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  2. ShaneGreen

    Rotary die cutter or flatbed plotter??

    My experience with die cutting is in the cardboard packaging industry. Their idea of "high volume" is probably a bit different than the vinyl business. One job I had them running was 5'x3' sheets loaded every 5 seconds: load a sheet of cardboard, stamp, slide the parts off the press and load another sheet. At over 100 parts per sheet, one guy was putting out 2,000/hour. Rolls were handled in one of two methods: 1) Flat Die: an arm unrolled and slid the material under the die, retracted, die cycled, repeat. This was great because you could start with a small die with one pattern or a larger die with multiple patterns. They could also gang jobs to get the most out of each cycle. 2) Roller Die: a continual operation where the material roll is fed in the side of the press, the die is on a roll that spins at the same rate as material feed. This is super high volume and I only saw it used on smaller parts where die only had a few patterns on it. Not sure how this would work without stretching the vinyl. I tell you all this so you get a feel for their "volume". But it was their sample lab that held my interest and might give you some ideas. They used air-over hydraulic presses like in an auto shop, only with high-speed cylinders. Almost all of their steel rule dies were handcut plywood with the rules inserted no matter what the projected volume was. Handcutting is fine for cardboard, but vinyl would need more precision, like you'd get if you laser cut the wood. The leather industry makes a lot of their dies with laser cut wood and steel rules. They use toggle presses, air-over hydraulic, ball-screw presses and some other interesting machines. They are looking at tolerances a lot tighter and require quite a bit of force. They might be a good place to look. Depending on your tolerances and volume, you might be able to get going relatively inexpensively. There are folks on etsy making custom dies for leather and paper.
  3. jdmarti1

    InkOwl Sublimation Ink

    I have a Sawgrass SG400, and need to buy ink - which we all know is crazy expensive. I have seen InkOwl ink online, and it seems to get good reviews on Amazon, but I am still scared. Has anybody here used it?
  4. TrackHawk707

    Windows OR Mac

    I just always heard windows is better for this field so I would like to just jump in because I'm building one just to have a desktop in the house since my laptop is starting to lose it a little and the storage is maxed so now i rely on an external ha. not the end of the world but I like to explore so windows i should pick up pretty fast.
  5. TrackHawk707

    Windows OR Mac

    Im sorry I didn't explain that well ... Im building a windows based computer I already have a mac air older style model (2015)
  6. TrackHawk707

    My subs almost up !

    Thank you guys I will be looking more into it. Im in the mix of building a PC just cause Mac has limitation to this field and just trying to explore other options out there now ! hopefully I can kill this subscription cause its driving me nuts lol
  7. Dakotagrafx

    Windows OR Mac

    I've gone 2 ways on my Windows computer - design computer that I built mainly for when I had the solvent printers are MSI mainboards with 8 core amd processor and the last one I got nuts and 64gb ram. Now on the cutter dedicated computer and my shipping computer I got ahold of a couple used HP USFF 8300 units with 8gb ram and put 250GB SSD in them - not a build but they are very energy efficient, quiet and fast for their purpose. my computers are on 24/7 all except on vacations. the cutter computer is not connected to the network in the house in anyway or the internet so files are transferred with a thumb drive - love newegg for my components
  8. slice&dice

    Windows OR Mac

    "I'm planning on building my first computer" That would have to be a WindowsOS device. You can't 'build' a mac these days with off-the shelf components. The closest you can come is a Hackintosh!
  9. slice&dice

    My subs almost up !

    Wildgoose, back in the 1990's I first used a computer (yeah, an Apple macintosh, Performa) -- in order to understand the ins-and-outs of working with computers, David Pogue was my mentor (through his book, Macs for Dummies). One thing that would crop up from time to time was a fatal (BOMB!) error, and Pogue described this as being likely caused by corrupted font suitcases. Solution? -- try https://www.macissues.com/2014/04/18/how-to-troubleshoot-font-problems-in-os-x (I have seen some reports online of the default font San Francisco being the root cause, for some arcane technical reason).
  10. Wildgoose

    My subs almost up !

    Same here I have CS5 on my mac although it has a glitch when in the font view you have to be careful how you scroll through or it will crash. That has been going on since I went to version 10:13 High Sierra You might take a look at this thread:
  11. haumana

    My subs almost up !

    Any kind of subscription kills me. I'm limping all my machines along with CS3 on the PCs and CS5 on the Macs. I'm doing my best not to upgrade anything unless something breaks and I have no choice. The (no legacy software) cost me an arm and leg back in the day, and they still work just fine, so I'm doing what I can to keep them running. I know it's a learning curve, but Corel sells straight up licenses for their software.
  12. haumana

    Windows OR Mac

    Either/or will do just fine. I'm a dual platform person, but when it comes to cutting, I do it on the PC side, only because the cutting software that I had to learn on was SignBlazer Elements. You'll find more support for windows-base software here, but if you've been motoring along just fine with your existing setup then I would recommend to stick with the software you are most comfortable with, because you'll be able to push stuff out the door a lot quicker when you're more comfortable with the software you use. Since you already have a Graphtec CE6000 and are familiar with Graphtec Studios, their PC version is a beefier version with more bells and whistles. It's based on the Flexi software which is one of the 'go to' software programs in the industry. I run on a MacPro, and have parallels. I have the Graphtec software installed on both platforms, and can tell you that the Windows version of the software puts their Mac efforts to shame. But I am glad that there is a Mac option. You can spec a Mac, but I don't think you can even build one anymore - everything is pretty much soldered to the motherboard, so depending on which Mac you get, there is not expansion of anything - no RAM upgrades, no HD/SSD upgrades, no nothing I have multiple Macs, multiple PC's and funny enough, all my Macs either have Parallels or is Bootcamped for Windows 7 (don't even get me started on Win10 )
  13. TrackHawk707

    My subs almost up !

    My subscription is almost up ! Im just curious am I the only one who pays for illustrator or is there an older version that works just fine for our field of work home business or not ?! that price is a killer last nov I believe it was 250 for the year with my student discount LOL Thanks again for any input !
  14. TrackHawk707

    Windows OR Mac

    Hey everyone! So I have a CE6000 and Im currently using a mac with illustrator and graphtec studios. My real question is I know mac in this field is limited but am I missing out on anything that could help me grow, save me time designing and or anything else I can possibly be missing out on. My main forte is shirts and hats (sublimation and vinyl for hats) and i don't like sublimating on the poly shirts, not much interest there for my area as is. Im asking cause Im planning on building my first computer thats just a hobby I just enjoy and never got around to actually doing it. I understand the system requirements for this field is very easy to achieve so thats not a worry. Love my mac but want more out of my home business as well. Im terrible at explaining so if you understand what I'm trying to figure out Id appreciate all the info / help! I heard apparently graphtec offers a free program for windows thats easy 1,000 bucks but you have to have a windows, i don't know how true that is but i stumbled on it on another site. THANK YOU FOR ANY INPUT
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  16. Thanks for you fast responses. It makes me feel confident that I will be able to get assistance if needed. :-)
  17. tracienvegas

    Cutting Mat/6mil acetate

    Yes, I meant 6 mil. I'm not really worried about size. Typically they are under 8". I'm more concerned about clean cuts.
  18. The file wouldn't open up for me on my Mac, I probably need to update the studio software. I will try and get to that as soon as I can.
  19. Glad that it was something like that, rather than a broken software issue. I do the dual-monitor-oh-no-i-lost-my-stuff all the time. Far too often, and yet, i find it still surprises me that I haven't learned that lesson yet.
  20. I looked at the task manager and it was showing the action box or (Select file to import) action since I clicked import. Even though it wasn't showing when I performed the alt+tab or the windows+tab it was being projected on one of my unused monitors so I windows+<-- and provoked it to my main screen.. Sorry about the mixup.
  21. So help us out a little more here. Which version of VM are you on? Which version of Windows are you running? Is this a new issue, or has it always been like this? Any other info you can provide will help us troubleshoot the issue quicker. Thanks.
  22. Hey guys. I am having this same issue.. It seems that anytime I prompt the software to open a popup box.. (Save As, Import, Export or whatever it may be) it will not pop up. I can drag an image into vinyl master, but it will not let me save as. The thing is that this shouldn't be an issue with software like this that has been around for years.. Thanks
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  24. Sorry for the delay! Still encountering this problem. if someone can help me solve this, i will gladly pay them! Print and cut from graphtec studio (mac). design screen shows perfectly fine. when i get to the page where i send it to print, i can "preview it in viewer" on my mac without printing it yet. when i do that, and view it at actual size, i can see the errors. the errors are occurring when it processes the page right before the print options window appears. i tried adjusting margins, layout of the images across the page, leaving more empty space at the top and bottom seemed to help, but not much. same thing with the left and right sides as well. here is a screen shot of what its doing to the image. I'm putting one image, about 40-50 times on a 24" x 30" page. I attached the .gstudio file I'm using. It seems the wherever the errors are, they run either straight across the whole print, or straight up the print. sometimes both. it looks like the image shifts to the left and mis-aligns itself slightly. when i bring the image into graphtec studio, its brought in at 300dpi, one image. i then set the contour lines and duplicate the image to fill the page. then i add my reg marks. the images are almost always .png format with no background. hope this info can help someone help me figure this out! thanks in advance!!!! angelothekid_sticker.gstudio
  25. David@USCutter

    Titan 2 not cutting correctly

    We are still waiting for the new version to be published on Craftedge.com, but we have just been provided a link you can use to download the newest version before it is added to the site. Here is the link to the newest version of Sure Cuts A Lot 4 Pro for Mac. That version should resolve any issues with the blade offset setting you have been having, but let us know if you encounter any new issues, and we'll pass them along.
  26. Yes, I know how software licensing works AFTER registering it. Thanks for the recap, there. I haven't registered it, so, technically, I cannot legally transfer it. I wouldn't be selling the license as you seem to think. Contacting Graphtec would have probably lead me to the information (who the owner is). Like I said, I haven't looked at the software as it is not necessary in our environment.
  27. David@USCutter

    Cutting Mat/6mil acetate

    Thanks for your interest in the SC2, and for using the Forum! 6mm is a lot, and the thickest I found for acetate sheets on google was 3 mil, so I'm operating under the assumption that you mean 6 mil. I wouldn't recommend the SC2 for cutting acetate. It's one of our value hobby cutters that are really more geared to cutting vinyl and easier stuff like that. It's possible that it may work with some fiddling, but we're not confident enough to recommend or support using an SC2 for that purpose. For cutting acetate, we would recommend one of the Titan series cutters. Depending on how big you want the stencils to be, the Table Titan 1 can cut stencils up to 15" wide, and it's $549, which is only $100 more than the 28" SC2 at its base price. A carrier sheet would be a must in any case, though, but it looks like you already know that.
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