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 Contour cutting with manual alignment (Graphtec)

Contour Cutting from Flexi Pro 
Using the Graphtec FC-7000/8000/CE-3000 MKII*/

Vinyl Express Q-series (with or without ARMS Option installed)*

(*Note: In Flexi Pro 7.6 use the Graphtec FC-7000 Driver for the CE-3000 MKII)

4 point * We recommend to use the 4 point when printing on Reflective,Coburn, Printable Vinyl (more than 6 ft)

(*Note: The laser pointer may not work on the Q series cutters set to USB we recommend to use a serial cable )

1- The first Step is to add a contour line to your image. (This line shows as a light gray color and does not print. It just lets the cutter know where to cut).

Select the image then select [Effects] then [Contour Cut]. 

2-The Contour options box should open in Design Central.  Different distances can be set from negative numbers to posistive numbers.
 Negative number contours are used for setting the cut within the print a little so there is no white edge even if the cut is slightly off. 
 Positive contour to 0.000in puts the contour right on the edge of the graphic. 
Any larger number contour like 0.20 gives you a white space around your graphic.

3-You will see a gray contour cut line around the graphic.

(Note: if the distance of the contour cut is set to 0.00 you will not be 
able to see the contour line because it will be on the very edge of the image).

 Also there is an option (With Holes)  if this is checked it will also contour the insides of objects like the insides of text . 
After the settings are to your liking click [Apply]


4- Open the Rip/Print window and go to the advanced tab. Click on the [Contour] button at the bottom right of the window. *Newer versions of Flexi will have a fifth tab for contour cut in the Rip/Print window.  

5-In the Contour options window you need to set a few options. 
On the top left of the window
 you need to make sure it shows the correct vinyl cutter 
(FC-7000 or Q-series cutter). 

Over on the right set the Registration mark to (Four Point )  check the option 
[One set for all copies].  Make sure a check is put next to [Advance after plot]. 
 Also put a check next to [Optimize cutting order] also set the number to 100.000in.
 At the bottom left of the screen make sure Send: is set to (As separate jobs).       

6- Next Click [Cutter Driver Options] on the bottom right of the screen.

  Make sure below the Before Job tab the option is set to (None). 
This will keep the software from overriding the cutters settings. 
Click [APPLY] then [OK]. Then click [Done] on the Contour Options screen.

7- Go back to the General tab in the Rip & Print window.  
You can now see 4  registration marks around the image. 
 Notice that by default flexi sets the image position
 4 inches from the left and 1.5 inches up.   
This is to give room for the pinch rollers on the vinyl cutter. 
The rollers must be outside the registration marks.       

8- The image is now ready to be printed. 

Make sure you have all of the correct media settings for what type of material you are printing on. 
Click on [SEND] the print job will begin to print and the contour cut job 
will be holding next the cutter listed in the production manager Que.       

9- After print Job is done printing give it some time for the ink to cure 
enough to handle the material   (About 20 minutes on gloss material).

Then Cut the print off of the printer leaving about 5 or so extra inches of space 
after the back registration marks. Load the material so the print is facing 
the same way it came out of the printer. For Example

If you printed an arrow that is pointing towards you it needs to point towards you when it is loaded in the vinyl cutter.                                                                                                                         

10-Bring Production Manager to the front (Press Green and Purple Gear Icon).
 Highlight the Vinyl cutter listed on the left side of Production Manager.  
Select the cut job that is holding then click on the send icon.

10- After pressing the send icon a message box pops up on the screen  “Select Digitize Click OK.           

 11-Click YES

12- Use the Directional Arrow buttons on the Vinyl Cutter's Control Panel

to move the laser and place the light  right on the center of the front right registration mark.  
Press OK 
You'll need to manually align the 4 reg marks 1 through 4 using the direction arrows on the cutter.

13- Click OK

 14- After that it would contour cut the job.

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Article ID: 671
Created On: 18 Aug 2010 09:13 PM

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