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  1. 5 points
    Hope everyone has a GREAT and safe holiday,
  2. 4 points
    Here is a screen shot after fixing the perspective. You won't likely find the font for the CHIEF, it's probably custom or so old they didn't have computers back then. You can hand trace this out and get good results. Very few auto trace result look good enough on fonts.
  3. 3 points
    Glad you found a good solution! Be sure and post some pictures and a review when you get it in. Never know when that sort of information might be handy.
  4. 3 points
    Work around is to put non glossy tape (scotch invisible) over the part to scan.
  5. 3 points
    I actually have a company making me a hand crank rotary flex die machine for $3800! I couldn’t spend $70K on an entry level automatic rotary die but the hand crank fits our production needs. Dies are about $800-1000. My production guy is gonna have one tough arm
  6. 3 points
    Cut these for Ronald McDonald house up here in London Ontario. 1 is 18" high and the other is 24" high.
  7. 2 points
    That trimmer looks pretty good. Thank you, @Dakotagrafx
  8. 2 points
    On Graphtec site, it does not say that the FC5100 is compatible with the CM4. It says Compatible CuttingMaster 2 is. Your cutter is listed on FREE Signblazer. It is a design and cut program. That cutter is probably close to 13-15 years old. This is the software that you need with Cutting Master 2 WIN REQUIREMENTS ▼ Win 10/8.1/8/7, 32&64 Bits ADOBE LLUSTRATOR CS3 - CS6 CC CC2014 CORELDRAW X4 - X7
  9. 2 points
    I actually install a lot of signage from flat metal, formed plastic letters, lighted channel letters, back lighted box signs and everything in between my average rate averages between $40.00 to $60 per hour I give bids in advance so the price is included in the price the person gives.
  10. 2 points
    It takes a bit of work on your part, it works.... mark-s
  11. 2 points
    From what I have seen, there is different tack cutting mats out there. No idea what would work with paper. Unless someone else has done it, you would have to go with a trial and error.
  12. 2 points
    If you try to cut paper on any cutter without a cutting mat you will destroy the cutting strip. So that part is out. For a scoring blade, I have no idea. ebay maybe?
  13. 2 points
    Has it been laminated? I have heard that sometimes the Graphtec machines have trouble recognizing the marks if there has been a lamination layer added. I can't recall the work-around but it was a concern I had when I was searching for a servo cutter.
  14. 2 points
    Here is just the head. mark-s MOHAWK CHIEF HEAD.ai
  15. 2 points
    Give this a shot. mark-s MOHAWK CHIEF.ai
  16. 1 point
    it's like sticking an ice pick thru a material and trying to slide it . .. .
  17. 1 point
    but . . . but it looks like a big printer
  18. 1 point
    I have used clear application tape as a backing for some small projects at home where I needed to cut paper, even paper app tape should work maybe do two layers. I have a cricuit cutting mat too and I know hat you mean about them being so sticky they cause problems. Scoring blade - no idea other than sanding a tip off a cheap blade maybe?
  19. 1 point
    Also make sure you are not in wire frame mode.
  20. 1 point
    Dakotagrafx found the same Texas Instrument LM324N chip online hope its the same chip looks the same anyway will see!
  21. 1 point
    How wide is the cutter? Graphtecs will not cut past the pinch rollers, unless you EXPAND past pinch rollers or disable pinch roller sensor. There is magnets in the pinch rollers. Your not going to change that in your cutting software. It has to be changed in the cutter menu. Why did you list your problem under Vinyl Master software thread? You stated you were using ComputerCut by SolarGard. Why not sign up and be a member here? It doesn't cost anything and more people may respond to your questions.
  22. 1 point
    You might need to wait until someone form USC or an actual owner to chime in with an experienced answer. I would guess, based on price, features and specifications, that's it's a high end hobby, or a starter small business machine. Keep in mind that it has a stepper motor, so the level of accuracy is probably not on par with the Graphtec, but depending what you're cutting (or plotting), you might not need that level of accuracy. For that ballpark of money, I would probably kick in a little more the Titan. If you end up buying one, please let us know your thoughts about it.
  23. 1 point
    Depending on what all you're doing, Inkscape might be an option to look at. It is free and extremely powerful. I think I've seen on here mention where it is closer to corel than AI in learning how todo stuff, so will probably be a pretty good learning curve as well, but it's hard to beat the price. Inkscape also works well on WIndows(hate the term PC, all computers are PCs unless they are a mainframe), Mac, and Linux.
  24. 1 point
    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).
  25. 1 point
    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: