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  2. 7 points
    Finally got around to making a LED edge lit sign for myself. 8.5 X 12 RGB multi color. 1/2 in acrylic basic shape cut on the cnc machine. Etched with aluminum oxide 220 grit. Red oak base also cut on the cnc machine. Oak was clear coated. mark-s
  3. 6 points
    So my day job is site work and excavation. We were opening up a new job last week and clearing off a field to put up some apartment complexes. I left a guy there to scrape up weeds with a large wheel loader. he calls late in the evening to tell me he ran over a rifle on the job. It was in a scabbard and had likely bounced off a truck or side-by-side at some point. Said he smashed it pretty good. I go over the next day and have a look. It's a fairly new Ruger American Predator series chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. Has an upper level chinese scope and a bi-pod all in a decent scabbard. Stock is broken but just at the shoulder all there rest is fine. I say "Cool find dude. Finder keepers." He says "Oh I quit hunting a long time ago you take it." (he didn't have to ask me twice!) Had the local cops run a search for stolen or lost and no one had turned it in so they say it's mine now. Just needs a new stock. I start looking for a used one or replacement and have a hard time because its a fairly new model and specific stock for the barrel. Finally give up and call Ruger about it. They ask why I want a new stock. I tell them it got ran over (didn't tell them it was by a large piece of construction equipment) they say "we will have one out to you in 6 to 8 working days for free." Mic drop..... No way. free I say? She says yep, have a great weekend and good hunting. You better believe I will lady! Happy day indeed. I looked up the equipment and there's between $700 and $900 right there depending on actual prices vs list. Way cool. Has a little rust on the barrel as it had been laying out there who knows how long but I did the barrel re-black kit thing and it cleaned up pretty good. Somehow the scope is totally fine even being nearly squished and laying around getting wet, all the rest is in great shape. Supposed to be real nice shooters.
  4. 4 points
    My son always picks a unique costume.
  5. 3 points
    I was bored the other day and found something at princess auto. That would be like the US northern tool or harbor freight. And I thought, HEY, that could work. So for $29 Canadian I got me a 10 roll storage rack. Not bad for a lumber storage rack.
  6. 3 points
    Here`s a video of the LED RGB edge lit sign IMG_1048_1.mp4
  7. 3 points
    Clean cut blade is in and I used 1/2 the pressure and almost no blade as suggested. My cutter was running Chrome at a pressure setting of 300, I started at 150 and ended up at 145 making perfect cuts. Combine that with the offset issue that was fixed by calibrating my cutter to the software and...BAM!!! Cutting perfect! The most trouble i had was with the punisher skulls I did for my boys party. I couldn’t get them any smaller than 1” without eyes and nose holes and teeth not cutting right... just for giggles I made some at .6” and they look awesome! Btw, the eyes on that are tiny but the nostrils are almost too small to weed with a pin...
  8. 3 points
    You have not provided any info to help you. No mention of computer operating system, cutting software. your using, how you are connected to the computer USB or serial.? Was the design a vector or are you trying to cut a jpeg? How did you set your blade depth..? Is this a new cutter to you or a used one? Did it just start like this? or has it being running good and start doing this? Is the cutter grounded to the stand if you have one? It could be many, many reasons including user errors. Not knowing how to set up and operate the machine correctly.
  9. 3 points
    Remember before installing to drop you pressure 50 percent and start with too little blade working your way up so you don’t break a tip.
  10. 3 points
    Here's one I finished this past week using Titan 2. Turned out pretty well.Restriped the LIGHT GRAY and Maroon , not everything .
  11. 3 points
    Thanks for the replies from everyone. Heres what we worked out: I gave them the option of the 20 transfers that they originally purchased from me to be used in any way they seen fit, (replace the lifted and peeling shirts or a different style shirt all together) as long as they provide the garment. They decided that they wanted to do 10 hoddies to replace the ones they had issues with and use the other 10 transfers along with another 10 transfers for T-shirts that I gave them a price break on. Again, all with them providing the shirts. I guess in the end it all worked out I believe they were happy and I about broke even in the deal so all is well.
  12. 3 points
    Your welcome. If you stop in more often, you can learn more new stuff everyday on this great forum. I am always learning new stuff on here.
  13. 2 points
    Hi Jedi --- You say that the Sun is shining "Here" --- where is here? In a Galaxy Far Far Away? !!
  14. 2 points
    I figure it’s about time I post my attempt of this thing of working with vinyl Customer was sent from another store to me, so of course I had to see if I could do it. Name was spelled wrong, forgot to take a pic b4 I removed the wrong letter . pics loaded in wrong order , talked with @Primal Decals about how much to charge. We both thought $10-15. So I went with $15, customer gave me $30. Can’t rem. But mayb my 1st tip
  15. 2 points
    Yeah like when the paint starts to boil you've gone too far!
