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Operation Manual
Cutting Machine
Product Code: 891-Z05
Be sure to read this document before using the machine.

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    Operation Manual Cutting Machine Product Code: 891-Z05 Be sure to read this document before using the machine.

  • Page 2: Terms Of Use

    Terms of Use IMPORTANT-PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: This Terms of Use (“Agreement”) is a legal agreement between Brother Industries, Ltd. (“Company”) and you that governs your use of any Software, installed on or made available by Company for use with sewing or craft products (“Company Product”).

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    LIMITATIONS SHALL APPLY TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT ALLOWED BY APPLICABLE LAW NOTWITHSTANDING ANY FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY. NOTWITHSTANDING THE CLAUSE 3 OR 4.1 HEREOF, THIS AGREEMENT DOES NOT PURPORT TO EXCLUDE OR RESTRICT COMPANY'S LIABILITY FOR DEATH OR PERSONAL INJURY RESULTING FROM NEGLIGENCE OR LIMIT THE STATUTORY RIGHTS OF A CONSUMER.

  • Page 4: Introduction

    We assume no responsibility for damages arising from earthquakes, fire, other disasters, actions of third parties, the user’s intentional or negligent operation, misuse or operation under other special conditions. ● For additional product information, visit our web site at www.brother.com IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS Symbols Used in This Document The following symbols are used in this document.

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS Terms of Use ..........i Auto Layout Functions ......... 49 Scanning a Background Image......50 INTRODUCTION .......... 1 Character Input Functions........51 IMPORTANT NOTICE ........1 MEMORY FUNCTIONS ....... 53 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ..1 Saving ..............53 Symbols Used in This Document ......1 Retrieve Data............

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    PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS ....105 INDEX ............106...

  • Page 7: Features

    FEATURES Patterns (“Pattern” mode) Scanning (“Scan” mode) Select a pattern and edit it to create your own design. Scan an illustration, photo or your own drawing to By simply loading craft paper or fabric, you can create personalized cut designs. The design can then quickly create precision paper and fabric cutouts.

  • Page 8: Transferring Data Using The Wireless Network Connection Function

    2. Login to CanvasWorkspace Internet version. In order to use CanvasWorkspace, a CanvasWorkspace (formerly ScanNCutCanvas) login ID is necessary. If you do not have a free account, go to <http://CanvasWorkspace.Brother.com> to create a new account. 3. Register machine under CanvasWorkspace.

  • Page 9: Getting Started

    Chapter 1 GETTING STARTED PARTS AND FUNCTIONS d Scanner Lever Unit Descriptions - Front Adjusted according to the operation being performed. For details, see “Preparing for Feeding the Mat” on page 9. e Grips Grasped when moving the machine. f Feed Rollers Should be adjusted on the right side when the optional roll feeder is used.

  • Page 10: Unit Descriptions - Rear

    Unit Descriptions - Rear Unit Descriptions - Operation Panel a LCD Panel Displays operation screens, preview images of patterns and error messages. b Power Button Turns the machine on/off. c Power Indicator Lights up when the machine is turned on, and flashes when the machine enters the sleep mode (power- saving mode) or the machine’s software is being updated.

  • Page 11: Before Use

    BEFORE USE Removing the Packing Materials Turning On/Off the Machine Before turning on the machine, open the front tray Connect the power cord to the machine. cover, and then remove all shipping tapes (in front and back of the machine) and the cardboard shock- absorbing material.

  • Page 12: Preparing For Feeding The Mat

     The home screen appears. Raise the scanner lever (on the left side of the machine) to “2”. Memo • LCD panels commonly have bright spots (permanently lit dots) and dark spots (unlit dots). It may cause some unexpected luminous spots to appear and tiny picture elements to be Memo missed in the screen.

  • Page 13: Machine Settings

    MACHINE SETTINGS Settings Screen From the LCD panel, touch to select and adjust the settings for each function. This section contains descriptions of the machine settings which will appear when is selected on the home screen. b Mat size key ■...

