For example. I have a large file with many haotic small objects that i must cut out of a decorative window film/vinyl. (image example below)
As i draw these artworks i cant control sequence in which illustrator puts objects one after another. So when i cut it, for example, it cuts one object at the top of the file then plotter scrolls whole 2 meter sheet to the bottom and cuts once object there, then goes back to top and so on.
I heard there is external program in which you load in eps file, that arranges all the objects in "snake like" sequence. So it cuts next closest object and it does whole file a lot faster since head makes less movements when not cutting.
Hope you understood ))
Example of my nightmare, i have like 200m2 to cut and then prepare for applying on glass.
The plotter driver doesn't optimize this?
I would first check its documentation for that feature.
Set up a simple test file with just a few paths in it to determine if your vinyl cutter is cutting paths in the order of their Z stacking order in the file. If you find that it is, then you can just marquee select a horizontal band of paths across the top of the page and Bring To Front. Then select another band just below the first one and Bring To Front, etc., all the way down the page.
The cutter head will still likely track left and right, but it won't be scrolling the vinyl up and down for long stretches.
I have Roland vs640i, it comes with VersaWorks RIP&Print software, but it doesnt dictate cutting order. Cutting order is set by illustrator. It is the order you add/draw "new objects", effects doesnt apply to this. If i dont draw one next to another i wont get that order right. No, it doesnt.
I explained what dictates order. It is not about front or back. To make your idea work, i must make new file and copy "horizontal bands" and paste into new file to dictate new order.
This is not a solution its to time consuming. I have 200m2 of this.
Thanks for answers.
Ive read this post. Totally different situation. And manually putting together each object by one is even slower than what JETalmage suggested.
I dont draw each of that circle by hand. They are made out of a different drawing and are made with some effects applyed.
You will have to search for plugins.
Maybe this one can help?
Maybe also ask that company for the function?
Maybe visit some specialized plotter and large format printing forums and ask there?
Those plugins are like my RIP sowftware, thats not it.
I am totally sure that such software exists. Because i have one guy who was working same as me, but he retired. And i made sure that i wasnt mistaken of what he told.
Ill try to figure it out...
Hey I have the same issue and I have never found solution for it. I am wondering if you were able to figure this out? I use adobe illustrator and roland cut studio with a roland gx-24 vinyl plotter.
It's so annoying that none of the software invovled in this didn't implement a feature that allows you to optimize the cutting sequence. A pretty glaring absence IMO.
We're you able to figure out a way to do this? Would love to hear about it if so. Thanks.
I have exactly the same issue. Illustrator CC, Roland SG-540 Versaworks 6.
I also have Flexi I use to run a 30" cutter/plotter.
Flexi has a feature that does exactly what we all want...to maximize the cutter efficiency. It works very good.
A friend showed me how to use Flexi to create files to print and cut in Versaworks but I have not been able to dublicate the feat.