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  1. Wildgoose

    Would this be possible?

    Probably but be sure and cover any exposed area that the carrier on the HTV doesn't cover so that it doesn't stick to your platen. Also it could have adhesion problems on the laser part so I suggest a test tee and wear and wash it a while to see how it reacts.
  2. Wildgoose

    Not sure which way to go?

    Inkjet is what they call a transfer and yes it prints on a solid piece. You CAN contour around the outside and inside of open spaces although you'll probably want a cutter with optical eye to be precise enough to do a clean job. I can't remember what cutter you are running. I have experience with this type of transfer and can tell you that the "hand" (feel) of the transfer is sucky on every one I have ever found. They also don't have a very long lifespan even with pigment based inks. But it IS as option that works on dark shirts. If you happen to be printing on white cotton or blends Jet Pro Soft Stretch usually shortened to JPSS is really good and has a light hand. It is just some sort of polymer that you print in mirror. Trim around the edges and apply according to the directions and they look great on white. As long as you don't leave straight edges to your trim job you can't really see where the polymer is on a pure white tee and people DO tend to wear white cotton at least a LITTLE more agreeably than the sublimation polyester. A further complication with the transfer for dark option is most cutters with an optical eye require the registration alignment marks to be outside the design with a margin of clearance. This means your available design space is limited. You can combat this by getting a larger format printer that will print on an 11x17 but you definitely burn up excess transfer space. A comparison with the JPSS you can squeeze all sorts of prints on the page and just leave the smallest of margins and trim around them with an exacto in a few seconds and get a lot more prints per page. In short the inkjet option is ok (just ok) for occasional darks and wonderful and inexpensive for white shirts. I recommend using a pigment based printer though because the regular dye based inks will wash out or fade much faster. If you have designs that are solid colors and do not need to be actual printed then HTV is far far superior for longevity, appearance and hand. I do a LOT of apparel and most of it I use HTV or pre-built plastisol transfers. If you have volume enough you can buy prebuilt transfers in full color and they work fine. Also not a great hand but at least you don't have to invest in a special printer and can spend you time just pressing them on. Might be a viable option for you. IF it's just one here and there then that doesn't pencil out.
  3. If you decide to try out the HTV, remember that you are cutting on the back side (adhesive side) of the vinyl and need to mirror your cut.
  4. I think it not a bad idea to have a cutter capable of 30" material. I regularly run across town to the local sigh supply shops and pick up a yard of this or that color premium cast vinyl for one off quick jobs and about 1 in 5 times they are out of stock except in 30" and it's nice to be able to say fine with me and grab it. You could obviously cut 6" off and feed it through your regular machine but there are also those times when the design is just a bit bigger than the 24 material and 30 keeps you from having to tile it. Well worth it at that point. I agree with haumana on the app tape. I have overlapped it occasionally. Doesn't look great to a client but functionally fine. Sometimes you can get small bubbles along the seam during the application but they are usually localized to that seam in the app tape.
  5. Wildgoose

