Roland Metaza MPX-80 User`s manual

User's Manual
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Contents
To Ensure Safe Use ....................................................................................................................... 3
Important Notes on Handling and Use ............................................................................................. 8
About the Documentation for This Machine ..................................................................................... 9
Chapter 1 Getting Started ................................................................................................................ 11
1-1 About the Machine .............................................................................................................................................. 12
Features ......................................................................................................................................... 12
Names and Functions .................................................................................................................... 13
1-2 Checking the Included Items ............................................................................................................................. 15
Chapter 2 Getting Ready to Print .................................................................................................... 17
2-1 Installation .............................................................................................................................................................. 18
Installation Environment ................................................................................................................ 18
Unpacking ..................................................................................................................................... 19
2-2 Cable Connections .............................................................................................................................................. 20
Connecting the Cables .................................................................................................................. 20
2-3 Installing the Software ........................................................................................................................................ 21
Installing and Setting up the Included Software ............................................................................. 21
2-4 METAZAStudio Settings ..................................................................................................................................... 22
Making the Setting for the Printer .................................................................................................. 22
Chapter 3 Performing Printing ......................................................................................................... 23
3-1 Switching the Power On and Off ..................................................................................................................... 24
Switching On the Power ................................................................................................................ 24
Switching Off the Power ................................................................................................................ 24
3-2 Starting METAZAStudio ..................................................................................................................................... 25
Starting METAZAStudio ................................................................................................................. 25
Names and Functions of METAZAStudio Screen Items .................................................................. 26
3-3 Getting Ready to Print ....................................................................................................................................... 27
The Printable Area ......................................................................................................................... 27
Head Caps ..................................................................................................................................... 27
Preparing Material to Print ............................................................................................................ 28
Preparing the Image ...................................................................................................................... 30
3-4 Loading Material (Using the Adhesive Sheet)................................................................................................ 31
Loading Material Using the Adhesive Sheet .................................................................................. 31
Handling of the Adhesive Sheet ..................................................................................................... 32
3-5 Loading Material (Using the Center Vise) ...................................................................................................... 33
Using the Center Vise .................................................................................................................... 33
Loading Material Using the Center Vise ........................................................................................ 34
3-6 Creating Printing Data (Printing on Flat Material) ....................................................................................... 36
Step 1 : Decide on the Material ..................................................................................................... 36
Step 2 : Import the Image .............................................................................................................. 37
Step 3 : Save the File ..................................................................................................................... 39
3-7 Starting Printing .................................................................................................................................................... 40
Starting Printing ............................................................................................................................. 40
Stopping Printing Operations ........................................................................................................ 42
Chapter 4 More Advanced Operations ............................................................................................ 43
4-1 Tips and Tricks for Image Layout ...................................................................................................................... 44
Keeping Only the Required Portion of an Image (Trimming) ......................................................... 44
Adjusting the Location, Size, or Angle of an Image ....................................................................... 45
Enclosing an Image in a Frame ...................................................................................................... 47
4-2 Tips and Tricks for Text Layout ......................................................................................................................... 49
Enter the Text ................................................................................................................................. 49
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Contents
Landscape or Fan Layout ............................................................................................................... 50
Adjusting Laid-out Text .................................................................................................................. 51
Laying Out Text along a Shape ...................................................................................................... 53
Changing the Format of Text .......................................................................................................... 55
4-3 Adjusting Brightness and Contrast .................................................................................................................. 56
Checking the Finished Results in the Preview Window ................................................................. 56
Adjusting an Image in the Preview Window .................................................................................. 57
4-4 Creating Data for Printing on a Curved Surface ......................................................................................... 58
Step1 : Decide on the Printing Area (Workpiece Size) ................................................................... 58
Step2 : Enter Text and Adjust the Layout ........................................................................................ 60
4-5 Printing Materials of a Wide Variety of Shapes ............................................................................................. 62
How to Register New Material ...................................................................................................... 62
4-6 Other Handy Features ........................................................................................................................................ 63
A Wide Variety of Operations You Can Accomplish with METAZAStudio ...................................... 63
4-7 Driver Settings ...................................................................................................................................................... 64
Viewing the Documentation for the Driver Settings ...................................................................... 64
Viewing the Online Help for the Driver ........................................................................................ 65
4-8 SFEdit2 .................................................................................................................................................................... 66
What's SFEdit2 ? ............................................................................................................................ 66
Starting SFEdit2 ............................................................................................................................. 66
Chapter 5 Maintenance and Adjustment ......................................................................................... 67
5-1 Daily Care .............................................................................................................................................................. 68
Daily Care ..................................................................................................................................... 68
Cleaning the Adhesive Sheet ......................................................................................................... 68
Cleaning the Body and Cover ........................................................................................................ 68
The Replacement Cycle for the Head Cap ..................................................................................... 69
5-2 Maintenance of the Head and the Marking Pins ........................................................................................... 70
Starting MPX-80 Head Manager .................................................................................................... 70
Head Cleaning .............................................................................................................................. 71
Checking the State of the Marking Pins ......................................................................................... 72
Changing the Pin Used for Marking .............................................................................................. 73
Adjusting the Striking Force of the Pins ......................................................................................... 74
5-3 Head Replacement .............................................................................................................................................. 75
Replacing the Head ....................................................................................................................... 75
5-4 Adjustment of the Origin-point Location ...................................................................................................... 76
Adjusting the Location of the Machine's Origin Point ................................................................... 76
5-5 Composition Registration and Striking-force Adjustment ......................................................................... 78
Registering a Composition and Adjusting the Striking Force .......................................................... 78
Chapter 6 Appendix ........................................................................................................................... 81
6-1 What to Do If ....................................................................................................................................................... 82
The machine doesn't run even when printing data is sent. ............................................................ 82
Striking is performed, but nothing is printed. ................................................................................ 82
The image is unattractive ............................................................................................................... 82
The image is uneven. ..................................................................................................................... 83
The image is always faint at the same location. ............................................................................. 83
The printed location isn't where desired ....................................................................................... 83
6-2 When Moving the Machine ................................................................................................................................ 84
6-3 Head Life ................................................................................................................................................................ 86
6-4 Locations of the Power Rating and Serial Number Labels ........................................................................ 87
6-5 Main Unit Specifications ..................................................................................................................................... 88
Main Specifications ....................................................................................................................... 88
System Requirements for USB Connection .................................................................................... 88
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To Ensure Safe Use
Improper handling or operation of this machine may result in injury or damage to property.
Points which must be observed to prevent such injury or damage are described as follows.
About
WARNING and
WARNING
CAUTION Notices
Used for instructions intended to alert the user to the risk of death or severe
injury should the unit be used improperly.
Used for instructions intended to alert the user to the risk of injury or material
damage should the unit be used improperly.
CAUTION
* Material damage refers to damage or other adverse effects caused with respect to the home and all its furnishings, as well to domestic animals or pets.
About the Symbols
The
symbol alerts the user to important instructions or warnings. The specific meaning of
the symbol is determined by the design contained within the triangle. The symbol at left means
"danger of electrocution."
The
symbol alerts the user to items that must never be carried out (are forbidden). The
specific thing that must not be done is indicated by the design contained within the circle. The
symbol at left means the unit must never be disassembled.
The symbol alerts the user to things that must be carried out. The specific thing that must be
done is indicated by the design contained within the circle. The symbol at left means the powercord plug must be unplugged from the outlet.
Incorrect operation may cause injury
WARNING
Keep children away from the machine.
The machine includes areas and components
that pose a hazard to children and may result in
injury, blindness, choking, or other serious accident.
Never attempt to disassemble, repair, or
modify the machine.
Doing so may result in fire, electrical shock, or
injury. Entrust repairs to a trained service technician.
CAUTION
Install in a location that is level and stable.
Installation in an unsuitable location may cause
an accident, including a fall or tipover.
Be sure to follow the operation procedures described in this documentation.
Never allow anyone unfamiliar with the
usage or handling of the machine to touch
it.
Incorrect usage or handling may result in unexpected injury.
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To Ensure Safe Use
Danger of electrical short, shock, electrocution, or fire
WARNING
Connect to an electrical outlet that complies with this machine’s ratings (for voltage, frequency, and current).
Incorrect voltage or insufficient current may
cause fire or electrical shock.
Handle the power cord, plug, and electrical outlet correctly and with care. Never
use any article that is damaged.
Using a damaged article may result in fire or
electrical shock.
When using an extension cord or power
strip, use one that adequately satisfies the
machine’s ratings (for voltage, frequency,
and current).
Use of multiple electrical loads on a single electrical outlet or of a lengthy extension cord may
cause fire.
Ratings
Do not use with any power supply other
than the dedicated AC adapter.
Use with any other power supply may lead to
fire or electrocution.
