Varitronics VariOuest Cutout Maker 1800 User`s guide

User’s Guide
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Copyright
Copyright
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LLC.
While every precaution has been taken in preparation of this document,
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errors or omissions or by statements resulting from negligence, accident or any
other cause. Varitronics further assumes no liability for incidental or consequential
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product or system herein to improve reliability, function or design.
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written permission of Varitronics, LLC. For more information contact: Varitronics®
at 2355 Polaris Lane North, Suite 100, Plymouth, MN 55447 USA
Trademarks
VariQuest is a registered trademark of Varitronics, LLC.
All other brand or product names referenced in this manual are trademarks or
registered trademarks of their respective companies or organizations.
2355 Polaris Lane North, Suite 100, Plymouth MN 55447 Phone: 763-536-6400
Y1423606 Rev B
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Standard Warranty
Standard Warranty
Varitronics, LLC warrants the equipment and accessories comprising the
VariQuest® Cutout Maker 1800 will be free from defects in material and
workmanship for one (1) year from the date of customer purchase. Original serial
number must appear on product. Removal of serial numbers will void this
warranty and any equipment and accessories that have been altered or modified
in any way and are not as originally purchased will void this warranty.
Varitronics will at its option repair, replace or refund the purchase price of any
accessories, supplies or equipment found to be defective under this warranty.
THIS WARRANTY IS EXPRESSLY IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES,
INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF
MERCHANTABILITY OR WARRANTY OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE.
In the event of breach of this expressed warranty, or any other warranty, whether
expressed or implied, Varitronics liability shall be limited to the remedy provided
by the preceding paragraph. IN NO EVENT WILL VARITRONICS BE LIABLE
FOR ANY DIRECT, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, NOR
WILL VARITRONICS EVER BE LIABLE FOR BREACH OF WARRANTY,
WHETHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY
OF THE MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS, IN AN AMOUNT GREATER THAN
THE PURCHASE PRICE OF THE PRODUCTS DESCRIBED BY THIS
EXPRESSED WARRANTY. No agent, distributor, salesperson, wholesaler or
retail dealer has authority to bind Varitronics to any other affirmation,
representation or warranty concerning these goods.
FCC Notice
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device,
pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment.
This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used
in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communication.
Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference in which case
the user will be required to correct the interference at his own expense.
CAUTION: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for
compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility Notice)
This Class A digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference Causing
Equipment Regulations.
Cet appareil numerique de la classe A respecte toutes les exigences du Reglement sur le material
broilleur du Canada.
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Safety Information
Warning Symbols
Safety Information
The instructions in this manual have been labeled with various types of caution
and warning messages.
The symbols preceding these messages indicate information that must be
followed to avoid damage to property or injury to users of the Cutout Maker or
people in the vicinity of the Cutout Maker.
The degrees of damage or injury that may result from failing to properly follow the
instructions in this manual are classified as follows:
WARNING
Improper use of the Cutout Maker may result in serious injury or death.
CAUTION!
Improper use of the Cutout Maker may result in injury or damage to property.
Warning Symbols
Different types of instructions are labeled with the following symbols (other
symbols are also used in this manual):
Warning
•
•
•
•
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Connect the Cutout Maker to a 120V power source ONLY.
Connecting to a power source of any other voltage may result in fire or electrical
shock.
Do not damage, crease or fold the power cord.
Altering the power cord, placing heavy objects on it or allowing it to become damaged, creased or folded may result in fire or electrical shock.
Do not connect the Cutout Maker to a two-way or multiple-way extension
cord.
Doing so may result in fire or electrical shock.
Never insert or remove the power plug with wet hands.
Doing so may result in electrical shock.
Do not remove the gantry cover or base shroud from the Cutout Maker.
Doing so may result in electrical shock.
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Safety Information
Warning Symbols
Warning
•
•
•
Always hold the plug firmly when removing it from the power socket.
Do not simply pull on the cord.
Pulling on the cord to remove the plug from the power socket or applying excessive force when doing so may damage the cord, which may in turn result in fire or
electrical shock.
If the Cutout Maker overheats, emits smoke, or gives off an unusual odor,
turn off the power switch immediately and remove the plug from the power
socket.
