We store our print materials on two rolling carts.
- Each roll of material should have a wooden tag with : Material Name, Head height, Cut options.
- Please keep material labeled correctly.
The most popular material at Pier 9 is White Vinyl Sticker. This material takes color well and is used to make Vinyl Stickers. It is easy to mix this up with regular white non-sticker vinyl. Check the label and then double check the material, by lifting up a corner, to make sure your are actually using sticker material.
Removing the Material roll
It is important to wear nitrile gloves when changing material.
The oils on your hands can leave marks that affect print quality.
- The black lever on the front left side of the machine, unlocks the rollers.
- Walk to the back of the machine and lift the material out of the machine.
- Rest one end on the ground, unscrew the black nob on the Material wheel to release and remove the Material Wheel. Flip the material and unscrew and remove the other material wheel.
- Place the roll back into the storage racks and tape the material to it's self, so that the roll stays together.
- Take the wooden material label from the front of the machine and place it on top of the roll.
Installing New Material
- Choose your new material, inspect the wooden Label for important information (Head Height, Cut Options) and place it onto the Velcro above the control panel found on the front right of the machine.
- Take the two clear plastic wheels and insert them into the ends of the rolls. Tap the ends, to make sure they are as far into the roll as possible.
- Next, tighten the black nobs as tight as you can, to secure them to the material roll.
- Take the completed Material-Wheel assembly and place it into the back of the machine.
- Two black rings can be moved to sandwich the Wheeled material asembly.
- Feed the Material through the rollers from the back to the front. Print side facing up.
- Setting up the Rollers : Maker sure the black lever is in the up position (Unlocked). There are 7 rollers that hold down the material. Each roller has to be under one of the blue strips found above the rollers. The two end rollers should have an extra blue square on them. The machine reads these squares to determine the edge of the print area. Make sure these are on the edge of your material. If you are using a smaller material, you may need to remove some of the rollers by sliding them over to the orange zone and pulling the extras out.
- Lock the material : Once all the rollers are in the correct position (Under the blue rectangles). And the end rollers are on the edge of your material, lower the black lever (Found on the front left).
- Once the material is locked down, the machine will measure the distance between the two edge rollers. If installed correctly, the machine will display the correct distance between the two edge rollers, signifying your print area.
Note : Some material rolls are really heavy! You may need a second person to safely remove the material. Also, if the roll is extremely heavy, it may cause an error in the motors, you can prevent this by manually unspooling some of the material in the back of the machine, so the motors won't have to pull on the whole roll.
Print Head Height
Check the wooden label for your material roll, it should note High or Low. You will have to move the print head up or down depending on this information.
- Menu > Head Height. Select this and the print head will physically move so that you can inspect it.
- Find the White lever on the print head, shown in the photo above. Physically push this down or up to correspond with high or low.
- Accept the new height on the screen.
Check Cut Setting
The machine has two blades.
Scoring Blade : This will score custom shapes in our vinyl sticker material that have a backing.
Cutting Blade : This will cut a straight line across Paper or Vinyl and remove your print job from the roll.
Do not cut! Many thicker materials can not be cut, check the wooden label and make sure cut options are turned off, do this in Roland Versa Works Software.
Check Ink Waste Bottle
If you see a message saying check, or change Ink Waste Bottle, grab shop staff.