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    Half Cut Memo Select whether or not to make half-cuts. For details, see “Half Cut (Kiss Cut) Settings” on page 28. • When multiple patterns are cut at the same time, the setting specified in this screen is Cut Pressure (Half Cut) applied to all patterns.

  • Page 15: Auto Shutdown

    ■ Group 5 Auto Shutdown If the machine is not used for a specified length of time, it will automatically turn off. The length of time until the machine turns off can be specified in the settings screen. Displays the number for this machine. Ver.

  • Page 16: Basic Operations

    Chapter 2 BASIC OPERATIONS FIRST STEPS The following procedures describe basic operations, from preparing the material to performing trial cutting. 1. Selecting the Mat Appropriate for the Material........P.13 2. Attaching the material to the mat ............P.16 3. Selecting the Blade Appropriate for the Material ........P.23 4.

  • Page 17: Reference Table Of Mat And Material Combinations

    Reference Table of Mat and Material Combinations Use a mat appropriate for the material, as referred to in this table. Before using materials from your project, test attaching the material to check the adhesion to the mat. Mat (for ScanNCut DX) Sheet for fabric cutting Iron-on Fabric High Tack...

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    Note • Avoid using craft paper or fabric covered with decorative layer (that can easily separate), such as lamé or foil. The separate layer may stick to the machine’s scanning device or feed rollers during operation, resulting in damage to the machine. It may also damage the cutting blade. When using such material, be sure to clean the scanner glass inside the machine after every use (page 91).

  • Page 19: Attaching The Material To The Mat

    Test attaching the material. Attaching the material to the mat Before attaching the material to the mat, use a corner of the adhesive side of the mat to test attaching it. If any of the following problems occur when test After preparing the mat and sheet (when cutting attaching, the adhesive strength of the mat is too high fabric) appropriate for the material, attach the...

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    ■ Fabric (Other Than for Quilt Piecing) Firmly attach all of the material to the mat so that there are no wrinkles and no part can curl off. • Otherwise, curls in the material may become caught when the mat is inserted. a Standard tack adhesive mat b Iron-on fabric appliqué...

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    Cut the iron-on fabric appliqué contact sheet to Peel off the backing from the contact sheet. a size 2 cm (3/4") or more larger than the Before peeling off the backing, allow all parts to cool. outline of the pattern to be cut. a Contact sheet b Backing With the side of the fabric that the contact...

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     Peeling Off the Material (Excluding Quilt Note Piecing) After cutting the material, use a spatula to peel off • Do not wash fabrics attached together with a the fabric together with the attached contact double-sided adhesive contact sheet. sheet. •...

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    ■ Fabric (for Quilt Piecing) With the glossy side of the high tack adhesive fabric support sheet facing down, attach it to the mat’s adhesive side. Slowly attach the entire surface of the support sheet from its edges while pressing out any air with a ruler, etc., so that no air is trapped between the mat and the sheet.

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     Peeling Off the Material (Fabric for Quilt From its edges, attach the material to the adhesive side of the mat so that there are no Piecing) wrinkles in the material. After cutting the material, use a spatula to slowly peel off just the fabric.

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     Notice on Use of High Tack Adhesive Fabric Support Sheet • When the sheet’s adhesive strength decreases or fabric becomes twisted while being cut, replace the sheet with a new one. • When peeling the sheet off the mat or replacing the sheet, use the spatula to carefully remove the old sheet.

  • Page 26: Blade And Material Combination

    Use the following table to select the appropriate cutting blade according to the material that will be cut. Material compability may vary. Always perform a test/trial cut to confirm a successful cut. If you need additional help, the Brother Solutions Center offers the latest FAQs and troubleshooting tips. Visit us at “ http://s.brother/cpoac/ ”.

  • Page 27: Installing And Uninstalling The Holder

    Grasp the holder grip, and then insert the Installing and Uninstalling the Holder holder into the carriage. Select the holder appropriate for the material, and then install it into the machine. For details on the holder appropriate for the material, see “Blade and Material Combination”...

