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Offline mrsayao

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Maximum cutting area
« on: August 26, 2010, 08:03:35 PM »
The CraftRobo software is inadequate for many reasons, especially for advanced jobs, but the two main reasons that bother me:
1) No real ruler. You're restricted to a Grid/Mesh that does not have gradations.
2) The scaling is not 1:1. To test this, I created an outline in illustrator of a 8.5" x 11" page. I then exported as DFX. The resulting image did not fit the document area for the same page size (represented by the grey line in the software) referenced here: http://http://www.silhouettemachine.com/training/section2_4.aspx

In a nutshell, this is why I've switched to inkscape. So far simple shapes are cut out nicely. One problem that I can't seem to solve is the maximum area/margin the Silhouette SD can cut. If you start a document in inkscape, 8.5"x11" for example, and draw two nodes from each horizontal edge of the document (portrait mode). The resulting cut stops short about 0.25" from each edge. Is my calibration off?! My design utilizes strict margins, about 0.25" from the edge, but for some reason the Silhouette starts cutting nearly 0.5" from the edge, effectively not cutting 0.25" of the design. I'll upload pictures if they're needed, but on screen the inkscape design looks perfect, yet on paper, it is completely misaligned. Thank you for any and all help!
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Offline Angel13

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Re: Maximum cutting area
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2010, 12:20:44 AM »
Hi mrsayao

No matter what you do when it comes to cutting using either the Robomaster software or Inkscape, you were never able to cut a proper A4 sized card or paper because of the pinch rollers that grip the paper or card. I have uploaded a maximum cutting area for using in Inkscape.(see the 9th posting after this posting) What you could do before cutting out an actual design is too load some copier paper and use the pen option, to see how much of your design would be cut out.

I myself have the 1st generation Silhouette that requires a manual feed for the carrier mat and the following steps are how I set up my paper/card for cutting in Inkscape.
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http://cardsulike.blogspot.com/
http://www.craftsuprint.com/default.cfm?designer=379

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Offline mrsayao

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Re: Maximum cutting area
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2010, 06:49:06 PM »
I was sitting here wondering why it was getting cut off, and I over thinking it! Watching how far the carriage can move, I realized the size limitation immediately. Oh well! I've scaled my design down which would allow pieces of the artwork to be cut properly in, get this,  CraftRobo...
With inkscape when I put a pen in the blade holder, it starts cutting the design about .5" from the edge! As a result the pen ends up writing on the end of the cutting ma off paget!! When I used CraftRobo, it just worked. Which is weird! Can you help me figure this out? Thanks for all your help!
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Offline Angel13

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Re: Maximum cutting area
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2010, 11:44:58 PM »
Hi mrsayao

When you open a new page in Inkscape are you working on a Portrait or Landscape page.
« Last Edit: December 31, 1969, 05:00:00 PM by Guest »
http://cardsulike.blogspot.com/
http://www.craftsuprint.com/default.cfm?designer=379

Windows Vista, Silhouette Cutter same as Craft Robo(Mini Expert) Cameo Beginner, Inkscape, Cougar(Learning curb going on!!)