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Term of the Week: Downforce

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Downforce is typically the amount of force required to cut through material and not cut through its backing liner. Some heat transfer media products have paper backing liners and some come with plastic backing liners. Decorators may need to adjust the downforce on their cutter according to the specifications for each product in order to get great results. Material manufacturers provide this information but keep in mind that the given downforce setting usually takes into consideration a brand new blade. It factors in the length that the blade extends from the blade holder.