Setting up your cut job
Open Rhino and draw a rectangle to define your cutting area. On the studio floor laser cutters this will be a 32” x 18” rectangle.
If you are etching and cutting in the same job, we recommend you set your etching colors to go first and your cuts to go last. The reason for this is that as pieces are cut they can be realigned or moved by the air currents inside the laser cutters, so any etching that goes over already cut pieces may be inaccurate.
When you are ready to cut, print your job. You can do so if you press Ctrl+P, type the command Print, or go to File > Print in the menubar.
Make sure that your printer is set to the appropriate laser cutter and that the page size is User-Defined LANDSCAPE. Also, check that the preview looks to be oriented and sized correctly.
Your Output Type should be set to Vector Output.
If you notice that some colors look differently than they did in your Rhino viewport, change the Output Color to Display Color. If your preview colors look correct, leave this setting alone.
If you have only one cutting area rectangle and its contents visible (any other lines are hidden) then select Extents.
If you have other linework visible, which you don’t want to cut, select Window. Make sure that you have your Object Snaps enabled for endpoints, as shown below:
Defining Cut Settings
You can reach the settings by pressing the Properties button in the print dialog. Changes to power, speed, cutting mode, and PPI are made by first selecting the colors on the left of the window that you want to assign new settings to. When a color is selected, it will be highlighted in blue. Click multiple colors to modify several at the same time.
To change the cutting mode, use the drop-down menu at the upper right corner of the window. Unless instructed to otherwise, use Vector or Skip.
Hit the Apply button to save your changes but continue working, and the OK button to save them and close.
NOTE: The Z-Axis settings should remain OFF. Changing this setting can result in the laser de-focusing during your cut.
Example power and speed settings for double-ply chipboard and 1/8” acrylic are set in frames in the laser cutter rooms. Please use these to establish initial settings, then change them if necessary during your cut.
Sending your job
When your settings are correct and you have selected the appropriate cutting area in your document, send your print job.
Adjusting your settings
You can pause your job by pressing the red Pause button at any time.