Secabo | C40 | Specifications | Secabo C40 Specifications

for Secabo C30 and C40
cutting plotters
Congratulations on purchasing your Secabo cutting plotter!
Please read this guide carefully. It tells you how to prepare your cutting plotter for production use in a
few easy steps.
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1. Precautions
Please read these instructions and precautionary notes carefully before using the machine for
the first time!
• Do not place magnetic objects near the cutting head as even contact pressure cannot otherwise be
• Do not unplug the computer connection lead while a plot is running.
• Release the pressure on contact rollers when not in use by flipping the pressure levers up.
• Keep your hands out of the machine while it is connected to the mains power supply.
• Never open the machine case and do not attempt to modify the machine.
• Avoid liquid spills and metal objects entering the interior of the cutter.
• Make sure the power supply is grounded.
• Make sure the mains power supply (220V) does not fluctuate by more than ±10%. In case of
mains power fluctuations, use a voltage stabilizer.
• Unplug the power lead during longer periods of inactivity.
• Keep your hands well away from the knife holder while a cutting job is running!
• Always cancel the active job before adjusting the knife holder!
• Keep the cutting plotter well out of the reach of children, and never leave the machine or machine
parts unattended when connected to the mains.
• Never touch the tips of drag knives to avoid injury.
• Set up the machine on a stable base to avoid danger of falling.
• Never run the machine during a thunder storm; lighting could damage or destroy the machine.
2. What‘s in the box
Please check immediately to ensure that you have received the following articles:
• Cutting Plotter
• Power Lead
• Knife Holder
• 3 Drag Knives
• Penholder and pens
• Serial and parallel connection lead
• CD Rom with drivers and Operating Guide
• Cutting Plotter Stand (dismantled) (option)
3. Description of Machine
3.1. Front view
a) Case lid
b) Cutting head
c) Operating panel
d) Cut-off groove
3.2. Rear view
e) Pressure rollers
3.3. Side views
f) serial/parallel port
g) Power supply, Fuse, Switch
3.4. Operating panel
a) Reset key with LED display
b) Local key with LED display
c) Self-Check key with LED display
d) Copy key
e) Speed key (with LEDs to indicated the selected speed)
f) Arrow keys for moving the cutting head 3
4. Installation and Test
4.1. Setting up the cutting plotter
Make sure that there is enough space to allow unhindered media input and output at the front
and rear of the cutting plotter. The operating environment for the cutting plotter must be clean
and dry.
• Attach the plotter to a 200V mains power supply using the supplied power lead.
• Now switch the cutting plotter on. Caution – when the cutting plotter is switched on the cutting
head automatically moves to the right.
4.2. Installing the plotter driver
To use the cutting plotter with CorelDraw or Freehand, you first need to install the plotter as a printer on
your computer system. The printer driver is located on the supplied CD. Simply run the driverSecabo.exe
file in the printer driver directory. When installing the cutting plotter, you must select the interface you will
be using.
After installing the printer driver, you can plot jobs directly from CorelDraw, Freehand or Adobe Illustrator
(Version 11 or newer) on your Secabo Cutting Plotter by selecting File - Print.
4.3. Using Artcut
The Artcut cutting software is available as an option with your Secabo Cutting Plotter. Please refer to the
Artcut User Manual for information on installing and using the software.
4.4. Fitting and adjusting knives
• Take one of the cutter knives provided, and insert it into the knife holder so that the blade protrudes
from the front.
• Now adjust the cutting depth by turning the silver-colored screw at the top of the knife holder.
• The depth is set correctly when you feel a light scratching on carefully rubbing your fingertip over
the tip of the knife. As the knife depth setting depends on the media you will be cutting, you may
need to re-adjust later.
• Tighten the brass screw to lock the knife setting.
• You can press the pin at the rear of the knife holder to remove and replace the blade you have
inserted at any time. Caution – danger of injury! 4
As various media thicknesses require different knife settings, or even special blades, you may
need to repeat the steps detailed above.
4.5. Inserting the knife holder
• Start by loosening the knife holder screw on the cutting head.
• Then holding the knife holder from the top, push the knife holder into the aperture at the side until
it is seated properly, and tighten the retaining screw.
4.6. Loading media
• Always load media for processing from the rear of the machine.
• Pull the media up to the cutting strip to set the zero point correctly. See Section 4.7 in this guide for
details of setting the zero point.
• If you are using roll media rather than precut media, use the supplied roll holder to ensure that the
media unrolls smoothly.
• When loading media, ensure that the media is straight to avoid warping when transporting the media. A misalignment of just a few millimeters can cause severe media warp in longer plots.
• You can load the media at any horizontal position in the machine; it does not matter whether the
media is centered, or aligned on the left or right.
• Fix the two pressure rollers by snapping them into place at the outer edges of the media; this ensures straight feeding of the media and defines the maximum cutting area.
