I have had a certain amount of success running the cutter with a serial connection from Inkscape under Linux. More messing around is needed.--Artag 13:32, 19 August 2010 (UTC)
- It holds up to 610mm (24") media and cuts up to 584mm ( ~23").
- Length is essentially unlimited as it can use roll-feed media but seems to be restricted to 25m.
Quick setup guide
- Set inkscape to hpgl output
- draw figure and print to a file
- set serial port to 9600 8n1, crtscts.
- connect blue cable (a 9-pin gender-changer is needed at the PC end)
- load vinyl, switch cutter on. cutter should park at right hand side
- press Setup, cutter parks at left. Move cutter if necessary with cursor buttons, press Origin Set to mark lower right corner of drawing
- cat the inkscape output file to the serial port
It should be possible to enable the serial port as a printer and print direct to it, but I found this produced cutter errors (flashing power light) and no cut.
The following file was generated by inkskape for a star shape. This almost works : the first leg is replaced by a poorly cut arc. May imply a need for some sort of initialisation data.
- Sometimes the cutter refuses to print or respond to any buttons. This hasn't happened since I opened a door in the bottom of the printer and poked an EPROM there, so may be due to some poor internal connection.
The serial cable (blue, with a 25WD at one end and a 9WD at the other) is connected as follows :
|Cutter, 25 pin male D||PC, 9 pin female D||Use|
|pin 2||pin 2||PC RXD from cutter|
|3||3||PC TXD to cutter|
|4||n/c||cutter pin 5, RTS CTS loopback|
|5||n/c||cutter pin 4, RTS CTS loopback|
|20||8||cutter DTR to PC CTS, flowcontrol|
This provides for hardware (rts/cts) handshake. Software flowcontrol may be OK but the cutter manual suggests overrun may occur.
There is a pledge running for the purchase of more vinyl.