Pattern Software and Dot Matrix Printer Process



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so the the panner printer the panner printer software is a software that is actually takes design files typically from platform as a CorelDraw where the files are a I or DXF or EPS so typically a sign company will design and prepare a a work to do and so that the sign is is sent to a router the router will take so so the pattern printer have an option to import files as an AI EPS DXF and also AG code that is a more like a another kind of a file so so when you when you have a the cutting file the router takes it any follow knots that that are telling the the router where to go so when you bring those cutting files to the pattern printer you you select the extension that you're bringing in in the excel for AI for example in the DXF files I have a couple words there that we can use to kind of understand how these this process work so I have this file that includes different set of letters in the same file the the pattern printer as the router it doesn't really care of the shape so it's not really just four letters it can be four logos or other things but understanding that when you're creating this file and you're thinking how you're gonna wrap the metal around shape you had to make a couple of decisions so first you import this file like in this file in particular one of the things that you probably primarily do or at the beginning do is is you smooth this file that takes the noise knots and different things that maybe the software can clean out of the file and then when you smooth the file then you're gonna start splitting the material will go typically around the letter and you can have multiple points where you're splicing this material so it can be 1 it can be 2 but with letter S we typically only have a 1 a 1 split point so when you're gonna split your return you go typically to the upper left corner ie didn't point right to the corner so if I say that see it actually took I didn't point my icon to it so because I made a mistake and I said yes the word I can actually remove it by joining it that's another function of the pattern in but that's that's another thing you know if you are splitting your returns you go to that to the upper left corner and you will do that for each letter so typically use charge you load up your file and then you split it as you go you split all the upper left corners why do I say upper left corner well typically a sign will be seen from under and so if the material ends on that corner and I leave a little portion a little piece that will be the point where the two metals are going to tie up to each other that's the taft joint if we do it at the end is gonna be on top on top of the letter so from under you will see like if the letter is maybe one single piece if you do this tab in another point it'll be more obvious than you will see it let's say this sign per se is gonna be at eye level so then probably what you do is for example here on the are I probably will do it down here in the corner because from your eye view you're gonna see that split point down below so you're not gonna see the joint underneath so that's that's the idea of selecting yours your split point so you're not just splitting I've run on places you're actually thinking how the sign is gonna be finished and how it's gonna be perceived so thinking that this is gonna be up high you know higher than your eye level so then we want all the split points up on top typically on the upper corner like on the center if you think about it if I do it on the upper part now you're gonna see the split point on the top so from your eye level up you're gonna see it so I'm gonna put it on the bottom corner and so same thing with the D on the upper corner but the center of the D I'm gonna do it on the bottom corner and so here we have another conundrum here with this letter is round that it's not a corner but you can actually make a butt joint on the top and that will be also a split point or you can select another corner for it to do that can be Pharaoh sometimes you want to see where you're gonna put this split point and you can actually go to the setup of the system and show the point these are the points that the router actually follow when he was doing the the piece and so that will show the the points where you can drop that split point in so it's kind of familiar but you know in this case is not that that critical but yes you need to split it prolly on the top Rolly that'll be a good a good point she's questioning because I'm not actually dropping in on us on an odd but if I say yes it's gonna select that point most likely where what I wanted so when you have something like this use your splitter mode normally you you will save this file and why why do you do that well you might not be printing it at all today and the other thing is if you're gonna do you like which are like sign in the later on day or time you can actually bring it because it's save and it'll keep all the split points so you don't have to redo it so so you save it as and that will actually take this file to a different extension you important as any I and because the native language of the software is a logics program is gonna be saved as an lgx extension file those files will actually keep all the information that you have you can change them and resave them if you so like you know you want to do a different way but that's that's kind of like a nice thing so let's say you you have that you save it as you go home and then tomorrow some other day you know you just come you can just click open find your file and you have all the split points right where you want it another interesting thing that you have to kind of learn is that when you use a pattern printer software is that you have a couple options it's not limited to the leverage product yeah somebody can actually use it for regular aluminum letters and E and even for a welded kind of a lot you know if you are doing flat aluminum on lettera she stupidly goes outside of the