• To make sure that the media is positioned correctly, fix one of the pressure rollers first. You can then
adjust the media slightly before fixing the second pressure roller to ensure straight feeding of the
4.7. Setting the zero point
The zero point is the point on the loaded media where the plot job will start. You need to set
the zero point whenever you switch the machine on, or after loading media for processing.
• Switch the cutting plotter on. When the cutting plotter is switched on, the cutting head moves to
the right and stops. This sets the zero point to the machine‘s absolute zero point, however you can
adjust the zero point as appropriate.
• To change the zero point setting for your cutting plotter, first press the Local key to set the machine
to Local Mode.
• You can now adjust the zero point by pressing the four arrow keys. We recommend setting the zero
point to the front right corner of the media.
• Press the Speed key to confirm the new zero point setting.
By setting the zero point, you can also target specific media positions, or avoid damaged areas
of the media.
4.8. Cutting test
• Press the Self Check key to perform a cutting test.
• The cutting test helps you verify the knife holder setting and cutting force. The cutting test should
give you clean and straight cuts in the loaded media; there should be no damage to the backing.
• If the test cuts through the backing, either the cutting force is too high, or the blade or knife holder
setting is incorrect. Change these settings and repeat the cutting test.
• You will also need to change the settings, in case of imprecise or too shallow cuts.
Knife setting correct
Knife setting too deep
Knife setting too shallow
5. Device Settings
5.1. Changing the cutting force and speed
If the cutting plotter is plotting, you need to press the Local key to stop the plotter. Pressing the
Local key again will restart the plot.
To change the cutting force, turn the small wheel inside the cutting plotter on the right. The force can be
set in 8 steps, where the lowest setting corresponds to 70g and the highest to 350g.
Recommended values for several media:
normal self-adhesive media:
approx. 100g
Transflex media:
approx. 100g
Neon foil:
approx. 110g
Flock foil:
approx. 120g
Laminated media:
approx. 180g-250g,
Sandblast foil:
approx. 300g-400g
When setting the cutting force, please note that the correct setting mainly depends on the knife
holder, the position of the knife, and the loaded media. These settings are subject to variation.
To set the cutting speed, press the Speed key multiple times. The LEDs illuminate to indicate the set
speed. There are 6 speed settings: Speed 1-3 – green LEDs lit, Speed 4-6 – a red LED illuminates additionally.
For faster results, always set the speed to the maximum value: a slower speed only makes sense for fine figures or tough materials.
5.2 Pausing a plot
o pause a plot, press the „Local“ key. Press the „Local“ key again to continue the job seamlessly where
you left off.
5.3 Repeating the last plot
To repeat a plot after plotting without needing to resend, simply press the „Copy“ on the cutting plotter.
The cutting plotter will now repeat the last plot.
6. After cutting
6.1. Removing the media
• After pressing the Online key in the operating panel, you can use the arrow keys to feed the media forward and backward. To ensure clean cutting of the plotted objects, feed the media forward
sufficiently to allow a clean cut at the cutting edge using a suitable knife.
• If you are working with pre-cut media, simply release the pressure rollers and remove the media
from the machine.
6.2. Finishing the media
6.2.1. Weeding
Weeding refers to the process of removing the parts of the media
you do not require. We recommend using a scalpel or a special weeding tool for this job, to avoid damage to the adhesive
After weeding, you can use a transfer press to transfer flock and
flex media to the textiles to be processed; apply application tape
to self-adhesive media before transferring.
6.2.2. Applying
Apply application tape to the weeded material and use a roller
or flat scraper to press down firmly. To apply adhesive to the
transfer foil, remove the backing from the foil to leave the adhesive affixed to the application tape. You can now apply the
adhesive to the required surface.
7. Drag knives
Drag knives are extremely sensitive, but also extremely sharp and dangerous precision tools.
• Always keep knives well out the reach of children!
• To avoid danger of injury, always handle knives with caution.
• Handle drag knives with caution, and always replace the protective cap when not in use. If the tip
of the knife comes into contact with a hard material such as glass or stone, tiny fissures may occur
at the knife tip making the knife useless. Note the following to avoid unnecessary wear and tear of
your drag knives and to ensure maximum working life.
• Avoid cutting the backing of loaded media. The deeper you cut into the loaded material, the more
wear and tear the drag knives are exposed to.
• Always set the cutting depth of the knives to cut the media precisely and cleanly without cutting too
deep. Extending the knives beyond the required cutting depth impacts the service life of the knives
without achieving better cutting results.
• Always use the right custom knives for thicker material (e.g. use flock knives for flock media).
• Ragged edges on cutting the loaded media show that the knives are blunt. Always replace blunt
knives immediately!
8. Technical Specifications Secabo C30 and C40
max. media width
max. cutting width
max. speed
Mechanical resolution
Cutting force
Power consumption
Ambient temperature
+/- 0,1mm
serial / parallel
DC Micro Stepper
< 120W
+5°C - +35°C
+/- 0,1mm
serial / parallel
DC Micro Stepper
< 120W
+5°C - +35°C
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