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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!

DCS Tech Tip: Removing White Backgrounds from Raster Images

Oct 24, 16 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

DCS Tech Tip: Removing White Backgrounds from Raster Images

GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available in Color Byte V10. Operators and designers can now use the powerful tools found in GIMP to edit artwork directly in the Front End of Color Byte.

Whether you are an operator, graphic designer, photographer, illustrator,or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done.

This month’s Tech Tip is a handy video that shows how easy it is to use GIMP to remove the white background from raster images.


Michael Perrelli, DCS Marketing Manager

REDUCE YOUR TAXES: Tax Benefit for 2016, Section 179 Deduction

Oct 17, 16 • Front Page, News, TipsNo Comments

REDUCE YOUR TAXES: Tax Benefit for 2016, Section 179 Deduction

2016 is flying by and before you know it 2016 will come to an end. However, for many companies this is one of the busiest times of the year.  Production is in full demand!   Now is the time to purchase new and/or additional equipment for your business! Not only can it benefit production time but also provides BIG SAVINGS!   The “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015” (PATH Act) expanded the Section 179 deduction limit to $500,000, and made it permanent.  This means up to $500, 000 in qualifying new and used equipment, as well as off-the-shelf software, may be expensed this year if it is placed into service by the end of the day, December 31, 2016.

The PATH Act also reinstated the 50% Bonus Depreciation, and extended it through 2019. Businesses of all sizes will be able to depreciate 50 percent of the cost of equipment acquired and put in service during 2016 and 2017; even after the Section 179 deduction is taken, and all in the first year!

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LIMITS OF SECTIONS 179

Section 179 does come with limits – there are caps to the total amount written off ($500,000 for 2016), and limits to the total amount of the equipment purchased ($2,000,000 in 2016). The deduction begins to phase out dollar-for-dollar after $2,000,000 is spent by a given business, so this makes it a true small and medium-sized business deduction.

WHO QUALIFIES FOR SECTION 179

All businesses that purchase, finance, and/or lease less than $2,000,000 in new or used business equipment during tax year 2016 should qualify for the Section 179 Deduction.

Most tangible goods including “off-the-shelf” software qualify for the Section 179 Deduction. To qualify for the Section 179 Deduction, the equipment and/or software purchased or financed must be placed into service between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

The deduction begins to phase out if more than $2,000,000 of equipment is purchased – in fact, the deduction decreases on a dollar for dollar scale after that, making Section 179 a deduction specifically for small and medium-sized businesses.

2016 is flying by and before you know it 2016 will come to an end. However, for many companies this is one of the busiest times of the year.  Production is in full demand!   Now is the time to purchase new and/or additional equipment for your business! Not only can it benefit production time but also provides BIG SAVINGS!   The “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015” (PATH Act) expanded the Section 179 deduction limit to $500,000, and made it permanent.  This means up to $500, 000 in qualifying new and used equipment, as well as off-the-shelf software, may be expensed this year if it is placed into service by the end of the day, December 31, 2016.

The PATH Act also reinstated the 50% Bonus Depreciation, and extended it through 2019. Businesses of all sizes will be able to depreciate 50 percent of the cost of equipment acquired and put in service during 2016 and 2017; even after the Section 179 deduction is taken, and all in the first year!

LIMITS OF SECTIONS 179

Section 179 does come with limits – there are caps to the total amount written off ($500,000 for 2016), and limits to the total amount of the equipment purchased ($2,000,000 in 2016). The deduction begins to phase out dollar-for-dollar after $2,000,000 is spent by a given business, so this makes it a true small and medium-sized business deduction.

WHO QUALIFIES FOR SECTION 179

All businesses that purchase, finance, and/or lease less than $2,000,000 in new or used business equipment during tax year 2016 should qualify for the Section 179 Deduction.

Most tangible goods including “off-the-shelf” software qualify for the Section 179 Deduction. To qualify for the Section 179 Deduction, the equipment and/or software purchased or financed must be placed into service between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

The deduction begins to phase out if more than $2,000,000 of equipment is purchased – in fact, the deduction decreases on a dollar for dollar scale after that, making Section 179 a deduction specifically for small and medium-sized businesses.

