Universal Laser Systems X2-600 Specifications

Computerized
Controls
Printer Driver and Graphics Software
Installation, Setup, and Operation Instructions
Using Microsoft Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP
Universal Laser Systems, Inc.
16008 North 81st Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85260 USA
Technical Support Department
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August 2004
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Table of Contents
Section 1 – Printer Driver Installation
Installation ........................................................................................................................ 1-1
Windows 95/98/ME .......................................................................................................... 1-1
Windows 2000/XP ............................................................................................................ 1-2
Section 2 – Graphic Software Setup
General Software Setup ................................................................................................... 2-1
Specific Software Setup ................................................................................................... 2-5
CorelDRAW 8 ............................................................................................................ 2-6
CorelDRAW 9 ............................................................................................................ 2-7
CorelDRAW 10 .......................................................................................................... 2-9
CorelDRAW 11 ........................................................................................................ 2-11
CorelDRAW 12 ........................................................................................................ 2-13
AutoCAD 14/15 and AutoCAD LT 95/98 ................................................................. 2-14
AutoCAD 2000i/2002/2004 ...................................................................................... 2-15
Adobe Illustrator CS ................................................................................................ 2-16
Section 3 – Printer Driver Controls
Definitions and Terminology ............................................................................................ 3-1
Laser Settings Tab ........................................................................................................... 3-2
Engraving Field Tab ......................................................................................................... 3-9
Advanced Tab (Windows 2000/XP only) ....................................................................... 3-10
Graphics Tab (Windows 98 only) ................................................................................... 3-15
3D Effects Tab (Windows 98 only)................................................................................. 3-17
Tuning Tab (Windows 98 only) ...................................................................................... 3-18
View Tab (Windows 98 only) ......................................................................................... 3-21
Section 1
Printer Driver Installation
The ULS printer driver allows Microsoft Windows based graphics software programs to interface with the
laser system. Before continuing with the printer driver installation and the operation of your laser system,
a complete and thorough understanding of how your computer, the Windows operating system, and your
graphics software work is essential. Also, we recommend that you read your laser system’s operations
manual before proceeding. It contains important information concerning safety and the proper use of the
equipment as well as defining much of terminology used in this manual.
NOTE: The following installation procedure assumes that you are connecting your computer to
the laser system via your computer’s on-board parallel port (LPT1). If connecting through a USB
to parallel adapter, Ethernet to parallel adapter, through a network, or through a network printer
server, please refer to the installation instructions that came with that device or contact your
network administrator for assistance.
NOTE: We recommend using the Windows 2000/XP driver. It has more features and versatility
than the Windows 95/98/ME driver. Also, if any new features are added, it will be added only to the
most recent version of printer driver, which happens to be at the time of printing this manual, the
ULS Windows 2000/XP printer driver.
Windows 95/98/ME
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Power ON your PC. If your PC is already ON, close all programs.
From the Task Bar click Start, then Settings, and then Printers.
When the Printers dialog box appears, double-click Add Printer.
When the Add Printer Wizard appears click Next, then Next again (Local Printer should automatically
be selected).
When the Manufacturer and Printers menu list appears click Have Disk.
Insert the printer driver disk, which can be found in a CD-ROM sleeve attached to the rear cover of
this manual. Click Browse, click on the Drive dialog box dropdown list, and then click on the drive
that contains the disk. Double-click on the Win_95_98_Driver folder. Click OK then OK once more.
When the list of printers appears, choose your model from the list. If you are unsure of your model’s
name, turn on the laser system and the model name will appear in the control panel display while the
system is initializing or the model name can also be found engraved on the serial tag found on the
backside of the machine. Click Next.
Click the port that the laser system is connected to, and then click Next.
NEVER rename the printer driver, as this may make it inoperable.
Choose if you would like to set it as the default printer and click Next.
Select No when it asks to print a test page, and then click Finish.
The Printers dialog box will reappear. Click once on the driver icon then click File and drag the
mouse to Properties.
The printer driver settings screen will appear. Click on the different tabs to get familiar with all of the
controls. Click OK to finish the installation process.
Printer driver installation is now complete. Store the printer driver disk in a safe place.
PRINTER DRIVER INSTALLATION
Windows 2000/XP
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Power ON your PC. If your PC is already ON, close all programs.
Click Start, and then click Printers and Faxes.
Click Add Printer. When the Add Printer Wizard dialog box appears click Next.
Choose Local Printer attached to this computer and deselect (uncheck) Automatically detect and
install my Plug & Play Printer and then click Next.
Use the following Port (LPT1) should already be selected. We recommend the use of this port. If the
system is connected to a different port, choose the correct port from the dropdown list and click Next.
Click Have Disk, insert the printer driver CD-ROM, which can be found in a sleeve attached to the
rear cover of this manual, and then click Browse.
Locate the ULS2000.inf file in the
\WIN2000_XP_Vxxxx\ folder (where xxxx is the version number), click Open, and then click OK.
When the list of printers appears, choose your model from the list. If you are unsure of your model’s
name, turn on the laser system and the model name will appear in the control panel display while the
system is initializing or the model name can also be found engraved on the serial tag found on the
backside of the machine. Click Next.
The Name your printer dialog box will appear. You may rename the printer if you like, however, we
suggest that you leave the name unchanged or simply add a word or two after the name (keeping the
name, including blank spaces, under 31 characters). Choose to whether or not you would like it to be
your default printer and then click Next.
The Printer Sharing dialog box will appear. Unless you are planning to share the laser system on a
network, select Do not share this printer. Please consult your network administrator if you would like
to share the laser system on your network.
Select No to Do you want to print a test page and then click Next.
Click Finish to close the wizard. When the Windows Logo Testing warning appears click Continue
Anyway.
After the driver finishes installation, store your printer driver disk in a safe place for future reference.
Section 1-2
Section 2
Graphics Software Setup
Choosing the right graphics software program to run the laser system is essential for maximum usage
and control of the laser system. Not all software can be used to run the laser system because many have
limitations. Because you may be using word processing software to output to your laser printer does not
mean you should use it to output to your laser engraving system. Setting up you software correctly is
essential to running the laser system properly.
The following examples assume that you are configuring the software for an M-360 Platform. If you have
a different Platform machine, substitute the correct maximum page size. For example:
M-360 / V-460 = 24 x 12 inches (609.6 x 304.8mm)
X-660, X2-660, SuperSpeed 660 = 32 x 18 inches (812.8 x 457.2mm)
NOTE: We have provided specific instructions for setting up CorelDRAW 8/9/10/11/12, AutoCAD
2000i/2002/2004, and Adobe Illustrator CS in order for these programs to work well with the laser
system. You will find them at the end of this section.
General Software Setup
There are many software programs that you can purchase off-the-shelf that will work with the laser
system. Some of them can access more features of the laser system than others may. Whichever
program you choose, it must be set up to work with the laser system otherwise unexpected results may
occur. Use the following GENERAL guidelines when configuring your software program.
Page Setup
To properly generate and position artwork, most graphics software will permit the customization of the
page size and orientation. Set the page orientation, in the graphics software to Landscape, and the page
size to match your maximum engraving area of your Platform. The driver’s orientation and page size
MUST then be set to match these specifications EXACTLY, otherwise the artwork may not print correctly.
When setting page orientation and driver orientation to Landscape mode, the laser system will operate in
the horizontal direction, left to right. If page orientation and driver orientation is set to Portrait mode, the
laser system will operate in the vertical direction, front to back. The laser system is designed to operate
best in the Landscape mode and this orientation is highly recommended. The page size may also be
reduced to match the size of the engraving material, but remember to adjust the page size in the driver’s
to correspond to the graphics software’s page size. Note that in production situations it is often more
efficient to leave the page size at its maximum page size and engrave or cut more than one object at a
time. This is accomplished by duplicating the image on screen as many times as necessary to fill up the
entire page.
Ruler Setup
Usually the graphics software will provide on-screen rulers, which can be configured to match the rulers in
the laser system. Using rulers in the software and matching them with the ones provided in the laser
system gives the ability to correctly align the graphic on the screen with the material in the laser system.
For now, consider that the laser system’s origin is fixed in the upper left corner of the engraving area and
cannot be altered. Later on you will learn how to relocate the origin. But for right now, change the ruler
position on screen to match the laser system with the origin (0,0) in the upper left corner. It is also
possible to use a page size smaller than the maximum engraving area. For example, if you desire an 8inch (203.2 mm) x 10-inch (254 mm) page size, set this page size in the graphics software as well as in
the printer driver. The laser system will automatically move the engraving area to the origin so place the
object all the way up into the left-hand corner against the rulers in the laser system.
PRINTER DRIVER CONTROLS
Power Control through Color Selection
The laser system allows the use of 8 different colors to access 8 different power settings when cutting
and engraving. The printer driver controls this feature. When using this power change feature with
driver, the colors that are used MUST exactly match the colors listed in the driver. The colors are black,
red, green, yellow, blue, magenta, cyan, and orange. Some programs will provide these basic colors predefined and other programs may require the creation of each of the colors by defining them in RGB. If
you are using CorelDRAW we have made our own custom palette and placed the file on the printer driver
disk. Please refer to the software setup instructions for your specific version of CorelDRAW. If you are
using other graphics software and need to mix your own colors, use the chart below to create them.
COLOR
BLACK
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GREEN
YELLOW
BLUE
MAGENTA
CYAN
ORANGE
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If using a color other than the exact colors listed above, the driver will attempt to match it to a color in the
driver that it most closely resembles. The driver will then use that color’s power setting and apply a
halftone pattern to represent the original color’s shade. For example, if using a color like pink to fill a
rectangle, the driver takes a reading of the percentage of different colors used to create that color and will
use the power setting assigned to one of the eight colors of the driver that it most closely resembles. It
might be expected that the driver will use the power setting assigned to the color red but instead the
driver may choose the magenta setting and halftone the rectangle as a representation of the pink color’s
lighter shade. To prevent the incorrect assignment of laser power, be sure to use the right colors. If
using graphics with colors other than the eight listed above or to simplify the assignment of power
settings, try using the Clipart Mode feature in the driver. This feature will cause the system to only use
the power setting assigned to the color black and halftone all of the other colors.
Outlines and Fills
The driver distinguishes between raster mode (engraving) and vector mode (cutting) by the type of
graphic artwork being used. Basically, all graphics other than outlines of very thin line widths will be
interpreted as engraved images and the raster mode will be used for output. If laser cutting is desired,
set the line thickness of the lines that are drawn in the graphics software to .001 inches (.025 mm) or the
smallest possible line thickness that is available. The printer driver will interpret these objects as vectors
and will cut them out providing that your software has the capability of vector output. Basically, all
software programs have the ability to provide raster output. However, not all programs have the ability to
provide vector output even if you set the line width to the smallest thickness possible. Check with
Software Anomalies section in the back of this manual for software that can vector output. The use of
color fills or bitmaps will cause the laser system to engrave. The combination of engraving and cutting is
available in most graphics software. We suggest that when combining engraving and cutting objects, use
different colors for the fills and outlines since engraving requires different power settings than cutting
objects. One thing to keep in mind when creating cutting objects is that if the outline thickness is set too
thick, the driver might interpret the outline as a filled object and will engrave the outline instead of cutting.
This might be desirable if engraving thick outlines is necessary. The outline thickness at which the driver
will interpret cut lines as filled objects is dependent on the software used. Usually, any line thickness .008
inches (.2 mm) or greater will engrave. The only way to determine the cross over point for line thickness
is to experiment with different line widths. Software programs that do not have outline capabilities
definitely will not have the ability to cut.
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PRINTER DRIVER CONTROLS
Image Processing Order
When cutting or engraving a graphic image, the laser system will perform all engraving first, and then
proceed to vector cutting. Raster engraving will proceed in the exact order of the colors listed in the
driver. For example, all black filled objects will engrave first, then all red filled objects, then all green filled
objects and so on. When all engraved objects have been completed, the laser system will proceed to
vector cut any outlines present in the artwork. Vector output order is dependent on your operating
system, printer driver version, and your software. Refer to the printer driver controls for more details.
Overlapping Fills
If the artwork created has overlapping filled areas, the driver will automatically filter these fills to prevent
the overlapped area from being engraved twice. This is similar to color separation in the printing industry.
The entire filled area of the object on top will be engraved and only the visible part of the underlying filled
area will be engraved. The final result is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get output. In this way the color
white can be used as an effective drawing tool. Since the laser system will not engrave the color white
(this is the background color), it can be used to block out the undesired engraving areas of filled regions
and/or bitmaps. However, you cannot use a white fill to cover an outline, the outline will vector cut even
though you cannot see it on screen.
Overlapping Outlines
The driver does not filter outlines that overlap each other. If placing one outline one on top of another,
both outlines will be cut by the laser system. This is a useful feature that will allow deeper cutting by
passing the laser over a single outline path twice or more. To take advantage of this feature, duplicate
the outline on top of itself.
Hidden Vector Lines in Artwork
The driver does not automatically filter out outlines that are overlapped by engraved objects such as fills.
If there are filled objects with some hidden outlines underneath, the laser system will then engrave out the
fill and cut the hidden outline on top of the fill. This is a common occurrence when using pre-drawn clipart
designed for laser printers. To prevent this from happening, turn on the Clipart Mode feature in the driver.
This feature disables the cutting mode and converts all visible outlines to engraved objects and ignores all
hidden outlines.
Speed Optimizing
It is advantageous to engrave an object in its longest direction because total engraving time will be
reduced when the motion system has to make fewer stops and starts. If the engraving object is longer
than it is tall, rotating the graphic 90 degrees and placing the material in the laser system sideways can
achieve a greater engraving speed. Be aware that some graphics programs do not allow the rotation of
bitmaps. In this case, it may be necessary to use a bitmap image processing software to first rotate the
bitmap before importing the bitmap into the graphics program. If the artwork contains engraved objects of
the same color with a great deal of space between them in the engraving direction, processing time can
be longer since the laser must make long strokes to engrave both objects at the same time. To reduce
engraving time in cases like these, use different colors for each of the objects but assign the same power
setting to both colors. This will cause the laser to engrave one object at a time, skipping over all blank
space, which in many cases will reduce engraving time. On the other hand, if the objects are relatively
close together in the engraving direction, then leave them the same color because it will be quicker to
engrave them both at the same time. Experiment with these techniques to optimize the speed of
engraving.
Bitmapped / Scanned Images
There are primarily three types of bitmaps available. They are monochrome (black and white), grayscale,
and color. Bitmaps are patterns of dots (pixels) blended to form pictures. Scanning artwork into a
computer through a scanner creates most bitmaps. Drawing them in a bitmap image-processing program
creates others.
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The laser system can print all three types of bitmaps providing that either the driver or the bitmap imageprocessing program converts the grayscale and/or color bitmaps into a monochrome bitmap. Essentially,
the laser system is a monochromatic printer, either it fires the beam to burn a dot or it does not fire the
beam to leave an empty dot on the material.