    Mh cutter not cutting heat transfers good

    I'm betting it's a dull blade. HTV is a little bit resistant to cuts and if you don't have a nice sharp blade you end up having to increase the down-force which then starts messing with the way it feeds because HTV carriers are more of a plastic and have more give and stretch and are prone to bunching ahead of the blade if excessive pressure if used (due to dull blade) A Clean Cut blade will perform much better for longer on HTV. At the least try swapping in a fresh blade even if a cheap one and see if it helps. And DO use Mz Skeeter's tip for setting blade depth. (can be found with a search)
  6. Bang for the buck VM is pretty hard to beat for an all in one design and cut program. The cut version you are using is the basic version without all that many bells and whistles. Price comparison to other design and cut programs and for the tools they offer VM Pro is a good price and capable of about anything you would want to do with a cutter. I use Adobe to design with and run on a mac platform for design. Consequently I don't use VM very often but have VM Pro and am slowly learning it when I have time (on a PC computer). From what I have experienced with it to date it is very capable and well thought out. I don't know how the cut version compares but I assume you are doing your design work in another program because the cut version does not appear to offer a lot of, what I consider necessary tools, to design. Cut DOES appear to have the basic tools needed to interface with your cutter and cut vinyl.
  7. I personally would not order that much vinyl. If the shipping time is not horrible I usually just stock the basics and add to it as you need it. Black, White, Brown, Red, Green. I guess if you're aiming at the prebuilt market maybe you plan to build a bunch and see if they sell? That would require more vinyl at the start. IF you made a couple to show and they just had various designs for them to pick a size color and design then you'e be making to order and probably have time order some in if your close to a warehouse. I away buy more than I need and let the jobs help pay for the extra inventory. I do mostly shirts and I tried to stock some shirts here for faster turn around. Almost NEVER had the right color/size and style combination. You may find the same problem. I would probably not mess with the vector graphics unless you are not experienced with Illustrator. Many of the "canned" graphics may not even cut well and need additional work to get them truly "cut ready". As mentioned by Dakota there are a million people out there selling the basic window decals. Try making some original art that they want and you'll probably see some other dude selling it a week later. Then you'll understand what copyright infringement means. If you aren't handy with Illustrator you will want to spend some covid time learning it. I have some helps in the AI section here on the forum. You will also end up with a few different widths most likely because it's too costly to waste 24" app tape for small stuff. Sometimes you can turn it sideways and use small strips but over the long haul you'll find a few different sized rolls in your cabinet. Keep it wrapped up so it doesn't dry out. HT55 will dry out on you. I would suggest an application tool for the app tape if you are doing large wall graphics. I am a believer of the "Big Squeegee" cut vinyl application tool. They have a few different models and are not all that high tech but after learning to use it I regularly tape off 12 to 15 ft long designs all by myself without any issues. Small stuff you can do with the upside down technique. I detest indoor vinyl but if you'r only selling it and not installing that is a little better.
  8. You might also try Flexi Pro. It is $60/month but likely you could print and cut through them. I use it on an ancient Gerber edge printer and can cut through a Gerber enVision or my Summa. Expensive but versatile.
  9. Not sure which software you are running but some allow a post-feed after the job to allow you good access to trim the work off and then reset for the next job. SignCut Pro does this and it's handy. It allows me to set a feed length after the job and a return length after I trim it off that initializes after I hit the enter key on the computer. Pretty slick. I wouldn't be surprised if VM has a similar feature. I think Flexi does. Those plastic letter openers are cheap and work pretty well. They help avoid scratching up your machine like using a box cutter or other open blade knife would do. Sharp scissors would work but vinyl and backing are pretty tough on scissors so keeping them sharp enough to do the push-cut technique with scissors might be hit or miss.
  10. Wildgoose

    Fonts And How To Add??

    I would also add. As you grow your font collection you will probably find that you get too many and it can negatively effect your computer operating system. Most end up going to a font manager program that will better handle the volume of fonts and keep it from bogging down your system. I have around 3500 at the moment. I add them when I need them and it just adds up over time.
  11. Wildgoose

    Stahls Cap Press

    Just for posterity sake I am posting something in this thread. I have a large order of caps and have been doing a case every night after my day job. the night before last my temp reading was off. I adjusted the readout until the platen was at the correct temp and went on for the evening. Then last night when I fired it back up it was off even more and I decided I had better figure out what was wrong. (I didn't the previous night because I have a deadline on these and was worried that I might find something really bad and I wanted to finish up before I started messing with it). Something I didn't know until last night at around 7pm mountain time is the Hotronix products have a 24hr 7 day a week tech hotline. I called, got a real person who diagnosed my problem in about 32 seconds and I was able to self repair and get back to work. Turned out I must have been a little too violent when moving the press and shook the temp reading wire slightly within the control module either loose or wiggled it enough to partially disrupt the low voltage connection. Unplugged it and plugged it back in (inside the control box) and wham back in perfect business. Definitely impressive to have true product support. I have to give an atta-boy to Hotronix.
  12. Wildgoose

    Fonts And How To Add??

