Sunday, 31 August 2014

Silhouette Calibration.

There are many people who have problems with print and cuts.  A lot of time, it is because of human error but what about when you have done everything possible to get it right and nothing seems to work? The time when you thought you were going to get perfect cuts but they are all slightly off?
Nothing like wasting a load of gold dust ( otherwise called printer ink) to get me mad.

If this has ever happened to you, the chances are you wondered if your calibration was off. Maybe you were too scared to look into it or couldn't find the calibration page.  If so, then you will want to watch this video.

One reason you may need to calibrate is if you are using a home made mat. Why? Because if it is made of a different material, it could be tracking through the machine at a different rate. This will make your cut sizes off.  Most of the time, this will not be noticed but with a print and cut, it may.

To test cut size, draw a 10cm square or 4 inches, with your machine. Measure with a metal ruler. Is the size accurate? If it isn't then the distance calibration is the most likely one to be off. You can see this happening if one side of your print and cuts is fine but the other off - the design is not sized correctly. Sometimes it is wrongly blamed on position.

So how do you calibrate? To start with, your Cameo must be connected and on. Go to the send to silhouette tab and right click in the box. The calibration  options will come up. Click on Calibration and print the page. One page does it all.

The calibration for positioning is the green square part of this page.  Click on the Calibrate tab to send it to the cutter to test.  If your first lines are over the crosses, then that bit is ok. If not, you adjust as directed and move the arrows on your cameo so that the blade housing is over the next green square and try again.  NB the green squares don't print! They are just there to show you where your blade housing should be positioned! (I thought they were missing when I first did this!)

Once those are ok, move on to the distance ones.   Click on the Cut test lines - again, the lines are not printed, only the  markers, A B and 1 and 2.  Use a metal or plastic ruler, not a tape measure, to measure between the cuts made. If they are not precisely right, you can adjust as shown by the screen.
Click on Exit once all is ok, or on the revert if you think you have messed it up!

So that's it. The chances are that if you do have to adjust, it will be by a tiny amount. Maybe it will tell you that calibration is fine. That's when you really start scratching your head!

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