OptiScout Laser is software with features especially for output on large-format laser machines. Basis is OptiScout Front-End & Design with RIP module.

Key Features

Usability

User Interface   

The functionally designed user interface can be adjusted by individual profiles. The so called Sidebar includes layer management, Job Manager, Object Manager, Clipart Manager and Macro Editor.

 

Prepress / Design

Drawing Tools

The tools are comparable with tools from the well-known illustration programs CorelDRAW and Illustrator.

  • Vector tools
  • Square, rectangle, circle, ellipse, star, polygon, line, curve, sector of a circle
  • Color fill, outlining pin, gradient fill tool
  • Ruler and dimensioning function
  • Node editing tool - used for manipulation of the Bezier nodes
 

Bitmap Tools

A bitmap is a pixel graphic, which is characterized by the following attributes: resolution in dpi and color depth (number of colors)

Bitmap tools: see illustration on the right

Supported bitmap formats: TIF, GIF, JPG, PCX, BMP

 

Layout Mode   

In layout mode, page layouts can be designed and provided with placeholders for text and image information.

The placeholders (Container) can be filled with data from an Excel table or with images from any folder using the serialization function.

 

Serialization   

The OptiScout serialization is meaningful for the production of numerical orders, whereby both starting and end number and the incrementation can be defined individually. Each number can be provided with an alphanumeric prefix and/or suffix.

The input of numbers can be done manually and automatically from a CSV or EXCEL file. Apart from number sequences also arbitrary text rows (e. g. names) can be generated.

For each data record an action can be selected. Applicable actions are e. g.: Output on device, printing, exporting to the RIP

This function automates complex workflows and leads to substantial saving of time with jobs with same layout however individual contents.

 

Text Editor

The OptiScout text editor is a text tool, which offers functions one knows from word processing and also fulfills more sophisticated typographic requirements. That includes "text on circle", extended character set and tabulators.

The following vector font formats are supported: OpenType (.OTF), TrueType (*.TTF), URW (*.BE) and Adobe type 1 (*.PFM, *.PFB).

 
 

Single Line Fonts

The OptiScout font module is able to handle single line fonts. They have been developed especially for the fast engraving process. As these fonts are not filled, they are processed very quickly. The fonts don't need any tool radius correction, reducing the calculation time as well as processing time.

 
Windows Font    -    2L Single Line Font    -    1L Single Line Font

Job Preparation

Import Filter   

OptiScout has a wide variety of file import filters - vector and bitmap formats. That means nearly all data can be imported and given out.

Vector / CAD:

*.PDF, *.AI, *.EPS, *.WMF, *.EMF, *.DXF, *.IK, *.GTP, *.JTP, *.JOB, *.HPGL, *.CMX

Bitmap / Photo:

*.PCX, *.TIF, *.BMP, *.GIF, *.JPG, *.CMP

Special Filters:

These filters are necessary for data exchange with other Finishing Systems.

*.CUT    I-Cut Vision (up to Version 6)
*.ZCC    Zünd Cut Center
*.OXF    OptiScout

 

Barcode Import

Files can be imported using a barcode scanner, which is provided with pre-defined output profiles.

Instead of looking for a job in the file system, only the barcode is scanned. Then, the appropriate job is loaded on the work area and can be given out immediately.

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Rotation Direction Indicator   

Often, it is important to know the object's direction of rotation - clockwise or counter-clockwise, because the rotation direction determines how the tool processes the contour. By means of this function, the direction of rotation will be displayed (milling); the direction of rotation can be changed using the change direction of rotation button.

 

Laser Welding   

This function removes double lines that lie one above the other and merges them to one curve. The required tolerance can be defined.

It is needed to prevent that a tool follows the same path twice (milling, lasering).

 

Rounding

The rounding is used to round the corners of objects e. g. fonts. Whose nodes can be rounded defining an appropriate radius?

The rounding can be done inwards or outwards. It can, as well, pertain to the entire object or only to a few selected nodes.

 
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Welding

The welding function merges two or more vector objects together in a combination. Depending on the number and shape of the selected objects, you can choose from the following options: manual, automatic, trimming (cuts through objects with straight lines or curves), Open trimming, filling, by color, full surface, or screen printing.

 



Close Open Objects

While importing all open contours are closed, that lie in a pre-defined distance to each other. This option is necessary, if the objects have to be filled with a fill color. Only closed vector objects may be equipped with a filling.

 

Milling and Engraving Functions

Hatching
Here, the to clear out area is provided with a hatch. The total area is removed along the paths. The angle can be defined.

Hatching with pocket connection
Here, the to clear out area is provided with a hatch, where the tool is not being raised, as long as the hatch paths can remain connected to each other.

Multi Inline
When this option is selected, the area to clear out is provided with concentric Inlines. Along this Inlines the area is removed from the outside to the inside - with island formation.

For all functions: The milling process can be continuously at multiple depths. All milling and engraving paths are automatically created and displayed - the tool diameter is taken into account.
 
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Hatching with pocket connection, Hatching, Multi Inline (concentric)

Milling Tool Radius Correction - Interactive and Dynamic   

Interactive

Any change in tool diameter and rotation is performed immediately and shown on the working area. The milling objects are displayed with transparent fill and full-colored radius correction.

Dynamic

At every scaling of the milling objects a recalculation is performed.

Optimal Workflow

If the data are prepared in a way, so that the color matches that of the corresponding milling layer, then immediately after the data import an output-capable job is created automatically. Tool, tool diameter and material are predefined in the Quick Layer.

 
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Predefined Material/Tool Combination

Fraeserradiuskorrektur-Beispiel
Object views radius correction

Tool Path (Lead In / Lead Out)

When Milling or laser cutting, it often happens that immersion traces are visible at the starting point of an object. The task of "Prevention of immersion traces" is done by so-called start tool paths. So that the quality of the objects from the point of immersion is not compromised the starting point with the start tool path can be placed outside, inside, tangentially or on a certain place of the object.

Start animation

 
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Cut Slit Compensation

The tool correction - laser cut slit compensation - prevents that the output contour gets bigger or smaller than foreseen in the original because of the diameter of the used tool. A corresponding correction value can be specified for a given tool diameter.

The correction can be an Inline or an Outline; the orientation can be specified clockwise or counterclockwise.

Start animation

 
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Simulation of Traverse Path   

Traverse path can be simulated for each layer before output. Simulation speed can be adjusted continuously.

Aim is to shorten the traverse path. A base sorting after selection of main direction is done by OptiScout itself. Improvements can be done at any time and validated with a new simulation.

 

Simulation with Start Point Optimization   

Additionally to the other traverse path optimizations the start point of the objects can be replaced automatically in order to minimize the traverse paths. The figure on the right hand side shows the start points of the contour objects before and after the optimization - represented through an arrow. The direction of the arrow shows the orientation - clockwise or counter-clockwise.

 
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Before optimization
After optimization

Quick Layer / Tool Assignment   

A Quick Layer is a layer with special function for the usage in the integrated Workflow Manager. With the Quick Layers colors, tools and materials can be assigned to OptiScout objects. All settings are visibly for the user.

 

Macro Editor   

The macro editor is a tool which allows the creation and modification of OptiScout macros. The administrator can therefore combine any program functions and put them together to represent an individual workflow.

 

File Manager   

An integrated file manager is responsible for file management. A preview shows the file content using a thumbnail. The list view offers overview for large file sets.

Any directory with subdirectories can be searched automatically. Individual search paths can be defined for direct access. A search box makes it easier searching by file name.

All important functions are accessible with a few clicks. This ensures a fast and comfortable operation.

 
File Manager - here with list view

Clipart Manager   

The Clipart Manager permits fast access to frequently required graphic vector objects such as logos, cliparts, pictograms, …

The organization takes place via individual groups. Access to contents of the respective group is done by double clicks or "Drag & Drop".

Each graphic a short info text can be added.

 

Object Manager   

The task of the Object Manager is to provide access to any object that is on the desktop with the help of a clear tree structure. This is important when the access is challenging because of the complexity of the design or overlapping objects and graphics. In addition to single objects, the structure of groups and combinations is also depicted.

Functions

- Clear tree structure
- Object preview with zoom function
- Navigation on the desktop and the working sheet
- Cross access on the layer is possible
- Definition of object names, -types and -attributes
- Colored Thumbnails (minimized object preview)

 

Setup / Print

Basic RIP Features

  • Scale, rotate, mirror, multi copies, positioning
  • Printing via Windows driver or via drag & drop
  • Printing via USB, Firewire, COM, LPT, TCP/IP, Server
  • Controls all usual kinds of raster, like error diffusion and auto typical point or ellipse raster.
  • High speed (prints while ripping)
  • Sharp font edges
  • Printing from MacOS X programs via network
  • Easy installation of new drivers and calibrated materials
  • Clipping
  • Segmentation of oversized formats - tiling
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Mark Detection     Not included in this version

Finishing

Control of Device Parameters

OptiScout allows the control of the device parameters, which are defined in the device driver. In a clear table all relevant parameters are listed and can be controlled by the user.

Depending on the connected devices, the entries change, and provide a software-sided access to the connected device. The individual parameters can be stored in material and device profiles.

 

Production Modes

OptiScout can output any number of copies of each object. As well as each job can be repeated any number of times (number of outputs).
The distance of copies is thereby also selectable, such as the possibility of stacking, in which the output objects are cut first only in X-direction (one above the other) and then in the Y-direction.

 

Layer Handling (Driver)

On output, it can be set how the Plot Manager manages the layers in conjunction with the device driver. So, for example, only layer can be considered where a tool was assigned with.

Or the output is made dependent on the layer color, i. e. only objects that lie in a specific color layer are given out.
 

Object Sorting (Driver)

This sorting is performed automatically when the corresponding option is enabled.

Special algorithms sort the output objects newly and set a favorable output sequence that has a minimum of tool head movement to the objective.

 

Segment Helper (Driver Option for the Textile Cutting)   

Problem:

Segmentation generates - by the deformation of the fabric - an offset of the cutting contours when cutting woven fabric. While feeding a run is generated, when not all fibers are cut through.

Solution:

The fit accuracy und the reliable cutting through can be however achieved by using so called segment helper. Possible helpers are hook, circle or T-Shape. The former are used with lasers, the latter with round knife tools.

Start animation

   
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Hook
Circle
T-Shape

Export Filter

OptiScout has a wide variety of file export filters - vector and bitmap formats. That means nearly all data can be exported.

Vector / CAD:

*.EPS(OPI), *.EMF, *.DXF, *.PDF, *.HPGL, *.CMX

Bitmap / Photo:

*.PCX, *.TIF, *.BMP, *.JPG

 

Maintenance

Remote Maintenance / Support

Integrated in OptiScout is the possibility to support and maintain the system via internet. The supporter is given a secure access on the user's computer system.

In addition to the online support you can of course ask questions regarding the software by phone or e-mail.

 

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