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FC3100-100 Contour cut capapbilities??

Discussion in 'Graphtec' started by Slack11, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. Slack11

    Slack11 Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    I think I already know the answer to this, but does the FC3100-100 series plotter have the contour cut capabilities??? Is there any way to upgrade this machine if it does not have this feature?

    Thanks in advance
  2. P Wagner

    P Wagner Very Active Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    San Diego
    As I am sure you know, the FC3100 does not have automated registration mark system (ARMS) built in to it, but you can still perform a flawless contour cut with the plotter, assuming that you have the proper software.

    I would recommend FlexiSIGN-Pro version 7.6 or higher (including 8.x). You can contour cut, but you'll need to locate the 4 registration marks by moving the carriage over them via the control panel on the plotter. It works well, it is just not as automated as a plotter with an automated system for locating the marks.

  3. Slack11

    Slack11 Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    Do you line up the carriage over the reg marks and tell the plotter where they are? How exact do you need to be when lining these up? It seems as if it may be a little difficult to be exact when "finding" these?
    I am a small "hobby" business, and really can't afford Flexi right now. Is there another program that will allow me to contour cut with this plotter?

    Thanks in advance....
  4. bob

    bob Major Contributor

    Nov 4, 2005
    Exactly what you do depends very much on exactly what software you are using, exactly what features your hardware has, and exactly what technique you have chosen. Until all of these variables are nailed down, it's impossible to say.

    As far as manually locating the registration marks, if your situation requires this, you can get an optical bomb sight or a light pointer you use in place of your blade holder just for this operation. I don't know if your Graphtec has a built-in light pointer, mine does but its an FC7000. Lacking any of these, you can position the blade over the marks and check it's position by gently pushing the blade down onto the media. This requires pretty good eyesight and a magnifying glass can be a boon.

    You need to be as precise as humanly possible. Any error one way or the other will be reflected in the cut.

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