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  2. Wildgoose

    Tracing shape by hand and transferring

    Limited to using top of the line Adobe Illustrator and SignCut Pro, ha ha!
  3. Dakotagrafx

    Large cuts are out of alignment

    I'm leaning software and he used a white stripe to separate them instead of leaving the space between transparent - the bottom image got shifted up on the thin strip. if you notice the letters are not in the middle on that one too about the same amount the big red stripe appears to be shifted up
  4. MZ SKEETER

    Large cuts are out of alignment

    Those cutters have known tracking problems, which is why we tell potential buyers to purchase the next cutter up, the SC2. But You can keep trying, it takes patience to dial in settings on a value cutter. Always have enough vinyl slack to do the entire order. Never be pulling from the roll while cutting. Make sure your blade depth is set correctly so that the blade is not pushing the vinyl in a different direction by the blade being too deep. You could experiment with using the pen tool on the back of the vinyl. Make sure the pinch rollers are equal distance from the vinyl edge. Some softwares have step by step cutting or optimize cutting order, where it will for example cut everything in the first 12" then advance and cut the next 12" all the way down the design, to the end, instead of the total back and forth of the cutting from one end to the other. Not sure about VinylMaster having that. This is correct way to set your blade depth. To start with, you should set your blade depth correctly, by taking the blade holder out of the machine, and in your hand, firmly cut across a piece of scrap vinyl, you will be cutting. You should only be cutting the vinyl and barely a mark on wax paper backing, Adjust blade to get there, Then put the blade holder back in machine, and use the force of the machine to get there, same results, only cutting the vinyl and barely a mark in wax paper backing. You should just barely see and feel your blade tip out of the blade holder.
  5. I just tried to cut two 59" long stripes for my friend's car. Each piece is a thick stripe and a thin stripe. One piece came out fine. The other piece, the thin stripe is overlapping the thick stripe. The pair were one image, my friend just mirrored the stripe and made it easy to cut one 10.5" wide pass. I don't think the rollers are the issue, I think somewhere between the image and the processing to the cutter is the issue. MH365-MK2 with Vinyl Cutter 4 on a W10 desktop.
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  7. darcshadow

    Tracing shape by hand and transferring

    If the design is too big for your scanner, a photo can work as well. You have to make sure you get a good straight on/flat shot but it can work quite well. As for cutter/software. A cutter that can handle 24" rolls of vinyl is pretty common. You can get bigger but often times designs can be broken down so they'll fit on a smaller machine. Get the best cutter for your budget, you really do get what you pay for in the world of cutters. If you're trying to go as cheap as possible, you might be tempted by the price of the MH, but if you can afford it, step up to the next level and get an SC. The MH will work, but it takes a lot of patience and persistence to get it working well. On the plus side, it will teach you a lot about setting up cutters though. Software wise, that's pretty much user preference unless you're on a Mac, then you're kind of limited. The cutter will come with something that will probably be good enough to get you going. You can also download Inkscape. It is a free vector design program that is extremely powerful and reasonably intuitive.
  8. Great, glad you got it and remember that blade offset on a Graphtec is ZERO. Your cuts look much better after you adjusted the blade depth.
  9. And... I've solved my own issue, which was my own fault all along. When setting up Cutting Master 4, I had selected the CE6000-60 instead of the CE5000-60. After that, the knife doesn't drag from the start and into the artwork. Problem solved! Now to continue fine tuning the cut settings! Thank you to all who answered!!
  10. haumana

    Tracing shape by hand and transferring

    yup. trace, scan, and vectorize.
  11. WinXP will run Sign Blazer just fine. Unfortunately, for us Mac users, the selection of cutting software is a lot more limited than for windows. For Mac, you might look into download and test driving Sure Cuts a Lot or Easy Cut. Both should allow you to go from start to finish, but the end cut on the vinyl will have slashes through it until the software is activated. If I'm in a pinch, I fire up Parallels on my Mac and use Win7 with Sign Blazer to get the job out quickly. Bootcamp is also an option.
  12. haumana

