Difference between revisions of "Graphtec FC2200-90/EX"

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== Workflow ==
 
== Workflow ==
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=== Create the file ===
 
*Create/import a file in Inkscape
 
*Create/import a file in Inkscape
 
*Select all
 
*Select all
 
*Path > Object To Path
 
*Path > Object To Path
*<s>File > Save A Copy> choose .plt extension
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*Check that lines are what you expect by turning of all fills and turning on all strokes. The lines that you see are the ones that will be cut.
**Must have Uniconverter installed
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***Uniconverter is installed on the Thinkstation in the Fab Lab and on a number of the laptops</s>
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*File > Save A Copy> choose .hpgl extension
 
*File > Save A Copy> choose .hpgl extension
 
** '''Make sure that "Tool offset correction" is set to 0 or your cut will be very bad.'''
 
** '''Make sure that "Tool offset correction" is set to 0 or your cut will be very bad.'''
  
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=== Run the file ===
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==== New ====
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* Go to [http://graphtec.makeict.org:5000 http://graphtec.makeict.org:5000]
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* Click the blue button to open the file menu
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* Scroll to the bottom of the list and click the upload button
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* Select file in system menu
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* To set active file, click filename in list
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* Click green button to run file
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==== Old ====
 
*On the computer, put the file into the CUT_NOW folder on the desktop.
 
*On the computer, put the file into the CUT_NOW folder on the desktop.
 
**Username and password are both 'maker'  
 
**Username and password are both 'maker'  
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**Once done it will be moved to the CUT_DONE folder with the same name.  
 
**Once done it will be moved to the CUT_DONE folder with the same name.  
 
***It WILL overwrite files with the same name.
 
***It WILL overwrite files with the same name.
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==Settings==
 
==Settings==
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==Tips==
 
==Tips==
 
*After saving the HPGL file open it up in Inkscape to verify the output looks right. If there are issues, go back to the source file and save it as a PDF. Open the PDF in Inkscape and then save as HPGL. This has fixed all of the conversion issues we have run into so far.
 
*After saving the HPGL file open it up in Inkscape to verify the output looks right. If there are issues, go back to the source file and save it as a PDF. Open the PDF in Inkscape and then save as HPGL. This has fixed all of the conversion issues we have run into so far.
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*If you get an error in inkscape when saving the HPGL that says the file cannot be saved, just copy everything into a new file and save it there. For some reason this works.
  
 
==Test Files==
 
==Test Files==
 
*[https://drive.google.com/open?id=15_FEPuQvpRuOy_wG0z43D3wh7xqOZnh1 Test Files Drive Folder]
 
*[https://drive.google.com/open?id=15_FEPuQvpRuOy_wG0z43D3wh7xqOZnh1 Test Files Drive Folder]
 
*[https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/17QpdqChdCzYvCMbTnM13wBxACZXlW0Zi7po2hpxJg6g/edit?usp=sharing Vinyl Cutting Basics Slides]
 
*[https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/17QpdqChdCzYvCMbTnM13wBxACZXlW0Zi7po2hpxJg6g/edit?usp=sharing Vinyl Cutting Basics Slides]

Revision as of 01:45, 31 May 2019

This is a flatbed vinyl cutter and plotter. It works.

Graphtec fc2200.gif

Workflow

Create the file

  • Create/import a file in Inkscape
  • Select all
  • Path > Object To Path
  • Check that lines are what you expect by turning of all fills and turning on all strokes. The lines that you see are the ones that will be cut.
  • File > Save A Copy> choose .hpgl extension
    • Make sure that "Tool offset correction" is set to 0 or your cut will be very bad.

Run the file

New

  • Go to http://graphtec.makeict.org:5000
  • Click the blue button to open the file menu
  • Scroll to the bottom of the list and click the upload button
  • Select file in system menu
  • To set active file, click filename in list
  • Click green button to run file

Old

  • On the computer, put the file into the CUT_NOW folder on the desktop.
    • Username and password are both 'maker'
  • Once there double-click the 'Run Vinyl Cutter' shortcut.
    • It will choose the first file in the folder, so make sure yours is the only one
      • Cut will not start if the machine is in 'view' or 'test' mode.
    • Once done it will be moved to the CUT_DONE folder with the same name.
      • It WILL overwrite files with the same name.


Settings

Small Blade (Blue Knob)

Cutter Offset: 17

Starting point for vinyl:

  • Stickout: 0.2mm
  • Force:18
  • Speed:10
  • Quality:1

Tips

  • After saving the HPGL file open it up in Inkscape to verify the output looks right. If there are issues, go back to the source file and save it as a PDF. Open the PDF in Inkscape and then save as HPGL. This has fixed all of the conversion issues we have run into so far.
  • If you get an error in inkscape when saving the HPGL that says the file cannot be saved, just copy everything into a new file and save it there. For some reason this works.

Test Files