Rhino to Epilog : Laser Cutting
The Epilog mini laser driver is Windows only. Choose one of the Windows computers in the shop.
Make sure you understand the following:
This example will cut one shape and engrave one shape:
To move an object to a new layer: select it and right click the layer you want to move it to. From the contextual menu choose: Change Object Layer
2. The default line width for a layer is Hairline (meaning by default, everything will cut). To change the line thickness, look at the layers pallette. Scroll to the right in the layers pallet until you see the Print Width option.
3. Set the print width as you like.
NOTE: You will not see the width change in the drawing but you will see the changes in the print window.
4. Set the layer color to black for greater engraving visibility. Colors and Gray will engrave more lightly.
To choose a layer color: Scroll left in the layers panel and double-click the rectangle next to the padlock.
5. Press CTRL, SHIFT, E to fit the image to the screen
6. Press: CTRL + P or Choose File > Print
7. From Destination, Choose: Epilog Engraver
8. Press Properties
9. At the top of the window, click Advanced and choose your stock (material) then press Load
10. Click on General (as at the top) and enter your Piece Size (the piece you will put in laser cutter)
The setting is in inches.
11. Press OK
12. Scroll down in the print preview window to View and Output Scale:
Choose Window and Click Set
Draw a window around what you want to cut and press ENTER
(Make sure the box isn’t bigger than your material!)
Set the Scale to 1.0 Inch On Paper (or other unit) equal to 1.0 Inch in Model
13. Scroll down in the print preview window to Margins and Position
For position: Unclick Centered
Offset From: Upper Left
Offset X and Y so that your piece is near the upper left corner without being off the page.
Start with small increments and used negative numbers as needed: Example X = -0.5
To preview the placement, click in the any other input box.
14. Click the Print Button
15. Go to the laser cutter and find your file on the LCD.
If you don’t name your file you’ll see something like “Untitled”.
If needed, use the up and down arrows to scroll through files on the cutter.
16. Put your material in the upper left corner of the laser cutter, close the cover.
17. and press the green “GO” button.
…WAIT AND LET LET THE MACHINE FOCUS…
If you realize there is a mistake,
wait until after the machine is done focusing BEFORE you stop it.
If you want to restart:
Once it is done focusing, push STOP followed by RESET
19. When your file is done cutting, the cutting head will return to the upper left corner of the cutting table and the machine will beep.
Take your piece out and enjoy!!