There are several different bitmap storage formats available: TIF, JPG, BMP, PCX, and others. The
format makes no difference to the laser system. The difference in formats involves how they are stored
on your computer’s hard disk. Bitmaps cannot be edited in most graphics software. Some basic
functions such as cropping, scaling, or mirroring might be possible but it is usually necessary to use a
bitmap image processing software to perform a dot by dot editing, rotation, or scaling of the bitmap.
Monochrome Bitmaps
If you scan the image in monochrome (black and white) mode, set your scanner to at least 600 DPI.
The higher the DPI, the smoother the image will be. Scanning monochrome images at 300 DPI is the
minimum recommended resolution but scanning them at 600 DPI will provide a significant
improvement in the image quality. Clean it up in your bitmap image-processing program and save it
to your hard disk. You can now either print the image directly from your bitmap image processing
program, or import the bitmap into a graphics program and print it from there. Monochrome bitmaps
are engraved in the same manner as black filled text. The black area will turn the laser on and the
white area turns the laser off.
Grayscale Bitmaps
When scanning image in the grayscale mode, you should scan the image at no more than 300 DPI.
Scanning at a higher DPI does not improve image quality but it consumes more memory and will take
longer to print. Grayscale images cannot be printed directly to the laser system. Since the laser
system actually works like a black and white printer, grayscale images must be converted into black
and white images. To do this, either the driver will do it automatically or you can convert the
grayscale image to a black and white image in your bitmap image-processing program.
The two, primary grayscale image conversion techniques are Halftone or Error Diffusion. The printer
driver can print either one and it is selected in the driver under the “Graphics” tab. Please refer to the
section on the printer driver for more details on how to set these parameters. Since the driver has a
fixed method of conversion, you may want to experiment by using your bitmap image-processing
program to make the conversion. These software programs usually have more options for controlling
the size, angle, shape, and the amount of black and white dots (pixels) created when converting the
image. Experiment with all of the controls to see which looks the best. Big dots look good on some
materials and small dots look better on others. Once the image is converted by your program, save it
and either print it directly from that program or import it into your graphics program and print it from
there. Essentially, a Halftone image and an Error Diffusion image are actually both monochrome
images and can be treated as such. If you decide not convert the grayscale image to a monochrome
image in your bitmap image editing program, then the driver will do it automatically and will use
settings based on the Resolution settings in the driver.
Color Bitmaps
The printer driver handles color bitmaps the same as grayscale bitmaps. Since color bitmaps use
more memory, they are unnecessary and are therefore NOT recommended, however, you can still
use them.
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PRINTER DRIVER CONTROLS
Encapsulated Postscript (EPS) Images
Bitmap images cannot be cut by the laser system only engraved. The only way to have the laser system
cut out or vector a bitmap is to first convert it to a vector file format such as an EPS. Raster to vector
conversion programs are available that trace the bitmap (this only works well with monochrome bitmaps)
and creates a separate EPS vector file. These EPS files can then be imported into the graphics program
and printed out from there. Since tracing programs have many adjustments, some practice with them is
necessary to produce desirable results.
The laser system does not support Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) printing directly. EPS files can only be
edited and printed if they are first imported into a graphics program. However, since EPS files support
engraving and cutting objects, they are therefore useful for transferring artwork from one graphics
program to another. Once an EPS file has been imported into a graphics program, the objects can be
outlined, stretched, rotated, mirrored, filled with different colors, or anything else desired just as long as
your graphics software can edit EPS images. Be careful when using EPS files in layout software as
opposed to true graphics software. Layout software may allow the placement of EPS files in the artwork
but may not actually import and convert the EPS file to a useful format for the printer driver and therefore
may not print correctly. Please refer to your graphics software’s documentation on whether or not it can
edit and print EPS images to a non-Postscript printer.
Postscript (PS) Images
The laser system is NOT a postscript device. This means that postscript fills, postscript textures, and
especially POSTSCRIPT FONTS WILL NOT be able to print to the laser system. Sometimes using
Adobe Type Manager (ATM) will allow some postscript fonts to print correctly but most of the time does
not work properly.
Helpful Tip
If you are having any problems printing a font and you cannot figure out what is going on, select the font
and “convert to curves” or “convert to paths” in your graphics software. This will convert the font into a
bitmapped image and will print correctly to the laser system. Refer to your graphics software on how to
convert fonts. However, postscript textures and postscript fills cannot be converted and will not print to
the laser system.
Specific Software Setup Instructions
Some graphics software programs require a special setup procedure in order for the software to function
correctly with the ULS printer driver. In the following pages you will find setup instructions for the most
popular software programs that our customers use. If you are having trouble with other software
programs not included in this document, you may want to switch to one of them. As a reminder, ULS
provides no warranties whatsoever on any software used in connection with a ULS Laser Engraving
System, express or implied. Neither does it guarantee software compatibility with any off-the-shelf
software package or any software program that has not been written by ULS.
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CorelDRAW 8
NOTE: CorelDRAW 8 is NOT compatible with Windows 2000 or Windows XP. ONLY run it in the Windows
95/98 or Windows ME environment.
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Make sure CorelDraw 8 is installed on your computer and functioning properly.
Make sure that you have downloaded and installed all service releases and patches from the CorelDRAW
website www.corel.com. At the time this document was released, the latest patch file names were
DR8HLP.exe, DR8REVB.exe, and CD8SP2EN.exe. Make sure that you perform the upgrades in the order
that was just mentioned. If you are reading this document from the ULS Windows Printer Driver CD, as a
service to you, you can find these files on this CD. Keep in mind that ULS is not responsible for any
problems as a result from the usage of these patches. Please contact CorelDRAW if you have any
questions regarding these upgrades.
The ULS Windows Printer Driver must be loaded before continuing. Please refer to the Computerized
Controls manual on how to install the driver. If you have already installed the printer driver, you will need to
re-insert the ULS Printer Driver Disk back into your CD drive at this time.
Using Windows Explorer, locate files named “ULS.CPL” and “ULS.PAL” on the ULS Windows Printer Driver
CD, and copy these files over to the C:\Program Files\Corel\Graphics8\Custom\Palettes folder. Note:
ULS.CPL may not show up with a .CPL file extension. It may be listed as ULS with “Control panel
extension” shown as a detail.
While still in Explorer, locate a file named corelapp.ini located in the C:\Corel\Graphics8\Config folder.
Double-click on the file it will open up in Notepad. Scroll down past the semi-colons to the [Config] header.
Then scroll down 6 lines to the line that reads Fontrasterizer =1. Change the 1 to a 0 (this is a zero, not an
o). Save this file and then close Notepad.
Start CorelDRAW and start a new graphic.
In the main menu at the top of the screen, click on View, then Color Palette, and then Load Palette. After
the palette pop-up box appears, from the “Files of type” dropdown list, choose either “Custom Palette (*.cpl)”
or “Process Palette (*.pal). Then double-click on the ULS palette. The color palette will now appear on the
right side of the screen.
On the property bar, click on the landscape orientation (the sideways rectangle). If you would like the
drawing units in metric, choose millimeters from the drop down list. Now type in the page width and height
that matches your laser platform.
We now need to adjust the vertical ruler, on the left side of the screen, to match the rulers in the laser
system. To do this, we need to adjust the ruler's vertical origin. Double-click directly on the vertical (side)
ruler. The options dialog box will appear. In the vertical origin box, type in the same height value as you did
when you set up the page height in the previous step. For example, 12 inches for an M-300 machine. If you
would like the scale to be displayed in tenths, choose 10 per tick in the Tick Division drop-down list box.
While still in the Options dialog box, double-click on Global to expand the list. Then click on Color
Management and deselect (no check mark) Calibrate Colors for Display. There should be NO check marks
at all for this option. Now click on OK to close the dialog box.
The next step is to set the default value for the line width and color when drawing graphic objects. To do
this, click on the outline tool, then the outline pen dialog in the flyout. With graphic being the only one
selected, click on OK, and then choose the color red from the color box. Next to the width box, and
underneath the color box, click on the drop down list box and choose inches as the units. Now, in the width
box click the lower-arrow button several times to make the line width as small as it will go (.00005 inches),
then click on OK. This sets the default line width for graphics.
Draw something or type some text onto the page (we are not going to print it). At the top of the screen, click
on File, then Print Preview. When the print preview screen appears, click on Settings, at the top of the
screen, then Driver Compatibility. In the Settings Specific for this Driver dialog box, click on All Text as
Graphics, and Send Bands to Driver. Uncheck (deselect) send Beziers and Paths to Driver. Make sure that
all the other boxes are unchecked. Click on Close and then close the print preview screen.
Finally, at the top of the screen, click on Tools, then Options, then Document, and then select Save Options
as Defaults for New Documents. Make sure ALL the options listed are selected then click OK.
The setup defaults for CorelDRAW 8 are now complete. Whenever you start a new document, all of the
default settings that we had setup will automatically apply to the new document.
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CorelDRAW 9
NOTE: There are different software setup instructions depending on whether you are using Windows
95/98/ME or Windows 2000/XP. It is extremely important that you follow the correct instructions based on
your operating system otherwise you will have problems using CorelDraw with your laser system. We highly
recommend upgrading to Corel 11 or 12 for the best results in the Windows 2000 or XP environment.
Windows 95/98/ME and CorelDRAW 9
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14.
If you have not already done so, install CorelDraw on your computer, but do not open it yet.
It is important that your version of CorelDraw is updated with the latest patches and service releases. At the time
this document was released, the latest patch file names were GR9SP1EN.exe and GR9SP2EN.exe. Make sure
that you perform the upgrades in that order.
If you are reading this document from the ULS Windows Printer Driver CD, as a service to you, you can find
these files on this CD. For the latest releases, check CorelDraw’s website, www.corel.com. Please contact
CorelDraw if you have any questions regarding these upgrades. ULS is not responsible for any problems as a
result from the usage of these patches.
The ULS Windows Printer Driver must be loaded before continuing. Please refer to the Computerized Controls
manual on how to install the driver. If you have already installed the printer driver, you will need to re-insert the
ULS Printer Driver Disk back into your CD drive at this time.
Using Windows Explorer, locate files named “ULS.CPL” and “ULS.PAL” on the ULS Windows Printer Driver CD,
and copy these files over to the C:\Program Files\Corel\Graphics9\Custom\Palettes folder. Note: ULS.CPL
may not show up with a .CPL file extension. It may be listed as ULS with “Control panel extension”
shown as a detail.
While still in Explorer, locate a file named “corelapp.ini” located in the C:\Corel\Graphics9\Config folder. Doubleclick on the file it will open up in Notepad. Scroll down past the semi-colons to the [Config] header. Then scroll
down 22 lines to the line that reads “Fontrasterizer=1”. Change the 1 to a 0 (this is a zero, not an o). Save this file
and then close Notepad.
Open CorelDraw and start a new graphic.
In the main menu at the top of the screen, click on “Window”, then “Color Palettes”, and then click on “None”.
Once again click on “Window”, then “Color Palettes”, and then click on “Open Palette”. After the palette pop-up
box appears, from the “Files of type” dropdown list, choose either “Custom Palette (*.cpl)” or “Process Palette
(*.pal). Then double-click on the ULS palette. The color palette will now appear on the right side of the screen.
On the property bar, click on the landscape orientation (the sideways rectangle). If you would like the drawing
units in metric, choose millimeters from the drop down list. Now type in the page width and height that matches
your laser platform.
You now need to adjust the vertical ruler, on the left side of the screen, to match the rulers in the laser system.
To do this, we need to adjust the ruler's vertical origin. Double-click directly on the vertical (side) ruler. The
“Options” dialog box will appear. In the vertical origin box, type in the same height value as you did when you set
up the page height in the previous step. For example, 12 inches for an M 300 machine. If you would like the
scale to be displayed in tenths, choose “10 per Tick”.
While still in the “Options” dialog box, double-click on “Global” to expand the list. Then click on “Color
Management” and deselect (no check mark) “Calibrate Colors for Display”. There should be NO check marks at
all for this option. Underneath “Color Management”, double-click on “Printing” to expand the list. Make sure that
the laser system's name is displayed in the printer drop-down list. In the settings specific for this driver dialog
box, place a check mark in front of “All Text as Graphics”, and “Send Bands to Driver”. Uncheck (deselect) “send
Beziers and paths to driver”. Make sure that all the other boxes are unchecked. Now click on “OK” to close the
“Options” dialog box.
The next step is to set the default value for the line width and color when drawing graphic objects. To do this,
click on the outline tool, then the outline pen dialog in the flyout. With graphic being the only one selected, click
on OK, and then choose the color red from the color box. Next to the width box underneath the color box, click
on the drop down list box and choose “Inches” as the units. In the width box click on the lower arrow button
several times to make the line width as small as possible (.00005 inches), then click on OK. This sets the
default line width for graphics.
Finally, at the top of the screen, click on “Tools”, then “Options”, then “Document”, and then select “Save Options
as Defaults for New Documents”. Make sure ALL the options listed are CHECKED then click “OK”.
The setup defaults for CorelDRAW 9 are now complete. Whenever you start a new document, all of the default
settings that we had setup will automatically apply to the new document.
Section 2-7
PRINTER DRIVER CONTROLS
Windows 2000 or Windows XP and CorelDRAW 9
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
Make sure that you have installed all Service Releases and software patches from Microsoft. For Windows 2000,
this includes Service Pack 1, Service Pack 2, and Service Pack 3. If you are reading this document from the
ULS Windows Printer Driver CD, as a service to you, you can find these files on this CD. For the latest releases,
check Microsoft’s website, www.microsoft.com. Please contact Microsoft if you have any questions regarding
these upgrades. ULS is not responsible for any problems as a result from the usage of these patches.
If you have not already done so, install CorelDraw on your computer, but do not open it yet.
It is important that your version of CorelDraw is updated with the latest patches and service releases. At the time
this document was released, the latest patch file names were GR9SP1EN.exe and GR9SP2EN.exe. Make sure
that you perform the upgrades in that order. If you are reading this document from the ULS Windows Printer
Driver CD, as a service to you, you can find these files on this CD. For the latest releases, check CorelDraw’s
website, www.corel.com. Please contact CorelDraw if you have any questions regarding these upgrades. ULS is
not responsible for any problems as a result from the usage of these patches.
The ULS Windows Printer Driver must be loaded before continuing. Please refer to the Computerized Controls
manual on how to install the driver. If you have already installed the printer driver, you will need to re-insert the
ULS Printer Driver Disk back into your CD drive at this time.
Using Windows Explorer, locate files named “ULS.CPL” and “ULS.PAL” on the ULS Windows Printer Driver CD,
and copy these files over to the C:\Program Files\Corel\Graphics9\Custom\Palettes folder. Note: ULS.CPL
may not show up with a .CPL file extension. It may be listed as ULS with “Control panel extension”
shown as a detail.
While still in Explorer, locate a file named “corelapp.ini” located in the C:\Corel\Graphics9\Config folder. Doubleclick on the file it will open up in Notepad. Scroll down past the semi-colons to the [Config] header. Then scroll
down 22 lines to the line that reads “Fontrasterizer=1”. Change the 1 to a 0 (this is a zero, not an o). Save this file
and then close Notepad.
Open CorelDraw and start a new graphic.
In the main menu at the top of the screen, click on “Window”, then “Color Palettes”, and then click on “None”.
Once again click on “Window”, then “Color Palettes”, and then click on “Open Palette”. After the palette pop-up
box appears, from the “Files of type” dropdown list, choose either “Custom Palette (*.cpl)” or “Process Palette
(*.pal). Then double-click on the ULS palette. The color palette will now appear on the right side of the screen.
On the property bar, click on the landscape orientation (the sideways rectangle). If you would like the drawing
units in metric, choose millimeters from the drop down list. Now type in the page width and height that matches
your laser platform.
We now need to adjust the vertical ruler, on the left side of the screen, to match the rulers in the laser system. To
do this, we need to adjust the ruler's vertical origin. Double-click directly on the vertical (side) ruler. The “Options”
dialog box will appear. In the vertical origin box, type in the same height value as you did when you set up the
page height in the previous step. For example, 12 inches for an M 300 machine. If you would like the scale to be
displayed in tenths, choose “10 per Tick” in the “Tick Division” drop-down list box.
While still in the “Options” dialog box, double-click on “Global” to expand the list. Then click on “Color
Management” and deselect (no check mark) “Calibrate Colors for Display”. There should be NO check marks at
all for this option. Underneath “Color Management”, double-click on “Printing” to expand the list. Make sure that
the laser system's name is displayed in the printer drop-down list. In the settings specific for this driver dialog
box, make sure that ALL the check boxes are UNCHECKED. Now click on “OK” to close the “Options” dialog
box.
The next step is to set the default value for the line width and color when drawing graphic objects. To do this,
click on the outline tool, then the outline pen dialog in the flyout. With graphic being the only one selected, click
on OK, and then choose the color red from the color box. Next to the width box underneath the color box, click
on the drop down list box and choose “Inches” as the units. Now, in the width box click on the lower arrow button
several times to make the line width as small as it will go (.00005 inches), then click on OK. This sets the default
line width for graphics.
Finally, at the top of the screen, click on “Tools”, then “Options”, then “Document”, and then select “Save Options
as Defaults for New Documents”. Make sure ALL the options listed are CHECKED then click “OK”.
The setup defaults for CorelDRAW 9 are now complete. Whenever you start a new document, all of the default
settings that we had setup will automatically apply to the new document.
Section 2-8
PRINTER DRIVER CONTROLS
CORELDRAW 10
NOTE: There are different software setup instructions depending on whether you are using Windows
95/98/ME or Windows 2000/XP. It is extremely important that you follow the correct instructions based on
your operating system otherwise you will have problems using CorelDraw with your laser system. We highly
recommend upgrading to Corel 11 or 12 for the best results in the Windows 2000 or XP environment.
Windows 95/98/ME and CorelDRAW 10
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
If you have not already done so, install CorelDraw on your computer, but do not open it yet.
It is important that your version of CorelDraw is updated with the latest patches and service releases. At the time
this document was released, the latest patch file names were d10sp1en.exe and d10sp2en.exe. Make sure that
you perform the upgrades in that order. If you are reading this document from the ULS Windows Printer Driver
CD, as a service to you, you can find these files on this CD. For the latest releases, check CorelDraw’s website,
www.corel.com. Please contact CorelDraw if you have any questions regarding these upgrades. ULS is not
responsible for any problems as a result from the usage of these patches.
The ULS Windows Printer Driver must be loaded before continuing. Please refer to the Computerized Controls
manual on how to install the driver. If you have already installed the printer driver, you will need to re-insert the
ULS Printer Driver Disk back into your CD drive at this time.
Using Windows Explorer, locate files named “ULS.CPL” and “ULS.PAL” on the ULS Windows Printer Driver CD,
and copy these files over to the C:\Program Files\Corel\Graphics10\Custom\Palettes folder. Note: ULS.CPL
may not show up with a .CPL file extension. It may be listed as ULS with “Control panel extension”
shown as a detail.
While still in Explorer, locate a file named “corelapp.ini” located in the C:\Corel\Graphics10\Config folder. Doubleclick on the file it will open up in Notepad. Scroll down past the semi-colons to the [Config] header. Then scroll
down 23 lines to the line that reads “Fontrasterizer=1”. Change the 1 to a 0 (this is a zero, not an o). Save this file
and then close Notepad.
Open CorelDraw and start a new graphic.
In the main menu at the top of the screen, click on “Window”, then “Color Palettes”, and then click on “None”.
Once again click on “Window”, then “Color Palettes”, and then click on “Open Palette”. After the palette pop-up
box appears, from the “Files of type” dropdown list, choose either “Custom Palette (*.cpl)” or “Process Palette
(*.pal), then double-click on the ULS palette. The color palette will now appear on the right side of the screen.
Directly above the Black-colored square there is a box, click on this box and then click "Set as Default".
On the property bar, click on the landscape orientation (the sideways rectangle). If you would like the drawing
units in metric, choose millimeters from the drop down list. Now type in the page width and height that matches
your laser platform.
We now need to adjust the vertical ruler, on the left side of the screen, to match the rulers in the laser system. To
do this, we need to adjust the ruler's vertical origin. Double-click directly on the vertical (side) ruler. The “Options”
dialog box will appear. In the vertical origin box, type in the same height value as you did when you set up the
page height in the previous step. For example, 12 inches for an M 300 machine. If you would like the scale to be
displayed in tenths, choose “10 per Tick” in the “Tick Division” drop-down list box.
While still in the “Options” dialog box, double-click on “Global” to expand the list. Double-click on “Printing” to
expand the list. Make sure that the laser system's name is displayed in the printer drop-down list, if not click on
the down arrow to expand the list and click on the laser system. Below the dropdown list, place a check mark in
front of “All Text as Graphics”, and “Send Bands to Driver”. Uncheck (deselect) “send Beziers and paths to
driver”. Make sure that all the other boxes are unchecked. Now click on “OK” to close the “Options” dialog box.
The next step is to set the default value for the line width and color when drawing graphic objects. To do this,
click on the outline tool, then the outline pen dialog in the flyout. With “Graphic” being the only one selected, click
“OK”. Click the down arrow in the Color dropdown box to expand the list and click on the color red. Click the
down arrow in the “Width” dropdown box to expand the list and click “Hairline”. The units can be “Inches”,
“millimeters” or anything else you prefer. Click “OK to close the Outline Pen dialog box.
In the top menu, click “Tools, then click “Color Management”. Click on the down arrow to expand the “Style”
dropdown list. Click “Color Management Off”, and then click “OK”.
Finally, at the top of the screen, click on “Tools”, then “Options”, then “Document”, and then select “Save Options
as Defaults for New Documents”. Make sure ALL the options listed are CHECKED then click “OK”.
The setup defaults for CorelDRAW 10 are now complete. Whenever you start a new document, all of the default
settings that we had setup will automatically apply to the new document.
Section 2-9
PRINTER DRIVER CONTROLS
Windows 2000 or Windows XP and CorelDRAW 10
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
Make sure that you have installed all Service Releases and software patches from Microsoft. For Windows 2000,
install Service Pack 3. If you are reading this document from the ULS Windows Printer Driver CD, as a service
to you, you can find the file on this CD. For the latest releases, check Microsoft’s website, www.microsoft.com.
Please contact Microsoft if you have any questions regarding these upgrades. ULS is not responsible for any
problems as a result from the usage of these patches.
If you have not already done so, install CorelDraw on your computer, but do not open it yet.
It is important that your version of CorelDraw is updated with the latest patches and service releases. At the time
this document was released, the latest patch file names were d10sp1en.exe and d10sp2.exe. Make sure that
you perform the upgrades in that order. If you are reading this document from the ULS Windows Printer Driver
CD, as a service to you, you can find these files on this CD. For the latest releases, check CorelDraw’s website,
www.corel.com. Please contact CorelDraw if you have any questions regarding these upgrades. ULS is not
responsible for any problems as a result from the usage of these patches.
The ULS Windows Printer Driver must be loaded before continuing. Please refer to the Computerized Controls
manual on how to install the driver. If you have already installed the printer driver, you will need to re-insert the
ULS Printer Driver Disk back into your CD drive at this time.
Using Windows Explorer, locate files named “ULS.CPL” and “ULS.PAL” on the ULS Windows Printer Driver CD,
and copy these files over to the C:\Program Files\Corel\Graphics10\Custom\Palettes folder. Note: ULS.CPL
may not show up with a .CPL file extension. It may be listed as ULS with “Control panel extension”
shown as a detail. If you own a VersaLASER the name of the file is VersaLASER.CPL.
While still in Explorer, locate a file named “corelapp.ini” located in the C:\Corel\Graphics10\Config folder. Doubleclick on the file it will open up in Notepad. Scroll down past the semi-colons to the [Config] header. Then scroll
down 22 lines to the line that reads “Fontrasterizer=1”. Change the 1 to a 0 (this is a zero, not an o). Save this file
and then close Notepad.
Open CorelDraw and start a new graphic.
In the main menu at the top of the screen, click on “Window”, then “Color Palettes”, and then click on “None”.
Once again click on “Window”, then “Color Palettes”, and then click on “Open Palette”. After the palette pop-up
box appears, from the “Files of type” dropdown list, choose either “Custom Palette (*.cpl)” or “Process Palette
(*.pal), then double-click on the ULS palette. The color palette will now appear on the right side of the screen.
Directly above the Black-colored square there is a box, click on this box and then click "Set as Default".
On the property bar, click on the landscape orientation (the sideways rectangle). If you would like the drawing
units in metric, choose millimeters from the drop down list. Now type in the page width and height that matches
your laser platform.
We now need to adjust the vertical ruler, on the left side of the screen, to match the rulers in the laser system. To
do this, we need to adjust the ruler's vertical origin. Double-click directly on the vertical (side) ruler. The “Options”
dialog box will appear. In the vertical origin box, type in the same height value as you did when you set up the
page height in the previous step. For example, 12 inches for an M 300 machine. If you would like the scale to be
displayed in tenths, choose “10 per Tick” in the “Tick Division” drop-down list box.
While still in the “Options” dialog box, double-click on “Global” to expand the list. Then double-click on “Printing”
to expand the list. Make sure that the laser system's name is displayed in the printer drop-down list. In the
settings specific for this driver dialog box, make sure that ALL the check boxes are UNCHECKED. Now click on
“OK” to close the “Options” dialog box.
The next step is to set the default value for the line width and color when drawing graphic objects. To do this,
click on the outline tool, then the outline pen dialog in the flyout. With “Graphic” being the only one selected, click
“OK”. Click the down arrow in the Color dropdown box to expand the list and click on the color red. Click the
down arrow in the “Width” dropdown box to expand the list and click “Hairline”. The units can be “Inches”,
“millimeters” or anything else you prefer. Click “OK to close the Outline Pen dialog box.
In the top menu, click “Tools, then click “Color Management”. Click on the down arrow to expand the “Style”
dropdown list. Click “Color Management Off”, and then click “OK”.
Finally, at the top of the screen, click on “Tools”, then “Options”, then “Document”, and then select “Save Options
as Defaults for New Documents”. Make sure ALL the options listed are CHECKED then click “OK”.
The setup defaults for CorelDRAW 10 are now complete. Whenever you start a new document, all of the default
settings that we had setup will automatically apply to the new document.
Section 2-10
PRINTER DRIVER CONTROLS
CorelDRAW 11
NOTE: There are different software setup instructions depending on whether you are using Windows
95/98/ME or Windows 2000/XP. It is extremely important that you follow the correct instructions based on
your operating system otherwise you will have problems using CorelDraw with your laser system.
Windows 95/98/ME and CorelDRAW 11
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
If you have not already done so, install CorelDraw on your computer, but do not open it yet.
It is important that your version of CorelDraw is updated with the latest patches and service releases. For the
latest releases, check CorelDraw’s website, www.corel.com. As of the date of this publication there are no
updates available for CorelDraw 11. Be sure to check for any updates from time to time to keep your version
current. Please contact CorelDraw if you have any questions regarding these upgrades. ULS is not responsible
for any problems as a result from the usage of these patches.
The ULS Windows Printer Driver must be loaded before continuing. Please refer to the Computerized Controls
manual on how to install the driver. If you have already installed the printer driver, you will need to re-insert the
ULS Printer Driver Disk back into your CD drive at this time.
Using Windows Explorer, locate files named “ULS.CPL” and “ULS.PAL” on the ULS Windows Printer Driver CD,
and copy this file over to the C:\Program Files\Corel\Graphics11\Custom Data\Palettes folder. Note: ULS.CPL
may not show up with a .CPL file extension. It may be listed as ULS with “Control panel extension”
shown as a detail. If you own a VersaLASER the name of the file is VersaLASER.CPL.
While still in Explorer, locate a file named “corelapp.ini” located in the C:\Program Files\Corel\Graphics11\Config
folder. Double-click on the file it will open up in Notepad. Scroll down past the semi-colons to the [Config] header.
Then scroll down 23 lines to the line that reads “Fontrasterizer=1”. Change the 1 to a 0 (this is a zero, not an o).
Save this file and then close Notepad.
Open CorelDraw and start a new graphic.
In the main menu at the top of the screen, click on “Window”, then “Color Palettes”, and then click on “None”.
Once again click on “Window”, then “Color Palettes”, and then click on “Open Palette”. After the palette pop-up
box appears, from the “Files of type” dropdown list, choose either “Custom Palette (*.cpl)” or “Process Palette
(*.pal), then double-click on the ULS palette. The color palette will now appear on the right side of the screen.
Directly above the Black-colored square there is a box, click on this box and then click "Set as Default".
On the property bar, click on the landscape orientation (the sideways rectangle). If you would like the drawing
units in metric, choose millimeters from the drop down list. Now type in the page width and height that matches
your laser platform.
We now need to adjust the vertical ruler, on the left side of the screen, to match the rulers in the laser system. To
do this, we need to adjust the ruler's vertical origin. Double-click directly on the vertical (side) ruler. The “Options”
dialog box will appear. In the vertical origin box, type in the same height value as you did when you set up the
page height in the previous step. For example, 12 inches for an M 300 machine. If you would like the scale to be
displayed in tenths, choose “10 per Tick” in the “Tick Division”.
