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Akiles CardMac Business Card Cutter Review

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Akiles CardMac Business Card Slitter & CutterHave you ever wanted to create your own in-house business cards, but didn’t quite know where to start? The process is remarkably easy. All you need is a template for your computer, a printer and a business card cutter to finish the job. The business card making process is remarkably fast and is an effective method for individuals and small businesses to create their own cards. One line of machines you should consider using is the CardMac from Akiles (found here). There are four different versions to choose from.

Before you pick a business card cutter (aka slitter), you will need to answer two questions. First off, do you need a full bleed business card cutter and secondly do you want the machine to be manual or electric. I would like to go into more details on what a full bleed is.

Full Bleed Business Card – If you want color on your entire business card, from edge to edge, you are going to need a business card cutter that can cut out your cards without any white margin showing. Full bleed business cards use a special gutter cut template that allows bleeding of color over the edges, allowing for edge-to-edge color. The template for a full-bleed card is more complex than a standard business card template and requires a business card cutter capable of trimming out the cards. You cannot effectively create full bleed business cards with a standard no-bleed business card cutter.

No Bleed Business Cards – These are your more traditional business cards and feature a template with a mostly-white background. These business cards usually feature a logo, a name, some text and some contact information. They can feature rich colors, but don’t rely on the ability or need to print color all the way to the edge of the card.

Full Bleed Busienss Card Using Gutter Cut Pattern & Standard Business Card Pattern

So as mentioned before, Akiles offers four different CardMac business card cutters. Two are electric, two are full bleed and two are no bleed. I would like to cover each of these four models in some detail.

MANUAL AKILES CARDMAC

  • Akiles CardMac ACM-NB No Bleed Business Manual Card Cutter (found here) – This is a manual business card slitter that features the ability to cut cards by either turning a hand crank or a dial (both included). This cutter is designed for use with no bleed business cards using a 12-up business card template pattern. Simply print your cards, insert them into the feed tray and start turning the handle. This business card cutter requires two passes to create the cards. This can be later upgraded to an electric machine.
  • Akiles CardMac ACM-B Bleed Business Manual Card Cutter (found here) – This is almost the same as the above-mentioned machine, but uses a cutting pattern designed to handle full bleed business cards. It can be used with paper up to 0.3mm thick (12 mil). This machine uses a 10-up business card pattern. Like the ACM-NB, this machine can also be upgraded to an electric unit. The finished card size is 2″ x 3.5″.

ELECTRIC AKILES CARDMAC

  • Akiles CardMac ACM-EB / ACM-ENB Electric Business Card SlitterAkiles CardMac ACM-ENB No Bleed Electric Business Card Cutter (found here) – If you need a little added speed and a little less manual involvement, the ACM-ENB electric business card slitter is a great option. This cutter is designed for use with no bleed business cards and features a 12-up cutting pattern. Like the manual versions of these cutters, this model still requires two passes of the card. This is pretty much the same as the ACM-NB, but with the optional electric motor already attached.
  • Akiles CardMac ACM-EB Bleed Electric Business Card Cutter (found here) – If you need a full bleed electric business card cutter, the ACM-EB is the model you will need. This Akiles CardMac has a motor attached to the side. Load up your 10-up pattern full bleed business cards into the slitter and let the sheet run through (vertically). Then take those and run them through the machine again to finish the business card process. This equals out to be about 60 cards per minute.

The only real weakness I have found with these business card cutters is that they use friction to pull paper into the machine for cutting. This is excellent when cutting standard finish paper and card stock, but may cause some slippage with glossy or coated paper.

If you have additional questions about these machines, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of business card cutters and slitters here.

Business Card Cutter & Slitter Troubleshooting Tips

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Business Card Cutters and SlittersDo you own or use a business card cutter and keep running into issues? While most business card cutters are pretty cut and dry (excuse the pun), there are some common issues that people run into. Some of these issues have simple solutions, where others may be a little more involved. Here are some of the most common issues I have experienced or have heard from customers.

Common Business Card Cutter & Slitter Troubleshooting Issues

  1. Pages Keep Slipping – Does your paper keep slipping as it’s pulled into the machine? This may either be a simple annoyance or it may be causing serious issues. This is usually a result of coated paper or glossy paper. Most business card cutters use friction to pull paper through the machine and coated / glossy paper slips on the friction rollers. The only solution to this issue is to use non-coated or non-glossy paper.
  2. Cut Is Crooked – Does your business card cutter seem to cut crooked lines when cutting business cards? This is typically a result of paper that is too thick being run through the machine. The quickest and easiest solution to this is to use thinner weight paper.
  3. Business Cards Bleed Into Each Other – Do your business cards bleed into each other? Chances are pretty good that you are using a standard business card template on a standard business card cutter. In order to create edge-to-edge color on a business card (full bleed), you need to use a full-bleed business card template with a full-bleed business card cutter. If you only have a standard business card cutter, you will have to adjust the template of your business card.

Hopefully these tips will help you get more use out of your business card cutter and will help lower the stress in your life. If your business card cutter issues do not relate to the problems I have posted, you may want to contact our Service Technician by filling out this form. You can also find our entire selection of business card cutters and slitters here. Have a great day!

8-Up, 10-Up and 12-Up Business Card Cutters

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Business Card Cutters from ABC OfficeAre you looking for a business card cutter, but aren’t sure which pattern you should use? You’re not alone. Many people get confused about this and aren’t exactly sure which pattern is best for them. I have used business card cutters for years now and have a few tips that may help you out.

To begin with, the number located in front of the “Up” is the amount of cards the business card cutter can create per sheet. A 10-up business card cutter can create 10 business cards on an 8 ½ x 11-inch sheet of paper. An 8-up is 8 business cards and a 12-up is 12 business cards.

So which pattern is most popular? The 10-up business card pattern is by far the most common pattern used today. This patter is most compatible with printers and more machines are available to cut that pattern. You can find a 10-up business card template in an MS Word format here.  The 8-up business card pattern is probably the least common used today.

Popular 10-Up Business Card Cutters

Business card cutters are great for creating custom business cards and allow you to create cards from the convenience of your own printer. You can find our entire selection of business card cutters here.

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