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FC-8000 Cutting Issues

Discussion in 'Graphtec' started by Sagan4862, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. Sagan4862

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    Having issues with my FC-8000 reading the registration marks and cutting. Most times it will not read the marks and when it does it cuts off of where its supposed to be. It will start close but by the time it finishes it 1/4"-1/2" off. Any tips or tricks to get this thing working right? Tried turning off the lights while its reading but it still failed.

    Thanks
     
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  2. Freese

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    Cutting from what program?
    Blade in right slot?
     
  3. 401Graphics

    401Graphics Very Active Member

    slow the speed down. i put it at about 25 when i contour cut. But that may not be your problem
     
  4. StarSign

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    What RIP are you using
     
  5. 401Graphics

    401Graphics Very Active Member

    also make sure your grit rollers are clean. (no vinyl or paper stuck to it)
     
  6. Sagan4862

    Sagan4862 Member

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    Cutting from Onyx, the machine is practly brand new. Had issues pretty much from start with this thing.
     
  7. Freese

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    Try cutting from Cut Server 2...what slot is the blade in?
     
  8. StarSign

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    OH you might need the patch!
     
  9. Robert Boyd

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    We also use Cutting Master 2 it is far superior to Onyx Cut server (Onyx 7) I don't know if the Cut Server is better with Onyx 10
     
  10. Sagan4862

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    It seems more like an issue with the plotter itself. We have a 6000 i believe, that picks up the marks and cuts correctly. But that machine is buggy and doesnt always work the way it should (cuts X's through the center of the material.
     
  11. Sagan4862

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    And we are running Onyx 10.1
     
  12. Robert Boyd

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    We suffered for a year with CutServer until somebody on here told me about Cut Master 2. I don't know if you are familiar with Cutmaster2
    It is a free download on the Graphtec web site. And by the way, when we purchased the Graphtec 7000 - we had a ton of problems
    Our distributor sent us a new replacement after about 2 months, the replacement didn't work, sent that back immediately and to make us
    happy they replaced the second machine with a FC8000. Then we suffered with cutserver for a year. Now we use CutMaster2 and we are alot happier.
    If your machine is new get your distributor to get things right
     
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  14. Sagan4862

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    Ill try Cut Master 2 on Monday when i go back. The only issue i may have with that is I work for the State Gov't so im not sure if ill be able to download it. The whole situation with this has been a nightmare. Im almost tempted to go back to our old cutter and run Wasatch.
     
  15. Sagan4862

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    Snakey did you ever get yours working right?
     
  16. Snydo

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    Is your plotter set to scan all 4 crops? it's buried in one of the menus. I would double check your grit roller tension levers in the back, if they are wrong it can hugely impact accuracy. Also if I'm plotting a gloss material(not sure if you are) I cut little squares of Matte laminate and place it over the crop marks....this has worked miracles for me on low error tolerance jobs. Good Luck.
     
  17. LittleSnakey

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    No we returned it and bought a summa. have not had a problem finding crop marks since. plus the user interface is much better. it does cost more though. we went with the d-series
    Good luck!
     
  18. JAMEY

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    I don't blame you. I got rid of my FC8000 due to the massive problems we had with it contour cutting. I Had Cutting Master 2, had the Graphtec tech on the phone multiple times, and all to no avail. Been contour cutting with my Roland easily for a while now. So easy.

    I'm sure the Summa is great too.
     
  19. edgette

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    Out of the box I had problems with my 8000 as well. I had to go in and turn down the speed at which it reads the registration marks. Even though the dealer said I'd never have to worry about those settings. After I did that it reads properly 90% of the time. It rarely cuts off it just won't read one of the marks for some reason so I have to reposition the blade and have it try again. I did find out you should only do this once out of the four crop marks. If I reset it twice in one print it will be off for sure. I then have to cancel the cut, reposition the print and try again.
     
  20. Bill Modzel

    Bill Modzel Active Member

    I've been using CuttingMaster 2 for 5 years now on my 7000 and find the accuracy amazing. I ran 8- 36" sheets on 30" vinyl yesterday. A 1pt trap on the cutline, over 500 small decals.
    I registered the first one a let her go. If you can get the vinyl straight to begin with, the machine is great.
    This may sound weird but I align the first two registration marks by jamming my thumbnails on them until I get them into the groove where the stainless steel meets the black metal, than I close the clamp. I have run 50 feet of vinyl at a time and never fluctuated over 1/8" by aligning the vinyl this way instead of visually.
     
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