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  1. I have tried twice to install that but I keep getting errors. I’m installing for the fc8000 (which I have) but may try the 8600???
  2. It is when choosing the right blade holder in the blade holder options... the offset is built into the blade holder selection within their software (from what I’ve read), that’s why choosing the wrong blade holder (red or blue) makes a huge difference in the cut. my #1 button is not working on the machine and I can’t get the controller program to launch so I might have to try this nasty stuff on the Titan tonight... inreally need to take a day and get the graphtec stuff figured out... I just don’t see that happening in the next few weeks
  3. Just wondering if I'm just missing it or if it isnt there for an option. If it isn't there is there a way to change offset to compensate for the larger CB15 blades... getting ready to cut some really thick stuff and I can't figure out the Graphtec software on the new PC...
  4. Every time i switch over from my Titan to my graphtec I have to go into settings and switch the step size.. it’s just one setting but dang if I don’t forget when I start a large reflective cut... err because a 1/2 size large decal just doesn’t cut it !
  5. Hey y’all, I’m running a used fc8000 and 90% of what I cut is 3m 5100 Reflective. I just bought some blades off eBay when I bought the machine but I’m not getting a lot of mileage from them. On my Titan I was trying several clean cut blades but the tips seemed to break fairly frequently when I was using reflective...and then I saw the actual graphtec blades and my wallet screamed! Does anyone know the actual material differences and experience with a couple or both in a fc unit? thanks
  6. Hey guys, my used graphtec had the #1 button stop working. I have disassembled the control panel, sprayed it with electrical cleaner and it’s still popping up and down but it is not registering being pressed... any suggestions?
  7. Just wanted to maybe help some potential purchasers out and give a little experience on my progression of plotters over the last 2 years. As background, I have gone from a very part time gig earning a $200 a month profit to earning a living at what I do. The Laserpoint 2 was chose with SCAL 3 to use in conjunction with my MacBook Pro. My niche is chrome and reflective and it got the job done for the first 6 months of the business. I actually sold it for the same price I paid for it and it worked great but my workplace was in an unheated/cooled garage so I needed something small enough store away after using on the kitchen table. That’s where the Titan 15” came into play. The Titan 3 tabletop had enough downforce and my material worked in 15” rolls so, I was good to go. It was an improved cut, more accurate, and whisper quiet when you turn the vacuum fans off. That lasted over a year and many thousands of linear feet of reflective 3M 5100. Production was taking off and my space was at a premium, I just couldn’t do it from where I was and thus we moved to a location that had a full 40x60 basement that has now become the shop. with more room, I looked for something in the 1500-2000 range that had the downforce of the Titan but couldn’t pull the trigger on the CE-6000, I just wasn’t sure on how commercial of a cutter this would be. My friend was running some FC-8600’s and I really like those...except for the price. I ended up finding the previous model, a FC 8000-75 that fit the bill and I ended up getting it for only $500 used. $60 into it and it runs amazing! I have also switched from the MacBook over to a dedicated PC doing the design and cutting (the 28” monitor really helps compared to the 13” MacBook) and I’m running both cutters simultaneously. I do high volume, low weeding projects so I can almost keep up by myself. Overall, each cutter filled the need I had at the time at the budget I had to work with and each did good but each move was a marked improvement in accuracy and quality. The one thing lacking on the Titan was a “copy” button, something I used every day with the LP2 and the Graphtec... maybe something to consider. Hit me up with your questions
  8. MrJoel

    New computer suggestions

    I kinda went this route with my brothers help (he owns a computer repair store and built one for me). I now have a dell optiplex running an i7 with 16gb ram and as 250 ssd and a 1tb drive along with a nice graphics card. Should be arriving this week. I picked up a couple 28” 1080 monitors as well. Total cost is just under $500.
  9. Ok, business is growing as is the need for a new PC... I’m a Mac guy and have no idea what I need but hope y’all can point me in the right direction. This will be a desktop setup to run the plotters, design software and doing some video editing.
  10. I even saw this fc8000 used on amazon for $900 with free shipping!
  11. Well, ran the test again at 0 offset and...perfect!!! what are you running under tool settings? I have 1 for step pass, offset force of 7, and offset angle of 30???
  12. I’ve seen a few threads on here over the past few days as I have been trying to figure out the new to me, $500 Graphtec FC8000. The offset triangles looked horrible! After fiddling with the offset in Graphtec Studio and then switching to the control panel adjustments with no success I reached down to readjust the blade and noticed a bit of front to back wobble in the carriage unit...and a bit of up and down wobble! so the screw removal process started for the top cover and the control panel. The previous owner said it was great for large jobs but not small ones and this was why. The top roller assembly was loose on the left side because the factory screw had been put in cross threaded and wasn’t seated. It broke as I took it out so the 20 minute job took about 2 hours as I tried to find where my taps were, then where my little screws were (we are in the process of moving so it’s a mess). anyway, the vide explains what I did and it works amazing now! I’ll get some post repair offset test pics later tonight! Here is the quick video on what I’m talking about
  13. Going to get this thing up and cutting Monday. Just wondering what speed and pressure settings you are at MZ SKEETER for like 631? I want to start in the right ballpark!
  14. MrJoel

    More scalp 5 issues

    Ok, seems that the step size doesn’t match on the cutter and SCALP.. cutter runs at a standard of 1016 and in cut settings on scalp you can click the settings menus beside the model and see step size at the bottom of the pop up... mine was set to 508!!! Boom baby! (Ok, I’m just going off what I read somewhere else and will try it tomorrow!)