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ULS Maintenance Tips: How to Remove the Top Door

Sep 26, 16 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

ULS Maintenance Tips: How to Remove the Top Door

Step 1:  Open the “top door” on your Universal Laser System.

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Locating and Removing the Pressure Cylinders & Locking Pins

Step 2: Locate the pressure cylinders on both sides of the “top door.” Remove the locking pins FIRST. *Picture shows the location of locking pin*

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Step 3: Removing the Locking Pins READ THIS FIRST. * The top door is heavy and requires two people to hold it in order to prevent damage of the glass.* Remove the locking pin by rotating the pin first and then pulling the pin out. Repeat when removing both pressure cylinders.

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Pressure Cylinders & Door Hinges

Step 4: Removing the Pressure Cylinders – As two people are holding up the “top door” remove the pressure cylinder from the “coupler ball” from both sides of the door. *Remove the four allen screws that hold the top door hinge to the laser system. These four screws can be found where the laser cartridge is located and will be exposed when removing the back cover.

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Step 5: Removing the Top Door Hinges – Once the top door pressure cylinders have been removed and the door has been gently closed, open the rear cover of the laser by pressing on the latches located on both ends of the cover. Once the cover has been moved you will see two allen screws. Circled in the picture below you will see two pairs of allen screws on each end. Remove these screws with a 1/8 standard allen key.  After removing the four screws the top door can now be removed. *The door is extremely heavy, so a second person is recommended for lifting the top door.

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Glass Removal

Step 6: Removing the glass — After the top door has been removed place it on a table or any flat surface, placing a blanket or foam underneath for protection.  Place the door upside down, so that the special screws [shown below] are easily accessible. You will remove these screws with the special tool we have provided.

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Remove all 12 screws and holding brackets. Once all  screws are removed the “top door” glass can be removed.

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Front Door Removal

Step 7: Removing the Front Door — The front door is attached by nine 5/64 allen screw located underneath.  *The only screws that need to be removed are the ones holding the hinge to the “front door,” not the screws holding the hinge to the system.*

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Once all nine (9) screws have been removed the front should come out. Have someone help hold the top door in place so it does not drop or fly open while removing the screws.

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APPLICATION OF THE WEEK: Print DTG: No Pretreatment Required with Your DCS Printer

Sep 19, 16 • Front Page, News, TipsNo Comments

APPLICATION OF THE WEEK: Print DTG: No Pretreatment Required with Your DCS Printer

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 t-shirts utilizing the Multisolve IRF4 UV inks*.

The ability to quickly and easily print to cotton, polyester, and various synthetic blends, without the need for a 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.

Application Tip of the Week: Creating Multi-Tile Murals

Sep 12, 16 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

Application Tip of the Week: Creating Multi-Tile Murals

Not very long ago, commissioning a personalized, multi-tile wall mural was a costly undertaking reserved for the relatively wealthy. Today, however, thanks to CO2 laser technology, one-of-a-kind engraved murals are available at prices nearly anyone can afford.

Creating multi-tile murals on your Universal laser system is fast, easy and fun. In this easy-to-understand, step-by-step tutorial we will show you how to quickly and easily create beautiful, multi-tile murals using CorelDRAW and your Universal laser engraving system. We think you will find the process to be both rewarding and profitable.

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GETTING STARTED

1.1: Before you start creating a mural, there are some important choices you must make:

  • Choose a suitable photograph or artwork to engrave;
  • Choose the type of material to engrave, such as marble, granite, acrylic, wood or laser tile;
  • Choose the engraving tile size and finished mural size.

1.2: Some important questions to ask yourself:

Is the image a good candidate for engraving? Getting high-quality images and artwork from customers has always been a challenge for engravers. The image your customer provides must be capable of 250 dpi resolution at the actual size in which you plan to engrave it.

At what distance will the observer typically be located when viewing the tiled mural?

If the viewer will be standing just a few feet away, a smaller engraving tile size should suffice; if the viewer will be standing farther away, a larger size tile may be more appropriate.

Will the mural be located indoors or will it be exposed to the elements?