  16. 2 points
    We do things all the time that shouldn’t be able to be done... the trick is being able to see what the vinyl wants to do and being able to persuade it to do otherwise...then accepting the comprise (the guys I work with for installs have done this much longer than I and I just recently introduced them to wet applications...they didn’t know about it and rarely needed it. It amazes me the things 20 years of experience does to people)
  17. 2 points
    I started using Signblazer when I purchased my MH-365 cutter and am still using it with my Graphtecs. Many of us on the forum still use it. The more that you use it, the more you will find it will do.
  18. 2 points
    I actually only do chrome and Reflectives in my little niche so I’m a blade eating machine!!!
  19. 2 points
    I personally use a second blade holder and after I have used my cleancut first in the primary holder for regular vinyl I move it to the metallics, glitter holder as that will eat any blade up faster and I want my regualr vinyl to always be trouble free. that way I get double duty out of the cleancut blades too as you generally do not do as fine of cuts with metalics
  20. 2 points
    I’ve have this Laserpoint 2 since July and you can go back and look at the issues I’ve had... my offset was never quite perfect, and the overlap was causing issues sometimes leaving little .2mm slices into the design that sometimes causes a catastrophe when weeding. Then I ran some simple rectangles and found out (after $30 of Reflective was cut undersized) that my scaling was off. On a 1” square it was off.. it was .96x.97”. It doesn’t seem like much but when I recalibrated it in the software, all the other issues went away. This should be a test you run when you get your cutter or you are having problems.
  21. 2 points
    Lol! I'll try. They're always trying to save a $. I order 12" and 24" RTape. What did I get? Yeah they changed the order to 2 rolls of 48" and told me to cut it to however big I need it to be because that's cheaper than buying different sizes.
  22. 2 points
    Not to mention my kids will have the coolest projects in school
  23. 2 points
    Absolutely read the user manual,, then you will know something about it...It explains how to set it up and what all the features and buttons do. Take time to learn your machine..
  24. 2 points
    Use the usb able to connect. Start by downloading and reading the manual. Don’t mess with the firmware
  25. 2 points
    stepper motors with finer definition tend to be a little quieter - the copam was the first example of that - but don't expect them to be as quiet as a servo - nor as accurate and easy to use there is a reason all the old timers have servo cutters and most have graphtecs
  26. 2 points
    This is how to set your blade depth correctly 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 or feel the blade tip out of the blade holder.
  27. 2 points
    Did you install the driver and follow all of the instructions here? https://support.uscutter.com/support/solutions/articles/14000035660-setting-up-your-sc-cutter-in-vinyl-master
  28. 2 points
    maybe post what operating system and which vinyl cutter info, would help.
  29. 2 points
    Crossgrade worked fine. New PSN number downloaded, installed and activated. Designed some new decals. Still need to test cutting but not seeing any issues at all.
  30. 2 points
    Easy answer --- building a custom-shape lighted sign box from 'scratch' is not something for the average Joe. I order my "Cloud" signs from Rick in Georgia http://www.georgiasignbuilders.com He says that "We work ridiculous hours" ('til midnight 7 days) !!!
  31. 1 point
    email graphtec and be nice, they will do the same and help you out. Like Skeeter said, "DON'T MESS WITH IT!" It is what it is.
  32. 1 point
    No one can help you when you do not provide any info to help you...No mention of which cutter on which operating system.. No mention of how the cutter is connected to your computer,, Serial, or USB?. No mention of which drivers you downloaded. ...Serial will always be better. And if it is a value cutter, a Tripp lite Keyspan Adapter (that is the brand name) is much better over the cheap chipset that are in the cheap Chinese cutters. Is the cutter new or used? If used, did you see the cutter working fine, before you purchased it? .. Help yourself and provide important info.
  33. 1 point
    Old decal removal is pretty straight forward with heat... once you see the color slightly change sheen on solid color graphics you’re good to just peel off. We mostly use propane torches around the shop but hearguns and hair dryers work too. The perfect temperature is when you put your hand on it and it almost hurts (there’s a fine line there)
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    @Primal Decals where do I order ditto paper tape?? have u been holding out on me? u have never mentioned such an item... lol now on a serious note, I learn something almost every time I log on. I use and I have tried both, a long with several different brands of clear. the 1st I tried with wet apply basically seemed to melt to the vinyl. I now found some that I can use wet, but its still not like using paper. in my opinion it depends on the job what tape I use. but I do like using the clear for layering. and for display at the shop I try to keep the ft sticker on the display in clear so customers can see the decal better.
  36. 1 point
    No other cutter has that feature so it would be hard for us to answer - all ours if we want to use a pen we have to take the knife out and put a pen in and change the settings - it is a unique cutter you have
  37. 1 point
    heck I didn't even know that model existed and have never seen anyone on this forum mention it - betting it would be quicker to call graphtec support to get an answer than on a signmaking forum that doesn't really have a need for that feature just my 2c
  38. 1 point
    Here is what my settings are. In scalps, when you use the text feature you have to go to TEXT and then convert text to outlines, From there you can scale it to the proper size you need it to be,Its just like in ai Its not a vector till you convert it..Im also sending a ticket to craftedge on this ..