If these problems occur, contact your Cutout Maker dealer. Continuing to use the
Cutout Maker after such problems occur, may result in fire or electrical shock.
If metal objects, water, or other liquids get inside the unit, turn off the power
switch immediately and remove the plug from the power socket.
If this problems occurs, contact your Cutout Maker dealer. Continuing to use the
Cutout Maker after this problem occurs, may result in fire or electrical shock.
•
Always be sure the Cutout Maker is properly grounded.
Failing to do so may cause power leakages, which may in turn result in fire or
electrical shock. If for some reason you are unable to ground the unit, contact your
Cutout Maker dealer for instructions.
•
Never disassemble or modify the Cutout Maker.
Doing so may result in fire or electrical shock. If the Cutout Maker breaks down,
turn off the power switch, remove the plug from the power socket and contact your
Cutout Maker dealer.
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Contents
Copyright ....................................................................................................................ii
Trademarks .................................................................................................................ii
Standard Warranty ....................................................................................................iii
Safety Information ....................................................................................................iv
1 - Features, Accessories and Materials
Features .................................................................................................................. 1-2
System Accessories .............................................................................................. 1-3
Materials ................................................................................................................. 1-4
Paper Classifications ......................................................................................... 1-4
Classifications for Unspecified Paper Types ..................................................... 1-4
2 - Components and Specifications
Components ........................................................................................................... 2-2
Perspective View ............................................................................................... 2-2
Gantry Cover Open ........................................................................................... 2-2
Side View .......................................................................................................... 2-3
Control Panel .................................................................................................... 2-4
Specifications ......................................................................................................... 2-5
3 - Getting Started
Unpacking and Positioning ................................................................................... 3-2
Unpacking the Cutout Maker ............................................................................. 3-2
Verifying Packaging Contents ........................................................................... 3-3
Positioning the Cutout Maker ............................................................................ 3-4
Setting up the Cutout Maker ................................................................................. 3-5
Connecting the Power Cord .............................................................................. 3-5
Connecting the Cutout Maker ............................................................................... 3-6
Connecting to a VariQuest® Design Center ..................................................... 3-6
Connecting to a Personal Computer ................................................................. 3-7
4 - Operating the Cutout Maker
Loading Material .................................................................................................... 4-2
Typical Operating Sequence ................................................................................. 4-3
Operating Example ........................................................................................... 4-3
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5 - Maintenance
Maintenance Summary .......................................................................................... 5-1
Replacing the Cutting Blade .............................................................................. 5-2
Replacing the Cutting Mat ................................................................................. 5-6
Oil Gantry Rails ............................................................................................... 5-10
Clean Tip Sensor ............................................................................................. 5-11
6 - Troubleshooting
Process ................................................................................................................... 6-1
Tips .................................................................................................................... 6-1
Troubleshooting ..................................................................................................... 6-2
Error Codes ............................................................................................................ 6-4
Servicing the Cutout Maker ................................................................................... 6-6
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Features, Accessories and Materials
This chapter provides an overview of the VariQuest® Cutout Maker 1800 features,
accessories and materials. The following information is contained in this chapter:
•
“Features” on page 1-2
•
“System Accessories” on page 1-3
•
“Materials” on page 1-4
•
“Paper Classifications” on page 1-4
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“Classifications for Unspecified Paper Types” on page 1-4
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Features
Features
•
The Cutout Maker is designed to allow even first-time users to quickly produce high
quality cutout shapes from sheets of construction paper, cold laminated
construction paper, card stock, bond paper, VariQuest® Vinyl Sheets and
VariQuest® Magnetic Sheets.
•
You can easily create single or multiple cutouts using the VariQuest® Design
Center Software.
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A two-button control panel with an LCD display is provided for controlling the Cutout
Maker and displaying status and error messages.
•
Choose from a variety of types and sizes of materials. VariQuest® Design Center
Software provides automatic setup selections for shapes, fonts and collections.
With the VariQuest® Cutout Maker 1800 and VariQuest® Design Center
Software, you can produce a variety of cutout shapes, fonts and collections.
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System Accessories
System Accessories
The Cutout Maker comes with a Starter Maintenance Kit that contains:
•
Blades (3-pack)
•
Blade/Chad Removal Tool
•
Tweezers
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Materials
Classifications for Unspecified Paper Types
Materials
CAUTION!
Use of material other than that specified for use with the Cutout Maker may result
in poor cut quality and damage to the blade.
There is no direct correlation between paper weight and the classification of paper
as “light weight” or “heavy weight” among manufacturers of construction paper.
Due to the large variation of paper classifications, VariQuest® Cutout Maker
paper is defined below.
Paper Classifications
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Light construction paper: 40-50 lbs
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Heavy construction paper: 60-80 lbs
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Cold laminated light construction paper: 40-50 lbs light construction paper + the
VariQuest® Cold Laminator dual-sided laminate.
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Cold laminated heavy construction paper: 60-80 lbs heavy construction paper +
VariQuest® Cold Laminator dual-sided laminate.
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Cardstock: 80-100 lbs
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Bond (copier) paper: 20 lbs
Classifications for Unspecified Paper Types
Refer to the following tables to determine the paper weight for unspecified paper
types. These tables will help determine if you have light or heavy construction
paper. Weight measurements are determined by a scale based on number of
sheets and size of paper.
Light Weight Construction Paper
100 sheets
9"x12"
1-1.3 lbs
12"x18"
2-2.5 lbs
18"x24"
4-5 lbs
24"x36"
8-10 lbs
500 sheets
5-6.3 lbs
10-12.5 lbs
20-25 lbs
40-50 lbs
Heavy Weight Construction Paper
1-4
100 sheets
9"x12"
1.5-2 lbs
12"x18"
3-4 lbs
18"x24"
6-8 lbs
24"x36"
12-16 lbs
500 sheets
7.5-10 lbs
15-20 lbs
30-40 lbs
60-80 lbs
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Components and Specifications
This chapter shows the locations of the major VariQuest® Cutout Maker 1800
components and provides detailed system specifications. The following information is
contained in this chapter:
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“Components” on page 2-2
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“Perspective View” on page 2-2
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“Gantry Cover Open” on page 2-2
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“Side View” on page 2-3
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“Control Panel” on page 2-4
“Specifications” on page 2-5
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Components
Gantry Cover Open
Components
Perspective View
1
2
3
Gantry Cover Open
4
No.
1
2
3
4
2-2
Name
Gantry
Control Panel
Cutter Bed
Blade Holder Assembly
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Side View
Side View
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1
2
No.
1
2
3
4
3
Name
USB Cable Receptacle
AC Power Cord Receptacle
DC Power Supply Fuse (2 Amp)
OFF (0) ON (1) Power Switch
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Components
Control Panel
Control Panel
The control panel provides buttons to manually start and stop cutter operation.
Pressing the GO button starts the cutter when all of the software selections are
completed and the LCD display indicates a "Ready" condition exists.
•
Pressing STOP retracts the cutter blade and pauses the cutter operation.
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Pressing GO restarts the cutter operation from the point at which it paused.
•
Pressing STOP a second time without pressing GO clears the cutter operation,
retracts the cutter blade and sends the cutter blade back to the home position.
The LCD display shows the status of the operation underway and/or shows the
error that caused the operation to stop.
1
3
2
No.
2-4
Name
1
LCD Display
2
“STOP” button
3
“GO” button
Description
Lists cut job status (cutting, pause, error, etc.).
Shows the options currently selected.
Displays error messages and instructions.
Pauses the cut job currently in process. Pressing STOP
while a job is paused cancels the job.
Starts the cut job selected.
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Specifications
Control Panel
Specifications
Cutout Maker 1800 Technical Data Sheet
Output
• Maximum cutout size: 11-1/2” x 17-1/2”; up to 2’ x 3’ when tiling
• Minimum scrap size: 4” x 6” (101.6 mm x 152.4 mm)
Machine
• Display: 4 line, 16 characters LCD graphical display
• Cutting speed: up to 6” per second (simple shapes)
• USB port: 1
• Dimensions: 33” W x 21.5” D x 12.5” H
• Weight (machine only): 41.4 lbs
• Weight (machine in its package): 55 lbs
Materials
• Tested & qualified materials: construction paper, cold laminated construction paper, cardstock,
bond paper, VariQuest® Vinyl Sheets and VariQuest® Magnetic Sheets
• Material sizes: standard construction paper 9” x 12” (228.6 mm x 304.8 mm) and
12” x 18” (304.8 mm x 457.2 mm); other standard size: 8-1/2” x 11” (215.9 mm x 279.4 mm)
Electrical Characteristics
• Input current: 1.7 Amps
• Input voltages: 100-240 VAC
• Input frequency: 50-60 Hz
• Max Output Power: 100 W
• Interface: USB
Environmental Characteristics
• Operational requirements: ambient temperature 32°F to 122°F (0°C to 50°C);
relative humidity: 20%-80% (non-condensing)
• Storage requirements: ambient temperature 0°F to 140°F (18°C to 60°C);
relative humidity: 10% - 95% (non-condensing)
Agency Approvals
• UL, CUL: Listed to UL/CSA 60950-1:2003
• FCC: Meets FCC – CFR 47, part 15, Subpart B, class A emissions limit
• Canadian standard: Meets Canadian standard ICES-003, Issue 4:2004, class A emission limits
Other
• Manufactured in the USA
The information provided in this Technical Data Sheet indicates performance under normal conditions. It is intended only as a source
of information without guarantee and does not constitute a warranty. Purchases may need to independently determine the suitability
of these products for their specific purpose.
All brand or product names used on this sheet are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies or
organizations. As part of our continuous improvement, we reserve the right to change this Technical Data Sheet without notice.
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Getting Started
This chapter provides instructions for unpacking and setting up the VariQuest® Cutout
Maker 1800. Keep this guide near the Cutout Maker so it can be available for reference.
The chapter contains these sections:
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“Unpacking and Positioning” on page 3-2
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“Unpacking the Cutout Maker” on page 3-2
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“Verifying Packaging Contents” on page 3-3
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“Positioning the Cutout Maker” on page 3-4
“Setting up the Cutout Maker” on page 3-5
•
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“Connecting the Power Cord” on page 3-5
“Connecting the Cutout Maker” on page 3-6
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“Connecting to a VariQuest® Design Center” on page 3-6
•
“Connecting to a Personal Computer” on page 3-7
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Unpacking and Positioning
Unpacking the Cutout Maker
Unpacking and Positioning
Unpacking the Cutout Maker
The Cutout Maker and accessories are packed in a cardboard carton with foam
padding for protection during shipment. Carefully unpack the items and keep the
packing materials. If you need to ship the Cutout Maker in the future, repack the
system as shown in the figure.
WARNING
Due to the weight of the unit, we recommend that 2 people lift the Cutout Maker
from the carton. To avoid personal injury, use proper lifting techniques when
removing the Cutout Maker from the carton.
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2
7
8
6
3
5
9
4
No.
1
2
3
4
5
3-2
Description
Cardboard Cover
End Cap (rear, key cutout)
End Cap (front)
Shipping Container
Foam Cradle
No.
6
7
8
9
Description
CM1800
Packing Foam
Blade Assembly Foam
Gantry Rail Foam
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Unpacking and Positioning
Verifying Packaging Contents
Verifying Packaging Contents
After unpacking, verify that all of the following items have been included in the
Cutout Maker box:
1
2
3
4
No.
1
2
3
4
Description
Electrical Power Cord
USB Cable
Cutout Maker 1800
Maintenance Kit
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Unpacking and Positioning
Positioning the Cutout Maker
Positioning the Cutout Maker
To ensure proper functioning of the Cutout Maker on a work space, allow
adequate space around the system as shown below.
2 in. / 51 mm
2 in. / 51 mm
2 in. / 51 mm
2 in. / 51 mm
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Setting up the Cutout Maker
Connecting the Power Cord
Setting up the Cutout Maker
Connecting the Power Cord
WARNING
Never operate the Cutout Maker in an area where it can get wet
CAUTION!
Always connect the power cord to the Cutout Maker before inserting the plug into
a wall socket
Connect the power cord to the Cutout Maker. Then insert the power plug into a
grounded three-prong wall socket.
