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How can I stop my Graphtec cutter from lifting on every line segment?

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I have an issue with the cutter lifting more than I think it needs to.

Using AI with Cutting Master 3 .

 

Here is a short video example of what I am talking about

(cutting 2 passes here but the excess blade lifting is obvious)

 


 

Here is the same section shown in the video .

The extra lifts increase the cutting time and wear on the machine.  

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Cutter is a Graphtec Ce-6000-60

cutting magnetic sheet 2 passes.

 

Thanks for any help.

 

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Delete some of those nodes to make a nice cut. Doesn't .ai have something like simplify?  My cutter does not chop cut like that...It moves along and cuts. 

 

Try different  cutting software. 

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Take a close look at the nodes in question where the blade is lifting. I've seen some designs where there are actually two nodes directly on top of each other so it looks like complete path but there is actually a break in the path.

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my cutter is cutting it, but  there are no continuous paths about it, It is only cutting  from node to node,  It will go to the right and cut a section, node to node,  then to the left and cut a section of node to node....Even when you do editing of nodes, it just takes one section of node to node away..They are not connected.  That's is your file..   not your cutter.  Get away from the dxf files........

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Yeah I created the dxf with a conversion program that is similar.

It's odd I can not seem to join them in Acad nor AI into a single

polyline or spline. I'm not super versed in AI but can not seem to get it done.

 

I will continue to study it.

 

-Mark

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In Inkscape the only way I know of doing it would be to select two line end points and merge them, which works well if the nodes on top of each other, or join them which can require some tweaking because it joins the two points with a straight line.

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I am betting that by saving as a dxf you are actually causing it to break at each line segment. Why use dxf format? There is a plugin for AI that will connect the segments called Concatenate but it will cost you I think I paid $25-$35 but it was a long time back. I have a client who sometimes has me work over his dxf files. There should be some other format that will cut for you. 

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@wildgoose I use DXF because I need it to be the correct size.

 

I'm much better in Autocad than AI perhaps I need to change that

so I can leave autocad out of it.

 

These are stencils that must match the size of another object I cut with a laser,

those files need to be in .dxf format.

 

 

-Mark

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I have never had any issues with size being off either. The only time I did I was trying out saving to SVG and cutting in SCALP (way back when it first came out). AI to SignCut using AI version 8 perfect every time. 

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