Please read Jinka 721 user manual on how to setup the cutter for the first time.
Cutting using Inkscape
(Tested on Windows 8.1 using Inkscape 0.91. If you got it working on Mac OS or GNU/Linux please update this page.)
In Inkscape go to "Extensions -> Export -> Plot...". Update your settings to match the following. Settings that are different from default are printed in bold.
- Serial port: COM1 (Might be different. On Linux something like: '/dev/ttyUSB0')
- Serial boud rate: 9600
- Flow control: Hardware (RTS/CTS)
- Command language: HPGL
- Resolution X (dpi): 1002,0
- Resolution Y (dpi): 1002,0
- Pen number: 1
- Pen force (g): 0
- Pen speed (cm/s or mm/s): 0
- Rotation (°, clockwise): 0
- (Unchecked) Mirror X axis
- (Unchecked) Mirror Y axis
- (Unchecked) Center zero point
- Overcut (mm): 1,00
- Tool offset (mm): 0,25
- Use precut: Checked
- Curve flatness: 1,2
- Auto align: Checked
Make your objects to path:
- . Edit -> Select All (Ctrl+A)
- . Path -> Object to Path (Shift+Ctrl+C)
Start cutting: Extensions -> Export -> Plot... -> Apply
The Windows and Linux drivers are on the Whittenstein usb card that is attached to the machine.
We've currently been unable to get the FTDI Virtual Com Port drivers working with the cutter under OSX Mavericks. If you have success with OSX, please update this page.
Download Inkscape, move items in the driver folder from USB card into: /home/.config/inkscape/extensions
Run inkscape and should be there under extensions, cutter/plotter.
The vinyl cutter will happily take HPGL piped over serial, eg in Linux:
cat filename.hpgl > /dev/ttyUSB0
Make sure you have write permissions for the ttyUSB0 device, a quick temporary hack for this is:
sudo chmod 0777 /dev/ttyUSB0
Note: If you have multiple USB serial devices, the cutter may not be ttyUSB0
What you use to make the HPGL is up to personal preference. Inkscape can export as HPGL, and has plugins for both Linux/OSX (InkCut) and Windows (Inkscape CAMM-GL) to help fine tune cuts.
Note: Inkscape 4.9+ generates large HPGL with all the coordinates as a single line. This buffer overflows the black vinyl cutter causing it to crash. Smaller designs may be fine, otherwise manually add a carriage return after each instruction by using a text editor.
Protip in vi:
|Max Paper Width||720mm|
|Max Plotting Width||630mm|
|Gross Weight||25 kg|
|Packing Size||96 x 35 x 43 cm|
|Interface||Serial Port & USB Port ( Optional )|
|Max Plotting Speed||800mm/s|
|Max Cutting Force||500g|
|Cutting Tool||Imported Hardness Alloy Steel Blade|
You can heat press designs onto t-shirts using the heat press
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Old Vinyl Cutter
The old cutter is in the space but is not functional Equipment/VinylCutterOld