Equipment/OldVinylCutter

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Vinyl cutter
VinylCutter7.jpg
Model Jinka JK721 (72 Cm)
Sub-category Office equipment
Status Good working order
Last updated 17 February 2019 13:02:11
Consumables Unknown
Accessories Unknown
Training requirement No
ACnode No
Owner Hipster
Origin Long term loan from Hipster
Location Arts/crafts area
Maintainers Hipster, Velyks, Det

Instructions

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.)

Settings

In Inkscape go to "Extensions -> Export -> Plot...". Update your settings to match the following. Settings that are different from default are printed in bold.

Connection Settings

  • Serial port: COM1 (Might be different. On Linux something like: '/dev/ttyUSB0')
  • Serial boud rate: 9600
  • Flow control: Hardware (RTS/CTS)
  • Command language: HPGL

Plotter Settings

  • 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

Plot Features

  • Overcut (mm): 1,00
  • Tool offset (mm): 0,25
  • Use precut: Checked
  • Curve flatness: 1,2
  • Auto align: Checked

Cutting

Make your objects to path:

  1. . Edit -> Select All (Ctrl+A)
  2. . Path -> Object to Path (Shift+Ctrl+C)

Start cutting: Extensions -> Export -> Plot... -> Apply

Software

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.

Linux Instructions:

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.


Usage

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: :s/;/;\r/g


Specification

Model Item JK721
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 )
Language Format DMPL/HPGL
Max Plotting Speed 800mm/s
Max Cutting Force 500g
Cutting Tool Imported Hardness Alloy Steel Blade
Power Supply AC90V~AC240V

T-Shirts

You can heat press designs onto t-shirts using the heat press

Consumables

Put something here about appropriate types, thickness, etc.

Suppliers:


Old Vinyl Cutter

The old cutter is in the space but is not functional Equipment/VinylCutterOld