No wonder, Makers

So yesterday a huge box arrived. It was the large format vinyl cutter that we ordered last week for Cindy.  It has a 34 inch width capability and looks like a plotter that is used to make blue prints.  The price of the unit was not a ton more than the Cameo that Cindy has been having so much fun with.

So last night Cindy and I worked on putting the unit together which basically meant assembling the stand and attaching the cutter to it.  It became very apparent that this was a made in China product with sparse directions that are written in poor English.  It took some time to interpret them correctly but eventually we got everything together and feeling solid although it’s reliance on self tapping metal screws is a bit odd.

So once it was together we attached it to the computer and I installed the software.  The installation went smoothly but getting the cutter recognized in the software did not.  It just wouldn’t work.  When I went online to look for answers I instead found other people complaining of a similar problem, they never could get the cutter to talk to the software and many of them wound up returning the cutter for that reason, great….

I went as far as to install the software a second time on Cindy’s laptop and had identical failures.  I was about ready to bag it for the night but decided to dig around a little more.  In the connection properties for the cutter I had selected USB which seemed logical since it was hooked up via, USB.  However when you would try to detect the cutter it would just throw a cryptic error.  Well just for the heck of it I decided to set it to serial and picked the COM port the driver created.  Bam, it worked.  Cindy and I were relieved that we got basic communication established before going to bed.  It’s no wonder so many people returned it.  If it took me an hour or more of futzing to find the undocumented resolution, the likelihood of the average person doing the same are very slim. I look forward to see what Cindy is able to do on this monster machine.

We have an unexpected road trip that popped up a couple days ago.  I just happened to get a notice on Facebook that the Miami Maker Faire was this weekend.  Maker Fair was started by Make Magazine, which I get, several years ago.  It is all about creators that do so in various ways including robotics, 3d printing, fabrication, RC, and much more.  I threw out the idea to Cindy and she was all in.

So we are making a day trip of it, pulling out tomorrow morning relatively early and returning in the evening.  Ali and Shuggs agreed to watch Elsa for the day so it should work out perfectly.  As much as I enjoy my normal weekend routines it’s nice to abandon them here and there.

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