Never use out of doors or in any location
where exposure to water or high humidity may occur. Never touch with wet hands.
Doing so may result in fire or electrical shock.
Never allow any foreign object to get inside. Never expose to liquid spills.
Inserting objects such as coins or matches or
allowing beverages to be spilled into the ventilation ports may result in fire or electrical shock.
If anything gets inside, immediately disconnect
the power cord and contact your authorized
Roland DG Corp. dealer.
Never place any flammable object nearby.
Never use a combustible aerosol spray
nearby. Never use in any location where
gases can accumulate.
Combustion or explosion may be a danger.
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When the machine will be out of use for a
prolonged period, disconnect the power
cord.
This can prevent accidents in the event of current leakage or unintended startup.
Position so that the power plug is within
immediate reach at all times.
This is to enable quick disconnection of the
power plug in the event of an emergency. Install
the machine next to an electrical outlet. Also,
provide enough empty space to allow immediate access to the electrical outlet.
If sparking, smoke, burning odor, unusual
sound, or abnormal operation occurs, immediately unplug the power cord. Never
use if any component is damaged.
Continuing to use the machine may result in fire,
electrical shock, or injury. Contact your authorized Roland DG Corp. dealer.
To Ensure Safe Use
Important notes about the power cord, plug, and electrical outlet
Never place any object on top or subject to
damage.
Never allow to get wet.
Never bend or twist with undue force.
Never make hot.
Never pull with undue force.
Dust may cause fire.
Never bundle, bind, or roll up.
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To Ensure Safe Use
The head area becomes hot
WARNING
Never touch the head immediately after
printing has finished.
Doing so may cause burns.
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To Ensure Safe Use
Warning Label
Warning label is affixed to make areas of danger immediately clear.The meaning of the label is
as follows. Be sure to heed its warnings.
Also, never remove the label or allow it to become obscured.
Caution: High Temperature
Never touch immediately after printing.
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Important Notes on Handling and Use
This machine is a precision device. To ensure the full performance of this machine, be sure to
observe the following important points. Failure to observe these may not only result in loss of
performance, but may also cause malfunction or breakdown.
This Machine is a Precision Device.
➢Handle carefully, and never subject the machine to impact or excessive force.
➢Never print material outside the range of specifications.
Install in a Suitable Location
➢Install in a location having the specified temperature and relative humidity.
➢Install in a quiet, stable location offering good operating conditions.
When Moving the Machine
➢When moving the machine, be sure to support it at the bottom using two hands. Attempting to move the
machine by holding it at a different location may result in damage.
➢When moving the machine to another location, be sure to attach the retainers. Attempting moving without
attaching the retainers may result in damage.
Printing
➢Never attempt to perform printing on the edges or over holes in printing material.
➢Printing results may vary according to the original data, the material printed, and the details of settings. Before
you perform actual printing, we recommend carrying out test printing.
➢Attempting printing with no material loaded may damage the pins or heads.
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About the Documentation for This Machine
Documentation Included with the Machine
The following documentation is included with the machine.
MPX-80 User's Manual (this manual)
This describes important notes for ensuring safe use, and explains how to install and operate the machine. This
also describes how to use the software, including the steps up through performing printing. Be sure to read it first.
Roland Software Package Software Guide
This explains how to install included program and other software and details.
Be sure to read this, when connecting the machine to a computer.
Windows Driver Online Help
Roland METAZAStudio Online Help
Roland SFEdit2 Online Help
You view this documentation on your computer screen. Installing the respective programs makes these available
for viewing. They describe in detail the commands used in the programs. For more information about how to
view these, refer to the Roland Software Package Software Guide.
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Chapter 1
Getting Started
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1-1 About the Machine
Features
This machine is a metal printer. It prints images by striking detailed points using a marking pin mounted in a head.
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Chapter 1 Getting Started
1-1 About the Machine
Names and Functions
Main Unit
Cover
Head unit
This moves up and down, bringing the tip of
the head (the marking pin) in line with the
surface of the material.
Head
Knob
This secures the head unit and
determines the head height
when performing printing without using a head cap.
Brush
Table
Power/Movement button
Pressing this makes the light come on and switches on the
power. Pressing it while the unit is on moves the table to the
interior of the unit and the head to the center surface of the
table. Pressing it a second time moves the head to the interior left and the table back to the front edge of the unit.
To switch off the power, you hold down the button for one
second or longer.
Power-code connector
USB connector
Chapter 1 Getting Started
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1-1 About the Machine
Head
Marking pins
Nine pins are arranged in the head. Printing
is performed using any single one of these.
Material Retainers
Adhesive sheet
Material is placed on the adhesive sheet,
which then holds the material in place. This
lets you immobilize objects without having
to use commercially available tape or the like.
☞ P. 31, "Loading Material (Using the Adhesive Sheet)"
Center vise
This is a vise made of plastic, and secures
material in place by clamping it. This makes
it possible to immobilize material that cannot be secured using the adhesive sheet, such
as items having a curved bottom surface. The
act of securing an item in place also accurately determines the center position in the
horizontal direction.
☞ P. 33, "Loading Material (Using the Center Vise)"
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Chapter 1 Getting Started
1-2 Checking the Included Items
The following items are included with the machine. Make sure they are all present and accounted for.
AC adapter
Center vice
USB cable
Power cord
Adhesive sheet
(installed on the unit by default)
Roland Software Package
CD-ROM
Head caps
(one installed on the unit by default)
Test-use printing material
User's manual
(this document)
Software Guide
Chapter 1 Getting Started
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Chapter 2
Getting Ready to Print
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2-1 Installation
Installation Environment
Install in a quiet, stable location offering good operating conditions. An unsuitable location can cause accident, fire,
faulty operation, or breakdown.
WARNING
Install in a location that is level and stable.
Installation in an unsuitable location may cause an accident, including a fall or tipover.
➢ Never install in a location subject to wide fluctuations in temperature or humidity.
➢ Never install in a location subject to shaking or vibration.
➢ Never install in a location where the floor is tilted, not level, or unstable.
➢ Never install in a dusty or dirty location, or out of doors.
➢ Never install in a location exposed to direct sunlight or near air-conditioning or heating equipment.
➢ Never install in a location exposed to considerable electrical or magnetic noise, or other forms of electromagnetic
energy.
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Chapter 2 Getting Ready to Print
2-1 Installation
Unpacking
Retaining materials are attached to protect the machine from vibration during shipment. Remove these after emplacement.
➢ Remove all Retaining materials. Any that remain may cause faulty operation or breakdown when the power is
switched on.
➢ The Retaining materials are required when moving the machine to a different location. Store them carefully so that
they do not get misplaced.
Procedure
➊
Open the cover.
Loosen the knob.
d
Rolan
Knob
➋
Remove the retaining screw and store
it at the location shown in the figure.
Retaining screw
Store here.
➌
Remove retainer A.
Retainer A
➍
Holding the unit at the locations shown
in the figure, lift the head unit and remove retainer B.
Retainer B
Hold here
and lift.
Chapter 2 Getting Ready to Print
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2-2 Cable Connections
Connecting the Cables
WARNING
Do not use with any electrical power supply that does not meet the ratings displayed on the AC adapter.
Use with any other power supply may lead to fire or electrocution.
WARNING
Never use any AC adapter and power cord other than the AC adapter and power
cord included with the machine.
Doing so may lead to fire, electrical shock, or electrocution.
WARNING
Handle the power cord, plug, and electrical outlet correctly and with care. Never
use any article that is damaged.
Using a damaged article may result in fire or electrical shock.
WARNING
When using an extension cord or power strip, use one that adequately satisfies the
machine's ratings (for voltage, frequency, and current).
Use of multiple electrical loads on a single electrical outlet or of a lengthy extension cord
may cause fire.
Machine
Power cord
AC adapter
Electrical outlet
Computer
USB cable
DO NOT connect a USB cable at this point.
Follow the instructions in the separate Roland Software Package Software Guide to make the connection.
☞ P. 9, "About the Documentation for This Machine"
➢Never connect two or more machines to one computer.
➢For the USB cable, use the included cable.
➢Never use a USB hub.
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Chapter 2 Getting Ready to Print
2-3 Installing the Software
Installing and Setting up the Included Software
You install and set up the following programs and other software on the included CD-ROM (Roland Software Package).
➢ Windows driver ( METAZA driver )
➢ Roland METAZAStudio
➢ Roland SFEdit2
➢ MPX-80 Head Manager
For overviews of the programs and other software and more information on how to install them, refer to the separate
Roland Software Package Software Guide.
For METAZAStudio, after installing the program, the setting for the printer to use must be made. For information on
how to make the setting, refer to “METAZAStudio Settings” on the following page.
☞ P. 9, "About the Documentation for This Machine"
Chapter 2 Getting Ready to Print
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2-4 METAZAStudio Settings
Making the Setting for the Printer
After you finish installing and setting up METAZAStudio, continue by making the setting for the printer. Be sure to
make the setting before use.
