SUPPORT - FAQ

  1. How do the Precix routers offer so much for the money?
  2. What do I need to get started?
  3. What materials can the Precix route and cut?
  4. What kind of software does the Precix router needs?
  5. What size of router head do you think is large enough? Do I need a spindle motor like a Perske or Colombo?
  6. Who trains me?
  7. How easy is it to install? Do I need special wiring.?
  8. Your gantry looks lighter than other systems?
  9. Your base looks lighter than other systems?
  10. Why do you offer two types of table tops?

How do the Precix routers offer so much for the money?

First on the mechanical side we have designed the new Precix line of tables exclusively for the professional sign shop and the architectural production shop. In doing this we developed a system that did not add extra weight without extra strength. We started with a extremely strong structural vacuum table top. The strength in the top allowed us to use advanced construction techniques (explained below) building in a superior vacuum table that costs thousands less than the competition utilizing traditional weld and T-slot configurations.

We have designed and manufactured the next generation of controllers. (see Flexible Control Architecture) These controllers are sold into verticals specialties at a substantially higher price. We bundle these controllers with our Precix routers to give you exceptional value.

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What do I need to get started?

  • A routing system consist of the routing table
  • A stepper or servo 3 axis X-Y-Z motion controller
  • A router or spindle router
  • IBM or Macintosh drawing and tool path software

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What materials can the Precix machines route and cut?

The Precix router can route a host of non-ferrous materials. You can route anything, from thick plate brass and aluminum, to wood or corian, virtually all types of acrylic to glass and sign foam. Certain items are best cut with a tangential knife. These include cardboard, vinyls and styrene.

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What kind of software does the Precix router needs?

The Precix is an open based system and can handle any HPGL or G-code (EIA-274D). These systems include Corel Draw , Autocad, CASmate, CadLink, Flexisign and Sign Wizard.

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What size of router head do you think is large enough ? Do I need a spindle motor like a Perske or Colombo?

In the sign business almost all routing is done with a " bit or smaller or V-groove bits. The 3.25 horsepower motor creates enough torque to do almost all jobs. Extra horsepower is wasted in electrical costs. Occasionally larger routers are required but this can be done in multi-pass aiding in conserving your bit life. Spindles are quieter have less run out than routers like Porter Cable. However the Porter Cable are inexpensive and easily serviced and are preferred by most value minded users. The machine is modular and any Perske or Colombo spindles can be upgraded at any time.

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Who trains me?

Precix has over 500 signmaking users worldwide and the Precix systems run in over 25 countries. We have trained dealers throughout the United States and many countries in the world. Precix or its dealer, come to your site to help you not only use the machine, but show you how many companies are using cutting and signmaking system profitably through out the world. Precix gives you toll free support in North America and soon world wide.

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How easy is it to install ? Do I need special wiring.?

The machine comes "ready to route" so in a couple hours you can commence to use the machine. However it takes from 2 weeks to 2 months to become proficient with use of the software. In general give yourself 1 to 2 months before you start bidding on jobs so you can do accurate costing and utilize the machine to its full capacity. The machine needs no special wiring but at least 3 20 Amp circuit breakers are recommended

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Your gantry looks lighter than other systems?

Precix utilizes advanced technology in designing its tables. It does not slap together some heavy metal and weld it up and hope that it is vibration free. This creates a lot of extra weight and waste of motor energy just to dampen out vibration. Precix emphasis is on strength and advanced construction techniques. We utilize advanced alloys in the gantry for an extremely strong structure for its size. The linear bearings are again extremely strong with operating forces of approximately 700 lb. per bearing. The gantry has at least four bearing sets on each axis. On tests while cutting brass , aluminum or other hard sign materials, the load on the bearings are negligible compared to available load capacity. The flex on the gantry is also negligible as compared to the plus or minus 2/1000 accuracy of the table . The linear bearings are rated for 100,000 km of trouble free service. A lifetime for normal usage. The combination of this and the advanced table top structure allows Precix to build one of the strongest machines on the market without the extra weight. This means that the user gets more performance from motors that are the same size as the competition. High performance Mercedes Benz and Audi automobiles utilize the same types of technology for their new generation of automobiles.

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Your base looks lighter than other systems?

Again the utilization of advanced engineering allows Precix to have a relatively light base without sacrificing any functionality. The strength and flatness of our table is based on an extremely flat and rigid table top made of 2" inch honeycomb aluminum bonded to aluminum tool plate. The table top is the structure and it "floats" on rubber mounts much the same as engine in a car is on rubber mounts. The router head to the top is always perfectly accurate but the extra energy of the gantry is dispersed through the rubber mountings. This again allows for our table to be much stronger than the competition without the corresponding weight. The table will not "work" out of square like stressed welded structures.

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Why do you offer two types of table tops?

We utilize a reference flat top and a T-Slot type table at the same cost. The reference table uses a honeycomb style structure that gives an even air flow hold down system compared to traditional tables. This gives you the end user more value for the money as vacuum table from competitors run several thousands more. It also looks at the T-slot as just one more fixturing system. The user can easily change fixtures and not worry about the flatness of the table and costly setup time of the fixture. An aluminum sintra covered T-Slot is an option that can be put on the table at any time or a low cost medite T-wall can be used. The T-wall is available for about $40 from Home Depot .

For some users a T-Slot may be of preference. This can be the case when mostly metal is being cut or materials that are quite small. Either way with Precix you have your choice.

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