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 SignTools 4 For CorelDRAW



Graphtec FC2100-60 Vinyl Cutter Setup instructions

 

SignTools Settings
 

After installing CorelDRAW the next step is to install SignTools. Follow the instructions on page 4 and 5 of the SignTools 4 User Guide.

 

Once you have installed SignTools, open Corel Draw and click on the Application Launcher (see picture below) and choose SignTools 4.

 

 

 

Next click on the "Cut" button and then the "Cut Settings" Button. Select the Graphtec FC2100-60 from the "Cutter" drop down box and select your port.

If you are using a Serial (Com) port click on the “Properties” button and set the following settings:-


Bits per second : 9600 
Data bits: 8
Parity: None
Stop bits: 1
Flow Control: Hardware


USB Port Setup
 

If you are using a USB connection you may have to install the Graphtec Windows driver that comes with the plotter, so that the USB port can be selected in SignTools.

 

Plotter Configuration (Dip Switch Settings)
The dip switches on most Graphtec plotters can be found behind the "Graphtec" logo plate.

Below are the recommended Dip Switch Settings

 

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U U D U U U U D   U U U U U U U U=Parallel
D=Serial


U = Dip Switch Up  D = Dip Switch Down

Please note that you must turn your cutter off and on for the change to take effect. 
 

Plotter Cable

Please ensure that your Serial (Com) cable is a RS 232-C cable. SignTools will not communicate with your Gerber plotter with a different cable. If you are unsure if your cable is a RS 232-C cable, contact your plotter distributor.


CorelDraw Settings

In CorelDraw's Layout menu select Page Setup. A dialog box will appear. Set Width to 3200mm (126 inches) and Height to 585mm (23.4 inches).

Ensure that you are using a Landscape page.


 

To set this as a default page in CorelDRAW click on the Tools menu and choose Options. Click on the word Document on the left hand side and ensure all of the options are ticked and click on the OK button.

To cut any object in CorelDraw, simply place on the page in the bottom left corner. If you wish to cut in a portrait fashion simply rotate your graphics.


Additional note

SignTools 4 cuts from the bottom left of the page either manually place object(s) in the bottom left of the CorelDRAW page or use the "Vinyl Saver" tool with the sliding bar all the way to the left.