At long last KNK USA is ready to provide instructions and support for the new KNK Force die cutting machine. I have set up a support page here with a link to a preliminary user manual. This manual will be updated every day or two so I recommend holding off printing it.
I still need some time to compile the suggested settings for materials tested so far. The settings table for cutting with a blade will be at the end of Chapter 3 and I’m targeting to have the first version of this table uploaded by tomorrow at the latest. Settings for the various KNK tools, including the rotary tool, will be available in about a week. If you’re eager to get started using any of the accessories, please just contact KNK USA or me directly and we will provide some suggestions to get you started.
As in the past, I’m open to constructive criticism regarding the user manual. Please let me know if there needs to be clarification in certain sections, corrections to typos or other grammatical mistakes, and suggestions for making it better.
Have fun with your new KNK Force! And thank you for your patience as the C3 software continues to be enhanced.
Your post is actually very much ON topic. 🙂 Program development continues on getting all SVG files to import. In the meantime, most of the AI users are finding that importing their SVG files from AI into Inkscape and then performing a Path>Combine seems to fix most of the cutting issues. Have a look at the Inkscape subsection of Section 4.02. And then, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more help with any files. That way we can email files back and forth.
Thank you so much for your quick reply! I updated my software and I’ve been able to draw out the sample svgs with the pen without any problems.
I’m sorry to bother you with this slightly off topic problem. I have gotten through a bit more of the manual and I am at the part where I am trying to import other svgs. The primary program I hope to use for my die cuts is Adobe Illustrator…. but I’m still pretty green at using it.. I’ve followed some youtube tutorials on how to make svg cut files and I’m saving the files with the settings in chapter 4.02.3, but I seem to be having problems with extra blank layers appearing and the pen drawing random swirls instead of the letter “A” I am trying to cut out? This also happens with other svg files I’ve downloaded from various bloggers and svgcuts? Do you perhaps know of any tutorials that may help me create working svg files in Adobe Illustrator?
So far, with the tutorials I’ve been following, I type text, go to type-> create outlines, then unite all the paths. I then save the file as an svg with the “convert to outline” option and making sure that embed is not selected.
Thank you and I’m sorry for my off topic question.
Most likely you just need to update C3. Did you happen to get early shipping in December? Either way, find out which version you’re on and update C3 by following the instructions in Section 4.03. Definitely post back as you have more questions.
Glad you’re finding the manual helpful. 🙂
Thank you so much for the very detailed manual with lots of pictures and diagrams. This is my first die-cut machine ever so all your tips and tiny details have been super helpful!
I’ve run into a tiny problem in 2.05.3 Setting the Z Force Axis Origin. Its a bit strange but I can’t seem to find the “Replace Left Tool” button at the bottom of the “Cut” page or anywhere in the other tabs???
I’m not sure if this will be helpful but I’m using a Mac OS X El Capitan Version 10.11.2 and my browser is Google Chrome.
That’s great news!
Success!!! thank you, all for the help! now, off to the fun stuff!
You can get a router that will more than do the trick for around $50. I would go Linksys Cisco first, but don’t let the salesman upsell you. And know that these devices can have a fairly short lifespan, in the scheme of things. Sometimes 2-3 years, and yes I know someone is going to post they have had the same one for 5 years, that also happens, but they are not made to be forevers, and they are also constantly changing, getting faster, more secure and just better =)
And I have a Netgear Nighthawk and it also works great. Both the routers Sandy and I mentioned are sold at best buy, albeit mine is probably overkill for most, and more costly.
Okay great! I have a Cisco Linksys and it works great!
Aww! thank you, Sandy for taking it that far. I really appreciate you’re helping. I’m so sad! I was just telling my husband that I wondered if it was the router… I think you just confirmed my thoughts. Off to Best-Buy! (what’s another $100, lol!). Stay tuned 🙂
When I was connecting and disconnecting a jillion times from my various devices in an effort to document as much as I could, I would sometimes get things so messed up that I would have to log into my router and find the Force and delete it. I’m not sure how it would be listed there but not connect… but removing it and starting over solved the problem.