Procedure
➊
Click [Start], then click [All Programs]
(or [Programs]).
Click [Roland METAZAStudio], then
click [METAZAStudio].
➋
Go to the [File] menu and click [Set up
the printer].
The [Print Setup] dialog box appears.
➌
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Chapter 2 Getting Ready to Print
Click the arrow shown in the figure,
then select [Roland MPX-80].
Click [OK].
Chapter 3
Performing Printing
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3-1 Switching the Power On and Off
Switching On the Power
Press the Power/Movement button.
The Power/Movement button lights up, and
the head and table move as follows.
➢ Head:
This rises to the highest position, then
moves to the left edge.
➢ Table:
This moves to the interior of the machine,
then back to the front.
This operation is called initialization.
Power/Movement button
Switching Off the Power
Hold down the Power/Movement button for one second or longer.
The light goes dark and the power is switched off.
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Chapter 3 Performing Printing
3-2 Starting METAZAStudio
Starting METAZAStudio
Click [Start], then click [All Programs] (or [Programs]).
Click [Roland METAZAStudio], then click
[METAZAStudio].
After the opening screen, the screen for METAZAStudio appears.
For information on how to view this window, see the following page.
Chapter 3 Performing Printing
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3-2 Starting METAZAStudio
Names and Functions of METAZAStudio Screen Items
Menu Bar
Runs the various commands for
METAZAStudio.
☞ METAZAStudio online help ("Commands")
Toolbar
The toolbar is provided with buttons
for running METAZAStudio commands
such as [Material] and [Open].
☞ METAZAStudio online help ("Commands" > "Toolbar buttons")
Table
The unit’s table is shown here. The
scale displayed represents the actual
scale marks on the table.
Work Area
This is the area in which printing is
possible. The workpiece size (printing
area) set with the Windows-based
driver is shown here.
☞ P. 64, "Driver settings"
Centerline
This indicates the vertical center location of the window.
Grid
This is a grid of lines displayed in the
work area. It serves as a guide for positioning images and text.
Margin
This is a blank area where no printing
is performed that lies inside the edges
of the work area. It is set at 1 millimeter by default. You can change the size
of the margin by going to the [File]
menu and selecting [Preferences].
Settable range: 0 to 50 millimeters
☞ P. 36, "Step 1 : Decide on the Material," p. 58, "Step 1 : Decide on the
Printing Area (Workpiece Size)"
Centerline
View Scaling Factor
This indicates the holizontal
center location of the window.
This displays the present scaling factor for the screen
view. Clicking the right mouse button over this displays a menu that lets you change the view scaling
factor.
Present Cursor Position
Grid Pitch
This indicates the present location of
the cursor. The position at the center
of the window (where the two
centerlines intersect) is (0, 0).
This displays the pitch (spacing) of the grid lines. Clicking the right
mouse button over this displays menu items related to the appearance of the grid.
Status Bar
This shows the present location of the cursor, information about the shape, the grid, and the view magnification.
Moving the pointer to a toolbar button or pointing to a menu command makes a brief explanation of the button or command appear at the left edge.
Note : Shape Information
This appears when you click an on-screen object (image, text, or shape). The center position and size of the present shape
are displayed, as shown in the figure below.
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Chapter 3 Performing Printing
3-3 Getting Ready to Print
The Printable Area
The machine's printable area is as follows.
Expanded printing area
(80 x 80 mm (3.1 x 3.1 in.))
Note : Depending on the material and the image, the printing
results in the expanded area may
be uneven.
.
Printable area
Top view of the table
Center
line
(50 x 50 mm (1.9 x 1.9 in.))
Center
line
Head Caps
Using the head cap is usually recommended.
When you’re using a head cap, the machine can detect the height position of the material, so setting the head height
during printing is not necessary. Also, the head tracks the surface height of the material, so even cylindrical material
can be printed. (Trackable height displacement is subject to an upper limit.) This means that it’s usually a good idea to
carry out printing using a head cap.
☞ P. 29, "Conditions for Material When Printing Curved Surfaces," p. 69, "The Replacement Cycle for the Head Cap"
If the material is damaged when using the head cap.
Some materials may be damaged by the head cap, and so the head cap cannot be used when printing such materials.
In such cases, determine the head height while the head cap is attached and secure the head in place, then remove the
head cap and carry out printing.
☞ P. 31, "Loading Material (Using the Adhesive Sheet)," p. 33, "Loading Material (Using the Center Vise)"
Head cap
Chapter 3 Performing Printing
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3-3 Getting Ready to Print
Preparing Material to Print
Prepare material that meets all of the following conditions.
Loading material that is larger or thinner than this may cause the material to warp during printing and strike the head,
damaging the marking pin.
Thickness
When using the
adhesive sheet:
0.3 to 40 mm (0.012 to 1.5 in.)
When using the
center vise:
0.3 to 20 mm (0.012 to 0.7 in.)
Size
When using the
adhesive sheet:
When using the
center vise:
Length (or width) of 90 mm (3.5 in.) or less
Width of 60 mm (2.3 in.) or less (subject to change depending on the orientation of the
installed vise) Length of 100 (3.9 in.) mm or less
☞ P. 33, "Using the Center Vise"
* Note that even if thickness and size are within the range as described above, it may not be
possible to perform printing correctly on materials that warp when struck. Refer to the table
below, which provides a general guide to printable sizes according to thicknesses.
Material
Aluminium
Brass or copper
Stainless steel
Hardness of surface
to print
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Thickness
Printable material size (general guide)
2.0 mm (0.08 in.)
Length (or width) of 60 mm (2.3 in.) or less
1.5 mm (0.06 in.)
Length (or width) of 40 mm (1.5 in.) or less
1.0 mm (0.04 in.)
Length (or width) of 30 mm (1.1 in.) or less
0.5 mm (0.02 in.)
Length (or width) of 20 mm (0.7 in.) or less
0.3 mm (0.01 in.)
Length (or width) of 20 mm (0.7 in.) or less
2.0 mm (0.08 in.)
Length (or width) of 60 mm (2.3 in.) or less
1.5 mm (0.06 in.)
Length (or width) of 40 mm (1.5 in.) or less
1.0 mm (0.04 in.)
Length (or width) of 30 mm (1.1 in.) or less
0.5 mm (0.02 in.)
Length (or width) of 15 mm (0.5 in.) or less
0.3 mm (0.01 in.)
Length (or width) of 15 mm (0.5 in.) or less
2.0 mm (0.08 in.)
Length (or width) of 60 mm (2.3 in.) or less
1.0 mm (0.04 in.)
Length (or width) of 40 mm (1.5 in.) or less
Vickers hardness (HV) of 200 or less
* Note that materials which may crack or split by printing (such as glass, stone, precious
stones, china, and porcelain) cannot be printed even if hardness is within the preceding range.
Attempting to print such materials may damage the machine.
Chapter 3 Performing Printing
3-3 Getting Ready to Print
Cross-section of printing material
When using an adhesive sheet
or a centervice.
When using an adhesive sheet.
➢ Edge of the material must not
be too high
Not OK
➢ The back surface must be flat,
with no difference in level.
Not OK
Edge of the material is
too high.
Without a head cap
➢ The printed surface
must be level.
Not OK
Back surface is
curved.
Not OK
Back surface is
uneven.
Surface to print is not
straight.
Conditions for Material When Printing Curved Surfaces
The table and figure below show the printing-assured area and the area reached by the marking pins with respect to
the diameter of the cylinder. Note, however, that the following conditions are assumed.
➢ The head cap is used.
➢ The material has circularity.
When you’re performing printing on curved surfaces, take these conditions into account when selecting the material.
Diameter
Printing-assured area (A)
Area reached by the marking pins (B)
10 mm (0.3 in.)
2.0 mm (0.079 in.)
2.8 mm (0.11 in.)
20 mm (0.7 in.)
2.8 mm (0.11 in.)
4.0 mm (0.16 in.)
30 mm (1.1 in.)
3.4 mm (0.14 in.)
4.8 mm (0.19 in.)
Marking depth to which printing can be assured
(0.004 in.)
(0.008 in.)
Depth reached by the marking pins
Note:
For printing on curved surfaces, regardless of the shape or
composition of the material, the image quality of photographic data
cannot be assured.
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3-3 Getting Ready to Print
Preparing the Image
Prepare an image (such as a photograph or drawing) for printing.
Data formats supported by METAZAStudio
➢ Files in JPEG format
➢ Files in BMP (bitmap) format
➢ Files in AI or EPS format created by Illustrator version 7 or 8
➢ Files in AI or EPS format exported by CorelDRAW version 7 or 8
Note : Illustrator and CorelDRAW files are subject to a number of limitations. For details, see the online help for
METAZAStudio.
