Canine Vector Art Collection for Sign Makers

Vector graphics are an important part of a sign makers design system. Most fancy or complex signs involve some type of graphic in the design. Pre-made sign art can be used as it is or separated into components for integration into designs. This page contains our free dog sign graphics / vector art collection for sign makers. The link below is a zip file that contains two files. One is our dog / canine vector graphics in an adobe illustrator format and the other is the same thing but in a sign mate (roland) format. The picture below shows the sign art that is in the file.

To download our Dog / Canine Sign Making Vector Art / Clip Art Collection CLICK HERE

This collection contains german shepherd vector graphics, doberman pinscher vector art, poodle, greyhound, dachshund, collie vector art / clipart, bloodhound vector graphics, boxer vector art, and a collie vector sign art plus more.

Free Giraffe Gecko Bird Shark Vector Sign Clip Art

This free vector art / sign art collection includes a giraffe, gecko, shark and a bird.  There are two downloadable files below.  One is an adobe illustrator format and the other is a flexi sign format.

You may download the files and use them any application you choose.  You may not resell the images or vector files. To use the files you will need adobe illustrator or a sign cutting program like Flexi Sign.

To download our Animal Sign Making Vector Art / Clip Art Collection CLICK HERE

Free Nautical Marine Sign Vector Graphics / Clip Art

    Free Nautical / Marine Vector Art Collection for Sign Makers

Vector graphics are the heart of a sign makers design system. Especially when it comes to fancier more complicated signs. Pre-made vector art can be modified or separated into components for integration into signs or used as is. This page contains our free nautical sign graphics / vector art collection for sign makers. The link below is a zip file that contains two files. One is our nautical vector graphics in an adobe illustrator format and the other is the same thing but in a sign mate (roland) format. The picture below shows the sign art that is in the file.

To download our Nautical and Marine Sign Making Vector Art / Clip Art Collection CLICK HERE

This collection contains pelican vector art, sailboat vector art, fishing vector art, an outboard motor,  whale vector/clip art, ship clip/vector art, a palm tree, and a ships wheel vector graphics image.

Free Street / Stop Sign and Handicap Logo Vector / Clip Art for Signmakers

Here is a collection of free sign making vector art saved in a flexi sign and adobe illustrator format.  The collection contains directional arrows, a stop sign, a bike lane sign, a kangaroo sign, a deer crossing sign,man crossing street and a kids crossing street signs in vector format. The sign art can be used for any project you choose.  We ask that you do not resell or redistribute the graphics commercially.

To down load the files just click on the link below and down load the zip file.  In the file will be two files in ai and fs format. Good luck with your business.

To download our Street Sign, Stop Sign, Deer Crossing and other Sign Making Vector Art / Clip Art Collection CLICK HERE

Free Vector Silhouettes Art / Graphics / Clipart for Sign Shops

Free vector art sites can provide a valuable source of clipart that can be cut with a vinyl cutter and integrated into signs and graphics designs.  Silhouettes are fairly easy to find in vector format and if necessary are easy to convert from a jpg format to vector with most sign design programs. Here are some links to free silhouette vector art and clipart for signmakers.

www.freevectors.net
www.vectorart.org
http://vector4free.com/vectors
http://www.123freevectors.com/

Some of the vector graphics on these sites may be difficult to open with your sign program or via adobe illustrator. A solution is to bring the file into adobe photoshop, convert it to a black and white image, bring it into your sign program, and do an autotrace. Then you just have to clean it up a little.

Graphtec Vinyl Cutter / Plotter FC8000 Review

Graphtec plotters are considered some of the best in the industry.  They are rugged and have tons of features that can make a sign makers job much easier.  These machines are especially suited for the sign, vinyl graphics and aftermarket auto striping industries.

The FC8000 is a newly designed machine.  It features a 3 inch wide easy to read LCD control Panel and a dual configuration function so that two users can save their custom configurations.  It has an optional Ethernet capability so it can be tied into other computers and machines.  It also features additional push rollers with 3 tension settings and an enhanced registration mark detection system. The FC8000 series features a maximum cutting speed of 58.5 in/sec, 4.0G maximum acceleration, and 20 to 600 grams of selectable cutting pressure. This allows users to cleanly cut diamond grade, high-intensity reflective film, rubber sandblast resist, automotive window & paint protection films, self-adhesive vinyl, and a variety of other media types.

