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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
    Thanks for all the replies, I have read every one of them. I mostly do smaller graphics, nothing more than 12 inches or so high and 2-5 feet long. I was considering the 15 inch since it would be plenty for me, but, after reading the replies I think I will hold out for the Graphtec 24 inch, thank you all for your input!! I have learned a lot using the Vinyl Express cutter, but it is time to upgrade!!
  3. 4 points
    titan 2 or 3 is a good machine, but you get a whole lot more for just few hundred more. so a 3rd for graphtec
  4. 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.
  5. 3 points
    I bought my Graphtec new in 2008, and have NEVER, and I mean never had a problem with it. I cut almost every day and my cutter is original, Same cutting strip and all. The cuts are great, precise and accurate. The Graphtecs are very well built. The tracking is GREAT. The Graphtecs have more features than the Titans. The only Titan coming close to a Graphtec is the 28" Titan 3, Which is about $500 less, and it has less features than a Graphtec. Titan 1 is a stepper, with no contour cutting and the Titan 2 is a servo with manual contour cutting. but we have seen many of the Titans needing new boards in about a year or 2. You don't see Graphtecs doing that. The Titans have not been out in the field that long like the Graphtecs. Graphtecs are built with great precision and quality, They also cut more detailed designs better. I own 2 Graphtec FC vinyl cutters and would buy another. Because Graphtecs are so great, they hold their resale value also. I also purchased 2 Graphtec CE5000-60 for my kids, also no problems with them. Graphtecs also provide more options in software. For a PC or a Mac, and you can't beat the Graphtec Pro Studio for Windows, Over a $1000 software. Pretty close to FlexisignPro. FREE. If you do need tech support, Graphtec tech support is great also.
  6. 3 points
    Graphtec is worth the wait. You won't be sorry.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 2 points
    I owned one 50" cutter - after trying to weed those and mask them I went back to the 24-30" after that for all my cutters as most signs can be done in more manageable segments even 12' signs have natural areas that can be made smaller except if doing really really large graphics and then can be tiled. the only reason I would think of a 50" again or bigger would be if I had a latex printer and needed a cutter to contour then I would be looking at the new Rolands because nothing has compared to ease of finding registration marks to my roland print and cut units. as most of my work is cut vinyl now I still use a graphtec. choice is yours though as to what you like and really I wouldn't have appreciated the graphtecs as much had I not fought all those stepper motor cutters. sometimes you just have to learn for yourself
  11. 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.
  12. 2 points
    Jenna Sue (Regular) Find my font best $50 you will ever spend
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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,
  16. 2 points
    I refer you back to post 5 in this thread from sunday . . . .
  17. 2 points
    No problems with a desktop with 8 cores and 64gb ram either
  18. 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!!!
  19. 1 point
    Hey everyone! I've been browsing through the forums for a while now and finally, I'm a fresh member. I own my second gen Silhouette and I feel like it's time to go further. And that's why I'm here ─ for a piece of friendly advice, which I'll ask for in some other topics. Thanks for attention, guys.
  20. 1 point
    comparing the titan 3 and the grahtec ce both have the same warranty. just looked at pricing on US web page titan 3 you get vinyl master cut single license key $59.99 software 28" $1295 53" $1595 68" $1895 Graphtec you get Graphtec pro with 3 license key US cutter values it at $2100 right now US has the ce 6000- 60 with a heat press for $1795 again I haven't used a titan machine yet , so I cant comment on how it cuts. Personally I would go with the 24" cutter over the 15" , but I started with a 53" and moved dn to the 24" cut for everyday use. of course this is just like the vehicle u drive, its all personal preference. along with the cut & design program u use. maybe this post wont create a headache for any1
  21. 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 )
  22. 1 point
    Yes someone decided to change it this year. Up in the air if people like it but that is what it is for now. Thank you for your help!
  23. 1 point
    looks like the logo was designed by GP designs in a contest https://logotournament.com/contests/site-development-corporation/by/gpdesign and according to that site the agreement looks they would be provided high resolution files - there would need to be changes for cut files as the logo is made for print or web use with the "reflection" part of the upper logo
  24. 1 point
    What those pictures show is not clear. Razor cutter? No. TrippLite adapter? ?? LPT port? No. Get back to us with better\corrected info, OK?
  25. 1 point
    did not work. but gave me an idea. i added nodes in inkscape before i exported it to vinylmaster. that did the trick. vinylmaster is very sensitive to little nodes obviously