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  1. 6 points
    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
  2. 5 points
    Update: Graphtec cutter is running great! Coral x8 I have a little learning curve with but able to navigate okay through it. Goes knight press I have but still boxed up, other projects have been priority but I will get to the point on making shirts and hoodies. Been doing some glass carving with the help of the graphtec. I want to thank you all so much for helping me get going with this!
  3. 5 points
    Trust me, I am a 69 year old woman, and I don't ask for help either. I figure out a way to do things myself ALOT!!! I cut a 60" w x 150 yd roll on my miter saw. I had won 1/2 off at a vinyl business, so I bought the biggest roll that I could get. So I got 2,, 30" rolls out of the deal.
  4. 4 points
  5. 4 points
    So my SC2 was delivered today. Such a difference in the VE cutter and the SC2 cutter. I think the oddest thing I have seen so far is I swear that this cutter was an off white, almost eggshell color when I took it out of the box and now its a light baby blue. Other than that the VinylMaster Cuts software is easy to use, the machine is easy to operate and it cuts great. I am extremely pleased with the cutter and the decision to dump the VE. I have to pay the shipping to send the VE cutter back to SW, which is an expense I'll happily pay to get rid of it. As a test I just cut out some words and it cut wonderful, in straight lines, no tracking issues. For a more detailed test I cut out some back the blue flags for an FWC officer down the street to hand out. Each flag was cut very well after a couple tries to get the speed and pressure right. I am 100% positive that this cutter is going to make me some money. The cutter is grounded to the stand and the stand itself sits on concrete.
  6. 3 points
    loosen the roll up, put a piece of pvc pipe inside where you want to cut it in half. put it thru the miter saw. Macgyver here.
  7. 3 points
    I got F&M’s sample sheet this past weekend and I finally had time to text the formula that I was interested in. Let me tell you I’m super impressed and I just hope it holds up to the wash test. I did go a little high on temp but that’s cause every review said to raise it as well as I saw a lot of YouTube videos showing the issues. So off the bat I put it to 355 with heavy pressure for 10 seconds and it came out beautiful. Clearly this is now a demo shirt and I don’t own the rights to this logo it’s just clearly what they sent me in the free sample packaging. Lol
  8. 3 points
    If it's a known customer, they know how to install/apply the decal properly, and it's a flat surface, I will give them clear - keep in mind, that once the waxed paper backing comes off, the clear app tape then becomes frosted, and trying to see through it for alignment purposes really isn't any easier than using paper. I see you point, and I understand - I certainly will say that I'd prefer to look at other people's decals with clear app tape, because I can see it better, but I would rather buy it with paper tape, because 1) the paper tape will allow the decal to contour to a non flat surface better, and 2) I can do a wet application if I needed. The decision is either made for you by the customer, or if they have no preference, then always opt for the paper. If they choose clear, at least do yourself a favor and explain the advantages of paper (disadvantages of clear), and they can make an informed decision and at the very least, you CYA.
  9. 3 points
    Can't argue with that. I have also seen people install and think the clear is part of the decal and leave it there. I had one guy do it with a 12 x 12 inch decal. He had no idea.
  10. 3 points
    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.
  11. 3 points
    Well, you CAN cut clear through if you get a circuit cutting board or similar. And the Graphtec and other higher end cutters offer what is often called a Kiss Cut that will cut through the backing in spots and leave connecting pieces in between sort of a bouncing motion but that is mainly used for printed "sticker" type work and WILL cause cutting strip wear very quickly. The people who do that sort of thing generally ONLY do that sort of thing so fine detailed cutting is less critical and they probably get by with a chewed up cutting strip longer than the rest of us would put up with. Or they are large enough operators that they have a completely different fine cutting machine they don't abuse that way.
  12. 3 points
    You're opacity is set to 0, try changing to 100.
  13. 3 points
    Well, looking at the image posted above, my first suggestion would be "plug it in" (no power cord attached in the picture!!!!!)
  14. 2 points
    I think the rest have pointed you in the right direction. If it's cutting sometimes fine then it's probably a communication error. Pay special attention to Skeeters post on the correct brand of adapter because there are lots of other brands that just don't work with cutters.
  15. 2 points
    the output 'plug' that you're looking at is most likely a VGA port - in case you want to run an external monitor on a laptop, or a second monitor on a desktop.
  16. 2 points
    Unless your buying a Tripp-lite Keyspan Adapter or a Belkin, which are guaranteed to work with a vinyl cutter, your probably buying a USB to serial cable as cheap as the cheap Chinese chipset in the vinyl cutter. So it makes no difference to help the vinyl cutter run better. Those are the brand names.. If your computer has a serial connection, You could go straight serial, if that cutter does also. Ditch the Artcut and try a different software that has that vinyl cutter listed on it. Vinyl Master has a FREE trial. The baud rate on that cutter should be 9600. You will need the null modem cable that came with that cutter to use with a Tripp-lite Keyspan Adapter. Just use a standard length cable. Example . Find one close to you, They sell worldwide. Find the best price. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tripp-Lite-Keyspan-High-Speed-USB-to-Serial-Adapter-PC-Mac-USA-19HS/113688800975?epid=1194060954&hash=item1a78616ecf:g:yBsAAOSwcZ1cNBmS Vinylmaster.com
  17. 2 points
    But most people, with small decals, don't install with the backing paper. They will peal the backing off then position the decal to install.
  18. 2 points
    Been fighting with USC for years on that - they tried to correct it a couple of times and then new guys come in and do it again. on verbage if we don't make an effort to inform of correct verbage nothing ever changes. 35 years ago at a after work get together the Michigan State Police head trainer was there when someone mentioned putting a "clip" in their pistol or AK - a rant started about a magazine having a spring and a clip the spring is housed in the weapon like the old M1 - no one at that table ever did that again lol
  19. 2 points
    I think that was off the old Rocky Horror picture show.
  20. 2 points
    Darcshadow for the win! It was the opacity that was set to zero. What a PITA... I don't know how it got set that way, it was at 100% one day and 0% the next. Thanks for the help. dcbevins, thanks for the tips on the stroke color/width.
  21. 2 points
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  22. 2 points
    You might have opacity set to zero, but I am thinking you have just set the stroke color to none or "no fill." Right click on a color on the palate bar and pick stroke or Shift+Click a color to set the stroke color. You might have also set stroke width to zero. Change it to something non zero if this is the case, (I like using 1pt most of the time.)
  23. 2 points
    Hello Kate from Florida. I would have to agree with most here that have mentioned the Graphtec plotter. They are very good machines. That said you mentioned that you used a Cricut Maker. I believe they can be used to cut all the way through card stock and some plastic sheets used in scrap booking. Any of the vinyl plotters that are mentioned are strictly for cutting through vinyl and not the backing paper. Welcome to the forum.
  24. 2 points
    Nope, didn't do a thing to make your text better...FMF had no problem recognizing the letters.
  25. 2 points
    Definitely graphtec. I myself started with a titan after a few years I wanted to upgrade and I needed a little more so I ended up with the graphtec ce6000-60. I actually still use my titan to this day but for simple designs and all that to save my blade on the Graphtec. Blades can be expensive and I figured if I can save the life of my graphtec as well as blades by using the titan for simple stuff it’s a win win. Lol well anyway welcome and good luck. I’m new myself and the men and women here are awesome!