  • Page 28: Test Cut (trial Cut)

    Check that the pattern to be cut out is arranged Test Cut (Trial Cut) within a cutting area specified according to the size of the material. Perform test/trial cut or draw on the type of material to be used in your project, to check that the desired result can be achieved.

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    ■ Loading the Mat ■ Cutting Attach the material that will be cut to the mat. Select “Cut” in the test screen. • For details on attaching material to the mat, see “Attaching the material to the mat” on page 16. While holding the mat level and lightly inserting it into the feed slot, press in the...

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    ■ Unloading the Mat ■ Checking the Test/Trial Cut Results Adjust the cutting pressure according to the test/trial cut results. Press in the operation panel to feed out Repeatedly perform test/trial cut and adjust the cutting the mat. pressure until the material is cut cleanly. ...

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    ■ Half Cut (Kiss Cut) Settings Touch to adjust the cutting To make half cuts (kiss cuts), turn on half cut (kiss cut) in pressure, and then touch the "OK" key. the settings screen before beginning to cut. Touch in the preview screen to display the settings screen.

  • Page 32: Pattern Cutting

    In this tutorial, we will cut two built-in patterns. on the built-in patterns, refer to the “Pattern List”. The “Pattern List” can be downloaded ■ Turning On the Machine from the Brother Solutions Center (http:// s.brother/cmoae/). Press to turn on the machine.

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    ■ Selecting and Editing the Second Edit the pattern. Pattern After editing is finished, touch the “Set” key. • For details on the editing functions, see “Pattern Touch the “Add” key in the mat layout screen. Editing Functions” on page 40. •...

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    ■ Cutting Memo Select “Cut” in the preview screen. • To move a pattern within the cutting/drawing area, touch the pattern on the screen and drag it to the desired position. • To delete a pattern from the arrangement, select the pattern in the mat editing screen, and then use the function for deleting.

  • Page 35: Tutorial 2 - Cutting Advanced Patterns

    For details on the built-in patterns, refer to the “Pattern List”. The “Pattern List” can be downloaded from the Brother Solutions Center (http:// s.brother/cmoae/). Tutorial 2 - Cutting Advanced Patterns Select the sub-category in the pattern sub- category selection screen.

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    Select the pattern to be cut out in the pattern Memo selection screen. • The pattern pieces displayed in the pattern piece list screen are automatically arranged so that the grain is vertical when fabric is used as the material for cutting. Therefore, the angle at which the pattern appears in the pattern piece list may differ from the actual angle of the pattern piece to be cut out.

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    Check the pattern piece arrangement using the Note mat layout screen. The pattern piece to be cut out appears in the screen. • Before continuing operation, make sure that After checking the arrangement, touch the “OK” key. patterns that will be cut out are arranged in the •...

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    ■ Editing and Cutting the Second ■ Editing and Cutting the all Pattern Pattern Piece Pieces Select and edit the second pattern piece, and  Cutting the pattern outline then touch the “OK” key. For details on editing the pattern, follow steps Select and edit the all pattern pieces, and then (page 33) in “Selecting and Editing the First Pattern touch the “OK”...

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     Cutting all the pattern piece within the Touch the “Object Edit” key. same mat Select and edit the all pattern pieces, and then touch the “OK” key. Touch to weld the pattern. • For details on the welding, see “Welding (Merging the Outlines of Multiple Patterns)”...

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    Touch the “OK” key. Follow the procedures described in “Loading the Mat” (page 26) and “Cutting” (page 26) to load the material to be cut.  When cutting is finished, a message appears. After all pattern pieces have been cut out, touch the “Finish”...

  • Page 41: Pattern Selection

    PATTERN SELECTION The following four pattern selection functions are Individually touch all the patterns you want to available in the mat editing screen depending on select in the screen, and then touch the “OK” your preference: key. Selecting a Single Pattern ●...