If the mural is to be located indoors, you can safely engrave on materials such as soft acrylic (invert the image and engrave on the back side of the acrylic to provide scratch protection), wood and even mat board. However, if the mural is to be located outdoors, you may want to consider using granite, marble, travertine or other lasting materials to provide long-term protection from the elements.

Okay… you’ve made your choices… now it’s time to create the mural!

DOWNLOAD THE TIP SHEET FOR STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS. 

 

CorelDraw Tips: Creating A 3D Effect Using Drop Shadow

Aug 29, 16 • Front Page, TipsNo Comments

CorelDraw Tips: Creating A 3D Effect Using Drop Shadow

A three-dimensional, or 3D, object brings more realistic depth and perspective to an image.  There are a number of ways to achieve the 3D look in CorelDraw but today we will learn how to create this effect through Drop Shadow.  The Drop Shadow effect can be made by making an offset shadow behind an object to show that it is floating above the background.

TO ADD A DROP SHADOW

  1. In the toolbox found on the left side of the screen, click the Drop Shadow tool
  2. Select the object.

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  1. Drag the cursor from the center or side of the object until the drop shadow is the desired size.

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  1. Specify the attributes on the Property bar.

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  • Drop Shadow Offset – To set the distance between the drop shadow and the object.
  • Drop Shadow Angle – To set the direction of the drop shadow.
  • Drop Shadow Opacity – To adjust the transparency of the drop shadow.
  • Shadow Feathering – To sharpen or soften the edges of the drop shadow.
  • Feathering Direction – To soften the shadows edges toward the inside of the shadow, toward the outside of the shadow, or both of the direction.
  • Feather Edge – To choose the feathering type.
  • Shadow Fade – To adjust the amount of fading at the edges of the drop shadow.
  • Shadow Stretch – To adjust the length of the drop shadow.
  • Transparency Operation – To choose how the color of the drop shadow blends with the color of the underlying object.
  • Shadow Color – To choose the color of the drop shadow.

A Drop Shadow can create great depth and dramatically change the appearance of an object when used correctly.  For best results, use a drop shadow on a white or light colored background.

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If you want to revert the image back to its original state you can remove in a few easy steps.

TO REMOVE A DROP SHADOW

  1. Select an object’s drop shadow
  2. Click Effects -> Clear Drop Shadow

ATTENTION: ALL VISION OWNERS – Join Us in Arlington, Texas! 8/25 & 8/26

Aug 22, 16 • Front Page, NewsNo Comments

ATTENTION: ALL VISION OWNERS – Join Us in Arlington, Texas! 8/25 & 8/26

Engravers Network will present a two-day training workshop featuring Cliff Cabral, Applications Specialist with Vision.  Whether you are new to Vision engraving & routing machines, our two-day event is tailored to your experience level, and designed to inspire new ways for you to achieve your specific business goals and objectives.

Vision for BEGINNERS

Day 1 – Thursday, August 25, 2016
1:30 p. m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $25

Topics Included:
-ADA
-Routing techniques and bit selection
-Sacrificial materials and techniques
-Deep metal engraving
-Reverse engraving acrylic

Vision for ADVANCED

Day 2 – Friday, August 26, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: $50/includes lunch

Topics Include:

-ADA in exotic materials (metals, woods, corian, granite, glass)
-Thermoformed ADA
-Inlayed ADA tactile
-Part marking
-Rotary engraving on the 2550
-Surface mapping
-Jewelry cutout
-Fixture making and multiples

 

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CorelDraw for Laser Engravers – SIGN UP NOW!

Aug 8, 16 • Front Page, NewsNo Comments

CorelDraw for Laser Engravers – SIGN UP NOW!

Join us for a TWO DAY CorelDraw Seminar! As the owner of a small business, there are a number of tools in the market to aid in completing your projects and making them stand out from the competition. CorelDRAW is one powerful tool that should not be overlooked or dismissed lightly. CorelDRAW is a complete graphic design suite that has applications for illustration and design, raster to vector, page layout, web graphics and photo-editing and is unsurpassed when sending to the laser.

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AUGUST 19TH & 20th, 2016

Where: 637 107th Street, Arlington, Texas 76011

Time:  9:00AM – 4:00PM (both days)

The TWO-DAY training and lunch are $175 per participant.

Click here for more details!

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