Now that you have your properly formatted drawing in the UCP software, you are almost there! Before you adjust the location of your piece or change how many copies you want to cut, you’ll need to turn on the laser cutter as outlined in the Laser Cutter Machine Tutorial.
Once you’ve turned on the machines, there are various different operations that you can do within the UCP software to change where your cut is located on the cutting table, how many copies of your piece cut, what sort of material you’re using, and other settings. For most options, you will use the five button toolbar on the right hand side of the UCP window.
The Laser Position button physically moves the laser in the laser cutter. You can use this button to pinpoint where you need to place your material, and ensure that the laser will never travel off of the material during a cut. In addition, after moving the laser to a given location on the cutting table by clicking laser position, and left clicking a spot on the cutting table, select the Cut Position button and another button will appear on the lower left hand side that says To Pointer. This button will move the corner of your cut highlighted in blue to the preselected location of the pointer. To change which corner of your cut is highlighted blue, simply hold shift and left click on a different corner of the cut.
If you have a specific coordinate on the cut table that you want to move the pointer or the cut to, you can do so by simply entering the coordinates when the appropriate button is selected.
The Pattern Cut button allows you to make a pattern of the object that you want to cut. You can pattern in both the x and y directions, and set an offset between each cut. The minimum offset for a pattern is 0.1”, however if your material is thick or burns easily, it would be a good idea to have a larger offset.
If you are cutting a large piece of material, and need many pieces cut you can hit the small + button to the right of the Apply button to fill the entire field to the right and down from the placement of your first cut.
Objects can not be rotated from the UCP software. If you want to cut things at a specific angle, rotate them in your solidworks or corel draw file before printing them to VLS6.60.
Once you have your cut located in the proper spot, and you’re happy with the number of objects you’ll be cutting, next it’s important to make sure that the laser cutter settings are adjusted for the material that you’ll be using.
Before proceeding with the settings, make sure that you know what material you’re working with. We have a list of materials that can NOT be cut on the laser cutters, as they emit toxic fumes or quickly catch fire. Please check that list!
To load the pre-set laser powers for red, blue, and black lines for the material that you’re using, go to the Settings button on the lower right of the UCP window.
First, select the material that you are using from the material tree. Each material category has drop down bars inside of it.
You can measure your material using the calipers attached to each computer. Enter the material thickness into the window on the lower left.
Hit the Apply button and the OK button on the lower right, and you can move on to begin cutting!
Once you have adjusted the settings, and have the correct number of patterns for what you want to cut, you can move on to the Laser Cutter Machine Tutorial.