Roland Plotter with Cutter

This is a scratch-pad for what I've learned about the Roland plotter with cutter attachment. I don't really have time to flesh it out right now (but hopefully the fact I've created this stub page will guilt me into completing it).

  • Probably one of the highest risks is catching hair/clothing in the two pinch rollers (Either side of the configured page area). The rollers have very high friction and reasonably fast motors. Familiarise yourself with the power-switch at the lower-right and the roller-release lever on the top-left side of the machine before using it.
  • Beware that that carriage often continues to move after the safety-cover has been opened, so you should not rely on this as the primary safety cutout.
  • Make sure paper and roller adjustments are performed when the machine is off, because the carriage can move with considerable speed also.
  • The cutting blade is understandably sharp, be careful when handling it and the pen carousel containing it when outside the machine.

  • Some dry felt-tip pens
  • A swivel cutting blade
  • A biro adapter
  • Ensure machine is OFF
  • Open the rolloer-release lever at top-left of machine and raise the safety-cover
  • Feed the paper/medium into the machine, aligned with the lefthand pinch-roller.
  • Ensure righthand roller correctly matches the page width
  • Select the corresponding page-size from the config menu
  • Close the safety cover and the roller-release lever (Plotter now scans medium and fails-out if it doesn't match the roller position or selected page-size).
  • (Plot)
  • Inkscape to make drawings
  • Save-as “.hpgl” file (Not “.plt”) (NOTE There are options to correct origin-offset possibly)
  • Send this to the plotter with a 9600/8-n-1 terminal program.
  • projects/group_projects/rolandcutter.txt
  • Last modified: 2014/01/17 07:40
  • (external edit)