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Copyright
This manual is copyrighted with all rights reserved. No portion of this manual may be copied or
reproduced by any means without the prior consent of Brady Worldwide, Inc.
While every precaution has been taken in preparation of this document, Brady assumes no liability to any
party for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions or by statements resulting from negligence,
accident or any other cause. Brady further assumes no liability for incidental or consequential damages
arising from the use of this document. Brady disclaims all warranties of merchantability or fitness for a
particular purpose.
Brady reserves the right to make changes without further notice to any product or system herein to
improve reliability, function or design.
Reproduction of this material, in part or whole, is strictly prohibited without the written permission of
Brady Worldwide, Inc. For more information contact: Varitronics® at 6835 Winnetka Circle, Brooklyn
Park, Minnesota 55428 USA
Trademarks
Varitronics is a registered trademark of Brady Worldwide, Inc. VariQuest is a trademark of Brady
Worldwide, Inc.
All other brand or product names referenced in this manual are trademarks or registered trademarks of
their respective companies or organizations.
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Standard Warranty
Brady Worldwide, Inc., through its Varitronics® business unit, warrants the equipment and accessories
comprising the VariQuest™ Cutout Maker1800 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
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:
Improper use of the Cutout
Maker may result in injury or
damage to property
Improper use of the Cutout
Maker may result in serious
injury or death
Different types of instructions are labeled with the following symbols (other symbols are also used
in this manual):
• Instructions labeled with this symbol must ALWAYS be followed. An explanatory illustration
will accompany the symbol.
• Instructions labeled with this symbol are warnings against actions that should NEVER be taken. An
explanatory illustration will accompany the symbol.
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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.
• 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 you 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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Table of Contents
Copyright ...........................................................................................................................ii
Trademarks........................................................................................................................ii
Standard Warranty............................................................................................................ iii
Safety Information.............................................................................................................iv
Cutout Maker Features, Accessories and Materials ...................................................... 1-1
Cutout Maker Features ................................................................................................. 1-2
System Accessories....................................................................................................... 1-3
Cutout Maker Materials ................................................................................................. 1-4
VariQuestTM Cutout Maker Paper Classifications..................................................... 1-4
Determining Classifications for Unspecified Paper Types ....................................... 1-4
Cutout Maker Components and Specifications .............................................................. 2-1
Cutout Maker Components ........................................................................................... 2-2
Perspective View...................................................................................................... 2-2
Side View ................................................................................................................. 2-3
Control Panel ........................................................................................................... 2-4
Specifications................................................................................................................. 2-5
Getting Started ................................................................................................................... 3-1
Unpacking and Positioning the Cutout Maker ............................................................... 3-2
Unpacking the Cutout Maker ................................................................................... 3-2
Verifying Package Contents..................................................................................... 3-2
Positioning the Cutout Maker .................................................................................. 3-3
Setting Up the Cutout Maker ......................................................................................... 3-4
Connecting the Power Cord .................................................................................... 3-4
Connecting to the VariquestTM Design Center 1000 or a Personal Computer ......... 3-5
Operating the Cutout Maker ............................................................................................. 4-1
Loading Material on the Cutout Maker........................................................................... 4-2
Typical Operating Sequence.......................................................................................... 4-3
Maintenance ...................................................................................................................... 5-1
Maintenance Summary .................................................................................................. 5-2
Replacing the Cutter Blade ........................................................................................... 5-3
Replacing the Cutting Mat ............................................................................................. 5-7
Oil Gantry Rails ............................................................................................................ 5-10
Troubleshooting ................................................................................................................ 6-1
Troubleshooting Process ............................................................................................... 6-2
Troubleshooting Tips................................................................................................ 6-2
Cutout Maker Troubleshooting....................................................................................... 6-3
Cutout Maker Error Codes ............................................................................................. 6-4
Having the Cutout Maker Serviced ............................................................................... 6-5
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Cutout Maker Features,
Accessories and Materials
This chapter provides an overview of the VariQuestTM Cutout Maker1800 features, accessories
and materials.
The chapter contains these sections:
• “Cutout Maker Features” on page 1-2
• “System Accessories” on page 1-3
• “Cutout Maker Materials” on page 1-4
• “VariquestTM Cutout Maker Paper Classifications” on page 1-4
• “Determining Classifications for Unspecified Paper Types” on page 1-4
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Cutout Maker Features
• The Cutout Maker is designed to allow even first-time users to quickly produce high quality cutout
shapes from sheets of construction paper and other available materials.
• You can easily create single or multiple cutouts using VariQuestTM Design Center Software.
• 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. VariQuestTM Design Center Software provides
automatic setup selections for fonts, shapes and collections.
With the VariQuestTM Cutout Maker and VariQuestTM Design Center Software,
you can produce cutout shapes in every imaginable design.
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VariQuest™ Cutout Maker 1800
System Accessories
The Cutout Maker comes with a Maintenance Kit that contains:
• Blades (5-pack)
• Blade/Chad Removal Tool
• Tweezers
• Tool Storage Pouch
Upon completion of the registration form, the customer will receive a 20-credit Shape CD.
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Cutout Maker Materials
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, VariquestTM Cutout Maker Paper is defined as listed below.
VariquestTM Cutout Maker Paper Classifications
• Light construction paper: 40-50 lbs.
• Heavy construction paper: 60-80 lbs.
• Cold laminated light construction paper: 40-50 lbs. light construction paper + the VariQuestTM
Cold Laminator 1200's dual-sided laminate.
• Cold laminated heavy construction paper: 60-80 lbs. heavy construction paper + the
VariQuestTM Cold Laminator 1200's dual-sided laminate.
• Cardstock: 80-100 lbs.
• Bond (copier) paper: 20 lbs.
Determining 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
500 sheets
9"x12"
1-1.3 lbs
5-6.3 lbs
100 sheets
500 sheets
9"x12"
1.5-2 lbs
7.5-10 lbs
12"x18"
2-2.5 lbs
10-12.5 lbs
18"x24"
4-5 lbs
20-25 lbs
24"x36"
8-10 lbs
40-50 lbs
Heavy Weight Construction Paper
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12"x18"
3-4 lbs
15-20 lbs
18"x24"
6-8 lbs
30-40 lbs
24"x36"
12-16 lbs
60-80 lbs
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Cutout Maker Components
and Specifications
This chapter shows the locations of the major VariQuestTM Cutout Maker 1800 components and
provides detailed system specifications.
The chapter contains these sections:
• “Cutout Maker Components” on page 2-2
• “Perspective View” on page 2-2
• “Side View” on page 2-3
• “Control Panel” on page 2-4
• “Specifications” on page 2-5
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Cutout Maker Components
Perspective View
1
2
3
Gantry Cover Open
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Gantry
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Control Panel
3
Cutter Bed
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Blade Holder Assembly
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No.
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3
Name
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USB Cable Receptacle
2
AC Power Cord Receptacle
3
DC Power Supply Fuse (2 Amp)
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OFF (0) ON (1) Power Switch
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Control Panel
The control panel provides buttons to manually start and stop cutter operation. Pressing the GO
button starts the cutter when all the software selections are completed and the LCD display
indicates a "Ready" condition exists. Pressing the stop button retracts the cutter blade and pauses
the cutter operation. Pressing the GO button restarts the cutter operation from the point at which it
paused. Pressing the stop button a second time without pressing the GO button 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.
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1.Load
Paper
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Status
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3.Smooth
Error
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Name
Description
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Message display
Lists cut job status (cutting, pause, error, etc.). Shows the options currently selected.
Displays error messages and instructions.
2
“STOP” button
Pauses the cut job currently in process. Pressing “stop” while a job is paused cancels
the job.
3
“GO” button
Starts the cut job selected.
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Specifications
Cutout Maker 1800
Technical Data Sheet
Output
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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
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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
Ability to cut as well as perforate construction paper
Materials
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Types of materials tested & qualified: Construction paper, cold laminated construction paper,
cardstock, and bond paper
Sizes of materials: standard construction paper 9”x12” (228.6 mm x 304.8 mm) and
12” x 18” (304.8 mm x 457.2 mm); other standard size: 8-1/2”x11” (215.9 mm x 279.4 mm)
Electrical Characteristics
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Input current: 1.7 Amps
Input voltages: 100-240 VAC
Input frequency: 50-60 Hz
Max Output Power: 100 W
Interface: USB
Environmental Characteristics
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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
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UL, CUL Listed to UL/CSA 60950-1:2003
Meets FCC – CFR 47, part 15, Subpart B, class A emissions limit
Meets Canadian standard ICES-003, Issue 4:2004, class A emission limits
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Manufactured in the USA
Other
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. Purchasers 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 VariQuestTM Cutout Maker
1800. Keep this guide near the Cutout Maker so it can be available for reference.
The chapter contains these sections:
• “Unpacking and Positioning the Cutout Maker” on page 3-2
• “Unpacking the Cutout Maker” on page 3-2
• “Verifying Package Contents” on page 3-2
• “Positioning the Cutout Maker” on page 3-3
• “Setting up the Cutout Maker” on page 3-4
• “Connecting the Power Cord” on page 3-4
• “Connecting to the VariQuestTM Design Center 1000 or a Personal Computer” on page 3-5
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Unpacking and Positioning the Cutout Maker
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 below.
