Hang on - I need to pull a couple of screen shots…
Okay, since you’re a new user, you might need to understand the difference between cutting Proofgrade materials and cutting your own materials.
Proofgrade materials come with a QR code on the masking that fills in the Speed, Power and Lines per Inch information for you, and that enables the machine to cut through the material without you having to enter the settings information.
If you are not cutting with that pre-coded information though - you have to enter it.
When you first open a file, you need to specify the thickness of the material you are using. That is entered for you by the Proofgrade QR codes if you are using Proofgrade, but if you need to enter it, you enter it in the Unknown Materials slot.
If you are using an Unknown Material, none of the settings information is loaded into any of the operations. That means you have to set each one up to do what you want it to do. (All of the thumbnails say “Enter Settings” underneath in yellow. If you don’t enter anything, that operation will be ignored.)
To enter settings, click on the thumbnail, then enter the operation you want at the top (Cut/Score/Engrave or Ignore the operation.) Then click the carat to the right of the Manual settings to enter the values you want to use for that operation.
You can enter the cutting speed and power settings by dragging the little sliders or just typing in the numbers.
Once you have entered settings information for an operation, the speed and power settings are displayed under the thumbnail, so it’s a quick way to check the values.
One thing you need to watch with the Manual Settings…clicking on the thumbnail without entering your own Manual settings enters the default Unknown Material settings information of 1% power and 500 speed for Cuts, 1% power and 1000 speed for Engraves. That is what likely happened to you. Once they are in there, you have to manually change them again.
Different operations require different settings…engrave settings require an LPI and pattern density value, and they are on a different scale from cutting speeds, so you need to use the correct palette for the operation.
Okay, so having shown all of that - if you have an Unknown Material in there, and take it out and drop in a sheet of Proofgrade, the Proofgrade values do not override entered Manual settings, even if they are showing the default 1% power, if you clicked on a thumbnail but didn’t specify other settings for Unknown Material…
You will notice by the thumbnails that it does change the values for those operations that did not have anything specified, but the ones that had Manual settings specified did not change.
Bottom line: You have to go back into each operation and check the settings before running a job. If you change materials, you need to go back in and check settings for each operation, each time. Or reload the file starting out with Proofgrade material and it will load all of those settings in there for you.
They have it set up that way so that people who aren’t paying attention at first don’t ruin a lot of expensive material. (It’s saved my derriere many a time.)
Probably more explanation than you wanted there…but we do now have the ability to save our own Custom Presets, and that makes it quick.
More information on doing that here: