Graphtec FCX4000 Series Flat Bed Cutting Plotter
The Graphtec FCX4000 Series Flat Bed Cutting Plotter is an affordable cutting solution for small to medium print on demand jobs and uses electrostatic technology to firmly hold media to the table.
The FCX4000 offers easy to use and intuitive operation with its new 3.7” LCD screen control panel and USB / Barcode functionality.
2 different table size are available. The effective cutting area of the 50ES model is expanded for supporting 2 sheets of A3+ size, and the 60ES model supports 4 sheets of A3+ size. The FCX4000 is more suitable in the use of post-processing of Print On Demand jobs than its bigger brother, the FCX2000.
Graphtec FCX4000 Series Flat Bed Cutting Plotter: Main Functions
- Perforation Cutting
- Half Cutting
- Die Cutting
Graphtec FCX4000 Series Flat Bed Cutting Plotter: Design Features
Stronger Media Hold Down
Holds media by electrostatic that is generated by electrodes arranged inside the panel. This method is suitable for cutting light weight materials.
Dual Tool Holder
The FCX4000 series has 2 tool holder in the carriage. Using 2 different tools in the same job increases work efficiency.
3.7″ LCD Control Panel
Settings can be easily set using the large 3.7-inch LCD (240 x 128 dots).
Loupe For Cutting Blade
The loupe is a standard accessory used to easily adjust extruded blade length with the PHP33/PHP35 blade holders.
USB Offline Operation
Offline operation supported by use of USB flash memory:
Cut and plot data is created with Cutting Master 4 or Graphtec Pro Studio. That saved data may be transferred to a USB flash memory and the cut plot data file can be selected from the USB on the FCX4000 using its menu operations. This simplified work-flow enables users to operate without being connected to the computer.
Data management using bar-code function with USB flash memory:
When performing contour cutting, also known as “Print & Cut”, the cutting data is automatically selected from the prepared USB flash memory. The FCX4000 scans the bar code printed on the media then automatically performs the contour cutting job. This emerging method helps to prevent operator error of using incorrect data – thus improving workflow efficiency.
Graphtec FCX4000 Series Flat Bed Cutting Plotter: ARMS 6.0 – Advanced Registration Mark Sensing System
The Graphtec FCX4000 Series Flat Bed Cutting Plotter uses enhanced ARMS (Advanced Registration Mark Sensing system) for improved productivity of P&C applications.
- Equipped the ARMS (Advanced Registration Mark Sensing system)6.0.
- Easy and accurate cutting of pre-printed images using the cutting master 4 and etc.
- Enables higher productivity of POP, stickers, and prototype cartons.
ARMS Copy Function
After data is sent the first time, it can be copied multiple times without a PC. In the FCX4000 Series, the first four marks are scanned on the first sheet, and only the first mark in subsequent sheets. This improves productivity by shortening scan detection time.
The FXC4000 features Graphtec’s newest Advanced Registration Mark Sensing System Version 6.0 for even more improved contour cutting of your pre-printed graphics for package prototyping, reflective sheeting and many other professional rigid applications – using Cutting Master 4, Graphtec Pro Studio, and including most industry standard cutting software.
Image 1: Enhanced ARMS (Advanced Registration Mark Sensing system) Version 6.0 for Improved Productivity of Contour Cutting Applications
Image 2: Scanning matrix print copies
Image 3: Scanning cutting multiple (identical) copies, when only one sheet is able to fit the plotter table.
Reverse Side Cutting and Creasing Method
Cutting and creasing of pre-printed packaging graphics is possible on the reverse (non-printed) side of the sheet. This method of reverse side cutting and creasing prevents damage and marking of the printed side. This option is currently available using Cutting Master 4 or Graphtec Pro Studio software with the FCX4000.
Expanded Contour Cutting Area
This included function expands the print and cut area to include objects outside of the registration marks! Production efficiency is enhanced and media waste is reduced.
Supports Standard Crop Marks
Contour cutting pre-printed media is also possible using “standard crop marks.” This operation is available with the included Cutting Master 4 plug-in workflow.
Reversed Color Registration Marks
Registration marks are detectable when there is sufficient contrast against the mark and its background. Ultra glossy and reflective media offer challenges for accurate registration mark detection. With this reversed color output, the sufficient contrast is brought back for the ability to contour cut pre-printed ultra glossy and reflecting sheeting.
Graphtec FCX4000 Series Flat Bed Cutting Plotter: Specifications List
|Configuration||Digital servo system, Flatbed|
|Media hold-down method||Electrostatic panel|
|Effective cutting area||25.98″ x 19.21″||25.98″ x 38.42″|
|Maximum cutting speed||29.5″/s (1 to 75 cm/s in 23 steps)|
|Cutting pressure||Tool 1: Max. 5.88 N (600 gf)
Tool 2: Max. 5.88 N (600 gf)
|Cutting force settings||Tool 1: in 48 steps, Tool 2: in 48 steps|
|Minimum character size||Approx. 10 mm square (varies with character font and media)|
|Mechanical resolution||0.005 mm (5µm)|
|Programmable resolution||GP-GL mode: 0.1/0.05/0.025/0.01 mm,
HP-GL™ (*1) : 0.025 mm
|Distance accuracy||Max.0.2% of the distance moved or 0.1mm, whichever is larger
(excluding contraction of media, in plotting/cutting mode) (*2)
|Perpendicularity||Max 0.3 mm / 16.93″
(excluding contraction of media, in plotting/cutting mode)
|Max 0.4 mm / 24.01″
(excluding contraction of media, in plotting/cutting mode)
|Repeatability||Max 0.1mm (excluding contraction of media, in plotting/cutting mode) (*2)|
|Standard interfaces||USB2.0 (Full Speed) / RS-232C / Ethernet (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX)|
|Command sets||GP-GL / HP-GL™ / AUTO (Automatic switching in GP-GL and HP-GL™)|
|Number of tools||2 tools|
|Cutter blade, pen, and tool types||Cutter blade: supersteel
Pen: water-based fiber-tip pen
|Operating panel||3.7-inch graphical LCD (same LCD as the FCX2000)|
|New features||Dual configuration, Creasing in the curve, Perforation cutting (performed by the force control), Data management using the bar-code, Offline cutting operation using the USB memory, Display the degree of wear for the cutting blade, Confirming the cutting object size, Draft mode (higher throughput in arc)|
|Power supply||100 to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz (Auto switching)|
|Power consumption||Max. 120 VA|
|Operating environment||Temperature: 10 to 35 degree C ,
Humidity: 35 to 75% RH (non-condensing)
|Guaranteed accuracy environment||Temperature: 16 to 32 degree C,
Humidity: 35% to 70% RH (non-condensing)
|External dimensions (*3)
(W x D x H)
|W 42.87″ x D 35.31″ x H 8.03″||W 55.31″ x D 42.08″ x H 8.03″
(including stand : W 55.31″ x D 43.18″ x H 35.27″)
|Weight||approx. 63.93 lbs (29kg)||approx. 83.77 lbs (38 kg)
(including stand 121.25 lbs (55 kg)
|Compatible OS (*4)(*5)||Windows 10 (Home / Pro / Enterprise / Education)
Windows 8.1 (Windows 8.1 / Pro / Enterprise)
Windows 8 (Windows 8 / Pro / Enterprise)
Windows 7 (Ultimate / Enterprise / Professional / Home Premium)
|Mac OS X 10.7 to 10.11 / macOS 10.12 (Sierra) to 10.13 (High Sierra)|
|Supported software||Cutting Master 4, Graphtec Pro Studio, Graphtec Studio for Mac, Windows Driver|
|Safety||UL/cUL, CE mark|
|EMC||VCCI Class A, FCC Class A, CE mark (EN55032, others)|
*1. HP-GL™ is registered trademark of the Hewlett-Packard Corporation of the United States.
*2. When operated with Graphtec specified media and conditions.
*3. Tolerance: +/- 5 mm
*4. Graphtec does not support software/driver used with operating systems that have become obsolete and are no longer supported by the OS developer.
*5. For more information about Windows and Macintosh compatibility, please check the website or contact with your local representative of Graphtec
Graphtec FCX4000 Series Flat Bed Cutting Plotter: Supported Media Types
|Type of media||Thickness||Support cutting blade||FCX4000-50/60ES|
|Self-adhesive marking film (vinyl, fluorescent, reflective)||up to 0.25 mm||CB09UB||〇|
|Heavy paper/board (pattern paper, oil board)||up to 0.5 mm||CB15U、
|up to 1.0 mm||CB30UC||–|
|Compressed foam sheet||up to 0.8 mm||CB15U-K30||〇|
|Sandblast resist rubber||up to 1.0 mm||CB15U-K20||〇|
|Cardboard||E flute||up to 1.5 mm||CB30UC||–|
|F / G flute||up to 1.2 mm||CB30UC||–|
|Rubber sheet||up to 1～2 mm||PM-CB-001||–|
|Clear sheet for plastic boxes||up to 0.5 mm||CB15U||〇|
|up to 1.0 mm||CB15U-K30||〇|
|High-intensity reflective film||up to 0.5 mm||CB15UA||〇|
|up to 1.0 mm||CB15UA-K30||〇|