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  1. ShaneGreen

    Noob Questions

    Slice&Dice, I use 60 CleanCuts on everything. They make a much better cut then the 45s.
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    Noob Questions

    White is my nemesis. No matter what brand I try it takes more pressure and just doesn't leave as nice a cut as the other colors. I've noticed I can cut a 24" x 60" red or black 3M reflective in two passes and it's a nice clean edge. Cut the same design in white reflective and there is so much drag that the 1st and 2nd cut don't always line up...frustrating. As for the Greenstar, I bought a bunch with my cutter for practice. Didn't care how much I wasted or gave away at the price. It was a great learning experience, because once I got good at cutting and weeding it I switched to 651 and it was night and day different. The 651 cuts, weeds and lays so much nicer! Can't imagine how much time and headache I would have saved myself if I'd just started with 651 and a CleanCut blade....but think of all the lessons I wouldn't have learned.
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    shape cut outs without spacing in between

    Design it as though you were weeding out every-other octagon. Then weld it all together. If two shapes are next to each other then it cuts both outlines, so the adjoining side is cut twice. But if every-other image is removed/ punched out / whatever-your-softwared-calls-it and the cutting program thinks it's empty (weeded) space and then welded, there won't be overlapping cuts....I think.
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    Titan 3 start up

    When you are in the vinyl spooler and tell it to cut, is it showing the square on the image of the plotter?
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    Newbie needs help...

    The type of blade you're using can have a big affect on not lifting the center out of those letters in the future (I know you eliminated them on this project). A lot of folks on here kept preaching the value of a good quality blade, especially the CleanCut brand. I finally listened and it's made a huge difference in the ability of my LaserPoint II to handle detail. Check out this topic from last spring for info and examples.
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    Stay safe everyone

    Sure is a small world. Growing up we had to go to Morris or Ottawa if we wanted fast food. . .or anything. I only get up there now for weddings and funerals.
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    Stay safe everyone

    mfatty, I grew up in Seneca. College in Decatur and then lived in Mount Prospect and the Rockford area before running away from the snow and ice! Dakota, I'm with you on the humidity. Spent New Years on top of a mountain in Colorado a few years ago. It was cold, but comfortable. Got back here to 25 degree warmer weather and felt chilled all month. The humidity gets you down deep. ~ I used to have golden retriever that would burrow down in the snow like that and do everything he could to stay outside. The Vet said not to worry, that he'd let me know when it got to cold. . .still couldn't bring myself to let him stay out very long.
  8. If you're using VinylMaster, I went to their YouTube channel and watched EVERY video. Grab a pen and paper and make notes. I listed the name of the video and the minute and second they started talking about the thing I was noteing. Not everything will apply to you, but you'll start to pick up little bits and pieces that will later be second nature. Videos that I knew were important I watched multiple times. Then take a cheep roll of vinyl and practice. Then practice some more. Just learning to properly set the blade to Mz Skeeter's instructions eliminated a huge chunk of my headaches. I probably used up over 200 square feet of cheep stuff before trying my first roll of 651. What a difference a good vinyl made! By starting with the cheep stuff and a factory blade I learned a lot of invaluable lessons. I've burned through yard after yard of 24" vinyl learning before ever attempting to sell anything. It's a long process to get decent at what you're doing. Be patient.
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    Stay safe everyone

    Grew up in a small farm town an hour south-west of Chicago and sub-zero temperatures weren't that uncommon. After 30 years living in the South I can't wrap my head around being that cold. It's 22 here right now and I worry about the dog when he goes out to the bathroom. My thoughts are with all of you up north. . . stay safe!
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    eps files viewed as thumbnail??

    Give irfanview a try: It seems to show most common file formats and there are plugins for obscure ones. It also has some handy tools for bulk renaming, etc. I used Adobe Bridge for a couple of months and kept running into problems with it gobbling up resources and hanging up.
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    Cuyi Vinyl Cutter CTO630 not showing

    I'm with Mz Skeeter on this one. The error box even says "CutspoolerVM3.exe." VM3 as in VinylMaster Version 3. The layout of the pages looks just like a stripped down version of VinylMaster. Well what do you know? Went over to the Signmaster website and it's owned by Future Corp, the same folks who own Vinylmaster. I learned something new today and it's not even noon yet!
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    I've also got string, a spray bottle with a little soapy water, a sprayer of rinse water, window cleaning squeege and some rubber covered magnets.
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    Equipment Advice Please!

    There is an old rule-of-thumb in engineering that if you buy a piece of equipment you will spend an additional 50-150% in accessories. So we always estimated the best we could and then doubled it. Buying your first cutter isn't much different. Once you add in squeegees, good blades, tape rollers, straight edge, computer cables, knives, weeding tools, magnifying glass, cutting mat, material storage and software upgrades you can easily rack up way more than the cost of a budget cutter. I know I did. Then turn around and buy your consumables: vinyl and transfer tape. Slice&Dice is right, that $200 upgrade is just a small piece of the puzzle.
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    Registration marks

    I can't seem to find the Vinylmaster youtube video that goes into detail on registration marks. It's not the one with "registration marks" in the title, LOL. The image they work on in the video is a multi-color image of a plumber with a pipe over his shoulder, if I remember right. In VM you can go to >TOOLS >SETTINGS >GENERAL >REGISTRATION MARKS and change the default width and height of them, also.
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    HTV with mug press?

    There are a lot of folks out there who use good ol' 651 sign vinyl on ceramic, plastic, glass and "stainless" tumblers. As long as the glass is nice and clean and you let the item sit for a few days before throwing it in the dishwasher it holds up really well. And you don't need a heat press. It won't hold up as long as sublimation and it can be snagged or scratched off, but it does hold up. Back in March I personalized some Dollar Store plastic tumblers for a family get together and figured if they held up through the weekend they had done their job. My Dad has been drinking coffee out of his everyday since and it still looks like new. So sign vinyl is great for craft projects or personal items, however I wouldn't offer them to business customers since you can feel the image and they won't last as long as sublimation.
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    Registration marks

    In VinylMaster go to >Objects >Place Registration Marks. It will place 4 of them for you. They can be moved where ever you want and edited or deleted. I usually make them smaller and remove 2 of the 4 points. VM makes them a special color that is designated as "universal" and then appears on every layer/color. So if you move one it will be in that new location on every color level. They have a real good video about them on Youtube that tells you how to create your own, reposition, etc.
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    Registration marks

    What software are you using?
  18. ShaneGreen

    Larger pen for plotting

    My LP2 uses a Roland blade holder. I've got the ballpoint pen and holder combo and it comes in handy for testing, but it's so thin and faint that testing is about the only thing it's good for. I'm needing to plot a nativity scene onto a paper roll to use as a pattern for a yard decoration. So the line needs to be thicker and heavier then the ballpoint. Anyone know of a good marker or felt tip that will fit this cutter? I've got a Sharpie that is just slightly smaller, does anyone have any tips on how to get it to mount securely in the cutter head?
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    Larger pen for plotting

    Darcshadow, that's what I ended up doing. Had to create a makeshift pen cap to keep it from drying out afterwards, but the fineline sharpie made a nice thick, easy to read line.
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    How to cut the backing paper on Vinyl

    If you use a straight edge and an exact-o it's not that hard to cut right on the edge of the weedbox. If you are gang cutting a handful of the same design all of the weedboxes will be the same size. If you are cutting a bunch of different decals at once, I'll sometimes create my own weedbox making all of the decals the same size (or maybe just the same width, depending on what I'm cutting). It's simple to line them up in the cutfile, then I can lay my 36" straight edge down and cut one side of a dozen pieces at once. Repeat for the opposite side and then just cut between each one to separate.
  21. ShaneGreen

    Larger pen for plotting

    Thanks Mz Skeeter.
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    A topic I actually know a little about. Owned a web hosting company and built online databases for 15 years, still do a little of it. If it is posted on the internet and not password protected (in other words, you don't have to have a username and password to access it) then you can legally link to it from anywhere else on the internet. The key here is the word "link". - You CANNOT post a copy of an image or video from one site to another. Quoting text is a whole other matter. - The link must take you to the originating site. So a link to a Stahls video that takes you to their website or another host where Stahls has posted it (youtube, etc.) is perfectly legal. These types of links are usually encouraged as they drive traffic to their site and boast their search engine rankings. - If the link is to a static page then the link has to be descriptive text or the URL of the page it's taking you to. With written permission the link can be a screenshot or graphic. - If the link is to a video then it can be descriptive text, URL or a screen shot from the video. - The owner of the content (website, image, video, etc.) has the right to request you remove the link. If for some reason they request you remove it, you must comply immediately. This usually happens if the content of your site goes against the image the content owner is trying to project. So if you have a site dedicated to wild game hunting, the American Vegan Association might ask you to remove the link to their content. - If the owner of the site you are on asks you to remove a link to another site you must comply. For instance, USCutter has the right to ask you to remove (or remove it themselves) a link to one of their competitors on this forum. In physical world terms, if someone owns a custom car and keeps it in the garage, you have no right to go peeking in the windows or telling others to. If they park it in the driveway, you can drive by and gawk all you want. You can tell your friends where it's parked so they can drive by. But you can't drive it to your house.
  23. ShaneGreen

    Another plug for Siser HTV

    I haven't used it on htv yet ( have never cut any until later this week) but it works great on 651 and some Greenstar I have laying around.
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    Another plug for Siser HTV

    White 651 gives me fits like that. Don't know why, but I just can't seem to see where it's been cut. Bought one of these tracing lights off of Amazon a few months ago and it's been fantastic. Even on dark colors you can see a definite contrast where the cut lines are. Had a few small pieces pull up on me one day and with the tracing board the indentations on the carrier/backing jump out at you so it was easy to get them back in the right spot rather than guessing.
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    I really wonder how much humidity plays a role in the longevity of a "completed" decal. There are a dozen or so sitting on a file cabinet that were cut and taped over a year ago and they are fine. But at other times, some have curled or wrinkled transfer tape in less than a day.