☞ METAZAStudio online help ("Hints and Tips" > "Reusing Existing Data")
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3-4 Loading Material (Using the Adhesive Sheet)
Loading Material Using the Adhesive Sheet
Procedure
➊
Attach a head cap.
Head
Head cap
Head
Fit the head cap into place on the tip of the
head. The head cap is attached correctly when
its tab clicks into place in the hole in the head.
☞ P. 27, "Head Caps"
Head cap
➋
Loosen the knob.
knob
➌
Affix the adhesive sheet to the table,
then mount the material on the sheet.
Press down lightly on the material to secure
it in place.
Material
Adhesive sheet
Mounting the Adhesive Sheet
➢ Place it straight, aligned with the scale marks on the table.
➢ Place inside the table frame.
➢ Be careful not to allow any air bubbles to form between the adhesive
sheet and the table.
Table
Center
line
How to Place Material
Place the material at the center of the scale on the table.
Adhesive
sheet
Center of
the material
Material
Center line
If you’re performing printing with the head cap attached, this completes loading of the material.
If you’re performing printing with no head cap attached, then go on to the following steps.
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3-4 Loading Material (Using the Adhesive Sheet)
The procedure from this point on is for when you’re not using the head cap.
➍
Press the Power/Movement button.
The table and head move, and stop at the location where the tip of the nose cap touches
the surface of the material.
➎
Lock the knob to set the head height.
Gently lift the knob, then secure it in place at
a position flush against the head unit.
Head unit
Knob
➏
Press the Power/Movement button.
Wait for the movement of the head
to stop, then detach the head cap.
Head cap
Handling of the Adhesive Sheet
➢Buildup of dust or the like on the adhesive sheet can reduce the sheet's adhesive force, making it difficult to
secure material in place. If the adhesive force has been reduced, then wash the adhesive sheet.
☞ P. 68, "Cleaning the Adhesive Sheet"
➢Never rub the surface of the adhesive sheet with force. Doing so may damage the surface and reduce its
adhesive strength.
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3-5 Loading Material (Using the Center Vise)
Using the Center Vise
With the center vise, you secure material in place by clamping it in the vise. The act of securing material in place with
the vise always determines the center position of the material in the horizontal direction at the horizontal center
position of the machine’s table. For the vertical center position, you perform adjustment using the scale on the vise as
a guide.
You can also vary the orientation of the vise when using it. Use it in a way matched to the size and shape of the
material.
☞ P. 28, "Preparing Material to Print"
Vice
You can also install it with the front and back
reversed.
This is suitable for clamping plate-shaped material.
This is suitable for clamping cylindrical material.
Correspondence Between the Center Vise Scale and the Table Scale
(1 scale tick = 5 mm)
Table
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3-5 Loading Material (Using the Center Vise)
Loading Material Using the Center Vise
Procedure
➊
Attach a head cap.
Head
Head cap
Head
Fit the head cap into place on the tip of the
head. The head cap is attached correctly when
its tab clicks into place in the hole in the head.
☞ P. 27, "Head Caps"
Head cap
➋
Loosen the knob.
Knob
➌
Load the material in the center vise.
Retaining
screw
Adjust the retaining screw to clamp the material in place in the vise. Tighten the retaining screw enough to keep the material from
easily coming loose. Be careful not to overtighten, because doing so may damage the
material.
☞ P. 33, "Using the Center Vice"
Tighten
Loosen
Center in the
vertical direction
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3-5 Loading Material (Using the Center Vise)
➍
Mount the center vise.
Center vice
Fit the tabs on the bottom of the center vise
into the holes in the table on the unit.
(Remove the adhesive sheet first.)
d
Rolan
If you’re performing printing with the head cap attached, this completes loading of the material.
If you’re performing printing with no head cap attached, then go on to the following steps.
The procedure from this point on is for when you’re not using the head cap.
➎
Press the Power/Movement button.
The table and head move, and stop at the location where the tip of the nose cap touches
the surface of the material.
➏
Lock the knob to set the head height.
Gently lift the knob, then secure it in place at
a position flush against the head unit.
Head unit
Knob
➐
Press the Power/Movement button.
Wait for the movement of the head
to stop, then detach the head cap.
Head cap
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3-6 Creating Printing Data (Printing on Flat Material)
This section describes how to create data, using printing of a plate like the one shown below as an example.
☞ P. 28, "Preparing Material to Print"
40mm
25mm
* There is a margin in the
outside edge of the plate.
Information on how to create data for printing on cylindrical material and
other curved surfaces is here: ☞ P. 58, "Creating Data for Printing on a
Curved Surface"
Step 1 : Decide on the Material
To start with, you decide on the material to print. METAZAStudio has a number of different types of material preregistered. Here, let’s try using the material with the “tag” name, which has the same shape as the plate used in the example
(a width of 25 millimeters and a height of 40 millimeters).
If you want to register new material, see here: ☞ P. 62, "How to Register New Material "
Procedure
➊
Click
.
The [Material] window appears.
➋
Click the icon with the “tag” name,
then click
.
The [Material Size] dialog box appears.
Enter the values for the width and
height of the material (in this example, 25 millimeters for the width
and 40 millimeters for the height),
then click [OK].
The material you selected appears in the
Edit window. The portion displayed as the
material becomes the printing area without change.
Edit window
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➌
Make the setting for the margins.
Click [File], then click [Preferences].
The [Preferences] dialog box appears.
Set “Margin” to “1 mm.”
(This is set at 1 millimeter by default.)
Click [OK].
Important !
For printing on a flat plate, make the margin at least one millimeter. Otherwise the marking pins may strike and
damage the edge of the material.
Step 2 : Import the Image
Here you import the image to print. Prepare an image file to import.
☞ P. 30, "Preparing the Image"
Procedure
➊
Click
.
The [Import] dialog box appears.
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➋
At [Look in], select the location of
the file.
At [Files of type], select either [Picture file] or [Adobe Illustrator file].
Select the file you want.
Click [Open].
The specified image is imported and displayed with the margins you set.
You can vary the arrangement of the
placed image, such as by changing its size
or orientation or by adding borders
around it.
☞ P. 44, "Tips and Tricks for Image Layout"
Important !
If the material has holes, take care to ensure that the image is not laid out over the holes. Making an area with a hole
the printing area may cause the marking pins to strike and damage the edge of the material.
☞ P. 45, "Adjusting the Location, Size, or Angle of an Image"
OK
Not OK
Printing area
1 mm
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Printing area
The printing area
lies over a hole.
Printing area
No margins are
present at the
edges of the
material.
Printing area
The printing area
extends beyond
the material.
3-6 Creating Printing Data (Printing on Flat Material)
Step 3 : Save the File
Save the printing data in a file.
Procedure
➊
Click
.
The [Save As] dialog box appears.
➋
For [Save in], specify where to save
the file.
Type in a file name.
Click [Save].
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3-7 Starting Printing
Starting Printing
Important !
Never attempt printing in any of the following situations. Doing so may damage the pins or heads.
➢ When no material is loaded
➢ When the head unit is not set at a height matched to the thickness of the material
☞ P. 31, "Loading Material (Using the Adhesive Sheet)," p. 33, "Loading Material (Using the Center Vise)"
Procedure
➊ Close the cover.
➋
Click
.
The [Print] dialog box appears.
➌
Make sure [Roland MPX-80] is chosen as the printer name.
Click [Properties].
➍
Click the [Image Correction] tab.
Select [Material].
Select either the composition or the product code of the material.
Click [OK].
Selection of the Material
When you select the composition of the
loaded material, printing is performed
using an optimal striking force for the
composition.
☞ P. 78, "Registering a Composition and Adjusting the
Striking Force"
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3-7 Starting Printing
➎
Click [OK].
The printing data is sent to the machine and
printing starts.
➏ After printing has finished, open the cover and detach the material.
If the Material Is Difficult to Detach When Using the Adhesive Sheet
If the material is difficult to detach, inserting a thin, flat object (such as a piece of stiff paper or cardboard) between the
adhesive sheet and the material may make it easier to dislodge.
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3-7 Starting Printing
Stopping Printing Operations
Procedure
➊ Switch off the power.
☞ P. 24, "Switching Off the Power"
➋ Windows Vista
Click [Start], then click [Control Panel].
Click [Hardware and Sound], then click [Printers].
Windows XP
Click [Start], then click [Control Panel].
Click [Printers and Other Hardware], then click [Printers and Faxes].
Windows 2000
Click [Start].
Click [Settings], then click [Printers].
➌
Double-click the [Roland MPX-80] icon.
➍ At the [Printer] menu, click [Cancel All Documents] (or [Purge Print Documents]).
➎
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If the message shown in the figure appears, click
“Yes.”
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4-1 Tips and Tricks for Image Layout
Keeping Only the Required Portion of an Image (Trimming)
You can cut an original image to remove unneeded areas and keep just the required portion. This operation is called
“trimming.”
In this example, you use the printing data created at page 36, “Creating Printing Data (Printing on Flat Material).”
☞ P. 36, "Creating Printing Data (Printing on Flat Material)"
Procedure
➊
Click .
Click the image.
Eight handles for trimming appear around
the image.
➋
Drag the trimming handles to determine
the area to trim.
Adjust this to enable selection of the image
area you want to keep.
Trimming handle
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Adjusting the Location, Size, or Angle of an Image
You can adjust the location, size, and angle of a placed image to achieve the layout you want.
In this example, you use the printing data created at page 44, “Keeping Only the Required Portion of an Image
(Trimming).”
Procedure
➊
Adjust the location.
Click , then click the image.
Handles (■) appear at the four corners of
the image.
Drag the image to adjust its location.
➋
Adjust the size.
Drag the handles at the four corners of the
image to adjust the size.
Handles
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➌
Adjust the angle.
With the handles present at the four
corners of the image, click the image
a second time.
The shape of the handles at the four corners changes to (●).
Line up the pointer with a handle.
The shape changes to a pointer for rotation.
Pointer for rotation
Drag to adjust the angle (slant) of
the image.
You can change the angle by up to 360
degrees.
Holding down the keyboard’s SHIFT key as
you drag makes the angle change by 45 degrees at a time. Using this method can be
convenient at times such as when you want
to perform rotation by precisely 90 degrees.
Trimming cannot be performed for an image
whose angle has been changed. To perform
trimming, first return the image to its original angle.
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Enclosing an Image in a Frame
You can change the arrangement of printing data by placing a frame around an image. You use frames registered in
what’s called METAZAStudio’s “library.” The library contains a number of preregistered frames, and you can also
register new ones.
In this example, you add a frame to the printing data created at page 45, “Adjusting the Location, Size, or Angle of an
Image.”
For information on how to use the library, see here: ☞ "Register often-used shapes and images in advance" on the page 63 "A Wide Variety of
Operations You Can Accomplish with METAZAStudio"
Procedure
➊
Click
.
The [Library] window appears.
➋
From [Group], select [Frame].
Select [Icon].
Click the [04] frame.
Click
.
A flame is inserted into the window.
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4-1 Tips and Tricks for Image Layout
➌
Drag the Handles ( ■ ) around the frame
to adjust its size and location.
Adjust the location and size so as to enclose
the image. The adjustment methods are the
same as the methods for adjusting the location and size of an image.
☞ P. 45 "Adjusting the Location, Size, or Angle of an Image"
Handles
Adjust the layout by changing the location or
size of the image and the frame.
Frame
Completed data
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4-2 Tips and Tricks for Text Layout
Enter the Text
Here you type in the text to print.
Procedure
➊
Click
➋
Click somewhere on the material, then
type in the text.
.
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4-2 Tips and Tricks for Text Layout
Landscape or Fan Layout
After arranging the text in landscape layout, you can change the arrangement to a fan layout.
Procedure
➊
Enter text.
☞ P. 49, "Enter the Text"
Arrange the text horizontally.
Click
.
The [Properties] dialog box appears.
➋
Click the Format tab.
Select the [Align with Curve] check
box.
Click [OK].
The layout of the text changes to a fan
shape.
You can adjust the size and position of
the laid-out text, or change its format.
☞ P. 51, "Adjusting Laid-out Text," p. 55, "Changing the
Format of Text"
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4-2 Tips and Tricks for Text Layout
Adjusting Laid-out Text
For laid-out text, in the same way as for images, you can shift the location where it’s placed and change its size and
angle. You can also change the type of fill used.
☞ P. 45, "Adjusting the Location, Size, or Angle of an Image"
Procedure
➊
Enter text.
☞ P. 49, "Enter the Text"
Click .
Click the laid-out text.
Eight handles appear around the text.
Handles
➋
Adjust the size.
Drag the handles to adjust the size.
➌
Adjust the angle.
Click on the text.
The shape of the handles changes to [●].
Line up the pointer with a handle.
The shape changes to a pointer for rotation.
Pointer for rotation
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4-2 Tips and Tricks for Text Layout
Drag to change the angle of the text.
You can change the angle by up to 360
degrees.
Holding down the keyboard’s SHIFT key as
you drag makes the angle change by 45 degrees at a time. Using this method can be
convenient at times such as when you want
to perform rotation by precisely 90 degrees.
➍
Change the type of fill for the text.
Click .
The [Properties] dialog box appears.
Click the [Fill and Contour] tab.
Select [Island Fill].
Click [OK].
The way the text is filled changes to spaced
lines instead of solid color. Increasing the
value of [Pitch] enlarges the spacing between the lines.
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Laying Out Text along a Shape
Here you lay out text along a shape you have made using the drawing tools.
Procedure
➊
Click a drawing tool.
In this example you use
.
In the editing window, create a shape
on the material.
For detailed information about the drawing tools, see here:
☞ METAZAStudio online help ("Commands" > "Toolbar Buttons")
Drawing
tools
➋
Click .
Position the pointer near the outline
of the shape you created, and when
appears under the pointer, then
click.
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➌
Enter text.
☞ P. 49, "Enter the Text"
The text is laid out along the shape.
Important !
Layout on an integrated polyline is not possible.
☞ METAZAStudio online help ("Commands" > "[Object] menu" > "Convert to Polyline", "Integrate Plylines")
You can adjust the size and position of the laid-out text, or change its format.
☞ P. 51, "Adjusting Laid-out Text," p. 55, "Changing the Format of Text"
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Changing the Format of Text
In the [Properties] window, at the [Format] tab, you can change such properties as the font of laid-out text, as well the
height and width of the characters.
For detailed information about the settings, refer to the online help for METAZAStudio.
☞ METAZAStudio online help ("Commands" > "[Format] menu")
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4-3 Adjusting Brightness and Contrast
Checking the Finished Results in the Preview Window
At the preview window, you can adjust the brightness, contrast, and gamma correction. An image with clearly defined
light and dark areas produces attractive printed results. Adjust to match the image.
Click
.
Preview window appears.
Preview window
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Adjusting an Image in the Preview Window
Brightness
This adjusts the overall brightness. Making the value too large can destroy the
balance, so it may be a good idea to adjust it to the absolute minimum necessary.
Contrast
This mainly adjusts highlights (the brightest areas) and shadows (the darkest areas).
Using this can be effective when you want
to achieve a sense of tension with a good
balance of light and dark.
Gamma
This mainly adjusts the brightness of tones
of intermediate brightness between bright
and dark areas. Using it is effective in adjusting the overall brightness.
Preview window
The dark and bright areas are printed as shown in the figure.
Dark-color areas are not struck, and light-color areas are struck forcefully.
Dark area
Bright area
Also, the printing results before and after adjustment are as shown below.
Before adjusting
After adjusting
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4-4 Creating Data for Printing on a Curved Surface
With this machine, using a head cap lets you perform printing on cylinders and other examples of material whose
surface height is not uniform.
This section describes how to create data, using printing on a cylindrical material like the one shown below as an
example.
10mm
50mm
Step1 : Decide on the Printing Area (Workpiece Size)
First, you make the settings for the printing area on the material. In the case of printing on cylindrical material, printing
over the entire surface of the material (as on flat material) is not possible. For this reason, the METAZAStudio editing
window displays the printing area instead of the material. The printing area is determined by the value of the material’s
diameter entered at the setting window for the driver.
For more information about the conditions of cylindrical material that this machine can print, refer to the page indicated below.
☞ P. 29, "Conditions for Printable Cylindrical Material"
Procedure
➊
Set the margins to 0 millimeters.
Click [File], then click [Preferences].
The [Preferences] dialog box appears.
Set “Margin” to “0 mm.”
Click [OK].
Important !
When you’re printing on cylindrical material, set the margins to zero millimeters. When printing on cylindrical material, the markable area is limited, and so a sufficient printing area must be ensured by making the margins zero
millimeters in size.
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➋
Click [File], then click [Set up the printer].
The [Print Setup] dialog box appears.
➌
Make sure [Roland MPX-80] is
choosen as the printer name.
Click [Properties].
➍
Make the [Diameter] and [Material Orientation] settings for the cylindrical
material.
Click the [Material] tab.
Set [Diameter] to 10 millimeters.
Select [Direction].
In this example, select
(vertical).
Click [Enter].
Under [Work Size], the value for [Width]
is set automatically.
For [Length], in this example, make the
setting of 50 millimeters.
Click [OK].
➎
Click [OK].
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Step2 : Enter Text and Adjust the Layout
Type in the text to print, then adjust how it’s laid out.
Procedure
➊
Enter a single character of text in the
printing area.
☞ P. 49, "Enter the Text"
➋
Arrange the text in a vertical orientation, then adjust it so that it fits within
the printing area.
☞ P. 51, "Adjusting Laid-out Text"
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➌
Enter text remained, and adjust the position.
The on-screen table scale corresponds to the scale for the center vise as shown in the figure. Carefully adjust the
positioning to enable the text to be printed at the location you want.
☞ P. 33, "Loading Material (Using the Center Vise)"
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4-5 Printing Materials of a WideVariety of Shapes
How to Register New Material
METAZAStudio includes preregistered material of four shapes, and you can also register new material.
Printing material without first registering it is possible, but in such cases the printing area is restricted, and the marking
pins may be damaged by striking the edge of the material. To print material not registered in METAZAStudio, first
register it as a new material. The following three methods are available for registering material. For detailed information about the procedures, refer to the online help for METAZAStudio.
☞ P. 9, "About the Documentation for This Machine"
Registration Methods
➢Importing a bitmap image
If an image of the material is available, you can import the image. Note, however, that only bitmap data can be
used. Other requirements are as follows.
File format : Must be either BMP (bitmap) or JPEG
Number of colors : Binary (black and white — portions corresponding to the material must be black-filled)
➢Scanning the material with a scanner
When no image of the material is available, or the shape of the material is complex, you can scan the material on
a scanner and import the image produced. Use a scanner that supports TWAIN_32. Other requirements are as
follows.
Number of colors : Binary (black and white — portions corresponding to the material must be black-filled)
➢Drawing the shape of the material
If the material is a square, circle, or other such simple shape, either singly or in combination, you can use the
drawing tools to draw the shape of the material, then register it.
☞ METAZAStudio online help ("Hints and Tips" > "Registering Favorite Materials")
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A Wide Variety of Operations You Can Accomplish with METAZAStudio
METAZAStudio offers a wide variety of features for editing imported images and creating printing data. For more
information on how to operate METAZAStudio, refer to the online help for the program.
☞ P. 9, "About the Documentation for This Machine"
➢Make images of people more prominent
When the machine prints data created using METAZAStudio, light and dark are expressed by making colors close
to white darker and colors close to black lighter. This means that dark hair or clothing may be printed light,
making the outline of the person indistinct. (Depending on the data, such hair or clothing may not be printed at
all.) In such cases, cropping the person and applying a border to the image enables you to make the image of the
person stand out better when printed.
☞ METAZAStudio online help ("Operation Procedures" > "Step 3: Delete Unnecessary Parts from Image" )
➢Register often-used shapes and images in advance
You can register often-used and generic-use shapes in the library, which enables you call them up and add them
to your data whenever you need them. Registering logos and other graphics can add convenience. You can also
register images.
☞ METAZAStudio online help ("Hints and Tips" > "Making Use of Library")
➢Create contour lines from images
You can print imported images with added contour lines. The data formats that you can import are JPEG and BMP
(bitmap). To enable clean extraction of the contours, the data should meet the following conditions.
Gradations : Use images that do not contain continuous gradations and that have clearly defined borders between colors.
Number of colors : Binary (black and white [recommended])
Resolution : High (Note, however, that the optimal resolution may vary according to the complexity of the shape
and the size when printed.)
☞ METAZAStudio online help ("Hints and Tips" > "Creating Contour Lines from an Image")
➢Share files over the Internet
You can save images that contain material shapes as bitmap (BMP) files. You can then send the files over the
Internet for confirmation of the finished results.
☞ METAZAStudio online help ("Hints and Tips" > "Creating Preview for Customers to Check Completion Image")
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4-7 Driver Settings
Viewing the Documentation for the Driver Settings
At the setting window for the driver, you can make the settings for a wide variety of items, including the size of the
material and the method used for printing.
Any changes you make at this window (the window displayed by using the procedure described here) remain in effect
even after you restart METAZAStudio. To continue operations with the changes applied, follow the procedure below to
display the setting window.
Procedure
➊ Windows Vista
Click [Start], then click [Control Panel].
From the [Hardware and Sound] group, click [Printers].
Windows XP
Click [Start], then click [Control Panel].
Click [Printers and Other Hardware], then click [Printers and Faxes].
Windows 2000
Click [Start].
Click [Settings], then click [Printers].
➋
Right-click [Roland MPX-80].
Click [Printing Preferences].
The setting window appears.
About the Setting Window
Going to the METAZAStudio [File] menu and clicking [Print Setup], then, in the [Print Setup] window, clicking
[Properties], displays the same window as the one that appears using "Displaying the Setting Window," described
above.
Any changes you make while at this window disappear when you restart METAZAStudio.When you want to make
temporary changes in driver settings, display the setting window from METAZAStudio.
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4-7 Driver Settings
Viewing the Online Help for the Driver
For detailed information about the values you can set using the driver, see the online help for the driver.
To view the online help for the driver, go to the driver’s setting window, and click the [Help] button.
☞ P. 9, "About the Documentation for This Machine"
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4-8 SFEdit2
What's SFEdit2 ?
SFEdit2 is a program on the CD-ROM included with the machine (the Roland Software Package) that lets you create
and edit stroke fonts. Stroke fonts are line drawings created by automatically extracting the centerlines from a TrueType
font. Saving a created or edited stroke font with SFEdit2 registers the font with METAZAStudio, making it available for
selection in METAZAStudio’s setting window for the format.
For details about working with stroke fonts, including creating and editing them, refer to the online help for SFEdit2.
☞ P. 9, "About the Documentation for This Machine"
You save a stroke font created or edited using SFEdit2.
It is then registered as a font with METAZAStudio.
☞ P. 55, "Changing the Format of Text"
Starting SFEdit2
You can start SFEdit2 using either of two methods. One is to run it from the Start menu in Windows. The other method
is to start it from the menu in METAZAStudio.
Running the Program from the Start menu in Windows
Click the [Start] button, then click [All
Programs] or [Programs].
Click [Roland SFEdit2], then click
[SFEdit2].
SFEdit2 starts.
Running the Program from METAZAStudio
In METAZAStudio, at the [Edit] menu,
click [Stroke Fonts].
SFEdit2 starts.
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Maintenance and Adjustment
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5-1 Daily Care
Daily Care
WARNING
Never use gasoline, alcohol, thinner, or any other flammable material.
Doing so may cause fire.
CAUTION
Never touch the heads immediately after printing has finished.
Doing so may cause burns.
➢This machine is a precision device, and is sensitive to dust and dirt. Be sure to carry out day-to-day cleaning.
➢Never use solvents such as thinner, benzine, or alcohol.
➢Never attempt to oil or lubricate the machine.
Cleaning the Adhesive Sheet
If the adhesive force of the adhesive sheet declines, then wash the sheet.
➢Never scrub the adhesive sheet using a scrubbing pad or sponge.
➢Never stretch or bend the adhesive sheet when washing it.
How to Wash and Dry
Immerse the adhesive sheet in water, and wash the sheet by gently stroking its surface. After washing, allow to dry
completely, out of direct sunlight. It must not be mounted on the table while wet.
If the Adhesive Sheet Gets Extremely Dirty
If the soiling of the adhesive sheet is severe, wash it using diluted neutral detergent. Rinse thoroughly with water to
remove all detergent completely.
Cleaning the Body and Cover
Use a cloth moistened with water then wrung well, and wipe gently to clean.
The surface of the cover is easily scratched, so use a soft cloth.
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5-1 Daily Care
The Replacement Cycle for the Head Cap
The head cap is due for replacement when the triangle at its tip (see the figure below) is worn away. Replace it with a
new head cap.
The degree of wear may vary according to printing conditions. In particular, printing that makes extensive use of island
fill and other line-drawing operations on materials such as aluminum results in especially rapid wear because of the
extensive unevenness of the material surface. Periodically check the state of the head cap to ensure that it is replaced
as often as needed.
☞ P. 31, "Loading Material (Using the Adhesive Sheet)," p. 33, "Loading Material (Using the Center Vise)"
Replace when this triangle disappears.
Head cap
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5-2 Maintenance of the Head and the Marking Pins
You perform all head cleaning and maintenance of the marking pins using the included MPX-80 Head Manager
program.
The machine's head has nine pins. Printing is performed using these pins one at a time. If the tip of the pin in use
becomes worn, you can change the pin used for printing. You can also perform adjustment to ensure that each pin uses
the same striking force.
Starting MPX-80 Head Manager
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➊
Click [Start], then click [All Programs]
(or [Programs]).
Click [MPX-80 Head Manager], then
click [MPX-80 Head Manager].
➋
Switch on the power to the machine.
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5-2 Maintenance of the Head and the Marking Pins
Head Cleaning
Clean away any fine grime around the head. Perform cleaning periodically.
