This page will eventually be the home of instructions, information, settings, and tips and tricks for using the vinyl cutter. Right now this is just a fundraising page for buying a vinyl cutter for the shop. List your contribution and if you know of a good vinyl cutter, add it for consideration!
- Omegix, $45 - PAID (SELF)
- Ramgarden, $50
- TylerCrumpton, $50 - PAID
- Enabrintain, $50, - PAID
- DanNeilson, $20 - PAID
- Barbara, $30 - PAID
- CrashCart, $25
- Daniel Valdez, $20 - PAID
- Random Donation - $10
Totals $175 + $50(iff 871) + $75(at$300cutter) = $300 for the MH-871 + TBD?
About Vinyl Cutter
Unpacked, needs to be setupDone!
Mini-class on using the vinyl cutter and related softwareDone! (But ask tylercrumpton if you missed out on the first one)
- Control computer still needs:
- A hard drive
- OS; Some version of Windows would be nice.
- Vinyl cutter drivers
- Vinyl cutting software; we have a copy of SignBlazer that came with the machine.
- Right now, we're running on a "Bring Your Own Computer" basis.
- Computer and cutter need a more permanent home.
- The idea is to put it upstairs, somewhere out of the way but easy to get to.
- Keeping it near the large table in the art area would be useful, since sometimes you need a large area to work with the vinyl.
- Wiki needs to be updated with instructions and info
- This page will be eventually replaced with more detailed information on using the vinyl cutter.
- First vinyl order will most likely be made on Friday, November 30, 2012.
- Put your name down on the Vinyl Cutter/Vinyl Consumables page if you want in on the order!
Consumables and Materials
Please see the Vinyl Cutter/Vinyl Consumables page for more information on group orders, and usage of the materials.
The shop now owns a barebones HPGL cutting program called localplot.
Compile from source with qmake or qtcreator. I haven't built any packages yet..
- In Inkscape, click 'Save As' and save your path as a .hpgl file.
- Make sure your user has serial device privileges.
- Connect the USB->Serial adapter from the USCutter to the computer.
- Open localplot.
- Find the serial device and click 'Connect' (the default settings should work).
- Open the hpgl file. Click 'Load'
- Check the file in 'View' and 'Read' panes.
- Click 'Plot!'
Cutting manually from Linux
Need: A USB to Serial adapter.
For our purposes, I'm referring to this USB->Serial device as /dev/ttyUSB0
Install Inkscape and InkCut v1.0
Tell InkCut to output to file, not printer or serial. When you click "Plot" it'll bring up a window where you can copy all of the raw plotting commands. Copy them, and then paste them into a screen session:
screen /dev/ttyUSB0 9600
The system will cut the vinyl, and you can close the screen session.