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Corel plotting signs short?

Discussion in 'Corel' started by Commando, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. Commando

    Commando Member

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    I use Corel X4 for sign design and plotting(Finecut 8) and I have the Mimaki CG-130 FXII. For some reason, SOMETIMES, my signs cut short. Usually around 1/4inch off.. My sheeting roll(media roll) stays on track and my measurements in the program itself are right on. The Plotter is only about 2 months old. I have to guess it is Corel or some kind of setting in the plotter itself? Like I said, it is only sometimes. I do not have a problem with my Graphtec or my Mimaki printer.. Which, my Graphtec is hooked up to another computer. Both Mimakis run off the same one. Any ideas?
     
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  2. ChicagoGraphics

    ChicagoGraphics Major Contributor

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    Welcome to :signs101:
     
  3. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    try cuttin DIRECT FROM COREL.......i think that "bridge program" is your problem.
     
  4. woolly

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    Could be the plotter feed calibration and can change with media thickness
     
  5. letterman7

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    Yep, make sure your bridge program (Finecut) is calibrated correctly. Been plotting from CoCut for years and never had an issue with a dimension.
     
  6. Commando

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    :thumb:
     
  7. Commando

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    I have each type of material with its own settings (speed pressure offset)
     
  8. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    i cut DIRECT FROM COREL....WYSIWYG))))))
     
  9. Commando

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    Have not tried cutting directly from Corel with this plotter. The tech that came and hooked it up and did a couple days training on the equip said not to. I will try, though. I have to use the finecut when I plot out decals and what-not from the mimaki printer. Never had a problem with it on those, though..
     
  10. Joe Diaz

    Joe Diaz Very Active Member

    We also cut directly from DRAW, however we have had good luck with cocut in the past. That being said I'm not sure you can cut directly from DRAW to all plotters. I do know it's important to have the right drivers. You essentially treat the the art like you would if you were printing it, except your artwork should have no fill and a hairline outline.
     
  11. Commando

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    OK, so I just tried plotting from Corel, and the plotter will not even show up on available printers from the CoCut screen. I went into device and printers but it was still a no go. Maybe that is why he told me it wouldn't work? I do remember the guy that sold us the equipment said we would HAVE to use the FC program..Is there a way to calibrate the Finecut system?
     
  12. Commando

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    That is what I am getting at. The Mimaki might be one of those.. What do you mean by "right drivers"?
     
  13. Commando

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    That's how I do it with the Graphtec and NEVER have problems
     
  14. Joe Diaz

    Joe Diaz Very Active Member

    A few years back when we updated to Windows Vista from XP, Graphtec hadn't yet released a Vista friendly driver for the plotter we had. So we could no longer plot directly from DRAW. However for some reason it would recognize that particular plotter from CoCut, so we used that for a while. Now we do have the more up to date driver in windows 7 and can plot directly out of DRAW again.
     
  15. Commando

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    When I go to "Plotter/user setup" There is a step button set a .025MM?
     
  16. Joe Diaz

    Joe Diaz Very Active Member

    Just saw this. Have you tried sending the file to your plotter from DRAW without using CoCut? That's what we mean by plotting directly from DRAW.

    Also if you seek out support, you may have better luck with your plotter manufacture rather than Corel. Not that Corel support is bad, but the chances of the plotter manufacturer understanding how their product works with Corel, is better than Corel knowing how to get the thousands of different models of plotters out there to work properly. When we had issues getting our Graphtec to work when we updated our OS, graphtec knew exactly what to do and we were running in no time.
     
  17. OldPaint

    OldPaint Major Contributor

    MIMAKI PLOTTERS.....have a driver for cutting from corel on their web site........d/l it install it. treat the plotter as a printer in corel..set it up the same page size as the plotter driver....and you will cut DIRECT FROM COREL))))))))))
     
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