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document General Rotary Engraving Facts and Information
Description Rotary engraving is the term used to describe engraving done with a rotating cutting tool in a motorized spindle. The tool, or cutter, cuts into the surface of the material to a predetermined depth and produces a groove of the same shape and dimension of the cutter. Rotary engraving...
document Configuring and troubleshooting grid cut out
Grid Cut Out On  Turning Grid Cut Out on will tell the engraver to cut out each individual plate after engraving them. The Grid Cut Out option works by first engraving the plate, and then cutting out each plate. The workspace (material, Size of Multiple Plate) must have twice the grid Cut...
document Long Plate and Tall Plate explained
Long Plate  There may come a time when you get a request to engrave a job that is larger than your table size. Long Plate provides us with a means of engraving jobs larger than the actual size of the table. For instance, a plate measuring 12 inches high by 24 inches wide will engrave on a...
document How to get my unlock code from the Xenetech web site
It is possible to unlock your software from the Xenetech web site, http://www.xenetech.com/html/u nlock.htm.  You do not have to be using the Xenetech computer to acquire your unlock codes, it can be done from any computer.  You will be able to unlock the Xenetech Graphic...
document Upgrade options
All current Xenetech engraving systems are Ethernet based. Therefore, we no longer manufacture APU boards of any type. Customers looking to upgrade from ISA to PCI so that they may use a newer computer and operating system may upgrade to the Viper electronics and receive a core credit for...
document Which Ethernet cable do I use? Where do I plug in?
Xenetech provides two Ethernet cables with delivery or a new machine or Viper electronics upgrade. The first cable is a crossover cable. Typically, Xenetech will provide a gray cable with a tag affixed that reads "CROSS". The pin-outs on either side of the cable are reversed along 2 pair (4...
document Vectors vs. Bitmaps
Images and vectors explained A bitmapped image (also known as a raster image) is made up of an array of thousands or millions of small squares called pixels. Bitmaps are typically used for photographs or painted images. The disadvantages of bitmapped graphics are that they usually require...
document Undesired results when hatch filling with diamond drag
Consider these selectable options from the HATCHFILL SETUP dialog box:  Sort Hatch Lines   The Sort routine optimizes the order in which the fill is both generated and engraved. Use sort to reduce the engraving time of a filled character or object. This will have an effect on how...
document Key assignments for circle monogram font
Some copies of the resident engraving font book may not indicate the key assignments for the circle monogram font. You may download the entire resident font book and the key assignment sheet for the circle monogram font from the attachments below.
document Determining the proper cutter size to use
In order to determine which cutter to use, you should consider the height of your desired engraved character and if it is a single line or multiple line font. Rule of thumb: If using a single line font, multiply the letter height by 12%.  If using a multiple line font, multiply the letter...
document How to clear IP address on controller running ViperDriver
For rotary machine running ViperDriver software, there is no ability from the touchpad to edit IP address settings. However, you may desire to change the IP address or subnet mask assigned to the controller. If you wish only to adjust the IP address of the controller, make sure that the controller...
document How to engrave international characters
International or Extended Characters   Some of the Xenetech fonts have been updated to include the International Character set. To determine if you have a copy of an updated font, check the date of the actual '.FNT' file found in the '\XFILES\FNT' sub-directory, using Windows File...
document Blower and ventilation information for laser engravers
LASER CABINET EXHAUST SYSTEMS       High Pressure Belt - Drive Blowers   High pressure belt-drive blowers are outdoor mounted units that usually contain a radial blade fan driven by an electric motor.   They are intended to go outside and are supplied with a...
document Copy fonts from one computer to the other
You can copy TrueType fonts from one PC to another. Simply copy them from the c:\windows\fonts folder on one computer to the corresponding folder on the other. Note that on Windows 2000, the default Windows folder is not c:\windows, but rather c:\WINNT. You can determine what the windows...
document Process for upgrading or switching computers
If you are moving to a new PC, and have already reviewed the computer requirements, you may be wondering what you need to do in preparation for the change. By default, all program files for XGW are located in C:\xenetech32. All job data should be contained in the directory structure...
document What happened to Bitmap Pro?
Prior to version 6 of XGW, Bitmap Pro was used for very basic bitmap editing. It was introduced when XGW began to work with laser engravers. However, the application was a 16-bit architecture. With version 6 of XGW, users can scan directly into XGW and engrave bitmaps with the activation of the...
document Reinstalling software and don't see table selection screen
Symptom When reinstall the software, the table selection screen does not show.. Cause The table information is stored in the Xenetech.INF file.  This file is in the xenetech32 folder.  If the re-installation sees that the file is still there it will skip the table...
document Xenetech Vacuum Foot Nose Cone Information
The vacuum foot attaches to your spindle allowing for an automatic collection of debris througout the engraving process. Xenetech has furnished different vacuum feet (a.k.a. vacuum nosecone). Although the style and build of the models may be different, the idea and functionality is the...
document Installing and using the Auto Raster tool
Accent Signage manufactures a device that mounts on the bottom of the spindle to insert raster balls.  Attached is the setup procedure for the Xenetech Engraving Systems. This tool will require the bridge on your rotary engraver to be raised 1-inch. This procedure can be found in your...
document Installing and using the EZ Braille inserter
The attachment mounts to the spindle block and allows the braille pen to be lowered and raised conveniently. The standard procedure for using this attachement is to inset the braille cutter into the spindle and run your engraving job in order to drill the holes. Then, simply lower the...
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