Difference between revisions of "Plotter"

From The Munich Maker Lab's Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
(Buying Vinyl)
m (Fixing up some grammar)
 
Line 9: Line 9:
 
|version    =  
 
|version    =  
 
|update      =  
 
|update      =  
|platform    =  
+
|platform    = Win10
 
|license    =  
 
|license    =  
 
|download    =  
 
|download    =  
Line 21: Line 21:
 
== Usage ==
 
== Usage ==
 
=== Basics===
 
=== Basics===
There is a computer mounted to the frame of the potter. The computer can be accessed via RDP on 10.10.20.82. The computer connects to the network via Wifi.
+
There is a computer mounted to the frame of the plotter which can be accessed via RDP on 10.10.20.82. It connects to the network via Wifi.
  
Please note: The computer automatically boots when powered. Please shut the computer down gracefully before unplugging power again.
+
Please note: The computer automatically boots when powered. Please shut it down gracefully before unplugging power again.
  
 
The login credentials are the same ones we use for the laser cutter.
 
The login credentials are the same ones we use for the laser cutter.
  
On the Computer is the Software SignMaster to control the plotter.
+
The Software SignMaster is installed and can be used to control the plotter.
  
On the desktop you will find a shitty video of the manufacturer how to plot. Please don't do any of the setup steps.
+
You will find a shitty video of the manufacturer how to plot on the desktop. Please don't do any of the setup steps.
  
 
You can import many file formats. Also mounted is a network share where you can store your files.
 
You can import many file formats. Also mounted is a network share where you can store your files.
  
If something does not fit. Inkscape is installed.
+
If something does not fit: Inkscape is installed.
  
 
===Cutting speed and pressure===
 
===Cutting speed and pressure===
Set the plot speed and the pressure on the plotter display. Down below are values i found work well. If you find new ones, add them to the list.
+
Set the plot speed and pressure on the plotter display. These are values I found work well. If you find new ones, add them to the list.
  
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
{| class="wikitable"
Line 47: Line 47:
 
|}
 
|}
 
===Origin===
 
===Origin===
Set the origin by pressing the “Offline” button on the Plotter and then move the pen and paper with the arrows.
+
Set the origin by pressing the “Offline” button on the Plotter and then moving the utensil and material with the arrow buttons.
  
If you have set where the '''lower right''' corner should be, press origin.
+
If you have moved to where the '''lower right''' corner should be, press origin.
  
 
== Things to know ==
 
== Things to know ==
Line 55: Line 55:
 
Disable the offset when drawing with the pen.
 
Disable the offset when drawing with the pen.
  
Drawing can be useful if you want to try out different designs.
+
Drawing can be useful if you want to try out different designs without wasting expensive material.
 
== Buying Vinyl ==
 
== Buying Vinyl ==
 
In my experience, one of the best places to get vinyl is [https://www.ebay.de/itm/Klebefolie-Möbelfolie-48-Farben-matt-oder-glänzend-als-Laufmeter/252476348314 this particular eBay listing].
 
In my experience, one of the best places to get vinyl is [https://www.ebay.de/itm/Klebefolie-Möbelfolie-48-Farben-matt-oder-glänzend-als-Laufmeter/252476348314 this particular eBay listing].
  
They have a great verity of colors and widths. The material is sold by the meter, so you don't have to buy those 50 m giant roll.
+
They have a great variety of colors and widths. The material is sold by the meter, so you don't have to buy those giant 50 m rolls.
  
 
They sell Avery 500 foil which has proven to be a nice universal foil.
 
They sell Avery 500 foil which has proven to be a nice universal foil.
  
 
== To Do ==
 
== To Do ==
* Dust cover. The cutter really needs a dust cover to protect it.
+
* Dust cover. The cutter really needs a dust cover to protect it. We currently use the cardboard box it came in as a makeshift substitute.
 
 
  
 
[[Category:Project]]
 
[[Category:Project]]

Latest revision as of 23:57, 2 August 2019

We have a new Vinyl Plotter. The plotter was bought new by Rene. If you have any questions about the plotter ask him.

   
Plotter

Release status: Stable [box doku]

Description It is a plotter... It can draw and cut....
Author(s)  Rene
Platform  Win10

Features

  • Cutting Width: 126 cm
  • Cutting Height: How long is your material?
  • Up to 800 mm/s speed
  • Up to 500 g of pressure
  • Multiple knife angles available

Usage

Basics

There is a computer mounted to the frame of the plotter which can be accessed via RDP on 10.10.20.82. It connects to the network via Wifi.

Please note: The computer automatically boots when powered. Please shut it down gracefully before unplugging power again.

The login credentials are the same ones we use for the laser cutter.

The Software SignMaster is installed and can be used to control the plotter.

You will find a shitty video of the manufacturer how to plot on the desktop. Please don't do any of the setup steps.

You can import many file formats. Also mounted is a network share where you can store your files.

If something does not fit: Inkscape is installed.

Cutting speed and pressure

Set the plot speed and pressure on the plotter display. These are values I found work well. If you find new ones, add them to the list.

Material Speed Pressure
Drawing 800 200
Vinyl 500 500

Origin

Set the origin by pressing the “Offline” button on the Plotter and then moving the utensil and material with the arrow buttons.

If you have moved to where the lower right corner should be, press origin.

Things to know

If you are cutting, you are using drag knives. They are not centered. The knives have an offset of 0.25 mm. Disable the offset when drawing with the pen.

Drawing can be useful if you want to try out different designs without wasting expensive material.

Buying Vinyl

In my experience, one of the best places to get vinyl is this particular eBay listing.

They have a great variety of colors and widths. The material is sold by the meter, so you don't have to buy those giant 50 m rolls.

They sell Avery 500 foil which has proven to be a nice universal foil.

To Do

  • Dust cover. The cutter really needs a dust cover to protect it. We currently use the cardboard box it came in as a makeshift substitute.