So, try that. And definitely remember to turn off your Firewall first. I can never get mine to connect if I leave it on.
Also, again, Chad asked for the brand of router that you’re using.
I reached Chad at home. He asked what brand of router are you using? He said that the X Finity all in ones (router plus modem) might cause problems.
i did. I’m sure i’m at about 50 times now.. should the KNK force remain connected to the internet at all times during this process? It shows the signal strength is good, but it either has no internet access, limited access, or no acces
Did you try Clint’s recommendation of immediately trying to connect again? Sometimes instead of bringing up the window for the PW, it just brings up the correct window with your IP address instead.
I got as far as the 404 error and then the force disconnects ?
Gage, try using internet explorer and after receiving the 404 error displayed in the user manual, quickly reconnect to the knk force’s wifi forcing it to reopen the window. During some troubleshooting this actually resulted in the display of the cutter being connected and gave the force’s ip address.
Okay… so just to confirm… you’re at Step 5 but you cannot reach Step 6?
In the screenshot in step 5, do you see your network listed? Any chance it’s two words versus just one word?
Thank you for the response! Windows 7 Professional with a 64 bit operating system. Each step followed, firewall off, and no ip address assigned. I was just able to connect it
Which operating system do you have? Have you tried several times? Did you follow each and every stop including turning off your firewall? Did you actually get an IP address assigned?
Hi, all! trying to connect by Force, but once I’m connected, the C3 window does not appear.. thoughts? help? am I missing something?
Spaces in passwords would standard be stripped.
I had the 404 error issue initially with the Force. I was able to resolve it in Chrome by clicking the details link on the bottom right. After that the issue resolved and a connection was made.
Hope that helps.
Thank you so much! I’ll get this added to the manual.
Okay, so I figured out the issue, and proved it to be correct by reverting back and forth twice now. My wireless SSID is two words, with a space in between. After numerous attempts at connecting it kept failing as stated below, after taking the first word and space out of my SSID it connected no problem. I thought this might be just some odd coincidence, as I am an IT professional and this didn’t make much sense; however, there is always the chance of the Force not correctly identifying the space in an SSID when performing the network handshake. Next I reverted back to the default settings, then changed my SSID back to what it was, and it no longer worked. Then again took the first word and space out, leaving just one word with no spaces, and it connected with no problem. Hopefully this will be of some use for others if they have similar issues.
Thank you. I’m in touch with them.
Yes, I have tried using 2 PCs connected wirelessly and also a laptop, connected wirelessly, I see the KNK_Force network available and after selecting my wireless network’s SSID and password, I repeatedly get the 404 error. I have also submitted a ticket through KNK’s website, ticket #8498.
First off, did you verify the three items in the Important box at the end of Section 2.02?
If you’ve tried everything I’ve written, then either call KNK USA 800-268-3672 or start a support ticket: http://knkusa.com/support-ticket-request/
Post back once you have the ticket number so that I can follow up. Also, if you’re overseas, KNK USA can help you via Skype.
My wife is so thrilled that the manual and information is finally out; however, I am unable to get the machine connected, no matter how many attempts, restarts or using different PCs or MACs, also tried using four different browsers, all result in the 404 error about the File or Directory could not be found. Any other troubleshooting help would be greatly appreciated.
No. The rotary tool is an accessory. The price here in the US is $159 USD.
The Force will eventually be stocked in the UK (several months away). The price hasn’t been determined yet, but you can do a rough estimate by comparing the Zing Air price at KNK USA to the price at their UK web site: http://klicnkut.co.uk/. Of course, the price could change if the currency exchange is significantly different at the time the Force is added.
Oh and is the rotary tool included?
Hi, I’ve bought a few knk machines so this would be a good addition as I need to cut acrylic. I thought it would be. Quite expensive but the USA site lists it under 700 dollars which isn’t bad. Will this be available in the uk? Do you know the uk price?