Finishing Services: Stack Cutting, Spiral & Wire Binding

General Information

The Imaging Center can cut up to 3” in sheets of paper at one time.

The Imaging Center also offers spiral or wire binding up to 11” in length. Your booklet must be submitted with the pages in the correct order and orientation from front cover to back cover. 

Make sure to save your file with crop marks and bleed to insure that your type or image isn’t trimmed off. The Imaging Center has a cutting tolerance of 1/16”. Anything that comes within 1/16” (0.063”) of the edge of the trim line could potentially be cut off. Be sure to place all elements more than 1/16” (0.063”) away from the edge of the design. 

Covers must also be trimmed to size. If you are submitting an already printed book, IC staff can give you covers to trim to size. If the booklet is being printed in the IC and then trimmed, the IC will include the covers in the stack. 

Give yourself an extra 1/4” (0.25”) margin on the bound edge when designing booklets. 

Standard turnaround time for the cutting & binding processes is 24 hours (one business day). During midterms and finals, turnaround times may increase. Your job will be processed in the order that it was received. 

There is a minimum count of 15 sheets of paper in order to use this service. 

The IC will not use the stack cutter to trim tiling jobs or business cards.

The Imaging Center will not stack cut books printed off-site (blurb, lulu, etc.). The IC will also not stack cut through mat board, foam core, cardboard. If off-site material is cut or bound 

incorrectly by an IC Tech, the IC will reprint materials on Imaging Center stock at no cost. 

All pages must be the same length; the Imaging Center cannot guarantee that the binding machines can evenly punch through sketchbooks and/or tracing paper.    

The IC does reserve the right to deny submitted collections of various papers and sizes.