1. Set the power switch to its “0” (OFF) position.
2. The power cord had a three-prong female connector on one end that must be
inserted into the male power receptacle on the left side of the Cutout Maker.
3. Plug the other end of the cord into an appropriate AC outlet (wall socket).
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2
3
4
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5
No.
1
2
3
4
5
6
Description
Wall Socket
USB Cable Receptacle
Power Cord Receptacle
Power Switch (1=ON, 0=OFF)
Power Cord
Cutout Maker Power Plug
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Connecting the Cutout Maker
Connecting to a VariQuest® Design Center
Connecting the Cutout Maker
Important
Use the USB cable supplied with the Cutout Maker to connect to the VariQuest®
Design Center or a PC. The USB cable complies with FCC “Rules and
Regulations,” Part 15 for Class A Equipment using fully-shielded six-foot data
cables. Use of longer cables or unshielded cables may increase radiation
emissions above the Class A limits. The power cord must be inserted into the
receptacle on the left side of the Cutout Maker before connecting the
communication cables.
Connecting to a VariQuest® Design Center
All VariQuest products can connect to the Design Center using any available USB
port. However, you can also connect devices using the following diagram.
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2
1
4
5
6
7
No.
1
2
3
4
3-6
Description
®
VariQuest Poster Maker 3600
Mouse (optional)
®
VariQuest Awards Maker 400
Printer
No.
Description
5
Available USB Port
6
Keyboard (optional)
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Connecting the Cutout Maker
Connecting to a Personal Computer
Connecting to a Personal Computer
The Cutout Maker provides a standard interface for connecting to a computer
(USB connector). Connect one end of the cable provided to an available USB
connector on the computer, and connect the remaining end to the USB connector
on the Cutout Maker. Power on the Cutout Maker and the computer, and install
the VariQuest® Design Center Software.
Note: Refer to the separate VariQuest® Design Center User’s Guide for software
installation.
2
1
No.
1
2
Description
USB Cable Type A Connector
USB Cable Type B Connector
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Operating the Cutout Maker
This chapter provides instructions for operating the Cutout Maker. The following
information is contained in this chapter:
•
“Loading Material” on page 4-2
•
“Typical Operating Sequence” on page 4-3
•
“Operating Example” on page 4-3
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Loading Material
Loading Material
Before loading material on the VariQuest® Cutout Maker 1800, you must choose
the appropriate material type in the VariQuest® Design Center Software. This
software is installed on the VariQuest® Design Center or on your PC. When you
select the material type in the software, the Cutout Maker adjusts the output
settings (blade depth, force and cutting speed) accordingly. After you have
selected the material type and prepared your cut job, the control panel will instruct
you to load the appropriate material on the Cutout Maker.
If you experience poor cut quality, you can adjust the material settings and
increase or decrease the blade depth. Adjust this blade setting only if the blade
does not cut completely through the material or cuts too deeply into the mat.
•
See the VariQuest® Design Center Software User’s Guide for detailed
instructions for software setup.
•
Ensure the material is loaded as shown below for proper operation of the unit. The
material must lay flat on the bed, and the top left corner must be flush with the
guides on the Cutout Maker.
Note: Smaller scrap sizes may move on the cutting mat. If this occurs, you may
need to use a larger piece of scrap, or correct the movement by placing another
piece of paper next to the paper you are cutting to increase vacuum suction.
To load material:
1. Press paper down flat against bed [1].
2. Ensure the top-left corner of the material [2] is flush with guides on Cutout
Maker bed.
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2
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Typical Operating Sequence
Operating Example
Typical Operating Sequence
Important
The VariQuest® Cutout Maker 1800 can be used only with the VariQuest®
Design Center Software. The VariQuest® Design Center Software is installed on
your VariQuest® Design Center or PC. Refer to the separate VariQuest® Design
Center User’s Guide for software installation.
After loading the materials as described in “Loading Material” on page 4-2, the
Cutout Maker control panel will display instructions similar to the following
example.
Operating Example
To load cutout material:
1. Position the material on the Cutout Maker. Make sure that the top left corner is
flush with the guides on the Cutout Maker bed.
