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  1. 5 points
    Looking at your first picture, I believe you are cutting too deep and cutting into the backing paper. Reset your blade length as per MZ SKEETER'S instructions and reduce your pressure settings. You should barely be making an indentation on the backing paper with your blade.
  2. 4 points
    comments should be about the problem - not personality conflicts. if it continues the thread will be locked Dirt fisherman - keep in mind the people on here helping volunteer their time (many for several years) when it appears someone is not even trying to find answers themselves they do get frustrated and someone with 19 years of experience they might be expecting them to have a solid knowledge of basic functions - - Most of these people read EVERY post on here trying to help - so long winded replies calling everyone condescending puts people in a defensive mode instead of a helpful mode - lets keep the questions and answers condensed without getting personal.
  3. 3 points
    titan3 would be the next step up but if you wait and save just about 300 more you can get the graphtec ce6000-60 - top notch then and comes with free graphtec pro studio software which is private branded flexi pro that you would spend $2000 for just that software without a cutter . . . . IMHO
  4. 3 points
    Yes, Dakota, that is how the 'Drop Shadow' function in Vm works. As far as not having the 2 layers over top of one another; Ungroup the 2 layers (grouped by Default when Created with the Drop Shadow Module) And Punch them out. (Not sure if the Cut Version has all these Features.
  5. 3 points
    The old timers here, are here to help. We do not know every program out there. we use what we use. Combined, we do know every program for design and cutting. In my opinion, grab a beer and click on help is a fantastic idea. There is more in that click than you can get waiting for help from the forum. In my humble opinion.
  6. 2 points
    i like the concept of not overlapping when I do 2+ colors, but in reality, my eyes and hands simply aren't steady enough for a level of accuracy if the color is supposed to touch one another, especially on a graphic as long as yours. I would guarantee have negative space or in inadvertent overlapping someplace along that graphic. good luck with that, and take a pic when you're done so we can see it installed.
  7. 2 points
    Jenna Sue (Regular) Find my font best $50 you will ever spend
  8. 2 points
    Angie I saw that machine on CL and wondered if they got it sold. I am the mod mentioned and actually here in your area and run a newer Summa. That machine is pretty old but as long as it's been taken care of should be a good option especially at what you paid for it. I recommend trying out the free Signblazer if you're on a super tight budget and don't already have design skills. I run a mac and so use SignCut Pro in combination with Adobe Illustrator but both of those are paid programs.
  9. 2 points
    Call Support? Now why would I want to do a thing like that? Nooooo! That's entirely too easy. I would much rather crack a beer, have a seat, and bother the REAL people! Just wanted to update anyone following. I managed to get this rig running, finally. And I gotta tell ya... It helps so much TO INSTALL THE CORRECT CUTTER! That entire time... I had SC2 selected, NOT the Titan 2. After making the correct choice, the bells & whistles came alive. It was a Hallmark moment. No kidding. If any of you could have seen my behavior, prior to choosing wisely, you'd have grabbed popcorn & a fountain drink. Yeah... it was sad. Anyway... After a few test cuts, I noticed that the offset was too low (rounded, incomplete cuts). Of course, I headed straight for the calibration thingy. That's where I'm stuck now. That's where you fine peoples come in. I got to the part where the design shows up on the sign blank. Pretty sure it's a grid, with #'s & letters. Well, I hit CUT IT NOW. It starts cutting... then stops... and just sits there. Your thoughts?
  10. 2 points
    You should be peeling the wax paper backing off the decal. it makes a huge difference. Lay decal tape down, peel the backing off. No mention which vinyl or tape you are using,
  11. 2 points
    I refer you back to post 5 in this thread from sunday . . . .
  12. 2 points
    No problems with a desktop with 8 cores and 64gb ram either
  13. 2 points
    First things first --- identify those fonts (2 different ones). Do not ever vectorize text. Horrible results. Ask them for a higher-resolution copy, maybe if you're lucky get an .eps version!!!
  14. 1 point
    I'm assuming you download the A_Series_driver? There are two exe files in that zip folder, A_Series_USB.exe and paraDriver0124.exe. Did you try running both to see what happens? Also, given the age of the A-series, the drivers might not work on anything newer than XP and you may need to setup a computer with XP or setup a virtual machine running XP. You might also try the CT/CA/CM/CB - USB to Serial Driver and see what it does.
  15. 1 point
    So you either ignored what others have tried to point out to you, or you chose not to share the results - whether good or bad. People have suggested, and you keep on saying that you're not new to cutting. Clearly you have more experience than some of us combined. Have you broken a hard rule? No. I just simply answered your question Have you broken a hard rule? No. I just simply replying as to why you think you are being treated so unfairly. There are some reasonable expectations when someone brings a question to this forum ... (this doesn't only apply to you, don't think you're so special that we chose to single you out, just to pick on). - did you try to search the forum for the answer before posting? - if your machine came with an owner's manual online or hard copy, have you tried checking there? - did you try to use the HELP section of the software before posting? - what other thing(s) have you tried before posting? When there is a suggestion for a possible solution, usually the OP will tell us whether it helped or not, or if it's turned into a different problem. You keep on stating that nobody has addressed your original issue ... what were all those screen shots of other member trying to help you? We are all volunteers here, and we want to help one another. The shorter the better, because some of us don't cut for a living, so our time on the forum can be very, very limited - but we try where can. Post away, take as long as you need, a novel if necessary. We were only trying to guide you to get the quickest and most thorough results from the forum.
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  17. 1 point
    Yes. Yes I did. I'm on #3. I'm a cheap date. Sorry about that, Dak.
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  19. 1 point
    Hopefully, you are prefeeding enough vinyl tru the cutter to do the entire order. Vinyl should be slack laying behind the cutter. Never be pulling from the vinyl roll while cutting. Also make sure the pinch rollers are an equal distance from the vinyl edge. I use a tape measure to measure the distance. Vinyl will feed straight that way. I use about 1 inch from the vinyl edge.
  20. 1 point
    Thank you for updating your post, and letting us know how you resolved your issue. There will be a good chance that someone will need this information in the future. On a slight tangent, did you try to save your file as an .eps out of inkscape? I'm curious to know if VM would have done the same thing. I'm guessing it might have, since you seem to have isolated it to bend a node issue. (just can't help being curious though )
  21. 1 point
    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
  22. 1 point
    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.
  23. 1 point
    To the OP: You do realize that if you cut all the way through all the way around you will have a train wreck right? Sort of like the Coyote in the Road Runner cartoon when he cuts a hole around himself and falls through. If you need to cut the sticker clear out you'll need a cutting mat and at that point want to be back on the other holder location anyway I think. That's exactly why they do the perf cut so that the carrier stay enough intact to allow proper operation. I don't own a Graphic so I can't help you with the offset problem sorry.
  24. 1 point
    I figure if we don't know what software is being used - while waiting on the answer we might as well work on the correct terminology -I think cricut started the incorrect use of die cutting - and like the 1/2 credit card trick is wrong and just won't die.
  25. 1 point
    Temperature is a factor, yes. Also, what is the surface like? Make sure it's clean (use isopropyl alcohol).