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  1. 6 points
    Nice Like it. I`m also into CNC work. This was the third Sign I made 2 years ago. mark-s
  2. 5 points
    I got a vinyl cutter so I could add fine details to my plasma cut metalwork. I've had the vinyl cutter for about a year now and still haven't combined the use of metalwork and vinyl...But a friend of mine is holding a Rib Fest and invited me to come, so I told him I'd make some sort of award like a plaque or something. I originally thought I'd simply cut out a piece of metal in the shape of a rack of ribs and decorate it with vinyl lettering so the winner could hang a plaque on their wall. Then this 30" tall thing happened... Can't wait to eat!
  3. 3 points
    Yesterday my wife got a "birthday" package from her mom (her birthday is in May). within the box of treasures was some shirts with an HTV that is the consistency of 10 year old greenstar sign vinyl you left in the shed for that whole time. must be a cricut thing as I have never seen anything this thick and stiff unless it was on a tent. - - Hoping she forgot my birthday but we are making the best of it and washed everything before giving it to the less fortunate. Whoever is selling that HTV should be prosecuted before anyone else purchases any more for their projects they sell on Etsy etc. My wife hardly ever wears "decorated" clothing other than a few tasteful screen printed nana shirts - - she got about 6-7 simplistic Cat shirts and even some socks that were sublimated with cats (probably best made item in the box) SMDH - She was an asst atty general and the only person that I personally put the child safety locks on her satellite dish (10' dish) because she would mess it up before I could drive the hour home . . . . books smart but shouldn't be allowed to operate an electric toaster as my wife and I have said for 30 years
  4. 3 points
    The program is context sensitive so it depends if a selected object can be outlined or whatever to see the tool or features you wish to use. If it cannot be then the button will not appear.
  5. 3 points
    Dang, what's with all the hostility? Personally, I would never have committed to any job if - A) I didn't already have the equipment and materials to do it, B ) I know my equipment and materials are guaranteed to arrive with sufficient time to get the job done (which has to include the learning curve if this is my first time at a cutter), or C) know of someone I can outsource this to, in the event that neither A or B is possible. Does your friend absolutely have to have a 34"? Does this job need something bigger than a 28"? Can't do a 28", then go 53". Why would you feel like you'd lose a friend over this situation is none of this is your fault? If you lose your friendship over this, then they weren't much of a friend to begin with. USC being out of stock with a lot of items is not new news around here. All anyone was trying to do, was to offer up some alternative choices - which is not ideal, but that's why they're alternative, because the ideal is out of stock.
  6. 3 points
    The hobby/craft stores sell small pieces for the craft cutters. They stock a lot of colors & textures. Just make sure it is HTV and not sign vinyl! The packaging looks very similar. Sue2
  7. 2 points
    Like someone once told me, "just smile and say thank you." (then go home and ditch it, I mean donate it). Hahaha.
  8. 2 points
  9. 2 points
    Those pins are for interchangeable platens, I have a GK label press that has them. As far as the wire I have no idea. Call Geo. Knight, they are very helpful
  10. 2 points
    dibond sign board is a good way to go. mark-s
  11. 2 points
    Somehow the knife offset got selected to .1 in the product manager settings. Got that taken off and it’s all good now! Working great
  12. 2 points
  13. 2 points
    I wouldn't even try and run all 50 of those at 1 time. The specs say the max cutting length is 144" for the SC2 cutter. Value cutters have a limited memory. I know the memory has been upgraded, but nothing like that.
  14. 2 points
    check your pinch roller positions, make sure it's absolutely over the grit roller check your blade depth check your blade force plenty of slack on the vinyl, never cut when it's pulling with tension from the roll slow down the speed feed a little vinyl, then jog it back and forth until, making minor adjustments to get the vinyl to track straight before you cut (you don't need a ruler, you just need a point of reference. i use a piece of blue painters tape, it's not marked, but it's on the machine. it's fixed spot and i jog the vinyl back and forth to see if it's drifting towards or away from my piece of tape, then make the adjustment to get it to feed straighter).
