Using Manual Cutter Set

Manual Cutter Set at Start allows 'joystick' operation for setting a depth (you are actually setting the Z Home) using a combination of switches on the Pendant. This is commonly used for 'free blade' engraving when a nose cone is not convenient, as well as for burnishing.

 

In most instances, the Z Stroke is not affected by this operation, it relies on its numeric value. If however, you set a depth (the Z Home value) that is less than the Z Stroke distance, you will see the Z Home zero out (set itself to 0.00), and the Z Stroke will adjust to the distance from the mechanical distance. This will change the Z Stroke value.

 

 

 

 

Section 1

 

This section is a walk through on how to use Manual Cutter Set at Start for non-nose cone engraving.

  1. Open or prepare a job layout.

  2. Select File | To Engraver...

  3. Optional - Make a mental note of the current value of the Z Home (later this value will change as a result of the following steps).

  4. Select Manual Cutter Set at Start.

  5. Click on OK to download the job.  You should now have a green ready light indicating the job has been downloaded to the engraver.

Setting Cutter (using Pendant as 'joystick')

  1. Place the "PAUSE/CONTINUE" switch in CONTINUE. (This is just to demonstrate the fact that during Manual Cutter Set at Start, the engraver will pause automatically, regardless of the "PAUSE/CONTINUE" switch)

  2. If this is rotary engraving (not drag engraving) place your Motor Speed Control (MSC) switch to the 'AUTO' position. If you are not using a MSC, turn your spindle motor on.

  3. Press the "START" switch on the Pendant. (The engraver will move to the first position of the job and pause)

  4. Turn the Z FEED knob on the Pendant to approximately 12 o'clock (halfway). This is to slow down the speed of the Z Axis for the next step.

  5. Watch the Z Axis as you press and hold the "CUTTER" switch to the DOWN position. You may readjust the Z FEED knob to a comfortable speed as it is coming down, slowing it as it gets closer to the material.

  6. Bring the cutter down to the desired depth.

  7. After reaching the desired depth, press the "HOME RETAIN" switch toward the HOME RETAIN position to retain this setting (your new Z Home). The Z Axis will raise back to its Z Home location.

After pressing "HOME RETAIN", if not satisfied with your achieved depth, repeat steps 5 -7.

  1. Place the "CUTTER" switch in AUTO.

  2. Press "START" to begin engraving.

After the job has been completed, the engraver will 'talk' back to the software, transferring two pieces of information: the newly found Z Home, and it turns Manual Cutter Set at Start to No Cutter Set at Start. To verify this go back to the Engraver Setup dialog and look at the Z Home value. Except for the slight possibility of coincidence, the Z Home should have changed from its original value as noted above. This new value is one that was determined mechanically in steps 5 - 7.  Also, take a look at No Cutter Set at Start, it now has the focus. This is done on purpose to allow multiple engraving of the same job, on the same type of material, without having to set the cutter depth for every plate.

 

 

 

 

 

Section 2

This section is a walk through on how to use Manual Cutter Set at Start to set the preload and float using a Light Tough Burnishing Adaptor for burnishing.

 

Engraver Preparation

  1. Remove the standard brass knob from the burnisher and install the Light Touch Burnishing Adaptor (LTBA) close to the top of the burnisher.

  2. Install the burnisher into the spindle as you would a standard cutter.

A top load spindle or a solid collet spindle is necessary when using a Light Touch Burnishing Adaptor.

  1. Nose cones and the micrometer are not necessary when burnishing. Removing your nose cone will provide you with a better view for the steps to follow.

  2. Using a cutter wrench or the wrench supplied with the LTBA loosen the set screw on the LTBA to position the height of the cutter in the spindle so that at least 1/4 inch of the bottom end of the burnisher (the tip) extends below the lowest part of the spindle.

  3. Tighten the set screw to secure the burnisher within the LTBA.

  4. With your finger, push up on the tip of the burnisher. It should move up in the spindle, compressing the spring in the LTBA. Removing your finger from the tip of the burnisher should allow it freely come back down with no hang ups. If it does hang up, loosen the set screw on the LTBA and rotate the cutter approximately 30 degrees and re-tighten. Repeat this step until burnisher moves up and down freely with no hang ups. This is important.

For Job Download (within software)

  1. Open or prepare a job layout.

  2. Select File | To Engraver...

  3. Optional - Make a mental note of the current value of the Z Home (later this value will change as a result of the following steps).

  4. Select Manual Cutter Set at Start.

  5. Click on OK to download the job.  You should now have a green ready light indicating the job has been downloaded to the engraver.

Setting Cutter (using Pendant as 'joystick')

  1. Place the "PAUSE/CONTINUE" switch in CONTINUE. (This is just to demonstrate the fact that during Manual Cutter Set at Start, the engraver will pause automatically, regardless of the "PAUSE/CONTINUE" switch)

  2. Place the Motor Speed Control (MSC) switch in the AUTO position.

  3. Press the "START" switch on the Pendant. (The engraver will move to the first position of the job and pause)

  4. Turn the Z FEED knob on the Pendant to approximately 12 o'clock (halfway). This is to slow down the speed of the Z Axis for the next step.

  5. Watch the Z Axis as you press and hold the "CUTTER" switch to the DOWN position. You may readjust the Z FEED knob to a comfortable speed as it is coming down, slowing it as it gets closer to the material.

  6. With your focus on the tip of the cutter, bring the cutter down to approximately 1/16 of an inch (0.062) from the surface of the material.

  7. Place the "SPINDLE" switch on the MSC to the OFF position (this is just temporary).

  8. Rotate the spindle by hand until the set screw of the Light Touch Burnishing Adaptor is facing you.

  9. Now with your focus on the set screw, press the "CUTTER" switch to the down position until you see the set screw move up no more than approximately 1/32 of an inch (0.031). This is setting some float to allow for possible low spots in the material.

  10. Press the "HOME RETAIN" switch toward the HOME RETAIN position to retain this setting (your new Z Home). The Z Axis will raise back to its Z Home location.

 After pressing 'HOME RETAIN', if not satisfied with your achieved depth, repeat steps 5 -10.

  1. Place the "SPINDLE" switch on the MSC back to the AUTO position.

  2. Place the "CUTTER" switch in AUTO.

  3. Press the "START" switch to begin engraving.

After the job has been completed, the engraver will 'talk' back to the software, transferring two pieces of information: the newly found Z Home, and it turns Manual Cutter Set at Start to No Cutter Set at Start. To verify this go back to 'To Engraver', and look at the Z Home value. Except for the slight possibility of coincidence, the Z Home should have changed from its original value as noted in step 3. This new value is one that was determined mechanically in steps 17 - 22. Also, take a look at No Cutter Set at Start, it now has the focus. This is done on purpose to allow multiple engraving of the same job, on the same type of material, without having to set the cutter depth for every plate.