How-To Contour & Flex Cut (Punch-Out) Stickers

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TogaTony
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How-To Contour & Flex Cut (Punch-Out) Stickers

Post by TogaTony » Sun Sep 20, 2009 12:11 pm

To get Contour & Flex-Cut to work:

1. Select a Contour color (50% Cyan) in your drawing program.
2. Name new color "CONTOUR "
3. Make SPOT (not process).
4. Select a Flex color (50% Magenta) in your drawing program.
5. Name new color "FLEXCUT "
6. Make SPOT (not process).
7. Draw outline around your art to be contour cut.
8. For Flex-Cut, make new line around contour (leave 1/4" gap)
6. EXPORT file as Generic EPS (PDF will not work).
7. In Summa Color Control RIP: Go to > Colorspace
.....(Contour & Flexcut will appear as SPOT Colors)
8. Run job.
9. DC3/4 will print, cut contour & punch flex line in that order.
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Adjust FLEX setting from DC3/4 Control Panel.
Basic settings for Intermediate White Vinyl:

Go to MENU > CUTTER MENU
> Full Pressure .... 190g (or 200)
> Flex Pressure .... 90g (or 100)
> Full Length ....... 7.50 mm
> Flex Length ...... 0.5 mm (or .75mm)

RUN TESTS! BE CAREFUL!
Flex cut can wear-down blades fast if set too high.
The trick is to set it so it cuts through just enough for you to punch out by hand.

Keep in mind, that you can overcoat with Daige Rollaguard UV Clear AFTER you flex cut the job! It works great and is cheaper & faster than using Scratch Guard. Get from Hyatt Supply, Buffalo NY.
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Find Summa-made stickers at:
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Good luck.

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Enjoy!

Tony
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Re: How-To Contour & Flex Cut (Punch-Out) Stickers

Post by motodesign » Thu Feb 18, 2010 2:08 am

Tony,
I'm trying to set my Flex Cut settings to punch out oval stickers and I can't get it to work.

When I go to MENU > CUTTER MENU, I don't get the Full Pressure/Flex Pressure/Full Length/Flex Length options. Am I looking in the wrong place?

I'm looking in the Cutter Menu on the printer LCD Display and all it gives me is,
Knife Pressure
Knife Offset
Velocity
Overcut
Din Test

Also, occasionally my "Contour Cut" Line will print as a cyan line instead of actually cutting. What am I doing wrong? It just did it on a file that had 5 completely different stickers printing, and only printed instead of cut one of the stickers cut lines.

Thanks for your help!!
Chad

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Re: How-To Contour & Flex Cut (Punch-Out) Stickers

Post by motodesign » Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:46 am

Nevermind....called Summa Tech Support today and found out that the DC3 I just got has the Firmware from 2003!!! I'm updating that now and should be online very shortly.

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Re: How-To Contour & Flex Cut (Punch-Out) Stickers

Post by Chani » Sun Feb 28, 2010 11:30 am

Does anyone have any tips on making this work with Windows 7 64-bit?

We had to buy a new computer to run our machines in our workroom, and of course it came with Win7 64.

I can get ONE spot in SCC, but it still comes in as "unnamed color" and I need to manually set it to EITHER "Cut Line" or "FlexCut". It doesn't recognize that there are two spots for cutting, and they aren't named correctly.

I'm going from Corel to SCC and I'm using the DC4 palette.
Summa DC4sx, HP 2500CP, Summa D75, Graphtec CE5000-60, Roland GX-24, CorelDRAW X3 X4, CS3 Web Premium

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Re: How-To Contour & Flex Cut (Punch-Out) Stickers

Post by wex » Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:41 am

I would suggest to try this:
Why dont you just use Flexcut and ContourCut colors in Summa Palette?
The way I use contour cut and flexcut is like this, I apply the color designed by Summa palette to the contour of the figure I want to cut, it is more simple than having to design a color and rename it as "whatever".
Select the whole design you want to print, cut and flexcut, and send it to SCC.
Then in SCC you just have to set Cut Line and Flexcut in the color mode window.
As told in Summa website, the palette will appear just on these programs:
DC series Colour Palette installer for Coreldraw 11 - X4 & Illustrator 10/CS/CS2/CS3/CS4 & Macromedia Freehand MX & MXa (this installer is added through Summa Printer Tools)
I am using Windows 7 too, and up to know it runs fine.

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Re: How-To Contour & Flex Cut (Punch-Out) Stickers

Post by Gravomb » Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:06 am

Hello!

I'am new on the forum, and i have the summa dc4 now for about 6 months. Everything works very well, except the flex cut!! I tryed all of the ideas and sugestions the the forum provides, but still i can't do the flexcut and the countor cut together. I get just the flexcut or just the contour cut.

i use:

Brand new PC
Win 7 64bit (ultimate)
All of the summa software installed corectly
And corel draw x5

Sow if anybody has some idea or was having the same problem, please contact me!

Thanks!

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Re: How-To Contour & Flex Cut (Punch-Out) Stickers

Post by Rrated » Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:42 am

long time but did you ever figure it out ?

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Re: How-To Contour & Flex Cut (Punch-Out) Stickers

Post by Gravomb » Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:27 am

still no answer, updated the hole system, no changes!

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Re: How-To Contour & Flex Cut (Punch-Out) Stickers

Post by beachnsled » Sun Sep 08, 2013 1:15 pm

We are having the exact same issue - we have had our DC3Plus for about a year & still trying to use the FlexCut function (as well as our origin issue that I mentioned in another post from this morning).

We have tried all of the noted tutorials & we cannot get it to work - we can contour cut, but cannot flex cut.

Is there an issue with the software that we may not be aware of?

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Re: How-To Contour & Flex Cut (Punch-Out) Stickers

Post by beachnsled » Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:14 pm

So here is an update (hopefully someone sees this - crossing my fingers). We figured out that we really had to adjust the Flex Cut settings & turn our blade down a bit - however, I have to ask: has everyone else had such a difficult time getting this to work exact? We had to adjust every setting for just base cutting (non-flex cut) in order to get our Flex Cut to be "right on." I suppose our blade could be a bit worn out, but this really took a lot of adjustments.

Any insight would be helpful!
Thanks
Jenn~

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