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Frequently Asked Questions - CAD-Cut Equipment

Below are the regularly asked questions regarding CAD-Cut equipment - Simply click on the question to see the answer. However, if you still aren't able to find an answer to your question, please feel free to contact us.

Will Summa Winplot work with CorelDraw versions before version 10?

Winplot will work with older versions of CorelDraw, but the direct plug-in is only available for version 10 upwards. For older versions, saving the artwork as an Adobe Illustrator file (version 7) with text saved as outlines and then opening the artwork directly within Winplot will work fine.

Which cutter would be the right one for me?

There are a few things to remember when selecting a cutter. Firstly, make sure that it has a minimum cutting width of 60cms; that it has a cutting speed of at least 40cm/s; that it can generate at least 200 grams of force. Secondly, consider a table top model if you are going to move the cutter frequently. You should look to try and project the volume of work that you are going to get, and look to purchase a cutter suitable for this. They have different properties and you should make sure that whatever cutter you purchase can cope with the demands you will put on it.

What do and what don’t cutters do?

All of the cutters available from Target will cut block-colour, vinyl rolls or sheets. Once you have produced your artwork as a vector file, you simply send the information through to the cutter and it replicates the design to the size and detail specified. The Summa D60 also comes with an optical eye, which allows you to profile-cut around media paper designs that you have printed, providing you add the registration marks to the design.

How easy is it to install a cutter on my own PC?

Extremely easy. As long as you follow the instructions with the software and your PC meets the basic requirements, then it will be very straightforward.

How long is the warranty and after sales support?

The warranty and after sales support varies from cutter to cutter but is clearly displayed individually with each cutter on the website and at the time of purchase. At Target Transfers, we are putting in place a series of videos, that will show how to overcome common problems, and how to perform various functions. We feel that this is a quick and easy way to provide easily accessible after sales support.

What are the specific differences between the models?

Usually, the main differences are cutting speeds, cutting widths and pressure. Please refer to the website for the specific details of each cutter.

How do I know when a blade is blunt?

It may seem obvious, but when you find you are not getting the results that you are expecting and the material is proving difficult to weed, it is likely that your blade is blunter than it should be. If you increase the pressure and you find that this does not improve the cut, but starts to damage or ripple the material, then that is another clear sign. You should change your blade regularly to ensure you get the best results possible.

Can I get a replacement blade holder for my cutter?

Yes. We stock two different blade holders, the CH2 metal holder (by Roland, ideal for fine detail) and the CH3 resin holder which is suitable for all Roland cutters. They are available on-line in the cad-cut accessories section.

Can I get a replacement blade for my cutter and which one should I get?

Yes, we sell an excellent selection of blades and smart knives. These are all available to view in the cad-cut accessories section. The blade that you use depends on the materials that you are planning to cut. For general use, there is a selection of standard blades that will do the job efficiently. We also stock a Flock blade for the heavy duty cutting. In addition, we sell a selection of Smart Knives that will cut vinyl and flock perfectly every time.

The cutter is not cutting as well as it did previously – What am I doing wrong?

The most likely cause of cutting problems is the blade that is being used. Depending on what material has been cut, you can often find that the blade will blunt quite frequently and it can make a real tangible difference to the quality. There could be other problems, such as the pinch rollers or the optical eye, and it is worth testing and maintaining the machinery regularly to obtain good results time after time.

What file formats will the cutter support?

All of the different cutters will use Adobe Illustrator (.AI) vector files as a baseline. Certain software have their own specific file formats but as an industry-standard, Adobe Illustrator files are more than sufficient.

Can I use Adobe Photoshop or MS Word?

Unfortunately, neither of these pieces of software are suitable, as they cannot produce designs as vector files.

Can I upgrade my cutter if my business expands rapidly?

Obviously, the specifications of the cutters vary from model to model, with some being better suited to irregular, low volume usage with others being more preferable for the higher volume, faster turnaround jobs. As your business evolves, you might need to consider a change to your hardware to keep up with the pace.

Do I need to buy any specific software for a cutter?

If you choose to buy a Summa D60, it comes with free plug-ins for CorelDRAW and Adobe Illustrator.

How do I convert from Rastor to Vector graphics?

Please refer to the user manual of the software that you're using to produce the design. If you cannot produce the design as a vector graphic using your existing software, you will need to upgrade it.

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