Pattern Digitizing, Plotting + Cutting Patterns
CALCOMP III ROLL UP DIGITIZER
The CalComp Roll Up digitizer is used for inputting paper patterns into Optitex or Illustrator for an accurate/proportional transfer of digital information to the computer/software. The digitizer tablet is connected to the desktop computer in the Textile Innovation Lab, but can be moved to any computer with Optitex software installed, a USB connection, and enough space to roll out the digitizing tablet itself.
Follow the instructions in the video on how to digitize a pattern using Optitex PDS digitization tools. You can also use the document attached for further written instructions on how to digitize your patterns.
The plotter/cutter is used for printing and cutting out digital sewing patterns. Patterns can be digitized using the CalComp pattern digitization table, using Optitex PDS, CLO or Adobe Illustrator software. The printer driver is called PLOT, and is installed on the desktop computer in the WFL. The Velocity Inkjet / Cutting technology is available in one head and one cutting tool, it can print using a standard HP cartridge. For pattern making plotting and cutting / perforating up to 49 inches.
Files should be saved/exported as .PLT files or .DXF from the design software that you are using.
The cost for plotting/cutting is $0.25/linear inch or $3 per linear foot, and can be paid via Bearcat Card. Please ask for assistance when you are ready to plot/cut. A FTC team member will help you get your files queued up and printed.
Links to help with maintenance on the Velocity Plotter/Cutter:
How to clean your print cartridge
How to take the ink cartridge out
How to oil the plotter
How to load the paper