While still in the “Options” dialog box, double-click on “Global” to expand the list. Double-click on “Printing” to
expand the list. Make sure that the laser system's name is displayed in the printer drop-down list, if not click on
the down arrow to expand the list and click on the laser system. Below the dropdown list, place a check mark in
front of “All Text as Graphics”, and “Send Bands to Driver”. Uncheck (deselect) “send Beziers and paths to
driver”. Make sure that all the other boxes are unchecked. Now click on “OK” to close the “Options” dialog box.
While still in the “Options” dialog box, double-click on “Global” to expand the list. Then double-click on “Printing”
to expand the list. Make sure that the laser system's name is displayed in the printer drop-down list. In the
settings specific for this driver dialog box, make sure that ALL the check boxes are UNCHECKED. Now click on
“OK” to close the “Options” dialog box.
The next step is to set the default value for the line width and color when drawing graphic objects. To do this,
click on the outline tool, then the outline pen dialog in the flyout. With “Graphic” being the only one selected, click
“OK”. Click the down arrow in the Color dropdown box to expand the list and click on the color red. Click the
down arrow in the “Width” dropdown box to expand the list and click “Hairline”. The units can be “Inches”,
“millimeters” or anything else you prefer. Click “OK to close the Outline Pen dialog box.
In the top menu, click “Tools, then click “Color Management”. Click on the down arrow to expand the “Style”
dropdown list. Click “Color Management Off”, and then click “OK”.
Finally, at the top of the screen, click on “Tools”, then “Options”, then “Document”, and then select “Save Options
as Defaults for New Documents”. Make sure ALL the options listed are CHECKED then click “OK”.
The setup defaults for CorelDRAW 11 are now complete. Whenever you start a new document, all of the default
settings that we had setup will automatically apply to the new document.
Section 2-11
PRINTER DRIVER CONTROLS
Windows 2000 or Windows XP and CorelDRAW 11
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
Make sure that you have installed all Service Releases and software patches from Microsoft. For Windows 2000,
install Service Pack 3. If you are reading this document from the ULS Windows Printer Driver CD, as a service
to you, you can find the file on this CD. There is an update available for Windows XP included in the ULS
Windows Printer Driver CD, but it is not mandatory that you install it. For the latest releases, check Microsoft’s
website, www.microsoft.com. Please contact Microsoft if you have any questions regarding these upgrades. ULS
is not responsible for any problems as a result from the usage of these patches.
If you have not already done so, install CorelDraw on your computer, but do not open it yet.
It is important that your version of CorelDraw is updated with the latest patches and service releases. For the
latest patches and updates go to CorelDraw’s website, www.corel.com. As of the date of this publication there
are no updates available for CorelDraw 11. Be sure to check for any updates from time to time to keep your
version up to speed. Please contact CorelDraw if you have any questions regarding these upgrades. ULS is not
responsible for any problems as a result from the usage of these patches.
The ULS Windows Printer Driver must be loaded before continuing. Please refer to the Computerized Controls
manual on how to install the driver. If you have already installed the printer driver, you will need to re-insert the
ULS Printer Driver Disk back into your CD drive at this time.
Using Windows Explorer, locate the file named “ULS.CPL” and “ULS.PAL” on the ULS Windows Printer Driver
CD, and copy this file over to the C:\Program Files\Corel\Corel Graphics 11\Custom Data\Palettes folder. Note:
ULS.CPL may not show up with a .CPL file extension. It may be listed as ULS with “Control panel
extension” shown as a detail. If you own a VersaLASER the name of the file is VersaLASER.CPL.
While still in Explorer, locate a file named “corelapp.ini” located in the C:\Program Files\Corel\Graphics11\Config
folder. Double-click on the file it will open up in Notepad. Scroll down past the semi-colons to the [Config]
header. Then scroll down 22 lines to the line that reads “Fontrasterizer=1”. Change the 1 to a 0 (this is a zero,
not an o). Save this file and then close Notepad.
Open CorelDraw and start a new graphic.
In the main menu at the top of the screen, click on “Window”, then “Color Palettes”, and then click on “None”.
Once again click on “Window”, then “Color Palettes”, and then click on “Open Palette”. After the palette pop-up
box appears, from the “Files of type” dropdown list, choose either “Custom Palette (*.cpl)” or “Process Palette
(*.pal), then double-click on the ULS palette. The color palette will now appear on the right side of the screen.
Directly above the Black-colored square there is a box, click on this box and then click "Set as Default".
On the property bar, click on the landscape orientation (the sideways rectangle). If you would like the drawing
units in metric, choose millimeters from the drop down list. Now type in the page width and height that matches
your laser platform.
We now need to adjust the vertical ruler, on the left side of the screen, to match the rulers in the laser system. To
do this, we need to adjust the ruler's vertical origin. Double-click directly on the vertical (side) ruler. The “Options”
dialog box will appear. In the vertical origin box, type in the same height value as you did when you set up the
page height in the previous step. For example, 12 inches for an M-300 machine. If you would like the scale to be
displayed in tenths, choose “10 per Tick” in the “Tick Division” drop-down list box.
While still in the “Options” dialog box, double-click on “Global” to expand the list. Then double-click on “Printing”
to expand the list. Make sure that the laser system's name is displayed in the printer drop-down list. In the
settings specific for this driver dialog box, make sure that ALL the check boxes are UNCHECKED. Now click on
“OK” to close the “Options” dialog box.
The next step is to set the default value for the line width and color when drawing graphic objects. To do this,
click on the outline tool, then the outline pen dialog in the flyout. With “Graphic” being the only one selected, click
“OK”. Click the down arrow in the Color dropdown box to expand the list and click on the color red. Click the
down arrow in the “Width” dropdown box to expand the list and click “Hairline”. The units can be “Inches”,
“millimeters” or anything else you prefer. Click “OK to close the Outline Pen dialog box.
In the top menu, click “Tools, then click “Color Management”. Click on the down arrow to expand the “Style”
dropdown list. Click “Color Management Off”, and then click “OK”.
Finally, at the top of the screen, click on “Tools”, then “Options”, then “Document”, and then select “Save Options
as Defaults for New Documents”. Make sure ALL the options listed are CHECKED then click “OK”.
The setup defaults for CorelDRAW 11 are now complete. Whenever you start a new document, all of the default
settings that we had setup will automatically apply to the new document.
Section 2-12
PRINTER DRIVER CONTROLS
CorelDRAW 12
Windows 2000 or Windows XP and CorelDRAW 12
Note: CorelDRAW 12 was optimized for Windows 2000/XP. We suggest not running it under
Windows 95/98. Therefore, we have only included setup instructions for Windows 2000/XP
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Make sure that you have installed all Service Releases and software patches from Microsoft. For Windows 2000,
install Service Pack 3. If you are reading this document from the ULS Windows Printer Driver CD, as a service
to you, you can find the file on this CD. There is an update available for Windows XP included in the ULS
Windows Printer Driver CD, but it is not mandatory that you install it. For the latest releases, check Microsoft’s
website, www.microsoft.com. Please contact Microsoft if you have any questions regarding these upgrades. ULS
is not responsible for any problems as a result from the usage of these patches.
If you have not already done so, install CorelDraw on your computer, but do not open it yet.
It is important that your version of CorelDraw is updated with the latest patches and service releases. For the
latest patches and updates go to CorelDraw’s website, www.corel.com. As of the date of this publication there
are no updates available for CorelDraw 12. Be sure to check for any updates from time to time to keep your
version up to speed. Please contact CorelDraw if you have any questions regarding these upgrades. ULS is not
responsible for any problems as a result from the usage of these patches.
The ULS Windows Printer Driver must be loaded before continuing. Please refer to the Computerized Controls
manual on how to install the driver. If you have already installed the printer driver, you will need to re-insert the
ULS Printer Driver Disk back into your CD drive at this time.
Using Windows Explorer, locate the file named “ULS.CPL” and “ULS.PAL” on the ULS Windows Printer Driver
CD, and copy these files over to the C:\Program Files\Corel\Corel Graphics 12\Languages\EN\Custom
Data\Palettes folder. Note: ULS.CPL may not show up with a .CPL file extension. It may be listed as ULS
with “Control panel extension” shown as a detail. If you own a VersaLASER the name of the file is
VersaLASER.CPL.
While still in Explorer, locate a file named “corelapp.ini” located in the C:\Program Files\Corel\Graphics12\Config
folder. Double-click on the file it will open up in Notepad. Scroll down past the semi-colons to the [Config]
header. Then scroll down 22 lines to the line that reads “Fontrasterizer=1”. Change the 1 to a 0 (this is a zero,
not an o). Save this file and then close Notepad.
Open CorelDraw and start a new graphic.
In the main menu at the top of the screen, click on “Window”, then “Color Palettes”, and then click on “None”.
Once again click on “Window”, then “Color Palettes”, and then click on “Open Palette”. After the “Open Palette”
pop-up box appears, double-click on "ULS.CPL". The color palette will now appear on the right side of the
screen. Note: You can use either the ULS.CPL palette or the ULS.PAL palette, however, to use the
ULS.PAL palette you must first select the PAL file type in the open palette screen.
On the property bar, click on the landscape orientation (the sideways rectangle). If you would like the drawing
units in metric, choose millimeters from the drop down list. Now type in the page width and height that matches
your laser platform.
We now need to adjust the vertical ruler, on the left side of the screen, to match the rulers in the laser system. To
do this, we need to adjust the ruler's vertical origin. Double-click directly on the vertical (side) ruler. The “Options”
dialog box will appear. In the vertical origin box, type in the same height value as you did when you set up the
page height in the previous step. For example, 12 inches for an M-300 machine. If you would like the scale to be
displayed in tenths, choose “10 per Tick” in the “Tick Division” drop-down list box.
While still in the “Options” dialog box, double-click on “Global” to expand the list. Double-click on “Printing” to
expand the list. Now click on “Driver Compatibility”. Make sure that the laser system's name is displayed in the
printer drop-down list. In the settings specific for this driver dialog box, make sure that ALL the check boxes are
UNCHECKED. Now click on “OK” to close the “Options” dialog box.
The next step is to set the default value for the line width and color when drawing graphic objects. To do this,
click on the outline tool, then the outline pen dialog in the flyout. With “Graphic” being the only one selected, click
“OK”. Click the down arrow in the Color dropdown box to expand the list and click on the color red. Click the
down arrow in the “Width” dropdown box to expand the list and click “Hairline”. The units can be “Inches”,
“millimeters” or anything else you prefer. Click “OK to close the Outline Pen dialog box.
In the top menu, click “Tools, then click “Color Management”. Click on the down arrow to expand the “Style”
dropdown list. Click “Color Management Off”, and then click “OK”.
Finally, at the top of the screen, click on “Tools”, then “Options”, then “Document”, and then select “Save Options
as Defaults for New Documents”. Make sure ALL the options listed are CHECKED then click “OK”.
The setup defaults for CorelDRAW 12 are now complete. Whenever you start a new document, all of the default
settings that we had setup will automatically apply to the new document.
Section 2-13
PRINTER DRIVER CONTROLS
AutoCAD 14/15 and AutoCAD LT 97/98 for Windows
Printer Setup
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Open AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT. Click CANCEL if the Start Up window appears.
Click File, then Printer Setup, then New, and then System Printer ADI 4.3. Type in a printer name in the Add a
description box (M-360 for example) and click OK.
In the AutoCAD System Printer Configuration dialog box DESELECT all three check boxes, Default to Control
Panel Settings, Allow Dithered Output, and Update Pen Table on Device Change, and then click OK. Type “N”
and press ENTER when AutoCAD asks if you want to change anything. Click OK to finish the printer setup.
Pen Assignments
It is recommended that line and text color be set to any of seven colors within the ULS Printer Driver (black, red,
green, yellow, blue, cyan, and magenta). These colors correspond to the AutoCAD standard colors assigned to pens
1 through 7. Colors can easily be changed or checked using the DDMODIFY command. AutoCAD White color
corresponds to ULS Black color. Any other colors may cause errors during engraving/cutting. If other pen
colors are used, the ULS printer driver will try to match the color that most resembles the pen color used, although
some colors may not be recognized at all. It is also necessary to check (and possibly modify) pen widths within the
Pen Parameters settings window. From the Print/Plot Configuration window select PEN ASSIGNMENTS. Set pen
widths to 0.001 inches for vector output or above 0.008 for raster output.
Printing Files
The ULS Printer Driver can be accessed through the PRINT command. Select Device and Default Selection and
select the printer that was just set up. Select CHANGE, under Device Requirements, and then Properties. The only
way to consistently print properly is to access the ULS Print Driver every time you print a file, even if you do not
change any settings, and click OK when exiting.
For output viewing and proper printing, select WINDOW, type in the coordinates of the maximum engraving field and
click OK. Since AutoCAD cannot plot the entire field, the field size will be smaller by 0.07” in both X and Y axis. This
is normal and not adjustable. To preview the file, click "FULL" and then click "PREVIEW" before clicking "OK".
Sometimes, objects moved from outside the printable area into the printable area will not print correctly. If objects are
moved, the first step when running into printing problems is to see the full print preview of the file. If there are printing
problems, generally it is due to objects outside of the printing area. This problem can be identified by picking the print
window coordinates (using PICK, after clicking on the Window box) and by drawing a box around the objects that are
to be printed, then looking at the actual coordinates that AutoCAD has chosen for the print window. Likely, the
print window coordinates will be well outside maximum engraving area. If this occurs, the file will need to be printed
by picking the window rather than typing in the desired window coordinates. Drawing a box on another layer, the size
of the maximum engraving area, which is set to be “unprintable” at a size of 31.93 x 17.93 (or 23.93 x 11.93) and
selecting the lower left and upper right endpoints during the Pick Window routine is commonly done to properly place
graphics on the laser cutting/engraving area.
Troubleshooting
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Set all lines to one of the standard (pens 1 through 7) colors. Always check pen width in pen assignments.
Locate lines to within the engraving field area (ex: 24 x 12 inch area).
AutoCAD origin (0,0) is lower left corner of machine.
Set print area to print Window of appropriate size (ex: 24 x 12 inches).
Set the ULS Print Driver print area to match the AutoCAD print Window area.
Always preview print as full preview.
Make sure scaling is set 1=1.
Keep in mind that lines will be cut in the order that they are drawn. If objects are copied, then drawing order is
randomized.
Draw objects as POLYLINES for best results!
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PRINTER DRIVER CONTROLS
AutoCAD 2000i, 2002 and 2004 for Windows 2000/XP
NOTE: AutoCAD version 2000 is not compatible with ULS laser systems. You must upgrade to version 2000i
or higher. Also, we recommend installing ULS printer driver version 1.07F or higher.
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If AutoCAD is already installed and you are just upgrading ULS printer drivers:
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With the Printers and Faxes folder still open, click File>Server Properties>Drivers and remove
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Using Windows Explorer, search for all files and folders with a .pc3 extension then delete all ULS
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Start AutoCAD and open a new drawing.
