SPLIT function allows for perfectly marking/engraving every object which has been drawn beyond the marking area, thanks to the X-Y axes movement: the laser head (and consequently the laser beam) moves depending on the object and it always marks in the center of the marking area.
The maximum marking area beyond the standard one using the SPLIT function obviously depends on the stroke of the axes we are provided with.
To set the SPLIT please select Job Features in the jobs’ tree and look for the SPLIT section. You will be able to choose between one of these options.
NB it is really important to select the starting position of the X and Y axes of the Split in Job Features. If you set this position from a motor node, it will not work (the axis will go to and from)
Using the SPLIT in PLANE modality you will be able to mark an object (text, logo, SN, DataMatrix) on a plane surface even if it goes beyond the standard marking area, allowing at the same time for marking more pieces put in disorder.
This modality is based on the real geometry of the parts, that is to say that the graphic representation of the new marking field will conform to the object or the objects to be marked.
Once selected PLANE modality the software will create as a default beyond the marking area 8 squares with the same dimensions of the standard one. You can set as you want these dimensions, but also the SPLIT dimension along the X-Y axes, i.e. the translations of the cells relating to the axes.
To use the CYLINDER split you need a W rotary axis. This modality allows you to mark cylindrical parts, dividing into little pieces the circumference (C = 2 π r) and marking them one at a time on the part, employing W axis rotary movement.
Selecting this function you will get this window:
Insert the cylinder diameter of the piece but do not modify neither the conical factor nor the Window PosX.
Set the Split X dimension like the standard marking field (in this case we put 100 because we have a F160 focal lens).
Split Y dimension instead represents the little slice of circumference that the laser will mark at once (the bigger the slice the faster the marking process). We set 2mm for convenience but it is clear that you can insert any value depending on the part to mark.
The object to mark has to be placed precisely in the center of the marking area, rotated of 90°. In this example we have written a SingleLine text.
The last step consists of inserting a motor node: select from the menu which is displayed after clicking the magic wand icon “Motor”, in the jobs’ tree. It must always be placed before the object to mark in the tree structure – to move it you easily drag it.
Right clicking on the motor node and select Save Actual Position – Set Z on W Height
Selecting the ARBITRARY split you can decide as you wish the movement of the laser along the X and Y axes. This is really useful when it comes to marking irregular parts, but mostly it speeds up the marking process because the laser will be directly marking on the coordinates you have chosen.
Once drawn the object to mark, enable the Arbitrary split and click on the icon as shown below.
The software will allow you to draw a geometric shape: include the first object you would like to mark in it.
Click on the geometric shape you have just created. In Feature Properties you may find all the information
Insert 1 in Sort Index to set this object as the first to be marked
Set both X and Y axes in ABSOLUTE in the specific Motor section, in addition with the starting position of the axes
Do the same for the second object. Insert 2 in Sort Index to set this object as the second to be marked. This time you will need to select RELATED in Motor specific section (the software will consider the information relating to the first object).
Load the drawing and mark. The laser will mark the first object and then directly the second, which would not have done in PLANE modality.