    Have you looked in your file manager to see if Graphtec has it's own font file? You might have to drag it in there also if Graphtec isn't pulling up your computers fonts. A lot of programs come with their own set but they typically also merge in the fonts from the computer and have access to both. I am not a Grpahtec user so take that for what it's worth.
  13. Wildgoose

    How much to ship a ghost white toner cartridge

    If it doesn't have Heat Transfer paper as an option I would think something like a matt finish photo paper would be a good starting place. Not familiar with your printer specifics. I use a Brother now and have used Epsons in the past and they never really had the actual paper setting so I used photo paper options and did a little experimenting.
  14. Wildgoose

    Dirt Race Car Vinyl

    I'd have to take her for a few laps before I could give a knowledgeable answer.
  15. Did you check to see if you have converted your text as well? There is a way to do it. Try that and see what happens. It is good if you can get it figured out to respond back with your results and fix for others who come searching some day. They definitely will.
  16. Have you tried converting the text over to objects? Some software (SCALP being one) will cut from live (editable) text and I think that's half the problems that get with the text. SCALP is known for text issues. You should be able to select the text and convert it over to an object. I don't know what SCALP would call that process or how to go about it in that program but I'm sure it's an option somewhere. If you can select it and change the spelling on the words then it's live. Once converted you can't make changes without re-typing the letters and replacing them. If it's some other software like VM then I would not know what to think. Are you watching the cut and does it cut from one letter to the next or is it jumping around and coming back to the other letters after doing something else? Slipping is not the same thing as off-tracking.
  17. Wildgoose

    Info for beginner purchase

    Have you already bought the MH cutter? We usually try to get people to consider a step up to the SC. The MH have more issues being the rock bottom of the barrel.
  18. Wildgoose

    Font is cutting three times..

    If you are workin in a windows environment Vinyl Master is a far better choice for cutting utility than SCALP. There are people who have learned it enough to get what they want out of it but it has always been a bit of a pariah on the forum. It is the best US Cutter offers for a mac platform but is not the best option there is, there are other cutting utilities that are superior to it.
  19. Wildgoose

    Font help 2

    No luck on my try either. If you are just trying to rebuild that logo it would be super simple to rebuild by hand.
  20. Wildgoose

    Font is cutting three times..

    It's most likely a very small detail you are missing. If you can export that other file as an .svg file we can take a peek and eliminate or confirm if there really is duplicated layers in it. Then it's simpler to figure out what's happening.
  21. Wildgoose

    Anybody recocnize these fonts?

    I suggest you invest in Find my Font. It is a great program and as most of your previous posts have been trying to find fonts you evidently do enough that it would be worth it (at least to the rest of us who also have busy lives). Some of these need to be straightened and cleaned up like scarecrow did on the Music Machine. It can be a bit time consuming but will usually get you good results. Clean, black on white straight on camera shots will turn results in seconds. I actually use mine as much on my own artwork as on new stuff. If you design something a couple years ago and then need to make a text change it can be miserable to remember exactly which font you used.
  22. Wildgoose

    Anybody recocnize these fonts?

    No great pics no great help. Sorry back at ya.
  23. Wildgoose

    Anybody recocnize these fonts?

    The image is way to grainy to be able to run Auto Body Suppliers through Find my Font but Mattoa Demo Reg Oblique is similar to Potts or at least has the same vibe.
  24. Wildgoose

    Registration marks

    If you are talking about registration marks to align different color layers of a multi color cut vinyl project, yes. If you are talking about registration marks to be printed by a solvent/eco-solvent printer to be used by optical sensors then it's more complicated. If the first you can build your own marks and place them wherever you want. Once you have them where you want them you can copy and past another set right on top and change the color layer to match the other color(s) and they will appear as if by magic when you open that color in the cutter dialog. Please take a minute to join the forum. It will allow you unfettered access. Guest posts each have to be reviewed and approved by the mods and there aren't that many of us and we are volunteers who have our own lives going on and may not be particularly timely.
  25. Wildgoose

    Font is cutting three times..

    More likely you have multiple exact copies stacked on top of one another. Or you have some setting selected to make multiple passes. If you file is not something copyright protected you can post it and we can take a look. You may be able to find it by selecting your work and ungrouping it (perhaps more than one time) and then unselect by clicking off in a blank spot or on another object and then select it again and drag the object to a new location. The lower elements (if they exist) should remain there. You can sometimes spot these in your cut dialog box if they happen to be a different color or have no assigned color.