Click File>Plotter Manager, and double-click Add a Plotter Wizard. If the Autodesk Hardcopy System
window appears, select the version of AutoCAD you are using, and then click Continue.
Click Next. Select System Printer, and then click Next.
Select the appropriate ULS Printer Driver, and then click Next.
DO NOT click the Import file button, simply click Next.
You may edit the plotter name, if desired, and then click Next.
Click on Modify Standard Paper Sizes (Printable Area) in the Device and Document Settings Tab
window, and then click the Modify button. Change ALL margins to 0.00, and then click Next.
Edit the PMP file name if you desire then click Next. DO NOT click the Print a Test Page button, click
Finish. Click OK to exit the Plotter Configuration Editor window and then click Finish.
Click File>Page Setup, and then select the Plotter Configuration name, pc3 name (not the driver)
from the dropdown list.
If you would like to change the drivers settings, click the Properties button, then click the Custom
Properties button. Make your changes and then click OK and then OK again.
Click New to create a new Plot Style table to set your pen widths. As a default, the ULS print driver
produces vector output when pen widths are set to 0.001 inches (0.025 mm). If the pen widths are
set between 0.002 – 0.008 inches (0.050 – 0.20 mm), then the ULS print driver may or may not
convert the lines to raster images – this will depend on the image being plotted. Therefore it is
recommended that for colors requiring vector output, set the pen widths to 0.001 inches (0.025 mm),
and for colors requiring raster output, set pen widths greater than 0.008 inches (0.20 mm). So now,
select Start from scratch, and then click Next. Enter a name and then click Next. Click the Plot Style
Table Editor button. Click Color 1, hold the shift key on your keyboard and click colors 2 through 7.
You can only use colors 1 through 7 with the ULS printer driver. With all 7 colors highlighted, click the
Edit Lineweights button and then select the units desired. Add a lineweight of 0.001 inches (0.025
mm) to the Value column by clicking on Edit Lineweight and entering 0.001 (or 0.025 for metric
settings). Click OK, click Save & Close, and then click Finish.
Click the Layout Settings tab and set the Plot Scale to 1:1.
AutoCAD is not set up properly to work with the ULS printer driver.
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PRINTER DRIVER CONTROLS
Adobe Illustrator CS for Windows 2000/XP
Adobe Illustrator CS, in combination with the new ULS printer driver version 1.07F or later, is now
capable of both raster and vector output as well as full-field engraving capability. The following procedure
assumes that you are familiar with the use and operation of Windows 200 or XP, and Adobe Illustrator
CS.
Procedure
1. Close all Windows programs.
2. Upgrade to Adobe Illustrator CS but do not launch it yet.
3. Upgrade to ULS printer driver version 1.07F or later.
4. Set your Windows default printer to the ULS printer driver.
5. Launch Adobe Illustrator CS and start a new graphic.
6. You will now need to set the Page Setup, in Adobe, to the largest square page that is equal to the
width of your laser systems field. For example, if your laser system has a 24 x 12 inch field, then
set the page setup in Adobe to 24 x 24 inch Portrait mode (not Landscape). If you laser system
has a 32 x 18 inch field, set the page setup in Adobe to 32 x 32 Portrait.
7. Now, place your graphics ONLY within the top portion of your page in Adobe. Don’t use the
bottom portion that extends below the physical size of the engraving area of your machine. Since
your laser system truly doesn’t have a usable area as big as the page size you created, the only
way to make Adobe work is to trick it into thinking it is outputting to a larger, square-fielded,
device.
8. If you would like vector output, in Adobe, set your stroke weight to either .001 inches or .1 points.
You will have to type in this setting because it is not available from the dropdown list.
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Section 3
Printer Driver Controls
This section describes the use of each of the features of the printer driver. The printer driver controls are
similar between the Windows 95/98/ME and the Windows 2000/XP operating systems. THE WINDOWS
2000/XP PRINTER DRIVER HAS MORE CONTROLS AND FEATURE THAN THE WINDOWS 95/98/ME
DRIVER AND WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND ITS USE. If you are upgrading an older laser system with a
computer running the Windows 2000/XP operating system,
PLEASE CONTACT TECHNICAL
SUPPORT BEFORE UPGRADING as there may be compatibility issues that need to be addressed.
Definitions and Terminology
Vector Graphic: An image generated from mathematical descriptions that determine the position,
length, and direction in which lines are drawn. Vector graphics are composed of fills and/or outlines.
Fill: A color, bitmap, fountain, or pattern applied to the interior area of a vector graphic.
Outline: The line that defines the shape of a vector graphic.
Bitmap: An image composed of grids of pixels or dots.
Motion System: The mechanical/electrical system that delivers the laser beam by moving the
focusing lens directly above the application material.
Laser Beam Delivery Method (Mode): Three distinct ways the laser system can deliver the laser
beam to the application material called raster engraving, vector marking, and vector cutting.
Raster: The process where the laser beam makes a series of bi-directional,
horizontal scan lines to produce an image. Fills and Bitmaps are automatically
raster engraved by the laser system.
Vector: The process where the laser beam follows the path of the outline (if
present) of the graphic.
Marking: Setting the laser power low enough to only penetrate the surface
of the material.
Cutting: Setting the laser power high enough to cut all the way through
the material (if the material can be cut).
NOTE: When adjusting the printer driver settings, it is highly recommended that you practice
engraving or cutting on a scrap portion of that material in case the settings need to be re-adjusted
to obtain the desired results.
GRAPHICS SOFTWARE SETUP
Laser Settings Tab
Pen Mode
The driver uses the word “PEN” because the laser system works similar to the operation of a pen plotter
output device. A pen plotter physically selects a colored pen that matches the same colored objects in
your graphic, called “color mapping”, and draws the graphic, on paper, in that color. The laser system,
however, applies a Mode, % Power, % Speed, PPI, and Gas Assist (computer controlled air assist
models only) setting to the individually colored objects in your graphic. Up to eight (8) sets of useradjustable parameters, which control laser beam delivery to your application material, can be “mapped” to
the respectively colored filled or outlined objects in your graphic.
NOTE: Black and white, grayscale, and color bitmaps are all mapped to the black color’s settings.
Clicking the square button toggles through the following laser beam delivery modes for the each of the
eight respective pen colors.
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RAST/VECT (default) rasters fills and vector marks or cuts proper outlines.
RAST rasters all fills AND outlines regardless of outline thickness.
VECT only vector marks or cuts proper outlines. It will skip all fills and will skip all outlines with
line weights thicker than a hairline.
SKIP ignores all fills and outlines.
Color, Power, Speed, and PPI
To change the % Power, % Speed, and/or PPI of a color, position the mouse arrow on the color name
and click once. This will highlight the color’s parameters and will allow the changing of the settings by
using the scroll bars or by typing in each setting in the appropriate control box. It is possible to click on
more than one color to set them to the same setting at the same time. IN the Windows 95/98/ME driver,
PPI is not adjustable unless the Use Default PPI (500) is NOT selected.
% Power
Available settings are from 0 to 100%. This setting is directly related to how deep the engraving will
be. The higher the setting, the deeper it engraves, marks, or cuts, and vice-versa.
% Speed
Available settings are from 0 to 100%. This setting determines the maximum rate of travel of the
motion system. Actual engraving time (throughput) is not only dependent on the % Speed setting, but
is also dependent on the size and the placement of the graphic in the engraving field. The motion
system will accelerate/decelerate as fast as it can up to the chosen speed. If the motion system
cannot achieve the chosen speed based on the size of the graphic or graphical placement in the field
it will automatically adjust its speed internally to the maximum speed it can achieve. This is evident
when you see the motion system automatically slow down while cutting curves or circles as opposed
to straight lines. Automatic proportional pulsing (see PPI) of the laser beam will ensure that there is
no difference in the depth of cut from straight lines to curves. Remember that depending on the
graphic and your chosen settings, increasing or decreasing the speed setting will not necessarily
process the file faster or slower, respectively. We will discuss how to optimize the throughput of the
system later in this manual.
% Power and % Speed work together in determining how deep the engraving or cutting will be.
Higher power and slower speeds produce deeper results. Lower power and higher speeds produce
shallower results.
NOTE: 100% raster speed is different than 100% vector speed. Due to the inertia of the X-axis
arm, movements in the Y-direction, and also depending on which model you have, vector
speeds will range from one-third to one-half the maximum raster speed.
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PPI
Available settings are 1 to 1000. The laser beam is always pulsed and never “on” continuously even
though it may appear that way. The PPI setting indicates how many laser pulses, per linear inch, the
laser cartridge will emit. The pulsing of the laser beam is electronically linked to the motion system.
These pulses will always fire, equally spaced, from one to the next, regardless of changes in speed.
In raster mode, the laser pulses are applied in bi-directional, horizontal scan lines just
like a dot matrix printer. If you set the PPI to 500 and use the standard focusing lens
(2.0”) which has a laser spot size of five thousandths of an inch (.005”), pulses will
fire every .002 inches (500 PPI), which will produce pulse overlap. Raising the PPI
higher, such as 1000, the pulses will overlap more whereas lowering the PPI to
something like 150 will spread the pulses out far enough where they may not overlap
at all. When raster engraving filled objects, it is advisable to use a PPI setting of 500 or higher. If
using less, the image resolution of the engraving is reduced. In some rare cases, using less than 500
PPI may produce better results.
In vector mode, laser pulsing follows the path of the outline of the object. Imagine
the laser system working like a sewing machine where the stitching always remains
consistent whether you sew fast, slow, or around curves. The setting you use will be
application material dependent. Using less than 150 PPI may result in the pulses
being spread so far apart that they may or may not touch one another. Perforated
paper has this characteristic. Higher PPI settings may cause more of a melting or
burning effect on the edges whereas lower PPI settings may reduce the burning, melting, or charring,
but may result in a serrated or perforated-looking edge. Increasing or decreasing the PPI setting
does not affect engraving speed, only the frequency of the pulses.
Set Button
After making % Power, % Speed, and PPI adjustments, you must click the Set button to register the
change. If you do not click on Set, but click the OK button instead, the settings will revert back to the
previous settings.
Gas Assist
If your system DOES NOT have the Air Assist option, you MUST leave the setting to MANUAL or OFF
otherwise your system will hesitate up to 10 seconds after you press the start button on the machine. If
you purchased the Air Assist option please refer to the operations manual for more details on how to use
the printer driver controls properly.
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This selection, located in each tab, opens the printer driver’s help screens.
Use Default PPI (500) (Windows 95/98/ME only)
Turning this switch OFF will permit the changing of the PPI settings. If the switch is turned ON, 500 PPI
will appear in all of the colors and will be colored gray. Since 500 PPI is the setting that is used most
often, this control sets the PPI to 500 automatically and does not allow change unless the Use Default
PPI (500) switch is turned back OFF.
Coated Metal Mode (Windows 95/98/ME only)
Provides faster raster engraving for small graphics engraved onto materials that are not sensitive to the
quick acceleration/deceleration of the focus carriage.
Clipart Mode (Windows 95/98/ME)
See Print Mode in the Windows 2000/XP driver.
Curve Enhancement (Windows 95/98/ME only)
See Vector Optimizer in the Windows 2000/XP driver.
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DPI (Windows 95/98/ME) or Image Density (Windows 2000/XP)
This setting determines how many raster strokes per vertical inch of travel the motion system steps down
to produce the engraving. It can also be referred to as the vertical lines per inch or fill spacing. There are
six DPI settings to choose from 1000, 500, 333, 250, 200 and DRAFT (Win 95/95/ME). In the Windows
2000/XP driver it is termed Image Density and there are 6 Image Density choices in all models except the
SuperSpeed model, which has 8 levels when in Dual Beam mode. Higher Image Density (DPI) settings
produce better quality raster images, but reduce productivity by increasing engraving time. Lower Image
Density (DPI) settings produce lower quality raster images, but increase productivity by decreasing
engraving time.
Image Density (DPI) settings will also have an effect on vector quality and vector speeds when vectoring
other than straight horizontal or vertical lines. For example, a circle is made up of very small straight-line
segments linked together at very small angles. If you choose a high quality setting such as 6 (1000 DPI),
then these segments are as small as possible and they are high in quantity. The result is the smoothest
looking circle but will take longer to vector engrave or cut because the focus carriage must start and stop
at the ends of each line segment. Since there are many segments, it will take longer to process, but the
quality will be the highest that the machine can produce. If using a low quality setting such as 1 (DRAFT),
these segments become longer, but there are less of them resulting in more flat-edged looking curves
that will process faster.
By running samples on scrap materials and practicing with different settings, you can find a compromise
between throughput and engraving quality.
Dual Beam (SuperSpeed only)
NOTE: Before attempting to use the Dual Beam feature, be sure that you completely understand and
are comfortable with using the laser system in single beam mode. A complete explanation on how
Dual Beam mode physically differs from single beam mode can be found in the SuperSpeed's
operations manual.
This unique feature is available only in the SuperSpeed Platform and may be used to raster engrave
FLAT MATERIALS ONLY. The Dual Beam mode harnesses the productivity power of utilizing two
independent laser beam sources to engrave two successive raster lines of data at the same time,
dramatically increasing throughput by reducing engraving time. Vector engraving or cutting will
automatically run in the combined, Single Beam mode, regardless of whether this feature is selected
or not.
Selecting Dual Beam also adds two more image density selections giving you a total of 8 instead of 6
to choose from.
Lens (SuperSpeed only)
From this dropdown list, please choose the focus lens that is installed in the laser system. Different
focal length lenses produce a different laser beam spot size, which has an effect on the spacing
between the two laser beams and ultimately affects the appearance of the engraved image. It is
important that you choose the correct focus lens from the list.
NOTE: Due to the physical restraints of how the SuperSpeed controls two separate laser beams
sources, the only lenses that can be used, while in the Dual Beam mode, are the 1.5-inch and the
2.0-inch lenses.
Settings
A unique feature of the printer driver is the ability to store all of its settings in a file without you having to
write them down. These settings files are what we call LAS files.
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Save
By clicking Save, the “Save Engraving Setup” dialog box will appear and will allow you to enter in a
file name. All settings will be stored in this file that has a “.LAS” extension. DO NOT rename the
extension; the driver will not recognize the file as a laser settings file if it does not have the “.LAS”
extension name. These files can be stored in any directory on your hard drive or floppy disks and you
can have as many setting files as your disks can hold.
Load
To recall printer driver settings that have been previously saved, click on the “Load” button and
choose the desired .LAS settings file. The settings that are currently on screen will be replaced by
the settings from the .LAS file. You may abort this change by clicking Cancel; clicking OK will
approve the change.
Default (Windows 2000/XP only)
This button will reset the driver settings to the originally installed values.
