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Roland gX-24 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.


CorelDraw Application Launcher



Next click on the "Cut" button and then the "Setup" button. Select the Roland GX-24 from the "Device" 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 Connection

If you are connecting your cutter via a USB connection you must install the Roland driver that came with your cutter first. This will create a an extra USB port that you can select in the SignTools "Device Setup" dialog box.


Plotter Settings

The next step is to set the plotter to Rotate 90. To do this follow the instructions below.

1. After loading vinyl, select Roll, Sheet or Edge by using the down arrow button and then press the Enter button.
2. Click on the Menu button twice. Unsetup should be displayed.
3. Click on the down arrow button followed by the right arrow button. Force should be displayed.
4. Click on the down arrow button 3 times until Rotate is displayed.
5. Next click on the right arrow button followed by the down arrow. 90 deg should be displayed.
6. Press the Enter button.

You may also wish to set the Offset to 0.175 for more accurate cutting.

Plotter Cable

Please ensure that your Serial (Com) cable is a RS 232-C cable. SignTools will not communicate with your Roland 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 (126inches) and Height to 587mm (23.15 inches).

Ensure that you are using a Landscape page.

CorelDraw 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.


Further support

If you have followed these instructions and are still having problems setting up your vinyl cutter go to our support page and fill in the Support Enquiry Form.