shape either literatures glued directly to the plastic or if you do with flat aluminum you form the letter and then you have a trim cap that's surrounded but let's say you're gonna weld it so that means that the shape has the perimeter and the metal is actually gonna be behind on the inside so that will be a reverse return according to our system that brings all the lollipops to the inside so that means that the shape of the letter would have instead of the material going on the outside of the letter these the metal will actually be behind the shape of the letter so let's say this is actually metal and you have a metal return that means the shape is actually fitting behind so you don't see it and so it'll be welded on the inside that would be in case that you're doing a letter where the shape is behind in this wallet for letter egde it will always be on the on the standard return setup and that means the metal is on the outside of the shape when you are gonna print yeah this job typically you want to print a letter by letter so you don't have a lot of paper coming out of the printer so you don't have you know so your your paper is is usable and things like that so typically what do you do is you control shift shift and select a letter that is read and all the other ones are black if I click on the screen they're all gonna be black if I click on one it only check a section but if you do the control chef will take the whole shape or you can actually also surround with your ride button and do that but sometimes this is hotter you know for your fingers but control shift and select the letter will change it in color so when you print it you are outputting that to a printing peripheral so your output to the pattern printer and you're not going all layers because that will be all your letters so what are you gonna do is you're gonna do a selected and that's the one that we did on deal and so you put selected and then you send it for printing that will do the the process and then print for the letter the print out is quite simple to understand if you think about you have a start of a piece there's telling you to cut right there you have a bend up that means the piece is actually bending like this then up then you have the next section then up the next section wind up then up this is the crotch of the L that's actually a bend down that I have here somewhere sorry that's a bend down and then Bend up so if you think about that is telling you this the point where you start where you bend and so on until you get to the end of the piece and we have the end of the letter Plus enough space for your patch for your tab so that is a a simple way of doing it now when you're doing the a job like this you're actually looking at a job from the front but when you're gonna do the wrapping of the letter you're actually gonna do it kind of facing down that changes the order so the end of the piece and your start of the piece we can probably move here if you think about the start of the piece and the end of the piece we right from left to right but because we're working with a with a letter facing down we're gonna switch this around so your end of the piece is gonna be on your left-hand side and they start on the right and that is because we're feeding the material through our level with the front part of the material for us and the foam to the back the foam is a back part of the metal the barbed back part of the letter so if you were gonna do a letter like like this L then the the shape of the letter will be like that and you will see it and that's that's how this won't work so the the label is has a self-adhesive side typically what we do is we attach this right on top of the beater in that because that's the thicker part of the material and that's the one that is gonna be against the plastic you peel that apart and you attach it the label is actually made at two inches of width so he works perfectly for our five inch material that is wider and also for the three-inch material that is also the standards for the sign industry you can attach this material onto the into the letter edge material this label and that will give you the point where you're gonna be doing your bending and your forming let's say another interesting thing you know when you have when you have a shape we have a shape that is Sol square like in in this case we have one that has rounded sides how will you see it on the on the printout well it's also quite simple to understand we're gonna output it we have to select the letter first of course so we have the G selected we're gonna output the letter we're gonna set it to the pattern printer as selected piece and say okay so we print a G so we have a starter piece and you can see this continuing lines that mean because it's telling us arc arc up so what is how can you understand an arc up you know we are attaching it to the metal so we can see it facing up we're saying that the start is gonna be on our right hand and the end is gonna be on our left hand side so we can actually come and attach it to the metal and and we'll see that is actually telling us that is an arc up that means the material is arcing torque us kind of like this it'll be arcing up we have been down that means that is going to bend like this the metal this is a bent up so it goes up and you have a bend up again and you follow that shape until you get to this section that is an arc down so it's arcing down is the inside of the G this it's arcing contrary to how you see in it then you have your been up and up and again a narc up so like I mentioned you know the the pattern printer really does not understand if there if it's making letters or shapes as logos and things like that so if we have opening I'm going for the file it's gonna be an AoE so okay and I have a couple letters said what I thought I had that's a different trait so if in this one if you think about this letter it's actually not the letter G it's actually the outside of the G it's a logo for this letter for a grinko that's a commercial anyway so if you're