Print Mode (Windows 2000/XP only)
In this dropdown list, you can choose from 4 different printing modes, Normal (default), Clipart, 3D, and
Rubber Stamp.
Clipart Mode
This control simulates laser printer output and is very useful if using a drawing with many colors,
shades of gray, or many outlines. It is recommended to turn this control ON when using DRAWN
clipart because there may be some underlying cutting lines hiding behind filled areas. Having this
control ON gives a what-you-see-is-what-you-get output very similar to laser printer output. The
entire drawing will be raster engraved, including all outlines, and only the Black color setting is used.
The driver automatically turns OFF its color-mapping feature and all colors are engraved as different
shades of gray, represented by a halftone pattern. The type of halftone pattern is based upon the
“Quality” setting of the driver the same way grayscale bitmaps are interpreted. Since clipart images
use a wide variety of colors, shades, and outlines, the only effective way of engraving these images is
to have this control turned ON. Clipart mode also provides greater compatibility with Windows
software that does not work well with vector devices such as the laser system. Do not activate this
control when printing photographs or bitmapped images; use it ONLY with DRAWN clipart.
3D
There are two ways to use this feature. The first method is used produce an engraving that has a
contoured depth, giving it a three dimensional feel. It is used in combination with grayscale bitmaps
by automatically assigning laser power levels to the shades of gray of the bitmap WITHOUT
converting the image to a halftone. These power settings are based off the setting you entered for
the color black, in the printer driver. The darkest shades of gray (black) will be assigned the value of
the setting for the black color. The lightest shade of gray (white) will automatically be assigned a 0%
power. All other shades of gray that fall between black and white will automatically be assigned an
appropriate power level that matches the darkness of the color. The engraving will appear “3D”
because the depth of the engraving will vary according to the image. Sometimes it takes several
passes to create enough relief in the engraving to get the desired results.
Special 3D software is required to produce the type of grayscale images that are compatible with this
mode. You cannot simply use ANY grayscale bitmap to produce a “3D” effect. Please contact our
Applications Department for the latest 3D software recommendations.
The second way to use the 3D feature is to engrave any photograph, lightly onto the surface of hard
materials such as black marble, anodized aluminum, painted brass, micro-surfaced engravers plastic,
etc., to produce unbelievable photographic quality. Using the appropriate materials and settings, the
end result is an engraving that looks more like a photograph than a halftoned or diffusion dithered
image does. To use the 3D feature in this method you must first set up a few things.
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Choose Your Material
The best material to use is one that has the highest contrast such as black anodized aluminum,
black marble, or black cored engravers plastic with a white micro surfaced coating. While other
materials may work ok, they might not produce the highest quality.
Establishing Nominal Power
Choose your %Speed and you Image Density settings. Set the PPI to 1000 but don’t set the
%Power setting just yet. The objective is to use the LOWEST %Power setting that produces the
most contrast such as the whitest (as in black anodized aluminum) or the darkest (as in black
cored engravers plastic with a white micro surfaced coating) results. This is what we call the
“nominal” power setting. Over-powering the material will produce poor results.
In your graphics software, create a series of 5 rectangles that are about ¼ inch high and 6 inches
wide as in the following diagram:
Starting with the top rectangle set the power setting to a value that you know will be too low. For
example, engrave the first rectangle at 5% power, increasing the power for each subsequent
rectangle 5% finishing the series off at 25% power and note the results. Choose the rectangle
that uses the lowest %Power setting to achieve the most contrast. If 25% is not enough power,
then engrave the rectangles once again, this time starting at 25% and incrementing by 5% and so
on.
In this particular example, we’ll say that 20% power looks over-burned but 15% appears underburned. Since the material may be sensitive to small power changes, you may need to narrow it
down a bit further. Engrave a new series of rectangles, but this time start the top rectangle at
15% then add 1% for the next rectangle, and so forth, until you find the best setting between 15%
and 20%.
The setting that produces the highest contrast using the least amount of %Power is called the
nominal power setting.
Engraving a Calibration Scale
Now that you have established the nominal power setting, you will need to engrave a grayscale
calibration scale. You can create one of your own or use the one provided for you which can be
found on the printer driver disk called “Calibration Scale.CDR”. This is a CorelDRAW 8 file so
using versions 8 and higher will open the file. The scale looks like this:
00
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
Each rectangle is .5 inches wide and .25 inches tall. Each successive shade of gray is
incremented by 16 levels starting at 0 and ending at 255. The numbers below the scale are there
as a reference to the 16 levels of power control (explained later) and do not need to be engraved
if you do not want to.
You can also load a custom grayscale color palette into your CorelDRAW program. This file can
also be found on your driver disk and is named “ULS photo.cpl”. Use this palette if you want to
create your own calibration scale.
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Engrave the calibration scale, onto your material, using the nominal power setting you
established earlier. Compare it to the actual calibration scale that you see on screen or in this
manual. If the response of your material to the laser beam was perfectly linear, then the result
should look exactly like the calibration scale. Most likely you will find that several rectangles
appear to have the same appearance of shading. The objective would be to engrave the
calibration scale and produce a result that would appear as if each rectangle would have its own
distinguishable level of gray, starting from white all the way to black. To help you achieve those
results, the printer driver gives you the ability to calibrate the power level of each one of the
rectangles. To access the feature, click on the “Configure” button.
Configure Button
When you click this button, the ULS 3D Power Calibration screen will appear. Notice that there
are 16 slider bars representing the 16 shades of gray of the calibration scale. The 00 and the 15
are not adjustable as they represent white and black. The 14 other ones can be adjusted. The
objective is to go back and forth between adjusting the corresponding slider bars and reengraving the calibration scale until you can duplicate the appearance of the calibration scale as
best as you can. As you are progressing MAKE SURE YOU KEEP SAVING YOUR SETTINGS
IN AN LAS FILE just in case your computer crashes, etc. This is a lengthy procedure so you do
not want to have to do it twice.
Once you have duplicated the Calibration Scale onto your material, calibration is now complete.
You only need to do this calibration one time for each material you intend on using to produce
photographs.
NOTE: If you are using a type of material that becomes lighter when you engrave, such as
black marble, you will need to invert the photograph first (make a negative image), in your
photo editing software, otherwise when you engrave the image, it will appear like a
negative image.
APPLY Button
Click this button to enable the settings that you just set.
CLOSE Button
This closes the 3D Power Calibration settings window and cancels any changes you made to
the scale if you didn’t click the APPLY button.
DEFAULTS Button
Applies the factory default settings to the 3D Power Calibration settings
Rubber Stamp
This mode causes a “shouldering” effect when raster
engraving rubber stamp material or any other material that
requires a “shouldered” engraving. The effect looks as if
the laser beam engraved the material on an angle, but in
actuality it is the precise control of laser power that creates
this appearance. This is a “raster only” feature that only
works with black colored graphics and uses the power
setting of the black color in the printer driver. Vectors are
processed normally and can be used for vector engraving
or cutting by assigning any of the seven other printer driver
colors to the outline desired.
This image...
...turns into this
image by the driver...
...and the engraved
image looks like this.
This image...
...turns into this
...and the engraved
To obtain a “raised” engraving such as a rubber stamp,
image by the driver...
image looks like this.
simply create a “negative” graphic so that the background
is black and the text or graphic objects are white. This way, the background engraves and the text or
objects remain untouched, producing a “pyramid” effect.
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To obtain a “chiseled” or “sunken” engraving, create a “positive” graphic so that the background is
white and the text or objects are black. This way, the text or graphic engraves and the background
remains untouched, producing a “chiseled” effect.
Configure Button
Selecting it brings up a pop-up window so you can choose from the following settings:
Taper Selection
Choose from various types of shoulder angles. Experiment with each setting and note
the result.
Invert Page
This converts all black objects into white and all white objects into black for the ENTIRE
PAGE. This is very useful for engraving a full sheet of rubber stamps.
Mirror Page
This mirrors the ENTIRE PAGE from left to right (horizontally). It will not mirror individual
objects or selections. This is very useful for engraving full sheets rubber stamps because
the graphics on screen are non-mirrored and can be proof read easily.
Power
Notice that when you click on different Taper Selections, that the power table changes.
This is because the laser applies power in different profiles to produce different styles of
taper. You will notice that you cannot adjust the pre-defined Taper, however, if you
would like to create a custom taper of your own, first select the Taper Selection that you
would like to start with and then click the “NEW” button. This will copy the taper as a
“Custom Shoulder” that you can rename by typing a new name in the dialog box and
clicking “Rename”. You can also adjust the profile however you desire. Each slider bar
controls the lasers power for that step. The numbers at the bottom of that slider bar
define the width of the step in .001 inches (mils). The square at the top of each slider bar
is it activate/deactivate button. Always deactivate the steps you are not using so that it
will apply 100% power to that level.
STEP POWER %
0
8
20
31
39
49
59
100
Material
.002”
STEP WIDTH
Normal Rubber Stamp Setting
...will give you these results
The diagram above is an example of the Normal Rubber Stamp Taper Selection. You
can see that there are 8 steps used to create the shoulder. The surface of the material is
considered the first step and the bottom of the engraving is considered the last step. You
can define as many as 16 steps but the first or the last steps are not definable because
they are fixed at a power setting of 0% and 100% respectively. You can only define the
parameters for the steps in between the first and last steps in which there are 14 of them.
By adjusting the power setting for each step, the width in (.001) inches for each step, and
the number of steps, different shoulder profiles can be created. NOTE: The maximum
shoulder width is .056 inches.
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Engraving Field Tab
Language
Select from many different languages in this drop down list. Some language changes will not take effect
until the printer control panel is closed and then re-opened.
Version
Clicking Version will display a pop-up dialog box containing information on the current driver version
number as well as the driver’s copyright notice. If contacting technical support, it is important to have the
version number of your driver available.
Start Options
Choose from either Auto Start or Manual Start in Windows 95/98/ME only. Windows 2000/XP users can
only use Manual Start.
Auto Start
This enables the laser system to begin engraving as soon as you click the OK button and without
having to push the start button on the control panel of the laser system. This option functions only
when the laser system’s one file memory mode is activated. Refer to the laser system’s operations
manual on how to activate one file memory mode.
CAUTION: Before using AUTO START, please ensure that your exhaust system is powered ON and
your material is loaded into the machine and properly focused. Use extreme caution when using this
feature because there will be very little time to stop the laser system from engraving or cutting once
you have clicked OK in the driver.
Manual Start
This is the normal mode of operation of the laser system. The laser system will not start until the
entire file enters into the laser system and the operator pushes the start button on the control panel.
Engraving Field
Width and Height
The page size that you enter here MUST match the page size in your graphics software program
EXACTLY and it is up to the operator to enter in the correct settings. Select the metric box if metric
units are desired.
NOTE: Incorrect use of this feature may cause no graphics, partial graphics, erroneous graphics, or
a misaligned graphics output, relative to the application material, to occur. To avoid problems, we
recommend that set it to the maximum field size of your laser system (click the Maximum Page Size
button) and also set your graphics software programs page size to match.
Maximum Page Size Button
Clicking on this button restores the driver back to the default maximum page size that your model can
accept.
Orientation
Orientation determines the raster direction of travel and MUST also match your graphics software’s page
orientation EXACTLY. The landscape mode is the NORMAL mode of operation and causes the laser
system to raster in the left and right direction. Portrait mode (Windows 95/98/ME only) causes the laser
system to raster from the front to the back of the laser system (not recommended for continuous use).
DO NOT choose different orientation settings between your graphics software and the driver otherwise,
your graphic may not print in the correct position or may not print at all because it may be inadvertently
placed off the printable area of the page.
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Rotary Fixture
This option is available for most models. Please refer to operations manual on how to install and use the
Rotary Fixture.
Advanced Tab (Windows 2000/XP)
Dithering
Dithering settings are used when printing grayscale or color bitmapped images such as TIF, JPG, and
BMP formatted images. Since the laser system is essentially a black and white printer (black turns the
laser ON and white turns the laser OFF), and if you choose the correct settings, the driver will
automatically convert the grayscale or color bitmap into a 1-bit “halftoned” black and white image. This
process is very similar to how newspaper photographs as well as laser printer photographs are printed.
For a more detailed explanation of the terms “grayscale”, “bitmap”, “halftone”, or “dither”, please refer to
the “Graphic Software Setup” section in this manual.
Halftone
This halftone pattern generator converts grayscale bitmaps into a halftoned image based on your
Image Density choice in the driver.
IMAGE DENSITY
6
5
4
3
2
ANGLE
45 DEGREES
45 DEGREES
45 DEGREES
45 DEGREES
45 DEGREES
SHAPE
ROUND
ROUND
ROUND
ROUND
ROUND
LINES PER INCH
180
90
60
45
36
Error Diffusion
Unlike halftoning, error diffusion scatters the black pixels in a random pattern to represent shading. It
uses the quantity of black dots instead of the size of the black dots to represent the different shades
of gray. The pattern created will be dependent on the quality setting that you choose in the driver
with the exception that there is no chart to reference. Higher quality settings such as 5 will produce a
more densely packed, higher dot quantity pattern whereas lower resolution setting such as 2 will
produce a loosely packed, lower quantity dot pattern
NOTE: DO NOT use Error Diffusion when engraving rubber stamps otherwise dots will appear in the
background. Choose only Halftone.
Black and White Mode
This mode thresholds the image at 50% black. Each pixel that is greater than 50% black will be
converted into white and each pixel that is 50% black or less will be converted into black. This effect
is very similar to trying to duplicate a photograph using a photocopier.
Helpful Tip
Engraving grayscale bitmaps using a dithering pattern requires some practice and a bit of trial and error
to achieve perfection. It also requires some knowledge of bitmap editing software. These images will
visually appear different on one material as opposed to another material even if you use the same driver
settings. As a rule of thumb, use an Image Density setting of 5 using halftone or diffusion pattern on
harder materials such as marble, anodized aluminum or microsurfaced engraver's plastic. Use an Image
Density setting of 3 using the halftone or diffusion pattern for softer materials such as wood or materials
that you intend on engraving very deeply.
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Print Direction
Your choices are Down or Up. The default direction is Down which begins engraving at the top of the
field and finishes at the bottom. On some materials you may get better results by starting at the bottom
and engraving towards the top of the field (Up). This is because the engraving smoke is being drawn
towards the top of the field. On some materials engraving Down causes the smoke or debris from the
engraving to be deposited onto the previously engraved surface, possibly damaging the engraved area.
Experiment with the different directions using different materials and choose the best method for your
application.
NOTE: The Up direction is especially useful when engraving rubber stamps and utilizing the Back Sweep
Air Assist option.
Image Enhancement
These controls allow the user to “fine tune” the image which will enable the laser system to produce the
highest quality, highest detailed images at high or low speeds. Image Enhancement may be used at any
engraving speed and with any application material.
The following procedure may appear lengthy, but when you actually learn how to use the controls,
establishing the correct parameters is easy and quick. Once you have established those parameters you
can “SAVE” them in the ULS printer driver as .LAS settings and recall them when needed. Many users
choose to name these saved setting according to the application material’s name. Before stepping you
through the procedure we must first define the parameters.
NOTE: The Image Enhancement settings are designed to work with the BLACK pen color in the
printer driver. However, the other 7 pen colors of the printer driver will use the same Image
Enhancement settings. Keep in mind that those settings will have a different resulting effect on if
the other colors %power, %speed, and PPI are different than the black pen color’s setting.
Definitions
CONTRAST: Adjusts the difference between the unengraved and engraved areas in the high density part
of the graphic or where there is the most concentration of graphic pixels (in between the dotted lines) as
the following diagram illustrates:
Universal Laser Systems, Inc.
Within this effective area, using too little CONTRAST may cause some parts of the letters to appear thin,
faint, fuzzy, or even non-existent. Having too much CONTRAST will cause the effective area to appear
thick, bold, or over powered.
DEFINITION: Adjusts the difference between low density and the high density part of the graphic. The
low density part of the graphic can be considered such as the ascenders and decenders of text, or single
pixels that may be horizontally spaced far from other pixels, or the start of the graphic in the direction of
the raster stroke. Refer to the following diagram:
Universal Laser Systems, Inc.
Setting this parameter too low may cause the effective part of the graphic to appear thin, faint, fuzzy, or
non-existent. Too high of a parameter will cause these objects to appear thicker, bolder, or more powered
than the high density areas of the graphic.
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DENSITY: Adjusts the difference between the entire unengraved and engraved areas. If the parameter
is too high, then the entire engraved image may appear thick, bold or over powered. Too low of a setting
may cause the image to appear thin and pixels or parts of characters may disappear altogether. The
opposite effect would occur on inverted images such as white text on a black background.
TUNING: Adjusts the image so that the pixels vertically line up with each other during the left and right,
bi-directional raster strokes, will line up properly. A misadjusted TUNING value will cause the image to
appear double-imaged or inadvertently bolder than normal. A typical non-Image Enhanced TUNING
value can be from -4 up to 0, whereas a typical Image Enhanced TUNING value generally averages
around +4. Yes, TUNING will be different if you have Image Enhancements enabled or disabled. Saving
the printer driver settings will also save the TUNING value.
Procedure
The following procedure assumes that you have some experience working with the laser system and you
have a general idea of the Power, Speed, PPI, and Image Density settings that you intend to use for the
chosen application material.
In the following example, we will be engraving painted brass choosing 100% speed for good throughput,
and Image Density 5 for good quality.
Step 1: Establish the nominal power setting.
In your graphics software, create a series of 5 rectangles that are about ¼ inch high and 6 inches wide as
in the following diagram:
Starting with the top rectangle set the power setting to a value that you know will be too low. For
example, set it to 5% power and the rest of the parameters to 100% speed, 1000 PPI, and Image Density
5. At this time, ensure that Image Enhancement is NOT enabled. Engrave the first rectangle at 5%
power, increasing the power for each subsequent rectangle 5% finishing the series off at 25% power and
note the results. What you are looking for is the LOWEST power setting that has the cleanest removal of
material. This would be the nominal power setting. While higher than nominal settings may also produce
clean engraving, it will overpower the material and may cause highly detailed engraving, unlike these
rectangles, to appear too thick, bold or washed-out. If 25% is not enough power, then engrave the
rectangles again, this time starting at 25% and incrementing by 5% and so on. In our particular example,
we’ll say that 20% power looks good but 15% appears underpowered. Since we know that this material
happens to be sensitive to small power changes, we’ll need to narrow it down a bit further. Engrave the
rectangles once again, but this time start the top rectangle at 15% then add 1% for the next rectangle and
so on until you reach 20%. The results now indicate that nominal power setting of 17% power looks as if it
is the LOWEST power setting that produces the cleanest results at 100% Speed, 1000 PPI, and Image
Density 5.
Step 2: Using text to set the CONTRAST parameter.
Type in a random line of text, using the Times New Roman font, set at 8 or 10 points in size. Make sure
that the text string is at least 6 inches long and that the characters used include punctuation marks,
spaces, and lower and upper case as in the following example:
Universal Laser Systems, Inc. produces the “BEST” laser systems in the world!
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Engrave it with the settings determined in step one but this time ENABLE Image Enhancement and set
CONTRAST to 0, DEFINITION to 0, DENSITY to 100 and the TUNING value to +4. You should expect
the results to appear fuzzy, having parts of the characters missing, and overall engraving quality to be not
as good as expected. This is normal. Move the line of text, slightly downward in your graphics software
so that you will engrave a clean part of the material but keeping it close enough to the previous engraving
so that you have something to compare it to. Keep engraving samples and adjusting the CONTRAST
upwards in increments of 5 and note the results. The objective is to adjust the CONTRAST just enough to
cause the high density areas of the text to be sharp and clear. Ignore the appearance of the ascenders
(like quotation marks or the tops of h’s) and decenders (like commas or the bottom of lower case p’s) as
they will appear faint and unclear. This is to be expected. DO NOT adjust the CONTRAST setting to try to
force these to appear, we will use the DEFINITION adjustment for those. Right now, ONLY concentrate
on the high density part of the characters. Setting CONTRAST too high can cause the characters to
appear “fat” or “bold”. Adjusting the CONTRAST by just one number can make a big difference in
appearance so continue adjusting the setting by first incrementing in 5’s until you get close, but then fine
tune the setting by incrementing or decrementing by 1’s until the exact setting is achieved.
Step 3: Adjusting DEFINITION to enhance the ascenders and decenders.
Now, increase the DEFINITION in increments of 5 at a time until the ascenders, decenders, commas,
quotation marks and any other low density area characters begin to appear. The objective is to increase
the setting just enough to cause these parts of the graphic to match the appearance of the high density
areas. Setting the DEFINITION too high will result in ascenders and decenders appearing too “fat” or
“bold” compared to the rest of the graphic.
Step 4: Reducing DENSITY as needed.
Once CONTRAST and DEFINITION have been set to the appropriate levels, the graphic may or may not
appear to be “fat” or “bold”. In most cases, the appearance will look great without making any more
adjustments. However, if everything appears overpowered or bold, try reducing the DENSITY down from
100 in increments of 5 and note the results. If the characters begin appear to be “chunky” or appear as if
pixels have been eliminated, then you have reduced it too much. Normally you can leave the DENSITY at
100. However, there may be cases where you need to reduce it. Reducing DENSITY can be very useful
when the image is inverted such as white text with a black background. In this case, if the engraved area
(the background) is overpowering the text (foreground) then reducing the DENSITY may help thicken the
text.
TUNING
Step 5: Fine tuning the raster strokes.
At this point, we are finished with Image Enhancements. Make sure that you save your settings. But your
graphic may need a little more “fine tuning”. The typical TUNING setting is +4 when Image Enhancement
is enabled. However, this may or may not be the best setting for your system. To check this setting, you
should perform this last test. Engrave the same text, with all your Image Enhancement settings but this
time set the TUNING value to 0. Then move the graphic down and engrave it again with TUNING setting
+1, then +2 and so forth all the way to +8. Compare each one to the other and find the one that is the
sharpest and clearest. Go back and set the TUNING value to the appropriate number and SAVE your
settings once again.
The Image Enhancement settings for that material are now complete. If you feel that you can “tweak” it a
little more, go back to step 2 and try again, but this time start with your current Image Enhancement
settings that you saved. It is not necessary to reset your nominal power setting and we recommend that
you leave it the same as the value you determined in step 1.
Setting the Image Enhancement parameters using this procedure will cause all of your graphics, whether
big or small, inverted or not, dense or highly detailed, to appear better than ever. We suggest that you
run this procedure for all your materials and save your parameters. This may sound like a big job, but the
additional productivity and engraving quality that your system is capable of producing is well worth the
small amount of time spent.
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NOTE: Image Enhancement will cause files to take longer to print. Since most materials do not require
the use of Image Enhancement, use this feature only as needed. Also, Image Enhancement and 3D
Effects cannot be selected at the same time. The printer driver will automatically notify you if you attempt
to do so.
Use 1 Laser (SuperSpeed – 600 and SuperSpeed – 660 models only)
Enables only the top laser and disables the bottom laser from emitting a beam during raster
engraving. This way you could obtain the correct material settings by using the lower power of a
single laser as opposed to the combined power of two lasers. This option only works for raster
engraving and will automatically turn on the bottom laser when vector cutting. Using the Dual Beam
mode will automatically disable “Use 1 Laser” when engraving in case you accidentally leave it on.
Texture
Selecting this new feature produces a “textured” or “splattered” engraving background. This helps
improve the appearance of engraving large areas of material. It only works when Image
Enhancement is activated.
Calculate Button
After you establish your nominal power setting for your material using the Black pen color settings,
click on this button to have the printer driver automatically “estimate” your enhancement settings.
The results may be useful “as-is” or may need to be adjusted. Due to the differences in laser
performance, power, and material interaction with the laser beam, usage of this feature may not
always yield the best results and may serve only as a starting point.
Vector Optimizer
The four available selections apply to vector output only and have no effect on raster images. Regardless
of which of the following selections you choose, vectors are grouped by pen color and will always output
in the color order listed in the printer driver.
OFF
Turns off this feature.
ENHANCE ONLY
The printer driver collects all the vectors from the application software and reconstructs them (so
to speak) by removing start and stop points within the vector curves so that they run smoother
with less jitter. It has no effect on straight, horizontal or vertical, lines
SORT ONLY
The printer driver collects all the vectors from the application software, stores them in temporary
memory, sorts them, and the outputs them in the following order:
• All open path vectors are output first (not closed path vectors like circles and squares)
beginning with the end point of the vector path that is closest to the current position of the
focus carriage. All subsequent open vector paths are output using the same “nearest
neighbor” starting point method which eliminates the random “vector hopping” that
causes longer processing times.
• Closed paths will follow, beginning with the innermost closed path and ending with the
outermost closed path. This is particularly useful in an elevated cutting application to
prevent the outer piece from falling first. The beginning point of a closed path is
automatically selected by the printer driver by the “nearest neighbor” vector path that has
the steepest angle in the Y-axis direction.
ENHANCE AND SORT
This turns on both features simultaneously.
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Vector Scaling
This feature allows you to calibrate vector cutting or vector engraving to your particular application. To
calibrate the system, as an example, draw a precise, 5” x 5” square in your graphics software. In the
printer driver, set the laser power and speed setting to vector mark (do not cut through) this square onto
some scrap material. After marking, remove the material and with a precision measuring device such as
a caliper, measure the square in both the horizontal (X) and vertical (Y) directions. Let’s say that the
measurement was 4.997”x and 4.996”y. Use the formula (desired length/measured length) and enter the
result into the X-axis and Y-axis boxes respectively. In this example, the result would be X-axis = 1.0006
to 1.0000 and Y-axis = 1.0008 to 1.0000. The printer driver will scale the images larger for numbers
greater than 1.0000 and will scale the image smaller for numbers less than 1.0000. After changing the
numbers, repeat the marking procedure and verify that the square is scaled correctly. We used a 5” by 5”
square just as an example but you can use any size object that is smaller than the maximum size of the
engraving field. Using the Vector scaling feature with larger images produces more accurate results.
Keep in mind that this feature DOES NOT scale raster images so if you combine raster and vector images
in one file, the raster image may not align with your vectors. You will need to manually position your
raster images in their desired position.
CAUTION: Do not attempt to use the vector-scaling feature when your graphic extends out to the
absolute edge of the engraving field. You may accidentally cause the driver to attempt to print past the
edge of the maximum allowable page size. Unexpected results may occur. If you use this feature, the
actual allowable page size decreases by the same amount that you are attempting to offset.
Rotary Rotation
If you have purchased the optional Rotary fixture, you may need to calibrate your fixture if your
application requires you to engrave or cut completely around the cylinder precisely 360 degrees. Only
use this option if you completely understand and have used the Rotary Fixture in the past. If you are
familiar with the operation of the Rotary Fixture and as an application you create a vector line or raster
graphic that extends from the top of the page (in your graphic software) all the way to the bottom of the
page, you should expect that the Rotary Fixture would rotate a full 360 degrees. If the fixture comes up
short or long by a few degrees, you can compensate for this in the driver. If your application comes up
short, increase the number past 1.0000 as much as you need to and run your sample again. If your
application rotates past 360 degrees, then decrease the number of degrees below 1.0000 to get the ends
to line up. You can calculate the exact number (refer to the Vector Scaling technique in the next
paragraph) but it may be difficult to measure circumference.
The following tabs only appear in the Windows 95/98/ME ULS printer driver. Most
of the controls found in these tabs have been reorganized and moved to other
tabs as in the Windows 2000/XP ULS printer driver.
Graphics Tab
The selections in this tab are used when printing grayscale bitmapped images such as TIF and BMP
formatted images. We recommend that you DO NOT print colored bitmapped images to the laser system.
Due to the computer memory restrictions, most software programs have difficulty halftoning large colored
bitmaps, and errors or computer system crashes may occur. Because the laser system is not a color
printer, it is useless to work with color bitmaps anyways. It is best to first convert the color bitmap to
grayscale, in your bitmap editing software. Since the laser system is essentially a black and white printer
(black turns the laser ON and white turns the laser OFF), and if you choose the correct settings, the driver
will automatically convert grayscale bitmaps into a 1-bit “halftoned” black and white image. This process
is very similar to how newspaper photographs as well as laser printer photographs are printed.
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Force Old Corel 4.0 Bitmap Mode
Use this option ONLY if you are printing grayscale bitmaps directly from CorelDRAW 4. CorelDRAW 4
has a unique way of converting grayscale bitmaps into a halftone pattern, which is not available in any
other version of CorelDRAW. This halftone pattern is based on your Resolution choice in the printer
driver (see the chart below). If you are using CorelDRAW 4 but are not printing any grayscale bitmaps,
then leave this selection OFF. Also, if you are not using CorelDRAW 4 for any reason, always leave this
selection OFF, otherwise you may experience problems vector cutting.
RESOLUTION
1000
500
333
250
200
ANGLE
SHAPE
45 DEGREES
ROUND
45 DEGREES
ROUND
45 DEGREES
ROUND
45 DEGREES
ROUND
45 DEGREES
ROUND
CorelDRAW 4 Halftone Chart
LINES PER INCH
180
90
60
45
36
Bitmap Settings
You MUST select one of these options if you are printing ANY grayscale bitmaps from graphics software
OTHER than CorelDraw 4. The Halftone or Dithering pattern created is dependent on the Image Density
setting that you choose in the driver.
