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  1. Thank you all - MZSkeeter - working on this. Right now it's just a mess with probate and all and I had to hire an attorney that said to keep things as 'is' - no spending really unless it's dire and no opening accounts in my own name...just until this whole situation is resolved. I'm trying to find a way to do it
  2. Good morning. I'm a new Titan 2 user. I only am using/needing 45 degree blades. I need to order more online but I cannot go to US cutter. Long story short, i need to get the best value/quality via amazon.com. My husband just died from a sudden heart attack. Everything has been in his name so all credit cards have been cancelled. I'm thinking, though, I might be able to order via amazon.com using a separate card we had with them - not sure yet but I need to try. I desperately need new blades. Can someone tell me if something like this would be comparable to what US cutter sent with my initial machine purchase? (thank you so much) https://www.amazon.com/HQMaster-Tungsten-Lettering-Cutting-Plotter/dp/B072KMB4BP/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1543248888&sr=8-3&keywords=vinyl+cutter+45+degree+blades
  3. Thank you MZ Skeeter. Yes, I'm looking into purchasing a back up blade....it never dulled my blades before on my silhouette cameo that I had for 10 years. I know it's a different 'animal' - I get it but blades would last almost 8 months and I'd cut (like now; 24/7). My blade depth 'has' been great - it's been cutting perfectly. Before purchasing this machine, I did talk with US cutter about the contact paper, even sent them a sample and they agreed that the cutter/blade would be fine it's basically identical Oracal 631. If my blade has been great, should I then adjust the force?
  4. Good morning all. Hope everyone is doing well. I'm a new Titan 2 owner. It's a great machine and I'm very happy with it's purchase. I've had a recent tragedy in my life and although this purchase was outside my budget, it now will have to step up big and provide solid work for me and my daughters. That being said, I'm quickly trying to ramp up on it. I made signs and use the machine to create 'stencils' and then paint on wood. I use contact paper to cut, I'm sure oracle would be better but right now, I need to keep my costs local/cash not credit cards so this is my best option right now. I've used it for years on a craft cutter and need as minimal 'changes' in my life as possible. I have found the right blade setting and then speed/force. BUT, now that I've been cutting for a few days straight, I'm not getting my 'kiss cut' anymore. It's cutting through to the back side not completely through but in areas of some letters. I checked blade to make sure there was no 'fuzz'. I have speed at 144 and force at 69 - this is what has been great for days. What's the best way to start modifying my settings so I can get back to that 'kiss' cut and not have the blade cut through both layers. Should I just reduce the force just a tad- maybe to 66? Second, I'm ALWAYS researching too find the best and most proficient way to work - within my budget constraints and cash requirement. I have a friend that went to a 'painting' (sign) party and this (blue) was being used on the wood. Now, I've been doing this for many years so know that so many factors contribute to a good end result (quality of wood, minimal grain, how applying the paint, burnishing the vinyl (contact paper) securely to the wood. I've been doing this for 10 years - but ALWAYS researching better methods. Does anyone know what this blue material could be. Again, this person is making signs, like me, so they are cutting a stencil, like me. Is this blue look like some type of vinyl material? I think it might be Oramask 813 stencil film. I'm wondering if that is MUCH better (cleaning lettering when I paint than what I'm using) My husband just died and it's crazy that I'm on this forum and creating right now but I'm in survival mode and this is holiday season. I'm needing to make money for bills and so I'm working at lightening speed. Thank you in advance all. Cindi
  5. HI - first, thank you for your responses months ago when I was debating on which cutter to purchase. I went with the Titan 2 (servo motor) and even though it was outside our budget, knew it would be a wise move. My husband just died from a massive heart attack at 54. It has rocked our world 'healthiest guy you'd know'. I have 2 teenage kids and no family. Barely any life insurance and this machine just might be my saving grace. I make 'signs' and the income from this will be a HUGE help even thought it's not a 'salary'. ANYWAY _ I don't FULLY know the answer on how but I realized I'm not allowing enough vinyl. My 'design' is 18x24 and I was only having my vinyl piece about 18x25 - so think that was the issue. Thank you again for all your help months ago. Purchasing this machine was tough on our budget but a godsend now that it can help me financially. Cindi
  6. I think I might have resolved this....
  7. I'm a new Titan 2 owner. I'm trying to understand the machine. My husband just died and unfortunately, I'm having to make signs to pay some immediate bills. I haven't had the time or energy to learn the machine fully - I'm very overwhelmed. I cut most of yesterday and Sunday - with no issues. Today, the machine is cutting the image on the right fully and fine, the image on the left, it's cutting everything EXCEPT the area that I've drawn a red box around. I did it 3 times, and it stopped cutting at the SAME point and just spit out the vinyl. Any ideas? Thank you kindly, Cindi
  8. FYI - contacted Craftedge (creators of Sure Cuts A Lot) and the software does NOT have the ability to modify 'where' the design starts/stops. No worries - it's just helpful to know as I design and layout orders.
  9. Thank you all - yes, Wildgoose - I'm doing a paint stencil (that is my business) and the 1" border (For my purposes represents the frame I hand cut). I looked in software settings but couldn't find a setting to modify the cut pattern (i.e. left to right) but if not as darcshadow says, my layout shouldn't change just the way this cutter will cut (and me changing my thought process going forward)....
  10. MZ Skeeter. Ok- yes, I'm loading from the back. That helps about just needing a little bit of material past cutting strip. The cutter cutting right to left, interesting and different from what I'm used to... I will make sure I'm hitting ORIGIN . Sooo, I do a lot of pieces like the attached... Example (attached): Size is 16x16... and I create the design as if you were reading, Starting top left over to top right and then on down. Previous cutter cut left to right.... Again, just trying to re-train my brain on the new cutter logistics. Do you see any way that I would need to design anything differently from the way I have been? Or just realize with the new cutter, instead of starting at the "G" (in GRATEFUL) at the 1" mark, it would start with the "N' (in BETWEEN) and adjust layout/vinyl material etc.... accordingly. (thank you as always)
  11. First, thank you to all that help respond on these boards. I know your expertise is always appreciated. I just purchased a Titan 2 and then received SCALPro3 (Mac). I got everything set up so mac/SCALP is sending to the cutter (yay) AND think I have blade setting and speed and force set (a miracle and another yay!). I'm super familiar with SCAL as I have version 4 and a silhouette machine (know it's a 'craft cutter'). I'm struggling with this most simple thing. The vinyl piece I'm using is 14" by 18" wide. I'm lining it up at the 1" mark so that puts the vinyl to 19" mark on the ruler. I'm loading the vinyl from the back (but still unclear how far to bring it up to the front, obviously past the rollers but not sure how far to have it... I have it set as WYSIWYG - so it cuts the way I have it on the SCAL virtual mat. The carriage head 'moves over to the left and then the rollers push the vinyl so it's cutting in the far left-hand corner. I have attached a screen shot of the word TEST. I'm lining it up so the 'T' would start at 1" down and 1" across... when I go to cut, rollers are pushing the vinyl so much that it's falling through... I know I can add a longer piece of vinyl (than the 14") but I think I just need some guidance on 'margins' or how to best line up the vinyl/how much to allow for rollers... I do some VERY specific designing so where lettering lines up and all will be crucial for me to comprehend -right now I'm not clear how lining up vinyl/allowing for margins/rollers etc. on the Titan 2... help appreciated. Thank you in advance. Cindi
  12. Hello all. I know there is this link (below) that I've found in searching the forum, is there ANY other resource I should look at, view, read, watch that would help me with things like how to move the rollers and cutter settings for certain materials, things of this nature. I'm trying do my best to prepare and learn before delving direct into the machine (thank you in advance)! https://support.uscutter.com/support/solutions/folders/14000106614
  13. thank you both - unfortunately my personal situation isn't really allowing me to use a credit card for those type of supplies. I hear you - loud and clear and wish I could. Thank you all
  14. Haumana - thank you! darcshadow - I'll need to look into it. I really try to buy what I can, locally, using cash and not spending on our credit card. Funds are crazy tight and when I get paid for jobs, I use cash to buy supplies.
  15. I have ordered a Titan 2 (28") cutter which is arriving tomorrow. I use a Mac so getting the Sure Cuts a lot version (not sure which version; maybe 3 Pro). I already have/use SCAL 4 (Mac) with my silhouette cameo so not sure how all that will work. I use (will use) the cutter to create 'stencils' using a contact paper and then I make signs on wood. Some files are big with lots of small letters/words (pain in the butt) and others are small files with only a word or two. I welcome ANY/ALL tips and tricks on getting this baby up and running quickly. I have a small business out of my home but I am always SLAMMED and looking forward to a, hopeful, smooth transition and getting acclimated quickly. (Thank you to all that helped me with answering questions on machines and such). Thank you, Cindi