The FC8000 is a very fast machine and can turn out high production when necessary.  It is also very exact and good for detail work.  Each unit includes a standard media roll rack for holding vinyl rolls a floor stand and dual media catch basket for dust-free, continuous long length or repetitive jobs.

If you want the best and foresee needing all the options then a Graphtec is a great choice.  They are not the cheapest machines but they are well priced for the features, speed and performance that you get.  I have a 30″ model and am very happy with it.

Ioline Smartrac I/S 60 85 110 130 Plotter Cutter

Ioline SmarTrac I/S machines are high-performance sign plotters designed to handle heavy workloads and a variety of jobs ranging from vinyl signs to sandblast mask. All machines feature Ioline’s smart track technology for long runs. They employ powerful servo motor and the smart track system ensures accurate tracking and continual trouble free operation. A high-speed processor and 1 megabyte buffer give the SmarTrac the power to blaze through even complex files. The Ioline systems carry one of the longest 100% warranties in the industry and also have lifetime technical support.

The Ioline Smartrac comes in 4 models. The I/S 60 which is a 25″ model and can handle up to 28″ wide material. The I/S 85 which is a 31″ cutter and can handle up to 34″ wide material. The I/S 110 which is a 41″ cutter and can handle 44″ wide material. Lastly, the I/S 130 which is a 49″ cutter and can handle 52″ wide material. All can cut material as narrow as 3″. The machines are simple and do not come with fancy LCD displays. The buttons on the front are functional and easy to understand. All models can cut everything from standard sign vinyl to thick sandblast or glass etching resist up to 35 mils thick.

There’s relatively little to maintain on the SmarTrac.
– Lubrication: There is no oiling or lubrication required. Wipe dust and lint off the machine periodically.
– Blades: Simply use an air gun to remove lint that builds up around the blade.
– Proven performance: Friction-free head tested nonstop for 300,000,000 cycles which is the equivalent of twenty years of normal shop use.
– Maintenance-free design: The actuator is not susceptible to bearing failure and the servo motor is sealed and enclosed. This eliminates the need for periodic adjustment.
– Quality components: The Ioline is Manufactured in United States with 95% of the parts also being U.S. made.

Mimaki CJV30 24″ 40″ 54″ 64″ Solvent Color Printer Cutter Review

The amazing Mimaki CJV30 series printer cutters can increase your productivity and profit potential  by integrating printing and cutting tasks into one device.  There are 4 main models with print widths ranging from 24″ to 64″.  (Model CJV30 – 60, 100, 130, 160) Several unique features provide for continuous unattended printing and contour cutting.  Features of this machine include.

  • Continuous Crop Mark Detection which increases machine cutting accuracy.
  • Automatic Media Clamp Function which allows for uninterrupted printing and cutting.
  • Unique High density, fast drying white ink broadens the applications that the machine can accomplish.
  • An Uninterrupted Ink Supply System facilitates continuous unattended printing.
  • Up to 1440 dots per inch resolution
  • 3 Printing speeds.  720 dpi, 1080 dpi and 1440 dpi.
  • Cutting speeds of up to 11.8 inches per second.
  • Simple Studio and Fine Cut software included for easy sticker making.
  • For professional users, Raster Link Pro4 SG RIP is included as standard.

Prices for the Mimaki CJV30 machines range from $13,000 for the 24″ model to $25,000 for the 64″ model.  Mimaki is a respected brand and is known to give years of dependable service. This machine gets a high rating from our staff.

The video below shows the Mimaki in use.

Mimaki JFX 1615 1631 Flatbed Printer

Mimaki now makes two eco friendly flatbed printers that are able to print directly onto hard substrates like coreplast. The first is the model JFX 1615 which prints on media 63″ x 59″. The second Mimaki is the larger JFX 1631 which prints on media that is up to 63″ x 122″. That is a sheet of coreplast over 5′ x 10′. Imaging simply loading a 4 x 8 coreplast blank into a printer and pulling out a completed sign. No more cutting, weeding and transfer taping vinyl. Just load and print. This is truly the future of signmaking.

Each machine features an intelligent dual feeding mechanism that revolutionizes flatbed printing by allowing for an ultra precise ink dot placement which reduces banding and prints legible text as small as 3pt. The Mimaki JFX machines also feature instantaneous ink drying with UV LED curing, a post curing unit which increases speed by 80% and the ability to print on media up to 2″ thick. An optional roller attachment is also available.

These amazing machines cost around $100,000 each and are recommended only for high production shops. Also, a lease may be the way to go with some type of upgrade option. Don’t buy a machine like this unless you intend on using it.

