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  1. Wilson

    Easyweed vs. Easyweed Stretch

    Thanks for the replies! I was hoping that was the case that you could use stretch on everything you can use regular.
  2. So other than the obvious that stretch is made to stretch more, what are the reasons for using one vs the other? Can you just use stretch for everything (even if it's not stretchy athletic wear)? Thanks, Chad
  3. Wilson

    Help Please!

    Darcshadow for the win! It was the opacity that was set to zero. What a PITA... I don't know how it got set that way, it was at 100% one day and 0% the next. Thanks for the help. dcbevins, thanks for the tips on the stroke color/width.
  4. Wilson

    Help Please!

    Thanks for the replies, I'll try that tonight when I get home. I don't think I'm inside a text box as I have used the selection tool to select the background before I use the rectangle/circle tool.
  5. Wilson

    Help Please!

    So my computer has been a little flakey lately and now for some reason I can't get rectangles or circles (maybe other stuff) to draw right. I opened a file I was working on previously and that's where the 2 circles cane from. When I try to draw a square all I get is a dashed outline. If I click outside of the square it looks like it disappears but if I highlight the area it selects it. What am I doing wrong here? Does the same thing for circles and it doesn't matter if I use an existing file or start from new. Any Inkscape users know what causes this?
  6. Wilson

    Advice regarding software and maybe hardware

    Sorry to hear about your sister... that's tough. I've never had to go through something like that so I can't imagine... Personally, I think that's a terrible idea. I tend to lean towards the conservative and sometimes pessimistic side, but what are you going to do if you exhaust all your resources and then need to buy more tools, or different material or like you said the transmission goes out on your car? Spending all of your savings is a good way to invite Murphy to show up with a big dose of life. LOL I'd probably spend no more than half and then make that equipment pay for upgrades and/or other types of equipment (ie. dye sublimation) unless you already have the demand to justify the equipment.
  7. Wilson

    Advice regarding software and maybe hardware

    As an AutoCAD option you might look into BricsCAD… the owners of the company at my day job detest the subscription model for software and have tried to move to this. It's close enough to AutoCAD that it's amazing they're not getting sued. They also have a 30 day free trial. I'm by no means as experienced at vinyl and/or business as the others commenting on this thread but here's my thoughts on how I would approach things: Instead of making 20 of an item (your skull for example) and then trying to sell them, why not make 1 and then take that one and try to sell 20 of them and then make them as they sell. Obviously you're going to need some amount of working capital but this way you won't get all of your capital tied up in merchandise that's not moving and then have to fire sale it just to recoup a little money to keep things going. I would do the opposite and focus on Inkscape. It seems like most are using something like Inkscape, Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw for the "work" part and then exporting/importing into their cutting software to send it to the cutter. Since your budget seems to be a concern, I would learn and use Inkscape, which is free, and then use whatever software that comes with the cutter you select just to cut... unless you can determine that there isn't another way besides spending hundreds of dollars on software to do what you want to do. Having recently gone through the process of getting cutter here was my thought process: I got the SC2/heat press bundle that came with 20+ 12x15 sheets of HTV for $535 so I saved $100 or more off buying these items separately. By the time I added in a few squeegees, cutting mat, weeding tweezers, exacto, 12" x 10' Oracal 651, 3" & 12" GreenStar transfer tape and an assortment of discounted sign vinyl to practice with I was at $700. What I found is that while an $1800 Graphtec and $2000 heat press are awesome they are not required to get started and make money. So my philosophy is I'm going to get the best my budget will allow and then force it to pay for better equipment down the road, whether that's 1 month, 6 months or a year +.
  8. Wilson

    Advice regarding software and maybe hardware

    Haven't read all the other replies but here's my thoughts, at least on the cutter. I recently bought an SC2. While I'm sure it's screaming loud compared to a servo unit, I don't think it's all that bad and is quieter than I expected. If you go by the specs on the USCutter website for the SC2 and the LP3, they both have .005 inch (.127mm) resolution and they're both steppers. Unless I'm missing something, I don't see any advantage to the LP3 accuracy wise. And the price of the SC2 right now at $339 is a great deal as well.
  9. Wilson

    show your picture

    Only been there once but it was fantastic!!!
  10. Wilson

    show your picture

    Here's one of me & the wife from late last summer.
  11. It's probably the servos trying to maintain an exact position. The thickness of "thin" human hair is 0.04 mm and the resolution of a new FC is 0.005 mm. So basically it's trying to maintain it's position within a distance 8 times smaller than a human hair.
  12. Wilson

    Noob Questions

    When I started the setup I fully expected having to buy the USB - Serial converter and spending a bunch of time tweaking settings to get it to cut well. So I was shocked when I plugged it in, ran through the procedure in the manual to set it up and it found the cutter and everything seems to be working just fine. The offset I believe defaulted to .35 (which seemed a little high compared to the ~.25 I've seen discussed on here) but I figured I'd try it first with the defaults before I started messing with anything. For tests I think I created my own 1" square as well as some text with serifs (similar to the font I used for the HTV) and all of the corners looked great (to me). It almost seemed a little too easy. LOL I have some 651 so I'll set the blade depth with that and then see what things look like with the GreenStar and the HTV. What about the noise when the blade comes down (sounds like a medium-strong tap of a pen on a desk), is this anything to be concerned about? Don't wan to keep running it this way if it's trying to self destruct.
  13. Wilson

    Noob Questions

    LOL... that's exactly why I got it, it was cheap on clearance when I got the cutter. Any idea what size the cut would be with the test feature? I was a little leery to use it because the piece of vinyl I was using was only about 12x12 and I didn't want it to go wild and off the vinyl. We have an HP plotter at work and the test feature on it prints out a 6-foot tall full color picture. Nothing like having a test feature like that smoke your ink cartridges right out of the gate. Other than what looks like deeper marks on the HTV, all the cuts I've done have been nice (no offset issues, ect.) and weeded just fine.
  14. Wilson

    Noob Questions

    So I got an SC2 & heat press a few weeks ago and have started playing around with it. The setup went eerily well... installed VinalMaster Cut on my Windows 10 laptop, followed their manual to connect using the USB and so far it's worked exactly like I think it should. Now that I've done a few cuts I have a couple questions... When cutting, when the head lifts up and then sets back down it seems kinda harsh. Here's a link to a video I took of it. Is this normal? https://youtu.be/62sZZpREJcg I set the blade depth using the method that MZ. SKEETER has posted before. When I cut on regular vinyl (I believe it's the GreenStar general purpose) I barely get markings on the carrier sheet but you can still see what was cut when the vinyl is removed from the carrier. My wife & I decided to play with some Easy Weed Stretch last night and cut out some text to put on a shirt for what her group calls themselves at the gym. I cut the Easy Weed Stretch at the same pressure (55, which was the default and seems to work well for the GreenStar) and the indent on the carrier looks to be much deeper, almost scoring it. Is this normal or do I need to go back and look at blade exposure and/or adjust the pressure? I've attached a couple pics... hopefully it shows what I'm referring to. Nothing like cutting your teeth with the heat press & HTV by pressing a 95% Rayon shirt. After doing a little research, we turned it down to 280* but still ended up getting a slight discoloration before we got it stuck well enough to peel the carrier. I think some practice on some cotton or 50/50 might be in order.
  15. Here's a some shapes done in AutoCAD both saved as a dxf and "plotted / printed" as a pdf. I don't have an option in AutoCAD Light to create an eps file. I'm curious as to whether these can be used as well as I have used AutoCAD for a long time and would be easy for me to use to design certain things. test.dxf test.pdf