2. Press GO.
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Typical Operating Sequence
Operating Example
To smooth paper/start cut job:
1. Smooth the paper on the cutting mat.
Note: Smoothing paper on the cutting mat ensures a clean cut.
2. Press GO to start the cut job. Once cutting is complete, you can remove your
cutout from the cutting bed.
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Maintenance
This chapter describes the periodic maintenance procedures required during normal
operation of the Cutout Maker.
The chapter contains these sections:
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“Maintenance Summary” on page 5-1
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“Replacing the Cutting Blade” on page 5-2
•
“Replacing the Cutting Mat” on page 5-6
•
“Oil Gantry Rails” on page 5-10
•
“Clean Tip Sensor” on page 5-11
Maintenance Summary
Maintenance
Occurrence
Reason for
Maintenance
Clean mat with
Isopropyl Alcohol
(IPA)
Weekly or as
needed
Material to be cut moves
while being cut.
Change blade
Monthly or as
needed
Cutouts exhibit an
unacceptable amount of
tears.
Material to be cut moves
while being cut.
Rails exhibit signs of wear.
Slight grinding is felt when
moving cutter head
manually.
Maintain optimum cut
quality.
Change mat
Yearly
Oil gantry rails
Yearly
Clean tip sensor
Weekly or as
needed
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Description
Use IPA and a lint-free cloth. Turn
power off. Apply IPA to cloth and
wipe. Mat should be slightly tacky
when rubbed with the bare hand.
See “Replacing the Cutting Blade”
on page 5-2.
See “Replacing the Cutting Mat” on
page 5-6.
See “Oil Gantry Rails” on page 510.
See “Clean Tip Sensor” on page 511.
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Maintenance Summary
Replacing the Cutting Blade
Replacing the Cutting Blade
1. Set the power switch [1] to 0 (OFF) to turn the machine off.
1
2. Open the gantry top cover [2a], locate the blade holder/motor assembly [2b]
and move it toward the middle of the gantry track.
2a
2b
3. Rotate the blade holder [3] 90° towards the front of the unit to gain access to
the blade.
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Maintenance Summary
Replacing the Cutting Blade
4. Press blade release button [4a] at the rear of the blade holder to expose the
blade.
CAUTION!
The cutter blade protrudes from the blade holder [4b] slightly even when retracted.
Take care to avoid contact with the blade. Personal injury or equipment damage
may result if the blade is touched.
4b
4a
5. Press the blade removal tool [5], included in maintenance kit, over the blade
and remove the blade from the blade holder. Hold a finger over the blade
release button to prevent the blade from reseating.
Note: Press the cork end of the tool over the blade.
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Maintenance Summary
Replacing the Cutting Blade
6. Carefully position the blade in the blade holder [6] and insert it until only
1/4 inch of the blade protrudes from the holder.
CAUTION!
The cutter blade protrudes from the blade holder slightly even when retracted.
Take care to avoid contact with the blade. Personal injury or equipment damage
may result if the blade is touched.
6
7. Set power switch [7] to I (ON) to activate the electromagnet that draws the
blade into its fully seated position within the blade holder.
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Maintenance Summary
Replacing the Cutting Blade
8. Rotate the blade holder assembly 90° [8a] back to its operating position [8b].
8a
8b
9. Close the gantry top cover [9] on the Cutout Maker.
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Maintenance Summary
Replacing the Cutting Mat
Replacing the Cutting Mat
1. Set the power switch [1] to 0 (OFF) to turn the machine off.
1
2. Slide the gantry forward [2a] and grasp the rear edge of the cutting mat. Slide
the mat out (to rear) [2b] from between the channels on each side of
the bed [2c].
2a
2b
2c
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Maintenance Summary
Replacing the Cutting Mat
3. With the gantry moved forward [3a], position the cutting mat soft side up [3b]
so that the sides of the mat protrude into the channels on each side of
the bed [3c].
3b
3a
3c
4. Guide the cutting mat forward between the channels [4] on each side of the
bed.
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Maintenance Summary
Replacing the Cutting Mat
5. Continue sliding the mat forward until the guide slots [5a] on the leading edge
of the mat are fully engaged with the guides on the front end of the bed [5b].