    Oracal 631 not sticking please help

    age of vinyl and age of app tape can also affect proper adhesion.
  13. No offence taken, I'm just grateful for the responses so far.
  14. Do you have any recommendations? I'm on a Mac. The only Windows machine I have available is an old netbook that runs WinXP.
  15. Wildgoose

    Tracing shape by hand and transferring

    Scan your cut out paper and you can then trace your shape in most vector programs (best done by hand in manual mode). You might want to measure the length of same easy to check part so you make sure to get the scale just right. My home scanner scans exactly to scale which may be a miracle but it works out good for me.
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  17. Hi everyone, Sorry in advance for this question I am a complete novice, but I want to figure out what cutter and what software I need to accomplish the below. I want to apply vinyl to very unique shapes that I am not able to draw within software. I basically wrap paper around the piece I need to install vinyl on and cut it to the shape I need. However, I would like to save the shape within software for future use. Ultimately, I want to be able to cut the shapes on one piece of vinyl. Is there a way to transfer a shape created by hand to a vinyl cutter or to software and then to the cutter? can anyone help to let me know what type of software and cutter would be able to do this? I think I would like to put it all on a 30” sheet. thanks for your help!!
  18. pafat

    Daige Laminator

    esse ficou legal eu gostei, sabe?
  19. pafat

    Heat foam for hat press

    NOSSA gostei desse boné branco top cara parabéns pelo serviço.
  20. MZ SKEETER

    Oracal 631 not sticking please help

    Maybe bad vinyl, Could also be that you are cutting too deep, and pushing the vinyl into the backing paper. We don't know what kind of tape that you are using. Oracal has it's own transfer tape for the Oracal 631 vinyl. What did your supplier tell you? https://www.uscutter.com/ORATAPE-HT55-Decorative-Film-Transfer-Tape-for-631-Vinyl This is correct way to set your blade depth. Don't use instructions that have to do with a credit card thickness or post it notes. To start with, you should set your blade depth correctly, by taking the blade holder out of the machine, and in your hand, firmly cut across a piece of scrap vinyl, you will be cutting. You should only be cutting the vinyl and barely a mark on wax paper backing, Adjust blade to get there, Then put the blade holder back in machine, and use the force of the machine to get there, same results, only cutting the vinyl and barely a mark in wax paper backing. You should just barely see and feel your blade tip out of the blade holder.
  21. stageman0321

    Oracal 631 not sticking please help

    I squeegee it over and over again on both sides go to pull off the backing paper the vinyl wants to stick to the backing paper and not stick to the transfer tape we are currently using transfer tape from sign warehouse
  22. MZ SKEETER

    Oracal 631 not sticking please help

    Just to be sure that you are doing it correctly, you squeegee the transfer tape really good onto the vinyl, then turn the decal transfer tape down and remove the wax paper backing. You should not be lifting the vinyl from the backing, you can lift the wax paper backing right up with the decal, then you will have paper stuck to your decal. It makes a big difference,
  23. I'd suggest downloading a trial of some different software and see if it has the same problem. Most trial software will allow you to cut however it will cut a slash through the design so that it can't be used. But it will at least tell you if you have a software problem or hardware. My gut says it's software but till we try different software we can't know for sure.
  24. slice&dice

    Oracal 631 not sticking please help

    stageman, welcome. What does that mean "not sticking" ? Buy some high-tack tape. See if that works. ORATAPE HT55
  25. stageman0321

    Oracal 631 not sticking please help

    We are having extreme problems with our oracal 631 not sticking to our transfer tape we've tried just about everything we can find online please help
  26. haumana

    Scoring tool

    a picture of the blade holder in the carriage would also be helpful as well.
  27. Meant no offense, just wanted to double check. There are incidences that the chip/board that control the z-axis (up and down), go bad, and then the it will not move and will drag the blade for the entire run. Good that we can rule that out for you.
  28. Please do ask the obvious questions. What may seem obvious to you, might not be for me. And, yes, the blade does move up and down. When cutting, the blade does move up and down as needed to make cuts.
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