  15. 2 points
    Verify that the middle pinch roller (spring-loaded) is not at the point marked with a sticker on the top rail ---- i.e. at the joint of the grit rollers, where there's a gap.
  16. 2 points
    I also make sure that my pinch rollers are the exact same distance from the edge of the vinyl. Even use a tape measure if you have to. I put my pinch rollers about 1 1/4" from edge. Roller marks will not hurt, they come out when you apply. Graphtecs have a prefeed feature on them, The roller marks help with the tracking. Try prefeeding your vinyl and back.
  17. 2 points
    Never be pulling from the roll while cutting. Always have enough vinyl slack to do the order. You may have your blade too far out of the blade holder, with will cause the vinyl to shift. This is how to set your blade depth correctly. Run the cutter slow until you learn it. Vinyl has to be straight to stay straight while traveling. I have a Graphtec, but I still run it slow. To start with, you should set your blade depth correctly, by taking the blade holder out of the machine, and 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 fell the blade tip out of the blade holder. A lot of the times when a cutter stops, it is static from the vinyl. Cutter must be grounded to the stand. Spray Static Guard type sprays, use dryer sheets on the cutter and inside the roll. Run humidifier. Also the MH cutters have a very limited memory. The value cutters do have a cheap Chinese chip set. We tell buyers to put it on a serial cable or a Tripp-Lite Keyspan Adpater. That is the brand name Tripp-LIte.
  18. 2 points
    give it a shot - hard part is estimating 305 degrees and 20 second dwell on each part of the HTV with an iron but have heard of people doing it - and it is for your daughter so it isn't like you are putting your name on it for a customer. heck there is one group on facebook I am pretty sure there are people using a tea kettle or cookie sheet :O - - seriously though you don't have a lot to lose and I think usc has some Siser by the foot you could add to another order
  19. 2 points
    Agree with wildgoose, cut in two sections, saving vinyl. I also would have used a rectangle&polyline node edit over the text (Signblazer program) and split the 2 parts. It sounds complicated, but isn't.
  20. 2 points
    A friend of mine and I built a 4 X 4 foot CNC Router, 2.5 kw motor. Here`s one I did not long ago . 10 in tall X 40 in wide. Love my CNC. mark-s
  21. 2 points
    Ha ha love the trophy . Mark I am jealous of your router.
  22. 2 points
    nice work to both of ya'll
  23. 2 points
    Glad you are rolling! One good trick to use when in doubt about an image is to view it in wire frame mode. What you see in wire frame is what the cutter will see. SO if you see just a square box and no image inside it is a raster image (picture made of pixels not vector lines and curves) If the design is already vectored you will see the lines. You will also see hidden things that will mess with your cut like clipping masks that artists use to apply gradient fills etc... Depending on where you buy graphic art you may see all sorts of things that aren't actually cut ready. Sometimes things like non-welded script text or even hidden items that were on another layer that they forgot to delete. I do most of my own artwork for this very reason but clients often send me "cut ready" vectors and about 2 in 10 are actually ready to go.
  24. 2 points
    Post up your ad, So we can see where you bought it. But agree with Slice. You need to go to the Resolution Center at the bottom of every EBAY page and open an Item not as described case. You only have up to 30 days after it was delivered. All correspondence should be thru Ebay messages. Describe your problem and don't let them talk you into closing your case until your cutter is working. Or you get a refund. Once you close it, you cannot open another one. If you just need parts replaced, they should be able to send you parts to fix it. If you need a new cutter, just upgrade to a better cutter. Those MH cutters are bottom of the barrel with many known problems. You should have at least purchased the SC cutter. It is a step above and an better unit. We tell buyers not to buy the MH cutters.
  25. 2 points
    All I had to do was click Activate. And it said it was activated. I didn't need a number. Thank you for figuring that out for me. And would you believe now the cutter isn't grayed out with the sunflower there. Can't believe it! That is so weird because I've been using it several times a week since December and it works fine except that very rare time I have tried to add an image. Thanks again