Cutout
Maker
Cardboard
Foam Packing
Material
It is recommend that 2 people
lift the Cutout Maker from
the box due to the weight of
the unit. To avoid personal
injury, use proper lifting
techniques when lifting from
box.
Foam Packing
Material
Shipping
Container
Verifying Package Contents
After unpacking, verify that all of the following items have been included in the Cutout Maker box:
Cutout Maker 1800
Electrical Power Cord
USB Cable
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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
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Setting up the Cutout Maker
Connecting the Power Cord
Always connect the power
cord to the Cutout Maker
before inserting the plug into a
wall socket
Never operate the Cutout Maker
in an area where it can get wet
Connect the power cord to the Cutout Maker. Then insert the power plug into a grounded threeprong wall socket:
1. Set the power switch to its “0” (OFF) position.
2. The power cord has 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
USB Cable
Receptacle
Power Cord
Receptacle
Power Switch
1 (ON)
0 (OFF)
Cutout Maker
Power Plug
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Connecting to the VariQuestTM Design Center 1000 or a Personal
Computer
Important!
Use the USB cable supplied with the Cutout Maker to connect to the VariQuestTM
Design Center 1000 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
side of the Cutout Maker before connecting the communication cables.
Connecting to a VariQuestTM Design Center 1000
Design Center 1000
Rear Panel
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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 up the Cutout
Maker and the computer, and install the VariQuestTM Design Center Software.
Note: Refer to the separate VariQuestTM Design Center 1000 User’s Guide for software
Installation
Cutout Maker
USB Connector
USB Plugs
USB Cable
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Operating the Cutout Maker
This chapter provides instructions for operating the Cutout maker.
The chapter contains these sections:
• “Loading Material on the Cutout Maker” on page 4-2
• “Typical Operating Sequence” on page 4-3
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Loading Material on the Cutout Maker
Before loading material on the VariQuestTM Cutout Maker 1800, you must choose the appropriate
material type in the VariQuestTM Design Center Software. This software is installed on the VariQuestTM
Design Center 1000 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 VariQuestTM Design Center 1000 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 paper must lay
flat on the bed, and the top left corner must be flush with the guides on the Cutout Maker.
Note: For laminated construction paper, smaller scrap sizes may move on the cutting mat. If this
occurs, you may need to use a piece of larger scrap size, or the movement may be corrected by
placing another piece of paper next to the paper you are cutting to increase vacuum.
Top left corner of
paper flush with
guides on Cutout
Maker bed
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Press paper down
flat against bed
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Typical Operating Sequence
Important: The VariQuestTM Cutout Maker 1800 can be used only with the VariQuestTM Design Center
Software. The VariQuestTM Design Center Software is installed on your VariQuestTM Design Center 1000
PC. See the separate manual for VariQuestTM Design Center Software user information.
After you have set up the cutout materials as described in “Loading Material on the Cutout Maker” on
page 4-2, the Cutout Maker control panel will display instructions similar to the following example.
Operating Example
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”.
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.
Load Cutout Material
1. Load heavy
construction paper:
Left - any color
Smooth Paper/Start Cut Job
1. Smooth paper
2. Press GO to
start cutting
2. Press GO
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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:
• “Maintenance Summary” on page 5-2
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Clean mat
Change blade
Change mat
Oil gantry rails
• “Replacing the Cutting Blade” on page 5-3
• “Replacing the Cutting Mat” on page 5-7
• “Oil Gantry Rails” on page 5-10
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Maintenance Summary
Maintenance
Occurrence
Reason for Maintenance
Description
Clean mat with
Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA)
Weekly or as needed
Material to be cut moves while
being cut.
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.
Change blade
Monthly or as needed
Cut-outs exhibit an unacceptable
amount of tears.
Turn power off, lift gantry cover,
rotate cutter head, eject blade,
insert new blade, turn power on.
Blade should retract. Return
cutter head to the upright
position, close gantry cover. See
“Replacing the Cutting Blade” on
page 5-3.
Change mat
Yearly
Material to be cut moves while
being cut.
Attempt to clean mat. Remove
Mat, rotate 180 degrees.
Reinsert mat. If mat has been
used on both ends, replace mat.
See “Replacing the Cutting Mat”
on page 5-7.
Oil gantry rails
Yearly
Rails exhibit signs of wear. Slight
grinding is felt when moving
cutter head manually.
Use general household oil, such
as 3 in 1 oil. Lift gantry cover,
apply a small amount of oil to
clean cloth and wipe on exposed
edges of upper and lower gantry
rails. Care should be taken to
NOT apply too much oil. Oil
should not drip or pool. If too
much oil is applied, remove
excess with a clean cloth. See
“Oil Gantry Rails” on page 5-10.
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Replacing the Cutting Blade
1. Set the power switch to 0 (OFF) to turn the machine off.
Power Switch
1 (ON)
0 (OFF)
2. Open the gantry top cover, locate the blade holder/motor assembly and move it toward the middle of
the gantry tack.
Blade Holder/Motor Assembly
(Position in center of track)
Gantry Top Cover Open
3. Rotate the blade holder 90o towards the front of the unit to gain access to the blade.
Blade Holder
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4. Press blade release button at the rear of the blade holder to expose the blade.
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.
Blade Release Button
When the button is pressed
the blade is released and
protrudes from the blade
holder as shown
5. Press the blade removal tool (shown below) 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.
Press the cork end of the
blade removal tool over the blade
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6. Carefully position the blade in the blade holder and insert it until only 1/4 inch of the blade protrudes
from the holder.
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.
Position blade in blade holder
7. Set the power switch to 1 (ON) to activate the electromagnet that draws the blade into its fully seated
position within the blade holder.
Power Switch
1 (ON)
0 (OFF)
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8. Rotate the blade holder assembly 90o back to its operating position.
Operating Position
9.
Close the gantry top cover on the Cutout Maker.
Close top cover
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Replacing the Cutting Mat
1. Press the stop button twice to discontinue all cutting operations and send the gantry to its home position.
Stop Button
2. Remove cutting materials from cutter bed.
3. Set the power switch to 0 (OFF) to turn the machine off.
Power Switch
1 (ON)
0 (OFF)
4. Slide the gantry forward and grasp the rear edge of the protective mat. Slide the mat out from between
the channels on each side of the Cutout Maker’s bed.
Gantry in
Forward Position
Cutting Mat
(slide to rear)
Channel on each
side of bed
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5. With the gantry moved forward, position the cutting mat (soft side up) so that the sides of the mat protrude into the channels on each side of the bed.
Cutting Mat
(soft side up)
Gantry in
Forward Position
Channel on each
side of bed
6. Guide the cutting mat forward between the channels on each side of the bed.
Cutting Mat
(slide forward between channels)
7. Continue sliding the mat forward until the guide slots on the leading edge of the mat are fully engaged
with the guides on the front end of the bed.
Guide Slots
(front end of mat)
Front end of Bed
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8. 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. Press the mat down to secure it in position.
Rear Edge
(align notches in cutting
mat with guide posts and
press down to secure mat)
9. Turn the machine on.
10. Ensure that the gantry returns to the home position.
Gantry in Home Position
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
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Oil Gantry Rails
1. Lift gantry top cover.
Lift cover
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 and lower gantry rails.
Note: Take care not to apply too much oil. Oil
should not drip or pool. Remove excess oil with a
clean cloth.
Upper
Gantry
Rail
Lower
Gantry
Rail
3. Close gantry top cover.
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Maintenance
VariQuest™ Cutout Maker 1800
6
Troubleshooting
This chapter describes how to locate and solve problems that you may encounter while using the
Cutout Maker.
The chapter contains these sections:
• “Troubleshooting Process” on page 6-2
• “Troubleshooting Tips” on page 6-2
• “Cutout Maker Troubleshooting” on page 6-3
• “Cutout Maker Error Codes” on page 6-4
• “Having the Cutout Maker Serviced” on page 6-6
VariQuest™ Cutout Maker 1800
Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting 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.
Troubleshooting 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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Cutout Maker Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
Diagnosis
Action Required to Fix
Cutout Maker does not work even though the
power switch has been turned on.
