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 +====== Roland plotter with cutter ======
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 +**Topic:​** ​ Roland plotter with cutter: Tools, techniques and tricks.
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 +We have a Roland plotter with a cutter attachment of some sort. This workshop aims to fill you in on all the grizzly details,
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 +Poltters are vector printing devices intended for outputting blueprints and schematic diagrams (often of larger sizes). They usually operate with a drum-fed or flatbed page and some kind of 2D pen-drive.
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 +Since the quality and resolution of raster printers has increased (dot-matrix,​ laser, ink-jet), plotters have become less common.
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 +One specialised use for this plotter is a cutter attachment to enable it to cut-out sheet material. Exactly what this plotter with cutter is capable-of is unclear to the author, but some common uses for this kind of thing are:
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 +  * Shaped vinyl sticker/​decal cut-outs
 +  * Stencil/​masks for various applications (Light-exposure,​ spray-painting,​ solder-deposition)
 +  * Papercraft
 +  * tailored material-cutting
 +  * ?
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 +====Scope:​====
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 +  * About the plotter
 +    * Basic make/model details
 +    * General capabilities
 +    * Physical unit history (?)
 +  * Safety
 +    * Electrocution (?)
 +    * Cut/crush hazards (?)
 +    * Other (?)
 +  * Interfacing specifics
 +    * What comms/power requirements are needed
 +    * What OSes are supported
 +    * What drivers need to be installed
 +    * What application software is needed
 +    * Any software installation/​authorisation is needed (if any?)
 +  * Design origination
 +    * Make a design in some vector tool?
 +    * Gotchas/​tricks/​limitations that need to be kept in mind
 +  * Processing/​rendering to output format
 +  * Media-setup
 +  * "​Printing"​ (cutting?)
 +  * Clean-up/​maintenance tasks(?)
 +  * Cool tricks
 +  * Interactive lab session (?)
 +    * Bring a design & print it (?)
 +    * Follow a script to produce some example output (?)
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 +**Duration:​** One hour seems like a nice round number, possibly longer with some practical application and/or hand-holding for the students.
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 +==== Register of Interest ====
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 +^ Member ^ availability/​Notes ^
 +| <​Name>​ | <​Availability>​ |
  
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