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  2. Awfully nice of them not to charge for software that they are not giving you. I would guess some where in your software there is a scale setting that defines how many steps per in or mm. Find that and adjust as necessary, I would assume there would be a calibration option. But if not, draw a box of say 100mm square and cut it. Then measure it and determine how much you need to adjust the steps per mm number to get the correct size. You might also try the KNK forums, there seem to be quite a few actually, they can probably be of more help since they should be more familiar with this machine.
  3. darcshadow

    vectorizing with color?

    Little late to the party I realized. Is the PSD file suppose to be the same faces as in the logo image? Because when I open it, it is drastically different. In the PSD file I only see two colors, black and red and this can be quite easily vectored using VM. Import the image into VM, then select it and click on Images->Vectorize at the bottom of the new windows, on the left is a selection box that says colors, it will likely be 2, change it to 3 and you will see your preview image change to now include the red lips. hit Trace and you should be good.
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  5. Wildgoose

    Best transfer tape using 651 on small decals

    It's a similar situation to the customer who says they don't want any of that cheap thin stuff but rather have the good thick vinyl. Thin vinyl = cast high end where thick = calendared budget vinyl. If you don't know the difference now would be a good time to do a google search <Cast vs Calendared> Paper if far better but the end user can't see through it very well. So if your end users are flea market sellers who need them to be easily seen it might need to go that route. I'd be more inclined to offer either option but with a note that I recommend paper since that is what professionals use. At least that way you leave both doors open. On another note I do think that the clear tape holds it's glue moisture a little better if it sits for long periods. I always wrap up my app tape but have noticed by the time I get to the end of a roll it's starting to show it's age being a little less tacky.
  6. Dakotagrafx

    Best transfer tape using 651 on small decals

    every professional I know uses paper tape - lots of hobbyist use clear. anyone that has tried applying clear to something like a larger back window with a compound curve know that clear will not conform to the curves like paper will
  7. negansbat

    Best transfer tape using 651 on small decals

    Thank you for the reply.
  8. MZ SKEETER

    Best transfer tape using 651 on small decals

    Just because paper tape doesn't look professional, it doesn't mean that it is not the right choice for the job. . I have always used paper tape. Most professional people do.
  9. Hi, I've been researching this forum and google all night. I've been tasked to create logo decals that range from 2" to 6". 6" x 6" is the largest we would do. Some will have smaller lettering. I need a transfer tape that looks professional(I've read paper doesn't?) and customers can easily apply these with out any issues. Thank you in advance. I don't know anything about vinyl cutting except the very basics as I just took over this area of the shop.
  10. found this info on Skycut Are you actually using Signcut software, because I don't see that listed as an option. Maybe you can try contacting the Skycut support people, since that's the kind of machine you bought.
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  12. Never heard of Skycut vinyl cutter. Have never seen anyone here have one. Never heard of a vinyl cutter with Print and cut camera. Never heard of a vinyl cutter with wifi and USB flash disk.. Contact your Skycut tech support.
  13. Hello Dear brothers I bought the device skycut cutting plotter and i encountered problems when I cut the images in the device by inserting a flash disk for the extension file plt and I set the start point of the device and the device moves to the cut but stops from the top and stopping and the camera where you can not determine the point in the mark in the form of a letter to how I can identify The size of the image to fit with the device to be interrupted please help with thanksgiving
  14. Wildgoose

    Advice regarding software and maybe hardware

    For what it's worth most any press should be checked for temp with an IR thermal temp gun. Even my Fusion was 40deg off when I got it.
  15. MichaelScott

    Advice regarding software and maybe hardware

    damn.. really starting to get cold feet here. I'm kinda hooked on the Sawgrass 400, but I'm still undecided on a press. What I've gleaned, from this thread, and several others on here.. I need a swing press, not a clamshell, because I'm hoping to get right into metal and tile sub as opposed to garment stuff. Folks like Goose, are warning against the 5-in-1 presses, and I'm seeing several warnings against them throughout the forum.. I liked the price of the bundle which included the SW800 and a heat press 5-in-1.. I thought I was avoiding the "low end press" issues of uneven heating by choosing the "Perfect Press" (15"x15") option in that bundle and figured the add-ons would help open up options for me, even if they were substandard extras.. My assumption (incorrectly) was that I was being warned away from the add-ons themselves, and was still going to head this route because of the Perfect Press description directly regarding dealing with uneven heating issues. I figured the cactus wraps would be a good investment too.. sort of try-out the mug attachment thing, but if it wasn't any good, I'd be ready to switch over to the wrap. So.. that was kinda' the plan, and I was getting nearer to a trigger pull.. but tonight I was re-reading through the forums, looking for info on the Perfect Press. Turns out, people here say the word "perfect" an awful lot ( ) and "press" even more.. but I went through about 20 pages, and the only references I found were one that was dead-on-arrival, another that was dead after like 4 days, accompanied by discussions warning folks away from them, and one that states that he hates his, it heats unevenly, and the temps are way off. When I looked at the reviews for it, there was three good reviews, and 2 machine failure reviews. 2 of the good reviews were apparently new set-ups, one by a beginner, and either of them could have had the 4 month failure that one of the other 2 faced. The third good review was using it as a backup.. Next step is the JP14 Geo Knight?
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  17. Thanks, I rarely use that Windows 10 computer. I never had a problem with it. It's sitting in back up. My XP computers are very stable. Plus my Windows 7, I have never had problems with either. I was able to purchase a legal package of Flexidesigner 10 a few years back, for cheap. I use that on my Windows 7. I use Flexistarter 8.6 v2 for my cutting software on my Graphtecs. It's a very stable combination for me.
  18. Wow that’s awesome to hear and congratulations on your 13 years without being down ! I did hear about programs for pc and not for Mac so I always considered it but I’m just an in home shop at the moment so I never really spent much time on the PC topic or getting something together so cheap like that. Thanks I’m looking into that now! Have you had issues with windows 10? I heard a lot of people had some issues when they released an update I believe. Especially with the sawgrass printer that I have the 400 model.
  19. Mac has it challenges with running some programs but I have not found it a problem. I wouldn't want to switch to a windows just to take advantage of a certain program. Several run parallels or other to create a windows environment within the mac. I just hate windows for all it's instability. Adobe Illustrator is actually better on a mac and I sure wouldn't want to do al my design work on a pc. Then it's just a matter of a cutter interface. I have found SignCut Pro 1 to be my favorite of all the offerings out there and by golly it will run on EITHER one so it's perfect for about any scenario as a mac owner. I have said it before but I actually still have a windows 7 laptop that I actually cut with because it sits over where I have my cutter. I design on my iMac and then just stick it on a thumb drive and cut on the laptop. If that laptop has issues which being a windows based it does every so often, I just roll my cutter over to the other side of the room and plug it into my mac and keep on cutting. Has happened twice in as many years.
  20. I run my Graphtecs on old 2006 Toshiba laptop with Windows XP. I never have problems. The last couple I picked up were less than $100 with Free ship. I also picked up a couple Toshiba with Windows 7, not much more than $100. Keep checking online, plenty for sale. I have spare laptops all set up for my Graphtec, with all the designs loaded. Just in case a computer fails. I can just put another PC right and go again. You will learn , you need to keep spares of most things, if your going to run a serious business. I have never been down in 13 years. For this software, you need at least Windows 7, I think. I picked up a cheap 17" Toshiba windows 7 and installed Windows 10 on it that i got for cheap.
  21. I might have to buy a PC now I didn't know this & had my graphtec almost a year now. (may) Mac works flawless though I know many people are not a fan from what I see / read but thankfully nothing major here.
  22. when I first started .. OMG that credit card saying was a nightmare ... I ended up adjusting it nonstop till i got it cause I felt the internet knew nothing hahah till I of course now found you guys !
  23. Your post was about contour cutting, not perf cutting. I would not perf cut on the cutting strip. You will most likely damage it.
  24. I really appreciate everyone's posts around this. I'll try the standard / back position for the perf cuts to see what my results are and if I damage my cutting strip. I'll also keep digging and I'll post back here if I find a solution.
  25. darcshadow

    VM Pro - backups won't turn off

    Anyone know if anything was ever implemented in VM to stop the automatic backup?
  26. Been fighting with USC for years on that - they tried to correct it a couple of times and then new guys come in and do it again. on verbage if we don't make an effort to inform of correct verbage nothing ever changes. 35 years ago at a after work get together the Michigan State Police head trainer was there when someone mentioned putting a "clip" in their pistol or AK - a rant started about a magazine having a spring and a clip the spring is housed in the weapon like the old M1 - no one at that table ever did that again lol
  27. With perf, it is a matter of setting up the force on 2 different conditions. 1 force deeper than the other. There is a thread on here a couple years old. Where a couple guys were talking about it and got it working. They were using the CE6000, put their cutters did not have the 2 different places for the blade holder and he ripped the crap out of his cutting strip doing it. "You have to make sure you have 2 cut layers (Cut and perf cut) then set the cut layer to your normal contour cut setting. Set the perf cut to the setting to perf cut (haven't mastered this yet) then when you send it, it will cut the contour cut line first then press OK to continue to cut the perf layer." From here
  28. Yeah I knew they had the front blade holder spot. As far as aligning to it on your perf cutting I have no info. Cutting master is probably going to be a good place to start. That should be a plug-in for Illustrator or CorelDraw or Inkscape? Pretty sure. Being proprietary I would assume it will have the correct offset options. Other than that you'll have to get a support ticket going with SignCut and they may have some thoughts related to SC Pro and the front position.
  29. If your just contour cutting, then the holder would be in the back, over the cutting strip, no different than just cutting vinyl. Your not cutting thru the vinyl contour cutting. My FC8000 blade holder is the same way. But I have never used the ARMS on it.. The channel on mine is probably wider, as my cutter has the cross cutting feature on it. Too bad your not running on Windows, Graphtec offers some really nice design and cutting software for FREE worth over $1000. Similar to Flexisignpro https://www.graphtecamerica.com/cp-graphtec-pro-studio-request-form
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