  39. 1 point
    more that likely if you traced the image with your software you have 2 images on top of one another - you would select one and delete it - I am also seeing you have way too much blade exposure from that last picture
  40. 1 point
    glad you got it figured out and saved a marriage - that is why I swear by cleancut blades - I don't mess with changing and adjusting but every 10 months for the most part
  41. 1 point
    My wife was weeding for me on the stuff that was cut with the chipped blade...umm...well...I appeased her by just throwing it all away! Apparently, a good practice in marriage is to make sure your wife is happy (been married 22 years, yes to the same woman too..) we switched to orafol 352 from our normal chrome from H&H (from griff I believe)...she hates the orafoil, any nick in that stuff and it tears...with a broken blade there are lots of nicks..thus it is gone! Btw, anyone need about 5 yards of 352?
  42. 1 point
    I wash all clothing no mater where it comes from first off........This is a tough one for me to decide on what i would really do, I know that a customer supplied shirt is to be a gamble due to the technicality of how it was washed etc , But for me whether or not they supplied the shirt or not ,the main issue was with the transfer which in turn ruined the product not the clothing having an issue. I personally would have to replace the customers clothing .It was not the clothing that caused the issue in this matter. What if you did a decal on a vehicle and for some godly reason the adhesive ruined the clear coat due to a mix up in the chemical adhesive ( Not that this would really ever happen but just an example) .The material you supplied to put on the vehicle ruined the paint, Does that mean your not liable for fixing their paint job ? Or tell the customer since you supplied the vehicle i wont take care of you but i will give you a deal..lol Sorry but whatever product im supplying that ends up having a defect to cause an issue falls on myself or the manufacturer who supplied the item... I would have to eat the cost of the shirts and put it on the supplier if possible, otherwise eat it and move to another supplier,, But what do i know... lol..
  43. 1 point
    They are not rocket science but some of the electrical work should probably enlist the aid of a qualified electrical contractor. Biggest thing about a weird shape is the traditional way of sliding a substrate in may not work and you would have to build it with other methods in mind to change out the substrate and get at the tubes.
  44. 1 point
    Best bet,, stay away from the MH series.. At least go the SC and now they have the SC2. Or better yet. jump up to a servo motor,, and don't look back. Your welcome.
  45. 1 point
    problem is when the customer supplies their own garments you do not know how that garment has been pre treated or not - some stores sell items that have a sizing (think like starch) that makes them present well and flat - that can interfere with our htv process - you usually can tell if they are pre laundered and that itself can add more chemical issues - so when some wants to provide their own garment I charge almost the same as if I supply the garment that i have control over - which usually changes their mind.
  46. 1 point
    Welcome, I used to do a lot of RC bodies in the past. For the small quantity T shirts, you can use your cutter you already plan to buy, and get a heat press and do Heat Transfer Vinyl. For the RC car stuff, I assume you will be using single color vinyl , right? I HIGHLY recommend a servo cutter and Cast vinyl ( Oracal 751) for the small detail needed for tiny decals.
  47. 1 point
    Agree with Dakota, rock solid choices you won't regret for the cutter and press. As for printing, get yourself some durabrite ink for your printer and you can do transfers. If you can only print 8.5"x11" you will find that you want to upsize later but you can get some designs to fit. If your printer is something that can handle bigger sheets you can look into aftermarket ink and save a lot of money. I do a little shirt work with Jet Pro Soft Stretch (JPSS) now and then. Works great on pure white cotton or cotton/poly. I keep some 3G transfer paper for dark fabrics on hand for the occasional need but I really don't like the feel of ANY of the offerings for dark fabrics so I try to steer people toward HTV if at all possible. I am a die hard Siser Easyweed user. I have tried out several other brands without complaints but prefer the Siser overall. Especially the Siser Stretch. I do a LOT of HTV work. Just found that most of the other brands have varied application temps and dwell times and cold/warm or hot peel variations and Siser is more uniform as a hot peel (much faster production) and pretty well universal lower temperature. By keeping it all the same I don't have to pay attention too closely unless I have a special need that changes the set-up.
  48. 1 point
    Just sayin' hello to everyone. Pretty new to all this and learning by the day. Started up a side business to hopefully make a few bucks. GCC Expert 24LX, Epson Artisan Printer, and a heat press Is what's currently in my arsenal. Thanks to Primal Decals for the invite.
  49. 1 point
    There is an ancient tradition in Jerusalem to place a note (with your personal message/plea to God) into the cracks of the Western Wall of the Temple Mount (Mt. Moriah). https://english.thekotel.org/kotel/send_note/ Although it's not exactly a 'prayer', it couldn't hurt.
  50. 1 point