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Looking for a utility,

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:08 pm
by Rover31
I am looking for a utility,
Not sure how to term it,
What I am trying to do is,

Print custom graphics on custom cnc routed plastics. I need to put 4-8 of the same item on the "platen" in the same location and have the printer print the graphic on each of the plastic.

Kinda like a label maker program for a sheet of labels or stickers. I need to be able to change the graphic and the location on the print area.

Make sense?
So, what am looking for, what are those programs called?

Thank you!

Re: Looking for a utility,

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 12:34 pm
by Andy
You could layout the artwork in Photoshop and make yourself a template.

RIP software is what dtg printers use to control ink laydown and print settings

Re: Looking for a utility,

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:29 pm
by Rover31
Andy

Thanks, I understand the rip ink function but it does not help with layout correct?

I was hoping there was something simple (read cheaper) other than Photoshop.

There are cnc nesting programs all over on the net for inexpensive price was looking for something similar. Maybe I can use one of those with adaptations...

Re: Looking for a utility,

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:52 pm
by Andy
Rover31 wrote:Andy

Thanks, I understand the rip ink function but it does not help with layout correct?

I was hoping there was something simple (read cheaper) other than Photoshop.

There are cnc nesting programs all over on the net for inexpensive price was looking for something similar. Maybe I can use one of those with adaptations...
I haven't seen an autonesting for DTG.
Some RIPS allow you to setup templates. I've always done photoshop templates to align things like that. You could do the same in gimp.

Re: Looking for a utility,

Posted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:20 am
by N8wray
Photoshop is actually not expensive anymore with creative cloud...i have the photography package for $10/mo

Re: Looking for a utility,

Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:51 pm
by UVDTG
You can use any program to make a template.

Basic idea is that you make an outline of your work area, then find a way to transfer that to your actual work surface.  On the printer you can print directly to the platen, on your CNC you make marks on your work surface.  So your platen would have an outline of where each item would be placed.  You can even use your CNC to cut a jig to put the items in. 

Once you know that, you can align stuff from the computer to your work surface.

Re: Looking for a utility,

Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:11 pm
by Rover31
That is pretty much exactly what I was hoping to do.
Make a print pattern and transfer that to be cnc'ed out of a foam board the products would best and be stable in.

I am stil just trying to find me the correct technical term for what I am doing. Or what those programs are called in the print world.
In cnc it's nesting, all for efficiency of material use. I am trying for efficiency of printer use and space

Thank you for all of the great help!

Re: Looking for a utility,

Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:37 pm
by Rover31
Andy
Going through the Gimp Wikipedia I don't see anything about templating am I just missing that?

Re: Looking for a utility,

Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:59 pm
by UVDTG
There's not a set 'tool' to do that. 

For example, I'm making one right now for my laser.  Its work area is 20"x12".  So, I draw a box that is 20x12, and use the laser to mark those edges on its work area.

Now, in whatever design program, I draw another box that's 20x12.  Now as long as I start the laser in the correct corner, anything in the box in the design program will line up with the same spot in the box on the work area. 

Re: Looking for a utility,

Posted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 12:26 pm
by Longuini
From what I understand, the software you need is "CorelDraw". With it you can do the vectors and align and export to cnc router or laser program. I have a cutter plotter and I use this software a lot. Being that the source of the file for these equipments work is called "vector". This it does very well is easy and intuitive