ProCut CR-630 Vinyl Cutter Plotter Review

The Procut CR 630 Vinyl Cutter is a very low cost vinyl cutter with prices starting at $500 for the basic 25 inch model. Machines at this price range are normally made overseas (this model is made in China) making parts and service sometimes a little difficult to find. However, the price is hard to beat. For a starter machine it should suffice. Especially if you are on a tight budget.

Also, this machine is often packaged with a laptop and sign cutting software. I have seen packages as low as $1,250. This comes with a laptop, the cutter and vector software. A tempting deal.

Details on the Procut CR-630 are as follows:

Brand: ProCut
Model: CR630
Max Paper Width: 28.7” (730mm)
Max Cutting Width: 24.6” (625mm)
Max Cutting Speed 400 mm/s
Motherboard: 32-bit ARM7 CPU
Driver: PWM Micro Step Driver
Cutting Force: 0-800 Grams
Mechanism Precision : 0.05mm
Repeatability: <+-0.1mm Command Set: DMPL, HPGL Interface: USB Three Pinch Rollers Power Requirements: 110V AC Will cut up to 30 mil This video from jzgraphics.com is very informative and will give you an idea of how the machine performs.

Roland GX-24 Vinyl Sign Plotter/Cutter Review

The Roland GX series 24 inch cutter is one of the most popular sign plotters in the graphics industry. This has been the case for at least the last decade. There are several reasons for the machines popularity.

First, it is a workhorse machine. Mine has been running for over 10 years now and all I have ever had to do is replace the blade. Shops that need reliability often choose Roland.

Second, it is simple to use. It only takes about 30 minutes for a new sign maker to get up to speed and be making signs with this machine. The controls are up front and easy to understand. Aligning the material is also quick and easy.

Third, the price is very reasonable. The Roland GX-24 is priced at right around $1,700 for the table top model and $2,000 for the cutter and a stand. This price includes basic cutting software. (see our article on sign cutting programs) This price puts the GX-24 well within the reach of most sign businesses. If you already have a computer then all you would need to add is vinyl and some substrates and you are ready to make signs.

Here are some specifications on the Roland Model GX-24

Width: Accepts material from two to 27.5 inches wide
Mechanical Resolution: 0.0005”
Speed: Cutting speeds up to 20 inches per second
Power: Max down force of 250 grams
Optical Registration: Recognizes crop marks produced by a variety of print-only devices and automatically aligns media so that printed graphics can be accurately contour cut.
Materials: Vinyl, paint mask, reflective vinyls, twill, heat transfer, and sandblast
Roland CutStudio™ Software included

Note: Most cutters come with a basic software package that is adequate for cutting letters, numbers and basic graphics.  When you purchase a machine, that would be the best time to upgrade to a more powerful sign cutting program.  The seller will be motivated to give you a better price on the package deal.  We have an article on sign cutting programs in our “Sign Business Startup Articles” section.

Roland Stika Vinyl Sign Plotter / Cutter Review

The Roland Stika is a portable vinyl plotter / cutter designed for the home user or small office. The can be used in a commercial shop but are not designed for high production work. For what they are designed for they are great and very inexpensive.

The STIKA is available in three models. The SV8, SV12 and SV15. The SV-8 accepts 8.5″ wide material and cuts up to 6.2″ wide. The SV-12 accepts 12″ wide material and cuts up to 9.8″ wide. The SV-15 accepts 12″ – 15″ material and will cut up to 13.3 inches wide. All of the Roland Stika sign cutters will handle adhesive vinyl, paint mask, reflective vinyls, twill, heat transfer material, and etching resist.

The STIKA machines, in addition to cutting vinyl and other materials, make an easy-to-use and cost-effective print/cut solution. You can print a design with your desktop printer and along with that design print registration marks. Then you load the printed graphic into the cutter and send the file to the STIKA. The little cutter will contour cut the graphics. It is a great solution for creating colorful POP displays, decals and iron ons.

Here is an informative video on the Sticka from Roland DGA.

The video below is also from Roland DGA and covers making a vinyl decal for a glass window.

Roland Versacamm SP-300i 540i Review

For people looking for an economical way to get into wide format printing and cutting, the Roland Versacamm SP-300i and 540i may be the answer. These entry level machines combine real quality and performance. The design of the all-new compact Roland SP-i printer/cutter series machines reflects an effort to provide quality, production and economy in one package. Roland is one of the most respected manufacturers in the industry and has been producing quality cutters and print/cut combo machines for well over a decade. The SP-300i lists for $12,495 and the SP-540i lists for $17,895. When purchasing any machine like this make sure to at least attempt to have some design software included in your purchase. The seller has an incentive to make you happy and since you are spending so much money the time to get a deal on accessories and software is at the time of purchase. Not after.

