Blackman and White



The Orion Flatbed Cutting machine is designed to be the perfect CNC machine for companies looking for an easy to use, low cost and reliable cutting system. Built for high volume production, the Orion is a quick and accurate low ply cutting/plotting system with an unrivalled range of blade and pen tool options in its class. The Orion CNC machine has two independent tool stations and has a modular build for added convenience and versatility.


  • Computer Controlled Cutting Machine (CNC)
  • Flatbed
  • Full Vacuum System
  • Basic Vacuum Zones
  • Two Independent Tool Stations
  • Marking Tool Station
  • Laser Pointer and Jog Control
  • Modular Construction

Cutting Tools & Marking

Drag Knife Tool Holder

Rotary Wheel Tool Holder

Fine Adjust Drag Knife Tool Holder

Pen Tool


  • Maximum Cutting Speed - 750mm/second
  • Maximum Move Speed - 850mm/second
  • Cut Accuracy - 0.5mm
  • Repeatability - 0.1mm
  • Max Cutting Depth - 10mm
  • Material Fixation - Vacuum

Key Industries

  • Clothing and Fashion
  • Composites
  • Marine
  • Technical Textiles
  • Tensile Structures
  • Upholstery

Orion Overview

  • Dual Knife cutting head with separate Pen tool station.
  • Tooling options of Drag Knife, Rotary Wheel and Pen Tool.
  • Simultaneously mounted knife and cutting wheel for maximum convenience and flexibility.
  • Vacuum enabled bed to securely hold material during the cutting process.
  • Wide selection of steel/tungsten carbide blades available for different materials.
  • Large selection of pens for marking in different colours and on different materials.
  • Modular construction for optimal cutting area.
  • Flexible software options such as CAD, Nesting and Photo Digitising.
  • Advanced Stepper Drive and control system for optimal machine performance.
  • Optional Computer Workstation.
  • Low cost of ownership.
  • Low consumables costs.
  • Robust and reliable with high quality build.


Successful training is the key to a positive user experience.  Blackman & White offer training in advance of installations, as well as additional on-site software and operational training to ensure a smooth transition to full production especially when new to cutting automation.


Every new cutting machine PC has remote support software installed, which enables diagnostics of the machine to be inspected by engineers over the internet. Using remote support the majority of issues can be resolved; meaning downtime of the machine is kept to a minimum, therefore avoiding the need for engineer visits and prolonged disruption to production.

Download the specification

You can download the Orion Cutter/Plotter specification as a PDF file. If you don’t have a copy of Adobe Reader on your PC, you can download a free copy here.

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