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This article will run you through the process of aligning your printer.  
 
This article will run you through the process of aligning your printer.  
  
Due to manufacturing tolerances each Argentum will have a slightly different alignment value. Alignment consists of Vertical offset and Horizontal components. The horizontal component is the distance between the two ink cartridges in the printers y axis. The vertical component is the distance between the two ink cartridges in the printers x axis. In the ARC software these components are called Vertical_offset and Horizontal_offset.
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Due to manufacturing tolerances each Argentum will have a slightly different alignment value. Alignment consists of Vertical offset and Horizontal components. The horizontal component is the distance between the same point on the two ink cartridges in the printers y axis. The vertical component is the distance between the two ink cartridges in the printers x axis. In the ARC software these components are called Vertical_offset and Horizontal_offset. Ideally the
  
 
The alignment menu can be found under Utilities > Processing Options. This is what it looks like:
 
The alignment menu can be found under Utilities > Processing Options. This is what it looks like:
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[[File:Printer Options Dialog.png|400px]]
 
[[File:Printer Options Dialog.png|400px]]
  
The easiest way we've found to determine the optimal values for Horizontal_offset and Vertical_offset is by printing an image and observing the direction of the misalignment.  
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When misalignment occurs a print in the direction of misalignment will appear thiner than it should be, or if the misalignment is bad enough it will not even print at all.
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The easiest way we've found to determine the optimal values for Horizontal_offset and Vertical_offset is by printing an image and observing the direction of the misalignment. This can be done by printing an image that contains lines of varying width in both axis.
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Although you can use any image to determine misalignment it's easiest to print something small with lines that align with the printers axis. You'll want something small because you will have to print it several times changing the alignment each print. We use the following image:
 
  
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The alignment is stored in the print file on the SD card. This means you'll need to re-process the image each time you change the horizontal or vertical offset.
 
The alignment is stored in the print file on the SD card. This means you'll need to re-process the image each time you change the horizontal or vertical offset.

Revision as of 21:32, 17 September 2014

This article will run you through the process of aligning your printer.

Due to manufacturing tolerances each Argentum will have a slightly different alignment value. Alignment consists of Vertical offset and Horizontal components. The horizontal component is the distance between the same point on the two ink cartridges in the printers y axis. The vertical component is the distance between the two ink cartridges in the printers x axis. In the ARC software these components are called Vertical_offset and Horizontal_offset. Ideally the

The alignment menu can be found under Utilities > Processing Options. This is what it looks like:

Printer Options Dialog.png

When misalignment occurs a print in the direction of misalignment will appear thiner than it should be, or if the misalignment is bad enough it will not even print at all.

The easiest way we've found to determine the optimal values for Horizontal_offset and Vertical_offset is by printing an image and observing the direction of the misalignment. This can be done by printing an image that contains lines of varying width in both axis.

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The alignment is stored in the print file on the SD card. This means you'll need to re-process the image each time you change the horizontal or vertical offset.