Available in 30” and 54” models, the VersaCAMM SP-300i and 540i is the perfect tool for creating beautiful decals, labels, banners, posters, vehicle and floor graphics, apparel decoration and just about any sign you can imagine. Here are the specifications on these machines:

30” and 54” wide-format inkjet printer/cutters
Roland Intelligent Pass Control for outstanding print quality and increased productivity
Outdoor durability of prints – 3 years (longer when laminated)
ECO‐SOL MAX eco-solvent ink
1440 x 720 dpi resolution
Uncoated media support
Heavy‐duty media handling system supports heavier rolls
SP-300i – up to 44 lbs.
SP-540i – up to 66 lbs.
VersaWorks 3.2 RIP software
Integrated heater system
Ethernet connectivity
Automated maintenance system with redesigned maintenance cover
Optional take‐up system

The VersaCAMM SP-300i and 540i systems are considered the industry’s most versatile entry-level device, combining 4-color printing and contour cutting all in one device. This allows the user to print a decal and contour cut around it in one operation. Roland Intelligent Pass Control technology practically eliminates banding by optimizing masking patterns and dot placement at the edges of each printer head pass. All while offering print speeds that are up to 50 percent faster than the previous models in Standard print mode. The video below shows the machine in action.

Summa DC4 SX Printer Cutter Plotter Review

The Summa DC4 SX Printer Cutter machines are rugged and capable systems. They utilize thermal ribbons and produce outdoor durable prints that can last up to 5 years. The durability of thermal ribbon prints is nearly double that of inkjet prints. Also, thermal machine prints do not need lamination.

The Summa DC4 is considered one of the best thermal transfer printers in the industry. At 54 inches it is the widest thermal transfer printer in the industry and over four times the width of its nearest competitor. An eight station ribbon changing mechanism eliminates the need for manual ribbon changes. This allows for unattended printing of up to 625 square feet. The machines handle various widths of vinyl making it the most versatile printer in its class. A Built in cutter makes it possible for you to contour cut graphics up to 50 inches wide on 50 yard media.

The Summa DC4 is a complete wide format print-and-cut system and includes the following.

Color Control RIP + Cut software
Power take-up rollers.
Media baskets
8 universal ribbon cassettes
A full set of CMYK ribbons
54-inch by 50 yard roll of high-performance 3M vinyl.

The Summa DC4 is ready to use. Just plug into a computer and start producing durable outdoor graphics.

Summa Vinyl Cutter / Plotter Summacut Review

Summa Vinyl Cutters are going to be at the top of the line when it comes to plotters. The Summa plotters are going to be comparable to Graphtec machines. This will be a machine that will last you the rest of your life. The company has been in business for over 25 years and will be around to provide parts and service if necessary. The bad news is that like Graphtec machines, Summa machines are very expensive. The cheapest model runs $2,500. The most expensive cutter only model runs $10,500. (64″ machine)

Summa Machines are chosen by professional sign shops because of their speed, precision and reliability. Specs on the basic 30″ model D-75 are as follows:

Cut Type – Drag-knife with TurboCut and Tangential emulation modes
Tool Compatibility – Blade,Pen,Pounce Tool
Cut Width – 30.7-inch maximum
Cut Speed – 44 inches-per-second maximum
Cut-force – 0-400 grams, in 5-gram steps
Standard Accessories –
WinPlot or MacSign cut software
Cutter Control parameter control software
Standard 36 drag-knife blade holder
2 standard 36 degree drag-knife blades
1 fiber-tip pen
USB (serial available)

Specs on the Model D-120 (48″ cutter) are as follows:

Cut Type – Drag-knife with TurboCut and Tangential emulation modes
Tool Compatibility – Blade,Pen,Pounce Tool
Cut Width – 48.4-inch maximum
Cut Speed – 44 inches-per-second maximum
Cut-force – 0-400 grams, in 5-gram steps
Standard Accessories-
WinPlot or MacSign cut software
Cutter Control parameter control software
Standard 36 drag-knife blade holder
2 standard 36 degree drag-knife blades
1 fiber-tip pen
USB (serial available)

Here is a quick promotional video by Summa.