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Vision Tips & Tricks: Common Shortcut/Hot Keys in the Vision Software

Jun 12, 17 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

Vision Tips & Tricks: Common Shortcut/Hot Keys in the Vision Software

 

Shortcuts or Hot Keys are key combinations on the keyboard that when pressed perform certain functions in the software. For instance, pressing the control button and the “A” button at the same time will perform the “Select All” function selecting everything on the workspace. This is commonly written in shorthand as CTRL+A. Shortcuts make navigating through the Vision software faster. Below is a list of commonly used shortcuts in the Vision software.

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If you search through the Vision software help files you will find a thorough list of shortcuts, hot keys and function keys.

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Best Practice Guide for Direct-to-Garment

Jun 5, 17 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

The versatile Direct Jet UVMVP Series and 7200z printers (F4 Editions) from DCS can now be used to create durable and resistant prints, with high strength and durability, when printing to light and dark colored fabrics/garments utilizing the Multisolve IRF4 UV inks.

This latest innovation marks the first ever DTG (Direct-to-Garment) printer for cotton, cotton blends, and 100% polyester and synthetics without the need for harsh chemical pretreatments.

The DTG market has long struggled with printing to polyester and synthetic blend garments with and without harsh chemical pretreatments. The ability to print quickly and easily to cotton, polyester, and various synthetic blends, without the need to heat press a chemical pretreatment, combined with the ability for the printed image to stretch with any fabric, can radically increase product offerings and profits for those in the DTG market.

Download the BEST PRACTICE GUIDE here!

VISION Tips and Tricks: Text to Path

May 22, 17 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

VISION Tips and Tricks: Text to Path

Text to Path will let you wrap text to shapes and lines.

***The Text to Path feature is included in Vision Expert and Vision Pro engraving and routing software packages, it is not included in the Vision Express package***

Start with typing out the text that you want and also create your shape/line to use.

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Select both the text and the shape, then the Text to Path icon on the top will light up, left click on the icon.

***If the Text to Path icon is not on your toolbar, you can find it by going to Transform on the top ribbon, then scroll down to Text to Path***

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The upper left top row allows you to place the text where on the shape you want (top, bottom, right, left) and the bottom row lets you place the text on the path of the shape (inside, outside, on, etc.).   You can adjust the space between the text and the path by entering a positive or negative number in the Text to path distance field.

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To make a change, click Apply, and when finished, click on Close.

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In order to be able to move the text, Group the shape and the text, move it, Ungroup it, and now you can position them as you need to.

— Vision Engraving & Routing Systems, 3/8/2017

Intro to Fiber Laser Technology

May 3, 17 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

Intro to Fiber Laser Technology

High power FIBER LASER TECHNOLOGY leads to remarkable marking time, production efficiency, and quality! Permanently mark a wide range of materials including aluminum, anodized aluminum, brass, carbide, chrome, copper, gold, iron, pewter, silver, stainless steel, brick, and more!

Universal Laser Tips & Tricks: Exhaust Installation & Specs

Mar 20, 17 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

Universal Laser Tips & Tricks: Exhaust Installation & Specs

 You have just purchased your new Universal Laser System and are preparing for delivery and installation.  However, there are a few things that must be completed before your system arrives.   One very important task that MUST get checked off the pre-installation check list is proper set up of an exhaust system.  Below are a few expert tips that you can follow:

  • Typical Installation has the exhaust sitting underneath the laser or right beside it, with the exhaust going through a wall, up a wall, or through a window nearby.
  • A blast gate or dryer vent will allow you to shut off the ducting from the outside when not in use, and will give something for the exhaust hose to attach to.
  • If mounting the exhaust unit outside or on a roof it will need to be covered so it is protected from the elements and outside critters.
  • The further away from the laser you get the worse it will perform. Minimum CFM requirements will need to be upped if over 15 feet away in any direction. Additional hose, clamps, adapters may be needed also.
  • Any electrical work, drilling, cutting, plumbing, etc is the responsibility of the customer. The tech will connect the hose from the laser to the exhaust and from the exhaust to the blast gate/dryer vent only.
  • Dryer vent or flex hose is commonly used for inside hookup. Outside venting can use PVC or 4” round metal ducting.

Example: VLS6.60/PLS                VLS2.30/3.50                       VLS3.60/4.60
VLS-660 VLS230-350vls360-460

Download Exhaust Spec Sheet!

How to Change Kerning in Vision Software

Feb 13, 17 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

Vision Software Tips and Tricks

How to change kerning in Vision Software

The Kern is the spacing between characters in Text.  This needs to be adjusted according to what tool and tool path you are using for text engraving so that characters are not too close and overlap, and in general for appearance.

This first section is for changing the kerning in non-V9 text.

