One of the many conveniences of using laminating pouches is that the pouches are not only pre-cut to desired dimensions, but they also come with rounded corners. The rounded corners add an extra touch of professionalism to any project that you laminate and also eliminate the sharp edges that can be created when laminating with 7 mil or 10 mil pouches.
Unlike with pouch laminating, projects that are laminated using a roll laminator generally require trimming after lamination. While many large-format projects like posters and display graphics may not require rounded corners, smaller documents (or those that are frequently handled) will have a more polished and finished appearance if the corners are rounded. The major benefit of rounded corners is comfortable handling of your finished project. Since laminating film is essentially plastic, leaving a sharp, square corner on your project (particularly one that is using a thicker laminate like 7 or 10 mil) could potentially cause the end-user to get scratched or cut if he or she does not handle it with care. The secret to achieving a perfectly-round corner on your project? Using a corner cutter!
Manual tabletop models like the Akiles Diamond-1 or the Lassco Wizer CR-20 corner rounder are excellent choices for occasional to moderate usage. They provide an affordable means for creating consistent round corners in a variety of diameters. If you're looking for a machine that will be used frequently in a high-volume environment, consider an electric model like the countertop model Akiles Diamond-5 or the floor-standing CR-50 series of Lassco Wizer corner rounders, which feature convenient foot pedal operation.
If you would like to ask us which corner cutter is best for you and your project needs, please do so in the comment section. If you have a favorite corner rounding machine that gets you through even the toughest jobs, we'd love to hear about it too!