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  1. 9 points
    One of my other favorites. mark-s
  2. 8 points
    Some designs I`ve been working on with the CNC machine. mark-s
  3. 7 points
    here are a few signs made with the CNC. The signs one was the first one made on the CNC then hand painted. American made was the 2nd one I did, got smart and masked off for each color very little touch up. mark-s
  4. 7 points
    Well it has been over just over two years now since me and my wife opened up our shop. We are still doing good and it sustains itself and then some. We have met a lot of great customers and have gained a lot of loyal customers. The bulk of our business is tshirts. We do have good days and bad days but that is the nature of the beast.. I have missed being on here and trying to help out but working 40 hours and then coming home and pressing shirts keeps me busy. Hope everyone is doing well with their vinyl business..
  5. 6 points
    put the app tape on your table sticky side up and then apply the vinyl to that - much easier
  6. 6 points
    Well you know, new guys can mess up anything LOL.... few things I have cut today... The Anniversary was for my Parents, it was 55 yrs for them yesterday. The motorcycle was first thing i cut.
  7. 6 points
    Heck if you know you are going to spend over $800 there I would just toss it out as a straight up trade right off the bat and see if they bite. Don't give them the actual quote. They will be happy and so will you.
  8. 6 points
    I completely forgot to show my best work yet................ Mr. Jacob.
  9. 6 points
    I charge based on a learned estimate of what I think it will take. In other words I estimate based on an hourly rate and give the client a hard price. He doesn't usually know what I want to make per hour just the final price and if it goes good I make more per hour. Most basic installs I figure a couple hours. Those job boxes will be time consuming possibly. Also be careful what you get yourself into because all the John Deere stuff is copyright protected without a release from an authorized dealer. If they ARE an authorized dealer make sure you get something in writing saying they are authorized to commission your work on the cut vinyl so you don't some day get your rear in a ringer.
  10. 6 points
    that is why it is in the off topic section - we did a Rome to San juan cruise this year and in essence was the guinea pigs as I couldn't find anyone to give advice first - We loved it and I thought I would share for 2018 the same cruise is going over $100 cheaper pp than our trip so right now $534pp from Rome to spain, portugal, azores and across the atlantic to san juan. by far the cheapest way I found to see other areas we hadn't been to before. I thought I found a great deal on air but for 2018 we are going on a different cruise and found WOW air (think european sprit as in low service low price) - WOW goes from the US to Europe for $300pp - there is a LONG layover in iceland but I added a cheap hotel and should make the trip much easier and still save over $1000 compared to the cheapest I found elsewhere) Why share this - we all work hard on here and I know several have no idea they can do a trip to europe so cheap - as I had no idea until this last year. The deal on the same cruise for 2018 was such a deal I had a hard time deciding on a different one and paying a bit more, but in the end decided to see new sites. These cruises are as cheap as 7 day cruised we have taken to the carribean and you get 12 days of all the food you can eat and lots of things you normally would not see on a menu - Yeah I am a little stoked at finding these deals
  11. 5 points
    Don't care how she got it. I was exactly what I needed and I appreciate the effort she put into it..
  12. 5 points
    Here is an edge lit example of one I did for my day job boss.
  13. 5 points
    Wow, two solutions in one thread --- nice work, gang!
  14. 5 points
    Also, if you want to know what's in a document use the Object Manager:
  15. 5 points
    Guess she didn't like that response. I still haven't heard anything back from her. Spoke to soon... She just texted back. Sorry meant to reply back last night. I think we have another guy that will do the shirts. I understand the liability factor. So that must mean she has been talking to someone else the whole time also. For you to find another person at 8:30pm on a Sunday night. Or either she just found someone else today. Either way I'm fine with it. He can have her!!!
  16. 5 points
    Hello there fellow forum-ites! I have enjoyed being a member of this forum now for several years. Most of you have known me as the lead designer and production artist for a sign company. However that has just changed! My wife and I are proud to announce that we have a started our own company, Spunky Graphics, LLC. We still do vinyl work, including vehicle wrap design & installation, however as we are starting out small we are focusing our product offerings to paper products (business cards, labels, brochures, etc...) promotional products thru a local distributor rather than a national conglomerate like Kaeser & Blair, Graphic Design, Screen printing & Embroidery thru a partner as well as Web Design, SEO, and Social Media Training, & Online Profile Optimization coming soon! Our expanded vision for our company is to be a business concierge. We want to help new and existing business navigate the advertising world. We see so many business throwing away money at useless advertising and promotion that only benefit the sales person. And then of course on the flip side, businesses that don't advertise at all and need to learn how to promote badly. We want to show businesses how to track their advertising so they know whether or not its working and how to adjust. I have really enjoyed being a part of this forum and I hope to be more active in the coming future. The knowledge base and experience of many members here is second to none. So I really look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience and of course I hope to continue to do business with all of you!
  17. 5 points
    My 5 year old daughter has "sport jersey day" next week at school. Didn't want her looking like everyone else, so I thought it would be good to make this for her. I know, she will wear it once and into the rag bin it goes. You need to watch the simpsons to know the team.
  18. 5 points
    I don't think goo gone works well on paper.
  19. 5 points
    to forum member @pshawny! I needed an assist with a graphic yesterday and Shawn stepped up and helped get me moving in the right direction - big time. Shawn, I owe you one buddy! Cal
  20. 4 points
    You set up like you would with any cutter...It's just a more accurate cutter.. Hopefully you learned the basics with your old cutter. There are not any settings set in stone for any cutter. But with the Graphtec you don't have to tinker to get it to cut correctly every job. Pretty much set and forget.. The only thing I change is speed once in a while. You start with the correct blade depth. That is how you set force, just like you would on your old cutter. The Graphtec has more features, yes, but easy to learn, read your user manual. Starting now.
  21. 4 points
  22. 4 points
    I use an old smaller computer that is dedicated to the cutter with no internet connection - been that way for 10 years always ready to rock and roll - the design computers come and go every 3 years but the old trusty simple cutting computer like you can buy for $60 works great connected and left alone on a cutter - the old cutting computer is dual core 2.6 ghx with a whopping 2 gb ram and works flawlessly - so it takes very little to run a cutter. the latest design computer I went a little more nuts on
  23. 4 points
    I currently own a LP24, and this discussion is making me re-think the want (because it's definitely not a need), of a larger cutter. [In a totally good way!] I've babied my cutter as much as I possibly could, and probably took far more care in moving in from one house to another, than any other possession I own. That being said, it's over 10-years old, and it's about time that I start to think about a back-up. I was considering just one size up, but thinking about the whole cumbersome app tape of large pieces, I need to rethink this. My "go to" CYA for larger pieces is, "Professional installation not included," and most people (and companies) are okay with that. Just about everyone and their mother knows how to put on a cut vinyl decal here, since it seems to be a staple for almost everything that is motorized and moves here (cars, mopeds, golf carts, go karts, fork lifts - decals everywhere!). Thank you for this discussion, it's certainly shed some light on some aspects that did have the forethought to have myself.
  24. 4 points
    Turn down the music or you will not know when it is done cutting.
  25. 4 points
    Tip for the newbies - a grommet press (usually used for banners) works great for adding a smooth hole for a straw in a mason jar lid. something that many of us did a few years back. Then add vinyl or sand blast for personalized product. I thought of this when I saw the big mouth grommet press was on sale this morning