Let Program Do Halftoning
This allows the graphics program to create its own halftone pattern instead of using the driver’s
patterns. Check with your software’s help section on whether or not your program has this capability.
If your software cannot create its own halftones, you will need to choose one of the following halftone
patterns that the printer driver creates.
Halftone (fine)
This halftone pattern generator converts grayscale bitmaps into a halftoned image based on your
Resolution choice in the driver.
RESOLUTION
1000
500
333
250
200
ANGLE
45 DEGREES
45 DEGREES
45 DEGREES
45 DEGREES
45 DEGREES
SHAPE
ROUND
ROUND
ROUND
ROUND
ROUND
LINES PER INCH
180
90
60
45
36
Halftone (coarse)
This halftone pattern generator also converts grayscale bitmaps into a halftoned image based on your
Resolution choice in the driver.
RESOLUTION
1000
500
333
250
200
ANGLE
45 DEGREES
45 DEGREES
45 DEGREES
45 DEGREES
45 DEGREES
SHAPE
ROUND
ROUND
ROUND
ROUND
ROUND
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LINES PER INCH
90
45
30
22
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Error Diffusion
Unlike halftoning, error diffusion scatters the black pixels in a random pattern to represent shading.
Error diffusion, as opposed to halftoning, represents the grayscale bitmapped image by adjusting the
quantity of black dots as instead of the size of the black dots. The pattern created will be dependent
on the quality setting that you choose in the driver with the exception that there is no chart to
reference. Higher quality settings such as 5 will produce a more densely packed, higher dot quantity
pattern whereas lower resolution setting such as 2 will produce a loosely packed, lower quantity dot
pattern. Selecting this option will also enable the following error diffusion controls. Since you cannot
“preview” the image, you will need to laser engrave the image to see the results of the adjustments
that you made.
Brightness is similar to the brightness control in most photo editing software. Adjusting the slider to
the “Bright” side brightens each pixel in the bitmap one shade of gray for each increment. Adjusting
the slider to the “Dark” side darkens each pixel in the bitmap one shade of gray for each decrement.
Contrast is also similar to the contrast control in most photo editing software. Adjusting the slider to
the “High” side increases the contrast of the image by making the lighter colors lighter and the darker
colors darker. This decreases the amount of different gray colors in the image. Sliding it to the
“Low” side decreases the contrast of the image by making the lighter colors darker and the darker
colors lighter, which increases the amount of gray colors in the image.
Diffusion controls the amount of graininess or “noise” level. Adjusting the slider to the “Heavy” side
increases the noise level thus causing the image to appear more “noisy”. Sliding it to the “Light” side
reduces the noise level and causes the image to appear more solid and have less “noise”.
Black and White Mode
This mode thresholds the image at 50% black. Each pixel that is greater than 50% black will be
converted into white and each pixel that is 50% black or less will be converted into black. This effect
is very similar to trying to duplicate a photograph using a photocopier.
Helpful Tip
Engraving grayscale bitmaps with a laser system requires some practice and a bit of trial and error to
achieve perfection. It also requires some knowledge of bitmap editing software. These images will
visually appear different on one material as opposed to another material even if you use the same driver
settings. As a rule of thumb, use the halftone (fine) or diffusion pattern on harder materials such as
marble, anodized aluminum or microsurfaced engraver's plastic. Use the halftone (coarse) pattern for
softer materials such as wood or materials that you intend on engraving very deeply. Please refer to the
section on "Bitmapped Images” for details on how to use, manipulate, and engrave these types of
images.
3D Effects Tab
See the RUBBER STAMP in the PRINT MODE section of the Windows 2000/XP driver for an explanation
of this feature.
Special
Choose from three (3) special effects.
Add Shoulder
Activates the 3D Effects feature. This adds a shoulder to all raster graphic objects within the
engraving area but does not affect vectors
Print as a Negative Image
Converts all black objects into white and all white objects into black for the ENTIRE PAGE. This is
very useful for engraving a full sheet of rubber stamps.
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Print as a Mirror Image
Mirrors the ENTIRE PAGE from left to right (horizontally). It will not mirror individual objects or
selections. This is very useful for engraving full sheets rubber stamps because the graphics on
screen are non-mirrored and can be proof read easily.
Shoulder
Choose from one of the preset options by clicking the down arrow in the shoulder type dropdown list and
selecting the type of shoulder you desire. These preset options are not adjustable but you can them as a
starting point for creating your own custom shoulder.
Add Custom Shoulder Button
This button allows you to create up to 10 of your own custom shoulders. Select a preset shoulder
option that most closely resembles the shoulder that you would like to start with, and then click Add
Custom Shoulder. There are three adjustments, the number of steps, the distance between steps,
and the power setting for each step. The surface of the material is considered the first step and the
bottom of the engraving is considered the last step. You can define as many as 16 steps but the first
or the last steps are not definable because they are fixed at a power setting of 0% and 100%
respectively. You can only define the parameters for the steps in between the first and last steps in
which there are 14 of them. By adjusting the power setting for each step, the width in (.001) inches
for each step, and the number of steps, different shoulder profiles can be created.
NOTE: The maximum shoulder width is .056 inches.
Delete Custom Shoulder Button
Click on the custom shoulder that you want to delete and then click on this button to permanently
delete it.
WARNING: Deleted custom shoulder profiles cannot be restored so make sure that you absolutely
want to delete it before clicking on this button.
Tuning Tab
As part of initial setup and also normal maintenance, the laser system must be periodically adjusted in
order to obtain the highest quality laser cutting and engraving. The settings in this tab allow several
different types of tuning adjustments.
Machine Tuning Wizard
Once you understand how to operate the laser system, you should perform the Machine Tuning Wizard.
From then on, tune only when necessary. Rotary Rotation and Vector Scaling should only be adjusted if
necessary.
Tune
This tuning procedure will mechanically align the left-to-right and the right-to-left raster strokes. For
this procedure, you will need a piece of scrap material that is at least 4 inches square. Use a material
that doesn’t require high power to engrave and that you can run at 100% Speed such as anodized
aluminum, coated brass, or micro-surfaced engravers plastic. Clicking on the TUNE button will start
the wizard, which will guide you through the process.
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The wizard will ask you to focus the laser
system to the material using the Focus
A B C D E F GH I J K L MNOP QR S T U
Tool and to place the left side of the
material at the 4-inch mark, up against
In the above example, “K” would be the best choice
the top ruler. It will then ask you to enter
the Power and Speed settings that you
would normally use to engrave this
particular material at 100% speed. After entering the appropriate values and clicking Next, the wizard
will send a test file to the laser system. Be sure to turn on your exhaust system when you engrave
the file. After the files completes, remove the material and examine it closely or with a magnifying
glass. Choose the appropriate letter that is above the straightest appearing line. To help you, the
lines are composed of two segments that are slightly overlapping each other approximately 10%.
Enter this value into the driver.
Once the Mechanical Tuning Test is completed the wizard will terminate. To keep the laser system
running at its best, be sure to periodically run the mechanical tuning wizard every 3 – 6 months of
operation or as necessary. A sign that the system needs tuning would be that text characters may
appear “fuzzy” or “double imaged” when engraving at high speeds.
NOTE: If your system has a many hours or years of operation and your motion system components
are extremely worn, the mechanical tuning test sample may not show any lines that are straight. If
this is the case, mechanical component replacement may be required. Please contact our Customer
Service Department for assistance.
High Speed Raster Enhancement
When laser engraving lightly (power settings below 30%) on materials at high speeds (speeds above
50%), and also depending on the graphic (text under 12pts in size or finely detailed images), it may be
beyond the physical nature of the material to be able to respond to extremely short and extremely fast
laser pulses. The laser pulses may be so short in time (a few microseconds) that the material doesn’t
reach vaporization point and will therefore show little or no signs of engraving in some areas of the
graphic.
For example, the thin lines or the serifs of an 8 point, Times New Roman font, may faintly appear or may
not appear at all if trying to raster engrave this font on micro-surfaced engraving plastic at 100% speed.
In the past, the only way to overcome this limitation was to slow the speed down and reduce power until
the entire image engraved consistently. This could result in having to use raster speeds as little as 50%
for the detail to appear. Now, with the development of this unique driver feature, we have the ability to
enhance the laser system’s performance when processing these types of materials at high raster speeds.
Enhancements ONLY work with black colored objects using the black driver color setting.
To use high speed raster enhancements, first determine if your power setting is less than 30% when
running at 100% speed for your particular material. Also, run a sample and observe the high detail areas
to see if some of the detail is lost. If both criteria are met, then enhancements may be needed.
Using enhancements is a three-step process. Please follow these steps in the order shown.
Step 1: The first objective is to establish the MINIMUM power level necessary to engrave the material
cleanly. To do this you will need to create a calibration scale and engrave different power settings to find
the right value. In your graphics software, create a black filled rectangle that is 6 inches wide and ¼ inch
tall. Duplicate this image 4 times, one right below the other spaced .05 inches apart. Start with a power
setting of 5% and increase power 5% for each successive rectangle, for example:
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5%
10%
15%
20%
25%
Engrave these different power settings and note the LOWEST setting that cleanly engraves the material.
To narrow down the precise setting further, take this setting, apply it to the middle rectangle, and subtract
2% going up and 2% going down for each rectangle. For example, let’s say that we think the best setting
was 20%. Take the 20% setting, apply it to the middle, and the other settings should appear as shown.
16%
18%
20%
22%
24%
Run the test again and choose the LOWEST power setting that cleanly engraves the material. This is the
power setting we will use as the correct power setting for the material while processing it at the speed and
quality setting chosen. Let’s say that we feel that 18% power, 100% speed and quality setting 5 is the
choice we are going with. Go ahead and makes sure that you set this setting to the black color of the
driver.
Step 2: Create a highly detailed image to set enhancement levels. We like to use a 10-point, Times New
Roman font and create some random characters that have decenders and ascenders such as the
following:
Dkjfhgnbpwiueywroeho;weurhg8o743650t92othj2’j’;ldg8-9a0wwu10234jtr’3j4tn[912yun40pjm4pjk’;uuut0
Engrave this sample using the settings we determined, and note the results. Pay attention to the
decenders and ascenders of characters such as a “y” or a “b”. If the ascenders and decenders appear
normal, then no enhancements are necessary so you can stop testing and exit the procedure. If the
appear faint, thin, or do not appear at all, enhancements are necessary. Proceed to the next step.
Step 3: Click on Enable and set the Low Density and High Density levels to the same as the power
setting we chose (18% in this example). Run Step 2 again and observe the decenders and ascenders
again. If they are still faint, increase the Low Density value by 5% and try again. Keep trying until the
ascenders and decenders appear normal. If the center parts of the characters are faint, such as the
vertically centered part of a “2” or the vertically centered part of a “/”, then the High Density value should
be increased. Increase the High Density by 5% also, and try again. Keep adjusting both settings until
you balance out the ascenders and decenders, and the vertically centered part of the letters until they are
equalized. Once you have found the correct setting, make sure that you save it. Now run your regular
sample and note the difference. If you set enhancements correctly, your image should be sharper and
have more detail. It takes some practice to get the settings just right.
NOTE: Image Enhancement will cause files to take longer to print. Since most materials do not require
the use of Image Enhancement, use this feature only as needed. Also, Image Enhancement and 3D
Effects cannot be selected at the same time. The printer driver will automatically notify you if you attempt
to do so.
Use 1 Laser (SuperSpeed – 600 and SuperSpeed – 660 models only)
Enables only the top laser and disables the bottom laser from emitting a beam during raster
engraving. This way you could obtain the correct material settings by using the lower power of a
single laser as opposed to the combined power of two lasers. This option only works for raster
engraving and will automatically turn on the bottom laser when vector cutting. Using the Dual Beam
mode will automatically disable “Use 1 Laser” when engraving in case you accidentally leave it on.
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Rotary Rotation
If you have purchased the optional Rotary fixture, you may feel the need to calibrate your fixture if your
application requires you to engrave or cut completely around the cylinder at least 360 degrees. Only use
this option if you completely understand and have used the Rotary Fixture in the past. If you are familiar
with the operation of the Rotary Fixture and as an application you create a vector line or raster graphic
that extends from the top of the page (in your graphic software) all the way to the bottom of the page, you
should expect that the Rotary Fixture would rotate a full 360 degrees. If the fixture comes up short or
long by a few degrees, you can compensate for this in the driver. If your application comes up short,
increase the number past 360 as much as you need to and run your sample again. If your application
rotates past 360, then decrease the number of degrees below 360 to get the ends to line up.
Vector Scaling
This feature allows you to calibrate your vector cutting or vector engraving to your particular application.
To calibrate the system, draw a precise, 5” x 5” square in your graphics software. In the printer driver, set
the laser power and speed setting to vector mark (do not cut through) this square onto some scrap
material. After marking, remove the material and with a precision measuring device such as a caliper,
measure the square in both the horizontal (x) and vertical (y) directions. As an example, let’s say that the
measurement was 4.997”x and 4.996”y. Enter these measured values into the Virtual X and Virtual Y
boxes respectively. This altered setting forces the printer driver to compensate for the difference.
Numbers less than 5 will cause the driver to stretch the image and numbers greater than 5 will cause the
driver to compress the image graphically. Repeat the marking procedure and verify that the square is
scaled correctly. This procedure uses a 5” by 5” reference to scale the vectors across the entire table.
Keep in mind that this feature DOES NOT scale raster images so if you combine raster and vector images
in one file, the raster image may not align with your vectors. You will need to manually position your
raster images in their desired position.
CAUTION: Do not attempt to use the vector-scaling feature when your graphic extends out to the
absolute edge of the engraving field. You may accidentally cause the driver to attempt to print past the
edge of the maximum allowable page size. Unexpected results may occur. If you use this feature, the
actual allowable page size decreases by the same amount that you are attempting to offset.
View Tab
When using programs such as CorelDRAW and/or AutoCAD, there is a file preview feature that is part of
the graphics program itself. Refer to your software program’s manual on how to use the file preview
feature. File preview can be a very useful tool. It can help you determine if you have set up your graphic
properly BEFORE trying to print to the laser system. But what about AFTER you send the file to the laser
system? Since the laser system itself does not have the ability to graphically display the downloaded file
that has already been printed, this “View” feature, which is actually a post-viewer, was added to the driver
so that you can view the last 10 files that were printed to the laser system.
The file displayed is the last file that was sent to the laser system. It shows the name of the file as well as
the date and time that you printed it. In the above example, if you were to click on an object such as the
“Test” graphic or the rectangle around the graphic, the color as well as the Power and Speed for that
color will be displayed. Also, if there were a check mark in the “R” and “V” boxes, then the raster images
as well as the vector images would be visually displayed, respectively. The “<<” and the “>>” will toggle
you backwards and forward through the last 10 files. When the 11th file is printed, printer driver deletes
the first file automatically, which maintains the list of the last 10 files.
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