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Question Graphtec Fc8600 does not do test cuts

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Annette Asberg, Jul 22, 2020.

  1. Annette Asberg

    Annette Asberg Member

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    Hi
    So as said our Graphtec Fc8600 does not do test-cuts, well sometimes it does but mostly not. When I have tried to do it it will move 5 inches across the media and as much down and announce that I need to hit enter and that's it. No test cuts just an annoying move. So I shut the cutter off and try again and this can go on for 3 to 5 times and all of a sudden it will work. Does anyone have the same problem and know what to do about it?
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2020
  2. Charlie J

    Charlie J Very Active Member

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    You need to set your origin, and then do your test cut. You can't do a test cut behind your origin.
     
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  3. Annette Asberg

    Annette Asberg Member

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    Sorry but that does not help I have tried it
     
  4. karst41

    karst41 Member

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    You are missing steps.

    Load your material with Condition 1 (or2)
    Your plotter should be set and ready to cut,,,,,,,,right??

    OK Here we go in steps.

    Press the Condition Key.
    You will see the test cut patterns at the bottom of the screen
    Left arrow for one pattern cut. right arrow for a three pattern cut (I prefer 3)

    When you select the pattern, look up at the screen you will see this:
    1. Force
    2. Cutter Offset
    Press the button on your control panel for 1.
    Your test cut starts.

    If you are satisfied with the pattern, you need to Exit.

    Enter key
    4 Cancel
    Condition

    Take note: If the test cuts show any curve then you have a cutter offset issue.
    Most of the time you have the Wrong blade.

    The blade for Most Vinyls is the 09 blade
    For thick materials Intermediate print film with High Performance Over laminate
    Or Intermediate over lam. you need the 15 blade
    The 15 Blade is used in the RED TIP Holder.

    If you go back to plot some intermediate vinyl with the 15 blade, the cuts will look like heII.

    I set Condition 1 for my Intermediates Spot colors
    Condition 2 is for my Intermediate Prints with the expensive thin lam.
    Condition 3 is a blade set for High Performance film like 220 or 7725 3m
    Condition 4 is thin print film (IJ18- vv 3 with 8519 thin Lam)
    Condition 5 is Intermed print film with intermed lam.
    Condition 6 Frosted crystal
    cond 7 Window tint
    Cond 8 Magnetic or sandblast mask.

    I only use the first 5

    Good aluminum bodied blade holders can be bought for $20 off eBay.

    BUY OEM BLADES ONLY. they last for long time if you set up your blade correctly.

    Hope this helps
     
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  5. Annette Asberg

    Annette Asberg Member

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    Hi again Charlie
    No it did work. I think my plotter is living it's own life :)
     
  6. Annette Asberg

    Annette Asberg Member

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