gonna do this shape like I said mentioned probably you what you're gonna do it you load up your file your small so you take away all the noise that maybe the system can can do you split the return the software actually gives you a suggestion you don't have to take it I like to split up there on the top like I said before this is a standard return so that means the lollipop I wanted on the outside that means the material is on the outside of the shape having this shape like this then I go to an output pattern printer and I can do all they all layers because I don't have no more letters so I can do just that is straight something that maybe you want to do is save a so you can have that for future reference having that G logo this one offers multiple curves and straights that are quite simple to follow it'll always show you at the beginning of the printout what is it that you're doing it actually tells you what is the length of the material that you're gonna be using about the end of the piece the end of the piece and we're gonna put it on our luff inside we're gonna put the starter of a piece on your right hand like in this job we're actually doing the split point up on the top so you attach your label on to your material of choice in this case we're using leverage material in orange three-inch and it will fit pretty easy on on the material if you end up putting it a little bit crooked you can kind of pick it up and and carry on your sticking that's not too critical and you have a choice a chance to actually you know compensate or or fix it as you go so at this point we have a piece where you started it we have an art up all the way to here we have a straight he's gonna be bend up Bend up it's gonna be an arc down arc down with the bend down bend down bend down bend up and then it's gonna carry on with an arc that is actually in arc up then bend down bend down so we don't need this no more we can release that and we need this much material so you have a clear line where you're gonna be you're cutting and that's gonna be the actual length of the piece you have no an opportunity to one you can prepare the tab for this letter and with letter H we do something like this you we need to release a little bit of material here because I will be our tab join piece and I don't need this material here now we have a bend up that we can follow with our bending tools let me show you this how would you bend it this is a pneumatic bender that you can have with your compressed air in your shop so when you're doing a bang-up process you have a line so it's open you can see where the vents are gonna be and that will take it just like that there will be a corner for your tap that is Bend up this one reads been up we're going to line it up with with the die and that will be been up just like so I'm following that now you're having we're having a arc down you read so from here to here it's gonna be an arc down for that we're gonna use a roller kill where we are going to say star the arc here and finish it there so we're gonna just roll the maturo it is a good idea always whenever you're doing a piece like this that you're your plastic shape can be available and that is what you can follow you can follow the design we're actually doing the bending there so we have that there we have a bend down and a bend down the correspond to our two inside bends on the shape we could actually do all the bends at once and there's no need to start on one end and carry on to the other one because actually the break is on the top so you can go in and out simply and pretty easy you line up your bending line with the die and bend it and then down the next one then we're gonna have a arc up so that meanness is arcing on the direction of the inside part it's bending like this like so so you can come and do your roll you put the mature on the roller kit and you roll it you don't need you don't just pull it you roll it that will give the shape though make the curve on the shape we have a bend up instruction bend down so like we said Bend up his face is bending in this direction so it'll go just like so align it to the shape to the line and right next we have it down so that means we just flip it around line it up line it up and down we have another bend down right next to it so at this point this is this is kind of like a an interesting shape and one of one critical point is to know that we can actually fit in here and so this actually is telling us that the bend is right to the shape this is going into it you know quite simply so from there we can carry on on to the shape this one is telling us to arc down so from here to here is gonna be an arc down till we roll it done work so it's arc down we have a bend up Bend up so we can flip it around bend it up and like I mentioned it's been it's called bent up because we're looking from the inside is spending in the upward direction and we have only the arc up left to do and that will be something we achieve with our roller you want it like so at this point the label it's not really needed so we could actually remove it so we can have a clear access to the inside of the keys to so it can be glue on to the metal so we can remove actually this this label so we can then see to fit our piece together this will go in like so this is the curve that goes around this goal first like so this will be the Southside part this need to come around and shape the letter like that of course this letter is still there are some steps we need to do we have to go on to a paper table or a magnet table a metal table with magnets where you can actually jig this piece facing down so you can then apply Walden number four and then well the number 16 to make this glue joint it's a bonding between the plastic of the beetle that is attached to the letter S material against the acrylic that is our shape to do so here we can see that is quite simple to shape a complex letter with the pattern printer and suffer you

Pattern Software and Dot Matrix Printer Process

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