Vinyl Cutter - Roland PNC-1000

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Description

A vintage but functional vinyl cutter for larger projects.

The Roland PNC-1000 was first released in 1988. Despite its age, many are still in use due to its robust design. We keep this one in operation because it allows a maximum width of 18.5", which is much larger than desktop machines such as the Cricut and Silhouette. Unfortunately it is no longer supported by Roland, and drivers do not exist beyond Windows XP. Therefore it is set up on a standalone PC running XP, not connected to our network. Files are sent to it directly from CorelDraw. Typically, users create their image in InkScape or Adobe, save it as an EPS, and open/print from CorelDraw.

Documentation

Materials

This cutter can only accept vinyl rolls between 15" and 20" wide. Unfortunately, modern industry standards are 12" and 24" wide. Richards Distributing (http://www.richdistinc.com/) still sells rolls of their Rich-Cal Vinyl in 15" and 20" wide rolls. No holes are required on the roll edges.

Creating Image in Inkscape

  • Vector paths only! Convert text to paths. Delete all images, text, and other objects (even if they are turned off, their data is still sent to the printer, which may cause problems).
  • No fill.
  • Stroke 1 px wide.
  • Maximum width is 18.5". Maximum height is 62".
  • Save as "EPS".

Set Up In CorelDraw

  • Open EPS in CorelDraw
  • Select all of the vectors to be cut out.
  • Set Fill to "No Fill"
  • Set Stroke to "Hairline"
  • File > Print:
    • Select "Roland" as the printer
      • Preferences: Orientation: Portrait
    • Preferences > Advanced:
      • Paper Size: Larger than your image.
    • Layout Tab:
      • Select "Re-position images to: Bottom Left Corner"

Printer Operation

NOTE: It is a good idea to test your print without a knife installed to verify it will output correctly.

  1. Ensure rear lever is up.
  2. From the back of the printer, move the right roller so that it aligns with the knurled roller that matches the width of your roll.
  3. Check "PEN FORCE" slider on right side of machine. Generally, a slightly positive pressure will produce optimal results. Change as needed depending on your results.
  4. Turn on power.
  5. Insert knife tool on carriage. Do not over-tighten brass knob (snug is sufficient).
  6. Load vinyl. Align left of roll with grey line, front of roll with black edge.
  7. Lower rear lever. Screen will display sheet width based on roller position.
  8. Press "FUNC". Carriage will move to origin.
  9. In Corel, press Print.