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    ■ Specifying the Selection Area Touch in the mat editing screen for making multiple pattern selection. Touch for specifying an area to select the patterns. Memo • Make sure that is not selected before specifying the area to select. Touch and drag the area resizing keys to specify the area, and then touch the “OK”...

  • Page 43: Advanced Operations

    Chapter 3 ADVANCED OPERATIONS CUTTING AND EDITING FUNCTIONS b Unlocking the Aspect Ratio Pattern Editing Functions Touch to edit the pattern size without maintaining the aspect ratio. The function is available The pattern editing functions available may differ depending on the pattern you select. If the key is not depending on the pattern you select.

  • Page 44: Pattern Editing Functions - Multiple Patterns

    Pattern Editing Functions - Multiple Mat Layout Screen Patterns The arrangement of the patterns can be edited. The cutting/drawing area specified with the “Cut Area” The pattern editing functions available may differ setting (page 10) in the settings screen is displayed in depending on the pattern you select.

  • Page 45: Layout Editing Functions

    d Object Edit Layout Editing Functions The selected pattern can be edited in more detail. For details, see “Object Editing Screen” on page 43. e Moving The layout editing functions are available when the Incrementally move the selected patterns. Touch the "Edit"...

  • Page 46: Object Editing Screen

    d Seam Allowance Object Editing Screen Apply the seam allowance setting. Apply this setting when cutting around a drawn pattern, such as when making appliqué or quilt pieces. When applied, the drawing line (blue) and cutting line (black) appear. • For details on the seam allowance function, see “Cutting Around Drawings”...

  • Page 47: Undoing An Operation

    i Welding (Merging the Outlines of Multiple Grouping/Ungrouping Patterns Patterns) Weld the outlines of multiple patterns to create a single outline. For details, see “Welding (Merging the Multiple patterns selected can be combined into a Outlines of Multiple Patterns)” on page 46. single group, or that group can be separated into the j Alignment individual patterns.

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    ■ Ungrouping Patterns Touch in the object editing screen. Select grouped patterns in the mat editing screen, and then touch the "Object Edit" key. Touch in the object editing screen.  All of the selected patterns are grouped. (The color of the key changed.) Memo •...

  • Page 49: Welding (merging The Outlines Of Multiple Patterns)

    Select , and then touch the “OK” key. Welding (Merging the Outlines of • Two pattern selection functions are available Multiple Patterns) depending on your preference. For details on selecting multiple patterns, see “Selecting Multiple Patterns” on page 38. When multiple patterns are selected, the outlines of those patterns can be welded to create a single outline.

  • Page 50: Aligning Patterns

     The outlines of the selected patterns are welded. Aligning Patterns Multiple patterns can be selected and aligned based on their positions or heights. Select two or more patterns in the mat editing screen, and then touch the "Object Edit" key. •...

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    Align the patterns. • If three or more patterns were selected, they can be distributed horizontally (g) or vertically (h). • The patterns are aligned depending on the key that is touched, as described below. Original Original Distribute horizontally Distribute vertically Left Right Note...

  • Page 52: Auto Layout Functions

    ■ Centering Two or More Patterns Auto Layout Functions Add two circle patterns, and then change the size of one. The auto layout function is useful when you do not • For details on resizing patterns, see “Object Editing wish to waste the material attached to the mat. Screen”...

  • Page 53: Scanning A Background Image

    After selecting the cutting/drawing pattern, Scanning a Background Image touch in the mat layout screen to start the background scanning function. In this example, we will use material with a cutout in its upper-left corner as a background image.  The following message appears.

  • Page 54: Character Input Functions

    Touch the "Edit" key. Character Input Functions Characters can be selected, edited, cut out and drawn as a single pattern. Select the character type from the pattern category selection screen.  The mat editing screen appears. Memo • The pattern can also be moved by touching and dragging it in the screen.

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    Type in the characters. b Character spacing adjustment keys The keyboard is in the QWERTY layout. After entering the characters, touch the “OK” key. c Size of entire character string Check the character arrangement. To cut or draw, touch the “OK” key. To save the characters as data, touch the “Save”...

  • Page 56: Memory Functions

    USB flash drive may not be usable with this machine. Please visit our website b Save to the USB flash drive. “ http://s.brother/cpoac/ ” for more details.  When saving is finished, the following message and the name of the saved file appear.

  • Page 57: Retrieve Data

     When saving is finished, the following message a Retrieve from the machine’s memory. appears. For details on checking data saved in  Touch the pattern to be retrieved and display. CanvasWorkspace, refer to the Help for CanvasWorkspace. b Retrieve from a USB flash drive. Touch the “OK”...

  • Page 58: Retrieve From Canvasworkspace (via A Wireless Network Connection)

    c Retrieve from CanvasWorkspace (via a wireless Click [Transfer FCM File via the Internet…] on network connection). the [File] menu to transfer an FCM file edited in  The transferred pattern from CanvasWorkspace CanvasWorkspace to the machine. appears on mat layout screen. For details, see “Retrieve from CanvasWorkspace (Via a Wireless Network Connection)”...

  • Page 59: Retrieve From Canvasworkspace (using A Usb Cable) (compatible Only With Windows)

    Touch the “Retrieve Data” key in the home Retrieve from CanvasWorkspace screen to display the retrieve source selection screen. (Using a USB Cable) (compatible only with Windows) When the machine is connected to the computer with a USB cable, a pattern can be retrieved from CanvasWorkspace (PC version).

  • Page 60: Importing Designs

    Start up CanvasWorkspace on a computer. Importing Designs Click [Transfer FCM File to ScanNCut DX via USB Cable…] on the [File] menu to transfer the FCM file edited in CanvasWorkspace to the ■ Importable File Formats machine. In addition to the FCM format, files in the following formats can be imported into the machine.

  • Page 61: Retrieving Embroidery Data For Cutting (compatible Models Only)

     A confirmation screen appears. Note • For details on .phc and .pes files, contact your authorized Brother dealer or the nearest Brother authorized service center. Preparing .phc or .pes Files a Magnifying Zoom in on the pattern to 200%. Then, touch ■...

  • Page 62: Creating Appliqué Data

    Touch the “OK” key. Creating Appliqué Data Memo • Make sure that the pattern contains an “APPLIQUE MATERIAL” pattern. Touch to display the pattern piece list screen, and then touch the “OK” key.  “APPLIQUE MATERIAL” appears in the screen. Attach the fabric for the appliqué...

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    • Color recognition mode switched off • Color recognition mode switched on The cutting/drawing data is created after the Each color in the embroidery pattern is detected to embroidery pattern is converted to grayscale. create cutting data. a The parts for each color detected as a region a Region detection are displayed in the list.

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    Adjust the cutting/drawing lines. After making the desired adjustments, touch the “Set” key. a Smoothing Smooths out curves and corners in the lines. Select from the four settings available: OFF, Low, Middle and High. Middle b Grouping/Ungrouping When ungrouped, the parts can be edited separately.

  • Page 65: Drawing Functions

    DRAWING FUNCTIONS With a pen and pen holder, you can draw patterns Remove the cap from the pen, and then insert on material. Using the seam allowance settings also the pen into the pen holder with the point allows you to draw patterns with seam allowances down.

  • Page 66: Cutting Around Drawings

    Raise the scanner lever (on the left side of the Note machine) to “2”. • If the drawing pressure is too high, the pen tip may be damaged. Adjust it to an appropriate setting. Memo • Adjustments to the drawing pressure will affect the finished product.

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    Touch the “Object Edit” key in the object Touch the “OK” key in the object editing editing screen. screen, and then touch the “OK” key. Touch the “OK” key to finish editing the pattern. Touch The Seam Allowance screen appears. If appears Memo in gray, the seam allowance cannot be applied.

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    ■ Drawing Check the pattern arrangement, and then touch the “OK” key. Select “Draw” in the preview screen. When using fabric, the patterns may not be cleanly cut if they are arranged near the edge of the fabric. In this case, move patterns so they are at least 10 mm from the fabric edge (the edge of the cutting/drawing area in the screen).

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    ■ Cutting Touch the "Start" key to start cutting. Select “Cut” in the preview screen.  When cutting is finished, the preview screen appears.  A preview of the line to be cut appears. Press in the operation panel to feed out the mat.

  • Page 70: Using Drawing Functions To Fill Patterns/make Outlines Thicker

    b Fill Pattern Using Drawing Functions to Fill Patterns/Make Outlines Thicker  Precautions for Using the Fill Function Depending on the material and pen being used, ● material drawn with a filled pattern may be difficult to peel off or may tear. Perform test/trial drawing with the pattern to be used in your c Fill Line Spacing Adjust the spacing of the lines filling the pattern.

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    c Additional Line Spacing Specify the spacing of the lines to be added. Note • Refer to the following examples when specifying settings for “Number of Additional Line” and “Additional Line Spacing”. a Number of Additional Line 1: One line added. b Number of Additional Line 2: Two lines added.

  • Page 72: Scanning Functions

    Chapter 4 SCANNING FUNCTIONS SCANNING FOR CUTTING (Direct Cut) A printed image (paper/sticker), stamped paper or an Press to turn on the machine. original hand-drawn illustration can be scanned and • For details, see “Turning On/Off the Machine” on its outline can be cut out or drawn. This is useful for page 8.

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    Select the scanning mode according to the Memo material to be scanned. • The edges of illustrations in a color of the same • First, test with grayscale recognition mode. If the brightness as their background, as shown desired cutting data is not created, test with color below, cannot be detected.

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    ■ Creating Cutting Data Attach the original that will be scanned to the mat. The procedure for creating cutting data differs depending on the mode.  Grayscale recognition mode Check the scanned image, and then touch the “OK” key. Memo •...

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     Color recognition mode Touch the “Preview” key to confirm the trimmed area. In the image trim screen, use the touch pen to drag to trim the image to the size to be imported, and then touch the “OK” key. ...

  • Page 76: Advanced Cutting Functions For "direct Cut

    Select “Cut” in the preview screen. original Touch the "Start" key to start cutting. • For details on unloading the mat after cutting, follow the procedure under “Unloading the Mat” on page 27. b Ignore Object Size Key Small unnecessary patterns (dotted lines, etc.) can be excluded from cutting data.

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    Select the shape of the cutting line. Touch a Outlining  The setting screen appears. Touch this key to create a cutting line that follows the Touch to change the setting. outline of the scanned image. b Framing Touch the key for the desired frame to add it to the scanned image and create a cutting line that follows its shape.

  • Page 78: Creating Cutting Data (scan To Cut Data)

    CREATING CUTTING DATA (Scan to Cut Data) ■ Scanning A printed pattern or image or an original hand-drawn illustration can be scanned, converted to cutting Touch the “Scan” key in the home screen to lines for cutting/drawing with this machine, then select the scanning mode.

  • Page 79

    b Color recognition mode Attach the original to the mat, and then load The cutting data is created without converting the the mat into the feed slot. illustration to grayscale. • Lightly insert the mat into the feed slot, and press in Creating data in this mode may take some time.

  • Page 80

    ■ Creating Cutting Data Difference in cutting lines depending on The procedure for creating cutting data differs detection standard depending on the mode. Example 1  Grayscale recognition mode a Outline b Region c Line detection detection detection Select the cutting line type in the image editing screen.

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    Use the touch pen (stylus) to touch Select the detection standard in the image drag it around the screen to trim the cutting editing screen. lines. The image shape is detected and cutting lines are created based on one of two standards. For this •...

  • Page 82

    ■ Saving Data d Ignore Object Size Key Small unnecessary patterns (dotted lines, etc.) can be excluded from cutting data. For details, Select the destination where the data will be see “Specifying “Ignore Object Size”” on saved. page 81. Select the desired location. For this example, select the e Smoothing Setting Key machine.

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    ■ Retrieve Cutting Data Memo Saved cutting data can be retrieved for cutting. • Small spots and unwanted lines created during Attach the material for cutting to the mat, and scanning can be deleted after a scanned image is converted to cutting data. then load the mat.

  • Page 84: Adjusting Image Detection Levels

    Adjusting Image Detection Levels The output levels of the scanned image data can be adjusted. Available in the following screen Tutorial 4; Step (page 77) Cutting line created in “Grayscale recognition No cutting line created Image editing screen mode” or Step (page 78) in ...

  • Page 85

    ■ Specifying Smoothing Curves and corners in the image can be smoothed out. Touch in the function selection screen to display the smoothing setting screen. Touch to specify the setting. • Four settings are available: OFF, Low, Middle and High. Setting to "Low" is suitable for smoothing the corner and straight line.

  • Page 86: Scanning Images (scan To Usb)

    SCANNING IMAGES (Scan to USB) Touch the “Scan” key in the home screen to A pattern printed on paper or fabric, an image, a pattern template or an original hand-drawn select the scanning mode. illustration can be scanned and saved as image data on a USB flash drive.

  • Page 87

    Select the size of the scanning area. Check the settings, and then touch the “OK” key. From the list, touch the key for the size of the original to be scanned. For this example, select the A4 size.  A message appears. a Size selection keys ■...

  • Page 88: Selecting The Area To Be Saved

    Touch the “OK” key to exit “Scan to USB” Memo mode. • Load the mat with the original to be scanned attached, and then touch to display the mat in the screen. The scanning area can be selected while viewing the displayed image. Press in the operation panel to feed out the mat.

  • Page 89

    Touch the “Scan Area” button to display the scanning area settings screen. Select the size of the scanning area.  After the selected key is highlighted, touch the “OK” key to finish specifying settings. Attach the material to be scanned onto the mat. While holding the mat level, lightly insert it into the feed slot, and then press in the...

  • Page 90: Appendix

    Chapter 5 APPENDIX CONSUMABLES Replacement Criteria Replacing the Blade For the safe operation of this machine, replace the ■ Removing following consumables according to the replacement criteria. To purchase parts, contact the retailer who Twist off the holder cap to remove it. sold you this machine or the nearest authorized service center.

  • Page 91

    Pull up the holder to leave the blade in the Twist on the holder cap to attach it to the rubber area. holder. Fully tighten the cap until it can no longer be turned. ■ Installing Grasp the shaft of the new blade, and then WARNING insert it into the blade slot in the end of the holder.

  • Page 92: Care And Maintenance

    CARE AND MAINTENANCE Cleaning Note • Do not use alcohol or water to clean the mat. • When the mat is not being used, clean it, and ■ Cleaning the Mat then store it with the protective sheet affixed. If the protective sheet is not affixed, the mat’s Cuttings and cut edges of patterns attached to the mat adhesive strength will decrease.

  • Page 93

    Using a commercially available brush, clean off Remove the holder from the carriage. cuttings, lint and dust. Specifically clean off lint and dust around the blade. If lint and dust accumulate between the blade and holder, the blade may no longer rotate or the cutting quality may become poor.

  • Page 94: Cleaning The Scanner Glass

    Dampen a soft lint-free cloth with water and Cleaning the Scanner Glass firmly wring it out, and then wipe the scanner glass inside the machine. If there are unwanted vertical lines in the scanned image or if scanning cannot be done cleanly, the scanning area of the scanner may have become dirty.

  • Page 95: Adjusting The Screen

    “SCANNING FOR CUTTING (Direct Cut)” on Holding your finger on the LCD screen, turn page 69. the main power to off and back to on. Keep your finger on the LCD screen, until Brother ■ Materials logo disappears. Thick paper Color: White Size: A4 size (210 mm ×...

  • Page 96

    Touch the “Scanning/Cutting Position When the following message appears, touch the Adjustment” button in the settings screen. “OK” key.  The adjustment is finished.  The following message appears. Note • To return the settings to their defaults, touch the “Reset” key in the screen shown below. •...

  • Page 97: Adjusting The Position Of The Feed Roller

    Adjusting the Position of the Feed Roller For normal operations (when the optional roll feeder is not used), it is not necessary to adjust the position of the feed roller. If the feed roller is inadvertently moved, follow the procedure below to return it to its original position.

  • Page 98: Troubleshooting

    If the machine stops operating correctly, check the following possible problems before requesting service. You can solve most problems by yourself. If you need additional help, the Brother Solutions Center offers the latest FAQs and troubleshooting tips. Visit us at “ http://s.brother/cpoac/ ”.

  • Page 99

    Symptom Possible Causes (or Results) Solutions Reference The mat is not level due to the With your hands, hold the mat level when page 26 When the mat is weight of the material. inserting it. inserted, the attached The mat’s adhesive strength has material peels off.

  • Page 100

    Symptom Possible Causes (or Results) Solutions Reference A blade appropriate for the material Use a blade appropriate for the material page 23 being cut is not used. being cut. If cutting is not possible even though the cutting pressure is set Replace the blade with a new one.

  • Page 101

    Drawing Symptom Possible Causes (or Results) Solutions Reference Adjust the settings for “Draw Speed” and “Draw Pressure” in the settings screen. To draw thicker lines, increase the drawing pressure. To draw thinner lines, The drawing speed (“Draw Speed”) decrease the drawing pressure. page 10 The drawn line is thicker or drawing pressure (“Draw...

  • Page 102: Error Messages

    ERROR MESSAGES The following table lists some of the messages that may appear while the machine is operating as well as their corresponding solutions. Perform the necessary operation according to the instructions in the message or the solution described here. If the problem persists, contact the retailer who sold you this machine or the nearest authorized service center.

  • Page 103

    USB flash drive. For information about USB flash drive compatible with this machine, visit our website The data cannot be saved. “ http://s.brother/cpoac/ ”. The message appears when an SVG file contains more than the maximum number of patterns. In the software used to create the SVG file, reduce the number of patterns.

  • Page 104

    Error Messages Causes / Solutions The imported SVG data contains data that cannot be There are no patterns that can be detected. converted, such as images or text. The seam allowance settings cannot be specified for There are some patterns which cannot add seam complex pattern shapes.

  • Page 105: Updating The Software

    Touch the “Update” key to retrieve the software. Note • If the automatic update fails, retrieve the update file from the Brother Solutions Center (http:// s.brother/cuoad/), and then update your machine using a USB flash drive.  When the update is finished, the machine automatically restarts.

  • Page 106: Update Procedure Using Usb Flash Drive

    Drive Using a USB flash drive, the machine’s software can be updated. For update information, refer to details posted on the Brother Solutions Center (http:// s.brother/cuoad/). If an update file is posted, download the file, and then update the machine according to the following procedure.

  • Page 107

    Start up CanvasWorkspace, and then click [Check for the Latest ScanNCut DX Update…] on the [Help] menu.  When the following message appears, click [OK] to update the software.  If there is no new update file, the following message appears. When the machine receives the update file, the following screen appears.

  • Page 108: Optional Accessories

    The machine will not operate correctly if any other mat is used. For the newest information and manuals on optional accessories compatible with this machine, refer to the Brother Solutions Center (http:// s.brother/ccoab/). The blade extension and cutting pressure must be adjusted manually with the Standard Cut Blade Holder (turquoise) and Deep Cut Blade Holder (purple).

  • Page 109

    INDEX Mat loading ..............26 Mat unloading ..............27 AC power jack ...............7 Advanced pattern cutting ..........32 Aligning Patterns ............47 Opening screen ............8 Auto blade ..............23 Operation panel ............. 7 Auto shutdown ............. 11 Optional accessories ..........105 Outline distance ............73 Outlining and framing ..........

  • Page 110

    Please visit us at http://s.brother/cpoac/ where you can get product support and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs). These machines are approved for use in the country of purchase only. Local Brother companies or their dealers will only support machines purchased in their own countries.

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