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aligning registration marks

Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by skasigns, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. skasigns

    skasigns Member

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    I'm having trouble getting my vinyl lined up just right when I take it from my Mimaki to my Graphtec. It seems like I have my registration marks lined up okay, but by the time the cut is finished it's off just a little bit. Any suggestions on getting the vinyl to run straighter?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. bob

    bob Major Contributor

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    How many marks are you using? For optimum accuracy, use 4 if you can with your particular setup.

    How large are the prints you're contour cutting? The smaller the area inside the registration marks the more accurate the cut.

    Vinyl running straight in your plotter most likely is not your problem. If you're locating the marks manually, you're off a bit. Very common. If you're letting the hardware locate the marks in one way or another [there's at least three ways to do this] then you might want to calibrate the plotter's auto sensing tackle.

    All of the above is presuming that your equipment, both printer and plotter is consistently linear. Meaning that some arbitrary X or Y distance remains constant over the entire job. It would be extremely rare if this were not the case.
     
  3. skasigns

    skasigns Member

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    I'm using 4 marks. The last one I cut was approximately 42". I'm letting the hardware find them.

    Thank!!
     
  4. RJ California

    RJ California Active Member

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    Which Graphtec are you using?
     
  5. RJ California

    RJ California Active Member

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    My 7100 series is 10x better at contour cutting than my 5100 series Grphtec.
     
  6. slappy

    slappy Very Active Member

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    lol...when i first started i had registration marks every where when i discovered that button, i didn't know what they were at first and took me a few days to figure it out lol... i had 10 of them on one thing i cut before.... went to cut the next color and opppsy, had little squares cut in the piece i needed, and the piece after that too :( that was a fun... had to do the whole thing over
     
  7. skasigns

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    We have the Graphtec FC7000-130.
     
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