You can adjust the kerning before or after you type out text.  For this example we’ll type out text then change the kerning.  Type out your text, highlight all of the text (left click and hold at 1 end of text and drag over or use Control A), go to Kern (at the top) and use either the little arrow keys to the right of the box or type in a number).  When done, just deselect to get out of text mode and apply tool path.

 

This section is for changing kerning in V9 text.

You can adjust the kerning before or after you type out text.  For this example we’ll type out text then change the kerning.  Go into text mode, then click on Toolbar Mode (the line), and then click on Character.

Type out your text, highlight all of the text (left click and hold at 1 end of text and drag over or use Control A), go to Kern (at the top) and use either the little arrow keys to the right of the box or type in a number).  When done, just deselect to get out of text mode and apply tool path.

 

Type out your text, highlight all of the text (left click and hold at 1 end of text and drag over or use Control A), go to Kern (at the top) and use either the little arrow keys to the right of the box or type in a number).  When done, just deselect to get out of text mode and apply tool path.

 

Now we can add an online tool path using a .060 FLX cutter at a depth of .010.

As you can see, this will not work because the letters are hitting each other so we need to adjust the kerning.  First, delete the toolpath, then go back into text mode, highlight the text, adjust the kerning to 107, and reapply the tool path.

When adjusting kern or anything else in text mode (font height, etc.), just remember to highlight what you want changed, whether that is all the text or just between 2 characters etc.

How to “Undo” in Vision Software

There are various ways to undo in the vision software:

  1. Click the “Undo” icon:
  2.  Use the window’s shortcut Control+Z
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  4.  Go to Edit>Undo from the dropdown menu

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– Vision Engraving & Routing Systems, Admin

International Awards & Personalization Expo

Feb 6, 17 • Front Page, NewsNo Comments

International Awards & Personalization Expo

Schedule a demonstration with us during the show and receive a $25 poker chip!

Universal Laser Systems: Booth #1818
Vision Engravers: Booth #1414
Direct Color Systems (Johnson Plastics): Booth #1623

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Join Us in Las Vegas February 7-10

Experience it all at the 2017 International Awards & Personalization Expo – dedicated to activating ideas to enhance your business. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend dedicated time learning about processes and products, experiencing hands-on training, and connecting with industry colleagues.

If you’re involved with engraving, sublimation, sand carving, UV printing, or any personalization process, this is THE event for you!

Why Attend?

  • Network with an exclusive community of suppliers, distributors, and peers.
  • Discover innovative solutions to your most pressing business challenges.
  • Expand your training base and knowledge levels.

Check out the brochure for more information on the International Expo experience!

Registration is open.

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Upcoming Events!

Feb 1, 17 • Front Page, NewsNo Comments

ASI Show Dallas • Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center • Halls E & F
Education: Wednesday, February 1 • Exhibits: Thursday-Friday, February 2-3

 

International Awards & Personalization Expo •  Las Vegas February 7-10  •  February 7–10, 2017Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino

Vision Software Tips: How To Nest Letters/Objects in Vision Pro

Nov 28, 16 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

Vision Software Tips: How To Nest Letters/Objects in Vision Pro

(Only available in Vision Pro)

 

The nesting feature in the Vision software can help you be more efficient with material and time when cutting out letters/objects.

 

For this example we are using text and shapes that we are going to cut out using a 1/16” endmill.  Type out your text, add your shapes, select the text, click on Arrange at the top, then click on Text To Graphics (to break the text down to individual pieces), then deselect.

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Now select all the text and shapes, click on Arrange, and then Nesting.  Starting from the left on the toolbar, pick the corner and direction you want the nesting to work from, 90 degrees to allow for some rotation when possible, distance for margin (from the plate edge), 1/8” space between parts, .050 for error, and then Apply.  The group of icons circled in red are something you can try out later.

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After hitting Apply, all your objects are fit together to be more efficient for the material.

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Now apply tool paths to everything and run it.

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So with just a few clicks of the mouse, you can be efficient in material and time.

– Vision Software Admin, 2016

Direct Color Tech Tip: Creating a Custom Template in RIP 9

Nov 7, 16 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

Direct Color Tech Tip: Creating a Custom Template in RIP 9

DCS Template

A custom template contains a specific number of “slots,” each of a given width and height. The slots are placeholders into which a received job is placed. Not only can a template allow you to automatically place a print job at a given location, there can be multiple duplicate slots that place the print job at multiple locations, such as for decals or similar batch jobs.

Using a template eases the work required to obtain frequently used layouts, and when a template is used in conjunction with a Template Hot Folder, this provides a means of using templates to create layouts with minimum user-interaction with the queue interface.

Download easy-to-follow instructions here!

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