1. Verify that power cord has been plugged in properly.
2. Verify that power switch is turned on.
LCD Display does not turn on.
1. Verify that power cord has been plugged in properly.
2. Verify that power switch is turned on.
Excessively loud noise.
1. Oil rails, see “Oil Gantry Rails” on page 5-10.
Note: in each case listed below, follow the 5 steps
shown in the “Action Required to Fix” column.
1. Verify that the Design Center 1000 or PC and the Cutout Maker
1800 is turned on, and the power cord has been plugged in
properly.
2. Verify that the USB cable is plugged into the Design Center 1000 or
PC and the device.
3. Turn the device off/on.
4. Verify that the Design Center 1000 or PC is not prompting to install
the USB driver (Found New Hardware Wizard). It's possible that
the wizard is behind another window on the Design Center 1000 or
PC. Run the wizard to install the USB driver.
5. Verify that the print driver for the device is installed by opening the
“Printers and Faxes” control panel on the Design Center 1000 or
PC, and verify that there is a printer named “VariQuest Cutout
Maker 1800". Run the printer setup from the CD.
• 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.
Paper tears.
1. Verify correct material was selected in Variquest Software.
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 Manual.
5. Clean mat with IPA.
6. Rotate mat 180o.
7. Replace mat.
Paper moves while cutting.
1. Mat is dirty, clean with Isopropyl Alcohol.
2. Scrap paper is too small, use larger scrap paper.
Note: For laminated construction paper, smaller scrap
sizes may move on the cutting mat. If this occurs, you may
need to use a piece of larger scrap size, or the movement
may be corrected by placing another piece of paper next to
the paper you are cutting to increase vacuum.
3. Rotate mat 180o.
4. Replace mat.
Blade does not retract during blade change
procedure.
VariQuest™ Cutout Maker 1800
1. Remove blade.
2. Rotate head down, depress blade release button, cycle power.
3. Rotate head up, depress blade release button, cycle power.
4. Depress blade release button, insert blade, cycle power.
Troubleshooting
™
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Cutout Maker 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 VariQuestTM software on the
Design Center or the Personal Computer.
4. Press STOP button to clear error.
5. Try again.
6. If the error persists, contact your dealer.
Sensor error. check
mat for obstructions.
Press stop to clear
error.
Error #5
or
Error #6
or
Error #13
1.
2.
3.
4.
Tip Sensor error. Check
blade position. Ensure
mat is not over sensor.
Press stop to clear
error.
Error #8
1. Ensure that the mat is not over the tip sensor.
2. Open gantry cover.
3. Verify that the blade holder assembly is rotated to the operating position as shown in
Step 8 on page 5-6.
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Verify that here are no obstructions on the mat.
Press STOP button to clear error.
Try again.
If the error persists, contact your dealer.
4. Rotate the blade holder 90o towards the front of the unit as shown in Step 3 on page 5-3.
5. Ensure that the blade is installed in the blade holder.
6. Rotate the blade holder assembly 90o to its operating position as shown in Step 8
page 5-6.
7. Close gantry cover.
8. Press STOP button to clear error.
9. Try again.
10.If the error persists, contact your dealer.
VariQuest™ Cutout Maker 1800
Error Codes (continued)
Message Displayed
Job contains invalid
data and cannot be cut.
Press stop to clear
error.
Error #9
or
Error #10
Corrective Action
1. Select a different object size in the VariQuestTM software on the Design Center or the
Personal Computer.
2. Press STOP button to clear error.
3. Try again.
4. If the error persists, contact your dealer.
Cut speed error. Select
a different object size
and try again.
Press stop to clear
error.
Error #11
1. Select a different object size in the VariQuestTM software on the Design Center or the
Personal Computer.
2. Press STOP button to clear error.
3. Try again.
4. If the error persists, contact your dealer.
Cutter head failed to
lift.
Press stop to clear
error.
Error #14
1. Press STOP button to clear error.
2. Try again.
3. If the error persists, contact your dealer.
VariQuest™ Cutout Maker 1800
Troubleshooting
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Having the Cutout Maker Serviced
If you are unable to solve the problem, you need to have the Cutout Maker serviced. Follow these steps.
1. Write a description of the problem and a checklist of the steps you took when trying to fix the
problem. The 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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VariQuest™ Cutout Maker 1800
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20144-00 03/07
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