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Software for Windows has been installed on the PC which is also connected to the 3D printer.
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The Graphtec supplied 'RoboMaster' software for Windows has been installed on the PC which is also connected to the 3D printer.
  
 
Software to drive the cutter is available for linux now, but has not been installed or tested yet.
 
Software to drive the cutter is available for linux now, but has not been installed or tested yet.

Revision as of 16:50, 23 January 2013

Equipment / Vinyl Cutter

Summary

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The Vinyl cutter is a small (210mm wide) Graphtec CraftRobo device. It can cut a variety of materials, up to around 400mm long. Items smaller than 210mm wide can be used by putting them on a special support sheet.

Using the Vinyl Cutter

Owners

The Owners are those nominally in charge of the equipment, organising its maintenance, helping others to use it, and generally being a point of contact.

The current Owners of the Vinyl Cutter are:

If you have any questions, problems or concerns around the vinyl cutter, these are the people to contact.

Training

Setup and training is still being planned, please watch this space for details.

If you'd like to arrange training, please see:

Health and Safety

The vinyl cutter is a potentially dangerous piece of equipment which must be operated with due care. The top things to always remember when using the vinyl cutter are:

  • ONLY USE THE VINYL CUTTER IF YOU HAVE READ THE SAFETY NOTES
  • NEVER LEAVE THE VINYL CUTTER RUNNING UNATTENDED
  • ONLY CUT APPROPRIATE MATERIAL

Instructions

(rough draft)

  1. Start 'RoboMaster' software
  2. Create design, e.g. by adding text. To add a pre-created image, click "Insert -> File" (doesn't support PNG -- you can use Paint to create it to BMP), then while the image is selected, click "Edit -> Get Outline" to start the autotracer. "Paste and Quit" adds the cutlines to the design.
  3. Click "File -> CraftRobo" to start the Controller
  4. Insert media into cutter by aligning with the white rollers and using the manual feed dial on the left-hand side (it turns in the opposite direction you'd expect) till the end of the paper is roughly lined up with the metal bit. If you are using media narrower than A4 then use the carrier sheet
  5. Make sure Thickness is set to correct value for inserted media -- you can click 'Test Cut' (after the head has been moved to an appropriate position with the Cursor buttons)
  6. Click "Cut" and confirm to start the cutting process

Software

The Graphtec supplied 'RoboMaster' software for Windows has been installed on the PC which is also connected to the 3D printer.

Software to drive the cutter is available for linux now, but has not been installed or tested yet.

Consumables

As the device is fairly narrow the media must either be cut down from regular bulk supplies, or bought ready cut. MDP supplies stock plenty of different media ready to use.

MDP supplies

There are currently two rolls of application tape, a 'weeding' pen and a spare blade with the machine. There is also some leftover sticky-backed vinyl and some iron-on 'hot-flex' material.

Maintenance

The maintenance of the Vinyl Cutter is carried out by the Owners, with some basic maintenance being carried out by Users on every job.

Maintenance Schedule

Maintenance Log

Reactive Maintenance

Regular Maintenance

Maintenance Shopping List

  • 3-in-one light oil

Further Information

Repairs

We expect to have to change the following parts for general maintenance:

  • The blade (guess every 6-12 months)