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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 O C T O B E R G R A P H I C S P R O 8 9 When we used our laminator to ap- ply graphics to a substrate, we were sometimes limited by the space avail- able under the roller. The application table has plenty of clearance under the roller, allowing us to place nearly any substrate thickness on the table and apply graphics. The table also allows us to adjust the height of the table surface itself. We can lower the table as low as 33", making it convenient to sit in a chair to work at the table. We can also raise the table's surface to 42", making working on the surface more ergonomic. The legs can also be adjusted manu- ally or electrically (depending on the model you choose) for leveling. Low- ering the table all the way down also allows the wheels to make contact with the floor, and the table can be easily moved around. LAMINATING While one end of our table is against the wall, the other end has the laminator po- sitioned against it. We typically keep the height of our table in alignment with the feed out at the back of the laminator. Our printed graphics are fed through the laminator, and the laminated graphics slide out right onto our work surface. Guiding the graphics from the printer to the drying area to the laminator, right onto the work surface, keeps the process efficient. If you don't have a separate laminator or want to laminate on the application table itself, you can do that as well. Because we do so much cutting on the tabletop, we don't feel that our cutting mat is smooth enough for laminating, so we do it through our laminator. But, lamination with your application table is an option. Left: The backlight on the table makes it easier to cut weed borders and align layers of graphics. Below: The long- reach cutting tool al- lows you to cut mask and graphics across the width of the table. continued on page 126

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