Procedure
➊
Detach the center vise or the adhesive
sheet and loosen the knob.
d
Rolan
Detach the center vise or
adhesive sheet.
➋ Start MPX-80 Head Manager.
☞ P. 70, "Starting MPX-80 Head Manager"
➌
Click [Cleaning].
➍
Click [OK].
The head moves and cleaning is performed.
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5-2 Maintenance of the Head and the Marking Pins
Checking the State of the Marking Pins
The state of each pin is shown.
If the indicator for the pin you're using is red, then replace it with a new pin.
If attractive printing is impossible or printed images are uneven even though the scale is not red, then change to a new
pin.
A pin needs to be replaced when it is shown in red.
This indicates the amount of pin usage. The indicator
display increases a little at a time as striking is performed. The rate of increase varies according to the
material printed.
Pins for which nothing is displayed are unused.
This refreshes the screen to display the latest information.
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Changing the Pin Used for Marking
Follow the steps below to change the marking pin.
Procedure
➊ Start MPX-80 Head Manager.
☞ P. 70, "Starting MPX-80 Head Manager"
➋
Choose the number of the pin to use next.
Click [Apply Pin Change].
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5-2 Maintenance of the Head and the Marking Pins
Adjusting the Striking Force of the Pins
You can individually adjust the striking force of each separate pin. Pin adjustment involves striking the pattern shown
in the figure. Prepare a piece of test-use printing material (brass) or other material measuring about 60 mm (2.3 in.) by
60 mm (2.3 in.).
Adjustment pattern
Procedure
➊ Start MPX-80 Head Manager.
☞ P. 70, "Starting MPX-80 Head Manager"
➋
Click [Readjust Pins].
Follow the on-screen instructions to perform adjustment for the
pins.
➌
When you have finished, click [X].
The window closes.
How to Determine the Adjustment Values
For the adjustment value, use the letter and number of the location where the value that can be read is lightest. If this
is difficult to determine, decide on an appearance (darkness) to serve as a reference, and select a location having the
same appearance. For instance, if the situation is like that shown in the figure, then select the following values.
B0
C3
B0
C2
C2
B9
C2
C1
C5
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5-3 Head Replacement
Replacing the Head
When all nine marking pins wear out, replace the head. During replacement, you strike the pattern shown in the
figure. Prepare a piece of test-use printing material (brass) included with the replacement head (MPH-70), or another
piece of material measuring about 60 mm (2.3 in.) by 60 mm (2.3 in.).
The replacement head is sold separately. Consult your authorized Roland DG Corp. dealer.
Adjustment pattern
Procedure
➢Never quit the replacement operation while partway through.
➢The head is a consumable part. Never use a head whose marking pins are all worn out.
➢Never reuse a head once it has been removed. Never use it a second time, even if it contains unused pins.
➊ Start MPX-80 Head Manager.
☞ P. 70, "Starting MPX-80 Head Manager"
➋
Click [Replace Head].
Follow the on-screen instructions to carry out head replacement.
➌
When you have finished, click [X].
The window closes.
After you have finished the head-replacement operation, click [Readjust Pins] to check the state of the marking pins.
☞ P. 74 "Adjusting the Striking Force of the Marking Pins"
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5-4 Adjustment of the Origin-point Location
Adjusting the Location of the Machine's Origin Point
The machine's printing origin point is at the center of the table's scale. When you want to adjust the origin-point
location, output calibration data to verify the location of the origin point.
1. Print calibration data.
➊ Mount material on the center of the table.
Prepare material measuring at least 20 mm (0.8 in.) square.
☞ P. 31, "Loading Material (Using the Adhesive Sheet)," p. 33, "Loading Material (Using the Center Vise)"
➋ Start METAZAStudio.
➌
Go to the [File] menu and click
[Open].
For [Look in], select the [Samples]
folder in the [METAZAStudio]
folder*.
* The folder where METAZAStudio is installed
Select [Axis.dmz].
Click [Open].
➍ Start printing.
2. Measure and type in the correction values.
➊
Measure and note down the offset between the centerline
on the table scale and the crossed lines on the material.
Center line
Positive direction
for [Length]
In the example shown in the figure, the [Width] value is displaced
by 0.5 mm in the positive direction and the [Length] value is offset
by 0.5 mm in the negative direction.
Positive direction
for [Width]
Center line
-0.5 mm
Material
0.5 mm
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5-4 Adjustment of the Origin-point Location
➋ Windows Vista
Click [Start], then click [Control Panel].
From the [Hardware and Sound], click [Printers].
Windows XP
Click [Start], then click [Control Panel].
Click [Printers and Other Hardware], then click [Printers and Faxes].
Windows 2000
Click [Start].
Click [Settings], then click [Printers].
The [Printers] folder opens.
➌
Right-click [Roland MPX-80].
Click [Printing Preferences].
The setting window appears.
➍
Click the [Material] tab.
In the width and length fields for [Offset],
enter the displacement values you noted in
step 1.
Click [OK].
The window closes.
Entry of Correction Values
When the setting window for METAZAStudio is displayed, the values for any settings made there are temporary,
and are not saved.
To save the values in the setting window, go into the [Printers] folder and display the setting window for the driver.
☞ P. 64, "Driver Settings"
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5-5 Composition Registration and Striking-force Adjustment
Registering a Composition and Adjusting the Striking Force
Here you register a composition and adjust the striking force to match its hardness and other parameters.
With this machine, performing printing using a striking force appropriate to the composition of the material used can
obtain printing results of even higher quality. The driver for the machine has premade settings for a number of compositions and their appropriate striking forces, but you can also register compositions and their optimal striking forces
yourself. You can also carry out later adjustment of the striking force of compositions you’ve registered yourself, in
order to obtain better printing results.
Procedure
➊ Windows Vista
Click [Start], then click [Control Panel].
From the [Hardware and Sound], click [Printers].
Windows XP
Click [Start], then click [Control Panel].
Click [Printers and Other Hardware], then click [Printers and Faxes].
Windows 2000
Click [Start].
Click [Settings], then click [Printers].
➋ Right-click [Roland MPX-80].
Click [Properties].
➌
Click the [Image Correction] tab.
For [Material], select a custom material (settings a through d).
Click [Details].
The [Details] window appears.
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➍
Enter a name for the composition you’re registering.
Adjust the impact values.
The printing results vary according to the hardness of the material. Adjust to
match the material.
Raise
• When dark areas of the image are not struck
Lower
• When dark areas of the image are whitish (too bright)
• When overall striking is too forceful
Raise
• When bright areas of the image are struck with too
little force (too dark)
• When overall striking is too weak
Lower
• When white areas of the image are struck with too
much force
➎ Click [OK].
The [Details] window closes.
➏ Click [OK].
The setting window closes.
This completes registration of a composition and a striking force appropriate for it. To obtain printing result of even
higher quality, carry out test printing and overprinting on the same material, and adjust the impact values while
examining the printing results.
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Appendix
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6-1 What to Do If
The machine doesn't run even when printing data is sent.
Is the power switched on?
Make sure the Power/Movement button light is on. If it is
dark, press the Power/Movement button to switch on the
power.
Are the settings for the material in the driver's setting window correct?
If it is not connected correctly, refer to the page indicated
below and connect it properly.
Choose the composition of the loaded material.
Even if the composition of the material is the same, the
hardness of the printed surface may vary greatly depending
on the casting method, the composition of impurities, the
presence of plating, and so on. In such cases, perform fine
adjustment of the striking force to match the material.
☞ P. 20, "Connecting the Cables"
☞ P. 78, "Adjusting the Striking Force to Match the Material"
Is the cable used for the connection to the computer
connected correctly?
Is the image printed clearly?
Is the power cord connected correctly?
If it is not connected correctly, refer to the page indicated
below and connect it properly.
☞ P. 20, "Connecting the Cables"
Striking is performed, but nothing is printed.
If the image is not printed clearly, adjust the brightness of
the image. Perform printing while increasing the brightness
of [Gamma] or [Brightness] in the driver's setting window a
little at a time.
At this time, leave the material loaded and perform
overstriking at the same location. Continue changing settings and performing printing until you obtain the darkness
you want.
Is the material loaded at the correct location?
☞ P. 64 "Driver Settings", driver Online Help "[Correction] tab"
If striking is being performed at a location other than where
the material is loaded, then reload the material.
Are grayscale tones printed clearly?
☞ P. 31, "Loading Material Using the Adhesive Sheet," p.34, "Loading Material
Using the Center Vise"
Is the material to be printed in line with the parameters for printable material?
Prepare and use printable material.
☞ P. 28, "Preparing Material to Print"
If you’re not using a head cap, has the height of the
head unit been adjusted to match the thickness of
the material?
When you’re not using a head cap, make sure the head unit
has been secured in place at an appropriate height for the
thickness of the material. Printing cannot be performed
unless the head unit is at the appropriate height. Adjust the
height of the head unit, then fasten it in place securely using the knob.
☞ P. 31, "Loading Material Using the Adhesive Sheet," p.34, "Loading Material
Using the Center Vise"
Is the marking pin bent or broken?
When nothing is printed, and changing the location where
the material is loaded, the parameters for the material, or
the height of the head unit does not correct the problem,
then the marking pin may be bent or broken. Try changing
to an unused marking pin and carry out test printing. If you
can print with the new marking pin, it means the marking
pin you had been using is bent or broken. Continue using
the new marking pin.
☞ P. 73, "Changing the Pin Used for Marking"
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The image is unattractive.
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When grayscale tones are indistinct, go to the setting window for the driver (“Advanced” at the [Image Correction]
tab) and adjust the force of striking. Perform printing while
leaving the value for [Impact--MAX] unchanged and increasing the value for [Impact--MIN] a little at a time.
At this time, leave the material loaded and perform
overstriking at the same location. Continue changing the
settings in the driver's setting window and performing printing until you obtain the darkness you want.
☞ P. 78 "Registering a Composition and Adjusting the Striking Force"
More Information about Overstriking
The various setting values determined with overstriking are
effective only when performing overstriking under identical conditions. The same results are not necessarily obtained
when printing is performed with a new piece of material
with only the conditions made the same, without performing overstriking.
Is the marking pin worn?
Attractive printing may be impossible if the marking pin
becomes worn.
Adjust the pin or change it to a new one.
☞ P. 70, "Maintenance of the Head and the Marking Pins"
6-1 What To Do If...
The image is uneven.
Is the printed surface slightly uneven?
If no head cap is attached, then attach a head cap and perform printing. If you’re using material that can be damaged
by printing with the head cap attached, then replace it with
material that has a level printing surface.
☞ P. 27, "Head Caps," p. 28, "Preparing Material to Print"
Is the printed surface at an angle?
If no head cap is attached, then attach a head cap and perform printing. If you’re using material that can be damaged
by printing with the head cap attached, then replace it with
material that has a level printing surface.
☞ P. 27, "Head Caps," p. 28, "Preparing Material to Print"
Is the image darkness uneven?
Performing overstriking with the material left loaded at the
same location may improve the image quality. Try performing overstriking with different settings for [Gamma], [Brightness], or [Contrast] in the driver's setting window.
☞ P. 64, "Driver Settings", driver online help "[Correction] tab"
the image is unrelated to the printing location, such as when
uneven areas vary from one piece of material or image to
another. We recommend using a head cap whenever such
use is possible.
☞ P. 27 "Head Caps"
Procedure
1. Using an adhesive sheet, load a piece of included testuse printing material at the center of the table.
If the included material has been used up, then prepare a
piece of material that is larger than 60 mm (2.3 in.) and has
a smoothness of 0.05 mm (0.002 in.) or less.
☞ P. 31, "Loading Material Using the Adhesive Sheet"
2. Go into the [Printers] folder. Right-click the [Roland MPX80] and open the setting screen for the METAZA driver.
Click [Printing Preferences].
3. Click the [Option] tab.
4. Click [Test print].
The test pattern is printed on the material.
5. Use the scale to read and note down locations where the
test pattern is not continuous or not visible. Note down the
values in all four directions (front, back, left, and right).
Was bidirectional printing performed?
Bidirectional printing can shorten the printing time, but the
image quality may suffer. If this happens, go to the driver's
setting window and clear the selection for [Bidirection],
then redo printing.
☞ P. 64, "Driver Settings", driver online help "[Material] tab"
Back
20
15
10
Left
20
Right
5
15
10
5
5
10
15
20
5
10
Is the marking pin worn?
Attractive printing may be impossible if the marking pin
becomes worn.
Adjust the pin or change it to a new one.
15
20
Front
☞ P. 70, "Maintenance of the Head and the Marking Pins"
6. Select [Correct slope] and enter the scale values you noted
into the driver.
The image is always faint at the same location.
If you’re using a head cap
If the image is always faint at the same location even though
you’re performing printing using a head cap, the height displacement for the printed surface may be excessive. Recheck the parameters of materials that the machine can print
and select material that meets the parameters. Also, image
quality is not assured when printing photographic data on
a curved surface with this machine.
☞ P. 28 "Preparing Material to Print"
If you’re not using a head cap
If the image is often faint at the same location, such
as near the front right area of the table, then adjusting the levelness of the machine may improve the
image quality.
Please note that this is not effective when unevenness in
The printed location isn't where desired
The center of the table scale may not coincide with the
machine's printing origin point.
To correct displacement between the scale center and the
printing origin point.
☞ P. 76, "Adjusting the Location of the Machine's Origin Point"
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6-2 When Moving the Machine
When moving the machine, be sure to attach the retaining materials. Moving the machine without attaching the
retaining materials may result in damage to the machine.
Procedure
➊ Switch on the power.
☞ P. 24, "Switching On the Power"
➋
Open the cover.
Mount the adhesive sheet on the
table.
Fit the head cap onto the head.
Loosen the knob.
d
Rolan
Adhesive
sheet
Head cap
Knob
➌ Press the Power/Movement button.
The table and head move, and stop at the location where the tip of the nose cap touches the surface of the center
of the table.
➍ Switch off the power.
Unplug the power cord and USB cable.
☞ P. 24, "Switching Off the Power"
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6-2 When Moving the Machine
➎ Attach the retaining materials in the order shown in the figure.
Retainer B
Lift the head unit
slightly.
Retainer A
Retaining screw
Use the retaining screw stored here.
➏
d
Rolan
Lift the knob and secure in place.
Lift the knob until it touches the head unit,
then lift it up slightly more from that point,
and secure it in place at a position where
movement stops. After securing in place,
make sure the head unit is immobilized
Knob
➐ Close the cover.
➑ Repack the machine in its original packing carton.
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6-3 Head Life
The head used in this machine is a consumable part.
As a general guide to its useful life, about 3,600 plates can be printed under the following conditions.
Conditions of Use
Material used : MD-NI (Roland nickel-plated plate)
Printing area : 30 mm (1.1 in.) X 23 mm (0.9 in.)
Print Mode : Photo
Printing rate : 35% (25,000 dots per plate)
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6-4 Locations of the Power Rating and Serial Number Labels
Serial Number
This is required when you seek maintenance, servicing, or support. Never peel off
the label or let it get dirty.
Power Rating
Use an electrical outlet that meets the requirements for voltage, frequency, and amperage given here.
Power Rating
Use an electrical outlet that meets the requirements for voltage, frequency, and amperage given here.
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6-5 Main Unit Specifications
Main Specifications
MPX-80
Printable material
Gold, silver, copper, platinum, brass, aluminium, iron, stainless steel, etc.
(Vickers hardness [HV] of the printing surface must be 200 or less.)
Loadable material size
Maximum 100 mm (width) x 100 mm (height) x 40 mm (thickness)
(3.9 in. x 3.9 in. x 1.5 in.)
(Maximum thickness when using the center vise: 20 mm (0.7 in.))
Printing area
Resolution
Printing direction
Printing speed (Default)
80 mm x 80 mm (3.1 in. x 3.1 in.)
Interface
Power requirements
USB interface (compliant with Universal Serial Bus Specification Revision 1.1)
529 dpi (High resolution), 353 dpi (Photo), 265 dpi (Text), 1058 dpi (Vector)
Unidirectional printing or bidirectional printing (Selectable with Windows driver)
50 mm/sec (1.9 in./sec)(Photo), 33 mm/sec (1.2 in./sec)(High resolution/Text),
16 mm/sec (0.62 in./sec)(Vector)
Dedicated AC adapter
AC 100 to 240V ± 10% 50/60Hz
Machine
DC 19 V 0.6 A
Power consumption
Acoustic noise level
Operation temperature
Operation humidity
External dimensions
Approx. 15W
Weight
Packed dimensions
5.1 kg (11.2 lb.)
Packed weight
Accessories
7.0 kg (15.4 lb.)
Under 70 dB (A) (According to ISO 7779)
10 to 30˚C (50 to 86˚F)
35 to 80% (no condensation)
264 mm (W) x 325 mm (D) x 217 mm (H)
(10.3 in. (W) x 12.7 in. (D) x 8.5 in. (H))
350 mm (W) x 440 mm (D) x 370 mm (H)
(13.7 in. (W) x 17.3 in. (D) x 14.5 in. (H))
AC adapter, power cord, test-use printing material, USB cable, CD-ROM, user's manual,
Software Guide
System Requirements for USB Connection
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Computer
Model preinstalled with Windows Vista (32-bit edition), XP, 2000, or upgraded computer
originally preinstalled with Windows 2000
USB cable
Use the included USB cable.
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