Our PixMax vinyl cutter is the model PME1350 (1350mm). It is located in our machine room and may only be used after personal instructions by an authorised member. Read the space rules and rooms-and-equipment first.
You can use inkcut within the Ubuntu-VM on the Windows (host) PC in the machine room.
inkcutand hit enter.
Alternatively you can install it on your laptop. If you are not using the vanilla Ubuntu distribution, the installation instructions below may not work you. Have fun debugging.
Plotting can be done using the inkcut software.
$ pip3 install -U --user PyQt5 PyQt5_sip
Note: The origin is the bottom left corner, meaning you may wish to rotate your drawing by -90° (anti-clockwise)!
The material will be fed moving from right to left (not up and down).
The depth the knife will cut into the material needs to be adjusted to match the material you use. Test it first before starting the real plot.
Vinyl consists of two layers:
Feed the material with the front or "nice" side up into the plotter. The knife needs to cut through the top layer, but leave the bottom layer intact. Make sure the knife doesn't cut through both layers!
To transfer the vinyl onto a surface like a wall, you need to cover the front with separate transfer material ("Transferfolie") and remove the bottom layer. After applying/sticking it to your surface, remove the transfer material. Carefully peel back at a 180° angle.
Heat transfer material consists of 3 layers:
Note: You will want to remove the bottom layer, cut the middle layer and leave the top layer intact!
To do this you must plot upside down from the bottom and therefore mirror your design!
For the material used in the picture, to successfully cut through the middle layer (from the bottom), I had to adjust the knife to cut a little deeper than for cutting vinyl.
Do not forget to remove the bottom layer before plotting!
Make sure you use 100% cotton only. The example below was not and has been slightly scorched by the hot iron. Synthetic materials will melt.
The below images show the heat transfer plot before application, ironing from the top with a cotton cloth in between for protection, and after removal of the transparent top layer: