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FC 8600 SERIES
CUTTING PLOTTER
Preface
Thank you for choosing this product.
Carefully keep this manual in a handy location for quick reference as necessity prior to use to ensure safe and
correct use and also to thoroughly understand the functions and operate them effectively.
Prior to use
Be sure to read the attached "TO ENSURE SAFE AND CORRECT USE" prior to use. Otherwise, it may cause an
unexpected accident or fire.
Notes on this Manual
(1) No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any
means, without the prior written permission of Graphtec Corporation.
(2) The product specifications and other information in this manual are subject to change without notice.
(3) While every effort has been made to provide complete and accurate information, please contact your sales
representative or nearest Graphtec vendor if you find any unclear or erroneous information or wish to make
other comments or suggestions.
(4) Notwithstanding the stipulations in the preceding paragraph, Graphtec Corporation assumes no liability for
damages resulting from either the use of the information contained herein or the use of the product.
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Copyright
This User's Manual is copyrighted by Graphtec Corporation.
Roles of each manual
●Setup Manual (this manual) .......... Read it to understand "What is the cutting plotter?", Displaying method for
●User's Manual (PDF data) ............Read it to thoroughly understand the functions of FC8600.
●Cutting Plotter Controller Manual (PDF data)
..................................................... Read it to run the software "Cutting Plotter Controller" for operation of FC8600
*
describes the reference pages of User's Manual.
P.000
FC8600 User's Manual, Method for connecting this machine with the PC,
Installing method for controller driver software, and to prepare for the operation.
through your PC.
Setup Manual
MANUAL NO.FC8600-UM-8M1

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    (2) The product specifications and other information in this manual are subject to change without notice. (3) While every effort has been made to provide complete and accurate information, please contact your sales representative or nearest Graphtec vendor if you find any unclear or erroneous information or wish to make other comments or suggestions.

  • Page 2: Operation Of Cutting Plotter

    What is the Cutting plotter? A machine that cuts the drawing, which was produced by the PC, through the Media (paper, Marking fi lm) without using the Cutter knife or Scissors. Operation of Cutting plotter Tool carriage Media The Media is fed back and forth, the tool moves the Cutter from side to side, and the Tool carriage moves up and down, so that the Media can be cut.

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    *To avoid bodily injury, handle cutter blades with care. Tool carriage Blade length adjustment knob Adjust the blade length by turning the Blade length adjustment knob. Cutter plunger The Cutter plunger is mounted on the Tool carriage during use. The Cutter blade is mounted on the Cutter plunger.

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    Flow of cutting operation Introduced here as an example is the process for making a sticker by using the Cutting plotter and Marking fi lm. Create the data to be cut. Set the media on the Cutting plotter. a Check which point on the Cutting plotter the Stock rollers paper should be set.

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    Make various settings necessary for cutting the media. ●Set the tool conditions depending on the media to be used. *This function allows each preset condition to be memorized. Tool setting : Set the type of tool to be used. Running Cutting Tests P.2-34 Setting the Force : Adjust the force for holding down the tool on the media.

  • Page 6: Setting The Tool Condition, Area Option, Setting The Force, Setting The Speed

    Convenient functions Setting the tool conditions Setting the Tool Condition P.2-24 The tool setting allows 8 settings numbered from 1 to 8 to be memorized. First select this condition No. to set the tool conditions. Switching the condition No. allows plotting to run immediately according to the preset 8 types of tool conditions.

  • Page 7: Setting The Plotting Quality, Environmental Setting

    Mirror P.4-6 This function allows the reversing for plotting origin point and coordinate axes to be set. Rotation P.3-10 This function allows the rotation for the plotting origin point and coordinate axes to be set. ARMS P.5-2 A function to scan the registration mark written on the media using sensors.

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    Upon installation, be sure to log into Windows using an account with administrator privileges on your computer. CAUTION Usage of the software Each of the Cutting Plotter Controller/Graphtec Studio/Cutting Master 3 software is engaged in various settings on the cutting Plotter. Do not use them at the same time. Flow of setup...

  • Page 9: Setting Up Plotter Main Unit, Installing The Software

    Proceed with installation in accordance with your operating environment. • Graphtec Studio : Software application that enables cutting data to be created through simple commands. • Cutting Master 3 : Plug-in driver that can be directly operated from within Adobe Illustrator.

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    [Install FC8600 Software]." controlled directly from your computer. Proceed with installation according to your operating environment. Setup Graphtec Studio: Software enabling cutting data to be created through simple commands. Create designs and edit characters/shapes using this software."...

  • Page 11

    Installing the Cutting Plotter Controller Click the [Install FC8600 Software] in the [Start] screen of CAUTION Installer. Do not connect the Interface cable between Plotter (FC8600) and PC before installing the FC8600 Plotter Driver. Select "Install FC8600 Software". For the [Install FC8600 Software], both "Cutting Plotter Controller" and "FC8600 Plotter Driver"...

  • Page 12: To Connect Using Usb Cable

    Installing the FC8600 Plotter Driver Once installing of Cutting Plotter Controller is terminated, the install screen of FC8600 Plotter Driver appears. Operate according to the instruction in the screen. CAUTION Do not connect the Interface cable between Plotter (FC8600) and PC before installing the FC8600 Plotter Driver.

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    Press Power switch " | ". The Device Driver will be installed. When normally installed "Start" → "Control panel" → "Hardware and Sound" → "Graphtec FC8600" appears on "Devices and Click the message. Printer". (For Windows 7) Click the "Skip obtaining driver software from Windows Update".

  • Page 14: To Connect Using The Network Cable

    Input the IP address. Click the [Next]. The IP address on the screen is only for reference. When normally installed "Start" → "Control panel" → "Hardware and Sound" → "Graphtec FC8600" appears on "Devices and Printer". (For Windows 7) Click [OK].

  • Page 15: Installing The Graphtec Studio

    → "Graphtec FC8600" appears on "Devices and Printer". (For Windows 7) Click the [OK]. Installing the Graphtec Studio Click the [Setup Graphtec Studio] on the "Start" screen of For the Macintosh Installer. See User's Manual contained in each language folder inside attached DVD-ROM.

  • Page 16: Installing The Cutting Master 3

    Operate according to the instruction in the displayed screen. Click the [Next]. Click the [Install]. Click the [Next]. Click the [Finish]. Installing the Cutting Master 3 When Illustrator or CorelDRAW is If you use Illustrator or CorelDRAW, click the [Setup not used Cutting Master 3] on the "Start"...

  • Page 17

    Installing the User's Manual Click the [Install User's Manual] on the "Start" screen of Installer. Operate according to the instruction in the displayed screen. Click [Finish]. Select the "Install User's Manual". The installed User`s manual is registered in Start menu of Windows.

  • Page 18

    Lower the Media set lever to raise the push rollers. For front loading Media sensor Media set lever Push roller Media set lever The Stock tray is mounted at front side. Lower the Media set lever. Once the Media set lever is lowered, "LOAD MEDIA!"...

  • Page 19

    When the media width exceeds 540 mm Position of Push roller For the adjustment of Push roller position, see Set the positions of three push rollers. "Aligning the Push Roller" in FC8600 User's Manual. P.2-13 Push both ends and center of the media so that it comes over the media sensor, and set the push rollers so that they comes over the grit rollers.

  • Page 20

    Take up the slack of roll media, and fix it with the Push rollers. (See "If the roll media is used".) Set the media type into the Plotter. Set the media type into the Plotter depending on the preset media. Select the type of the loaded media.

  • Page 21

    Attach the tool on the Tool holder. CAUTION When pushing the Tool holder with your fi ngers, the While pushing the Tool holder in the upward direction, push the tool all blade tip may be protruding. Take care not to cut the way into the holder until its fl...

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    Tool adjustment and test cutting After setting the Tool/Speed/Force/Acceleration, make test cutting, and repeat until optimal condition is achieved. Press the [CONDITION] key in the Default screen. CAUTION Do not touch the Tool edge when power is turned on or during operation. CONDITION screen (1/3) appears.

  • Page 23: Blade Adjusting Function

    Press the POSITION [►] key. CUT TEST screen appears. Press the POSITION (▲▼◄►) key so that the Tool carriage moves to the location you wish to perform the test cutting. (See the case when test cutting is made for the preset value or one piece) Press the [1] key (FORCE).

  • Page 24

    Turn the Blade length adjustment knob of Cutter plunger to CAUTION the left to fully retract the blade. To avoid bodily injury, handle cutter blades with care. Cutter blade Plunger Blade length adjustment knob Adjust the blade length by turning the Blade length adjustment knob.

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