5a
5b
6. With the leading edge of the mat secured, align the notches on the rear edge
of the mat with the guide posts on the bed [6]. Press the mat down to secure it
in position.
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Replacing the Cutting Mat
7. Turn the machine on.
8. Ensure that the gantry returns to the home position [8].
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Note: In some cases, you may rotate the protective mat to make use of surface
area that is not worn. Either end of the mat may be inserted into the Cutout Maker.
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Maintenance Summary
Oil Gantry Rails
Oil Gantry Rails
1. Lift gantry top cover [1].
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2. Apply a small amount of general household oil (such as 3-in-1 oil) to a clean
cloth and wipe on exposed edge of upper [2a] and lower [2b] gantry rails.
Note: Take care not to apply too much oil. Oil should not drip or pool. Remove
excess oil with a clean cloth.
2a
2b
3. Close gantry top cover.
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Clean Tip Sensor
Clean Tip Sensor
1. Check that there are no obstructions, residue or paper debris covering the tip
sensor.
2. Using the tweezers and chad removal tool from the maintenance kit, remove
any debris from the tip sensor location plunger.
3. Remove any adhesive ooze from the tip-sensor area with a swab and
isopropyl alcohol.
Tip Sensor Location
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Troubleshooting
This chapter describes how to locate and solve problems that you may encounter while
using the Cutout Maker. The following information is contained in this chapter:
•
“Process” on page 6-1
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“Troubleshooting” on page 6-2
•
“Error Codes” on page 6-4
•
“Servicing the Cutout Maker” on page 6-6
Process
Many problems can be traced to something as simple as a loose connection. Check the
following before proceeding to the problem-specific solutions on the next page.
Tips
In each problem-specific section on the next page, try the steps in the order suggested.
This may help you solve the problem more quickly.
Keep a record of the steps you take when troubleshooting. The information may be useful
to technical support or service personnel.
•
Use some other electrical device to confirm that the electrical outlet is working.
•
Ensure all connections are securely attached.
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Troubleshooting
Tips
Troubleshooting
Diagnosis
Cutout Maker does not work even
though the power switch has been
turned on.
LCD Display does not turn on.
Excessively loud noise.
Note: In each of the following cases,
follow the 5 steps shown in the
“Required Action” column.
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Troubleshooting
Required Action
1. Verify that power cord has been plugged in properly.
2. Verify that power switch is turned on.
1. Verify that power cord has been plugged in properly.
2. Verify that power switch is turned on.
1. Oil rails, see “Oil Gantry Rails” on page 5-10.
1. Verify that the Design Center touch computer or PC and the
Cutout Maker 1800 are turned on, and the power cord has
been plugged in properly.
2. Verify that the USB cable is plugged into the Design Center
touch computer or PC and the Cutout Maker 1800.
3. Turn the device off/on.
4. Close, then reopen the VariQuest Software. Turn the device
OFF, then ON to reestablish communication.
5. Verify that the Design Center touch computer or PC is not
prompting to install the USB driver (Found New Hardware
Wizard). It is possible that the wizard is behind another window
on the Design Center touch computer or PC. Run the wizard to
install the USB driver, if needed.
6. Verify that the print driver for the device is installed by opening
the “Printers and Faxes” control panel on the Design Center
touch computer or PC, and verify that there is a printer named
“VariQuest". Run the printer setup from the CD, if needed.
Button presses don't seem to be
working.
• The message box in the
VariQuest Software contains the
following message: “There was
an error communicating with the
cutter. You will need to recut
some or all of your job. Select
OK, then select the page or
pages to recut.”
• The LCD Display on the Cutout
Maker doesn't change to a
screen saying “Ready” when the
user enters the initial Cutout
Maker screen in the VariQuest
Software.
1. Verify correct material was selected in VariQuest Software.
Paper tears.
2. Change cutting blade, see “Replacing the Cutting Blade” on
page 5-3.
3. Replace the cutting mat if significant use is visible, see
“Replacing the Cutting Mat” on page 5-7.
4. Adjust material settings, see VariQuest Software User's Guide.
5. Clean mat with isopropyl alcohol.
6. Rotate mat 180o.
7. Replace mat.
8. Clean the tip sensor. See “Clean Tip Sensor” on page 5-11.
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Tips
Diagnosis
Troubleshooting (Continued)
Required Action
Paper scrunching during cutting.
Paper moves while cutting.
1. Adjust the cutting blade depth 1 step negative (see “Loading
Material” on page 4-2).
2. Try cutting again. If condition persists, repeat step 1.
3. Clean tip sensor. See “Clean Tip Sensor” on page 5-11.
1. Mat is dirty, clean with isopropyl alcohol.
2. Scrap paper is too small, use larger scrap paper.
Note: Smaller scrap sizes may move on the cutting mat. If this
occurs, you may need to use a larger piece of scrap, or the
movement may be corrected by placing another piece of paper next
to the paper you are cutting to increase vacuum suction.
Blade does not retract during blade
change procedure.
3.
4.
1.
2.
3.
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Rotate mat 180o.
Replace mat.
Remove blade.
Rotate head down, depress blade release button, cycle power.
Rotate head up, depress blade release button, cycle power.
Depress blade release button, insert blade, cycle power.
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Error Codes
Tips
Error Codes
The following table describes the Error Codes that may appear on the control
panel and corrective action required to correct the problem.
Note: Error codes contain a 2nd digit that the user does not have to be concerned
with.
Error Codes
Message Displayed
Cutter stalled. Check mat
for obstructions. Press
stop to clear error.
Error #3 or Error #4
Corrective Action
1. Verify that there are no obstructions on the mat.
2. Insert new material.
3. Verify that the correct material type is selected in the VariQuest
Software on the Design Center touch computer or the PC.
4. Press STOP to clear error.
5. Try again.
6.
Sensor error. Check mat for 1.
obstructions.
2.
Press stop to clear error. 3.
If the error persists, contact your VariQuest® dealer.
Verify that here are no obstructions on the mat.
Press STOP to clear error.
Try again.
4. If the error persists, contact your VariQuest® dealer.
Error #5, Error #6 or Error
#13
1. Ensure that the mat is not over the tip sensor.
Tip Sensor error. Check
blade position. Ensure mat 2. Remove any obstructions from the tip sensor (see “Clean Tip
is not over sensor.
Sensor” on page 5-11).
Press stop to clear error. 3. Open gantry cover.
4. Verify that the blade holder assembly is rotated to the
Error #8
operating position as shown in Step 8 on page 5-6.
5. Rotate the blade holder 90° toward the front of the unit as
shown in “Replacing the Cutting Blade” on page 5-2.
6. Ensure that the blade is installed in the blade holder.
7. Rotate the blade holder assembly 90° to its operating position
as shown in Step 8 page 5-6.
8. Close gantry cover.
9. Press STOP to clear error.
10. Try again.
11. If the error persists, contact your VariQuest® dealer.
Job contains invalid data
and cannot be cut. Press
stop to clear error.
Error #9 or Error #10
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1. Select a different object size in the VariQuest® Software on
the Design Center touch computer or the PC.
2. Press STOP to clear error.
3. Try again.
4. If the error persists, contact your VariQuest® dealer.
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Tips
Message Displayed
Cut speed error. Select a
different object size and
try again.
Press stop to clear error.
Error Codes (Continued)
Corrective Action
1. Select a different object size in the VariQuest® Software on
the Design Center touch computer or the PC.
2. Press STOP to clear error.
3. Try again.
4. If the error persists, contact your VariQuest® dealer.
Error #11
Cutter head failed to lift. 1. Press STOP to clear error.
Press stop to clear error. 2. Try again.
Error #14
3. If the error persists, contact your VariQuest® dealer.
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Tips
Servicing the Cutout Maker
If you are unable to solve the problem, you need to have the Cutout Maker
serviced.
To service your Cutout Maker:
1. Write a description of the problem and a checklist of the steps you took when
trying to fix the problem. This information may be useful to the service
personnel.
2. Contact your VariQuest® dealer for further instructions.
3. If instructed to do so by your VariQuest® dealer, pack the Cutout Maker in the
original carton. See “Unpacking the Cutout Maker” on page 3-2.
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