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Excessive tool travel on the Roland when cutting.

Discussion in 'Roland' started by threeputt, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. threeputt

    threeputt Very Active Member

    Mar 10, 2006
    washington state
    Does anyone know how to reduce tool travel when cutting?

    Put another way, I'm sending a file to VersaWorks that is a cut only file.

    It consists of many, many names for office doors. I've arranged things in my native vector program so they cut efficiently. (blocks of text stacked, etc.)

    But Versaworks cuts a name here or there, then rolls out yards of vinyl to cut another name, then back three or four feet to cut another name, then spools to a different location, and on and on.

    How can I send things to the Roland so that it regards it as a single unit and cuts efficiently, starting at one end and straight thru to the end of the "unit".

    I hope this makes sense.
  2. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

    Jun 7, 2006
    Not sure what program is your native program, but try saving it as outlines only, then .eps.

    I used to have that problem years ago when one program recognized another program files differently. So by making all outlines and saving as an .eps did the trick for me.

    Here's the kicker, it didn't happen all the time. There seemed to be a nasty somewhere using a shortcut or a tool in the first program and that set the whole thing to fail like yours is doing.

    Simply re-opening it in a new document by copying and pasting the outlines only.... did it.
  3. threeputt

    threeputt Very Active Member

    Mar 10, 2006
    washington state
    Thanks Gino, I'll give that a whirl. Seems like I dealt with this issue before and licked it, but apparently didn't make notes in our procedures manual.
    (like I tell employees to do)

    My failing. Can't get good help these days. Drat!
  4. CanuckSigns

    CanuckSigns Very Active Member

    Nov 11, 2008

    No kidding, my 20 year old Gerber plotter has this function, I would think the newer roland would too!
  5. dcurtisroland

    dcurtisroland Member

    Aug 28, 2009
    VersaWorks responds to layers or object manager in Illustrator and Corel, respectively. Try breaking out all the cut lines in order in the Layers window or the Object Manager in Corel. We've tested this and it works great for sequential cutting. If it's multiple copies of the same file, use the Custom Cut feature in VersaWorks.

    So it does respond to the order it was created, but that order can be altered to be more efficient.

  6. synergy_jim

    synergy_jim Very Active Member

    versaworks cuts in draw order. Its crazy, but thats what it does.
  7. petepaz

    petepaz Major Contributor

    Feb 14, 2007
  8. threeputt

    threeputt Very Active Member

    Mar 10, 2006
    washington state
    I'm running 4.7.1 and don't see it.

    Can you tell me where it's found?

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