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Pre-Installation

Before proceeding to power on the Machine or install the drivers make sure to check the following:

Windows Driver Installation

Download and run one of the Self-installing Driver packs below for your version of Windows, or download the Zip file for manual installation:

Once the installation has finished, power on the cutter. If you have ran the self executable then windows should detect the device and use the driver you installed. If windows detects the device but cannot find a driver then you can use the Zip file and manually locate the driver by following the Guides above.

When windows loads the driver it will create a COM device for the Machine. Open windows Device Manager and take note of the USB Serial Device COM number (COM3, for example).

Note: If your device appears as "FT232R USB UART" or similar, then please follow the FT232RL Installation Guide

Device Manager Ports (COM & LPT) Section

If you are unsure how to get to Device Manager please refer to the Guides. You will need to know this COM number for the next step:

Mac OS (X) Driver Installation

OS X versions 10.9 and greater already have the FTDI VCP driver in the OS X kernel, so no downloading or installation is needed, you just need to plug the cutter in, power it on, and Set Up The Cutter In The Cutting Software.

For versions of OS X lesser than 10.9, please use the appropriate drivers from the list below:

Once installed, you need to set up the Cutter in the Cutting software:

GNU/Linux & UNIX

Note: The symbol # indicates the command should be invoked as the root user

Up-to-date kernels should have the FTDI driver already loaded, you can check this by using the following method:

  1. Plug the USB cable of the Machine into a USB 2.0 port
  2. Power on the Machine
  3. open a terminal and type: dmesg | tail | grep FTDI
  4. On a GNU/Linux system, it should output the following line:

    [...] usb 9-1: FTDI USB Serial Device converter now attached to ttyUSB0

To send data to the Machine, you need to check the following:

Alternatively, one may invoke all commands and send all work to the Machine as the root user. Log in as root by invoking su as a regular user:

Before sending data to the Machine, you must make sure that the baud rate of the machine is set to the correct value. To check which rate it is currently set to, invoke stty in a terminal:

To set the baud rate, invoke stty:

You can then send a HPGL file to the Machine by simply invoking cat:

Depending on Machine model and complexity of the file, it may take a moment for the Machine to respond to the data stream.

Frequently Asked Questions / FAQ