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  1. Yep, thing is, I've already done this once. So, buying another computer would be "dedicated vinyl cutter printer #2". I thought that I'd be able to stay on Windows 8 without ever going to 8.1, but alas, that was not the case. So, I will probably just go back to Windows 8 and turn off Windows update. I don't like the security risks of doing so, but it's probably the only way. I could go back to Windows 7 as well. But, more than anything the it's the principle of buying an old computer and OS to support SB.
  2. Uninstall/re-install doesn't fix the problem. Reboot, etc, same. Tried Compatibility Settings - to XP, no change. Sigh. Dead in the water. Frustrating. Yes, if we could end up getting the source to SB, it would be great to at least fix up some of these nits.
  3. Thanks, I'll try that. It was working great in Windows 8.0, just not 8.1. I'll post on my findings.
  4. It's old by software standards, I guess is no longer being updated, but I've been using it for a few years so I can knock out most any design pretty quickly. But, I had to do the Windows 8 driver trick to get it working, but my computer updated to Windows 8.1 automatically last night. Now, every cut (or just moving to Max position) crashes SB. Does anyone have SignBlazer running successfully with an MH MK2 on Windows 8.1? If so, what's the trick? Just thought I'd check before I burn up hours trying to troubleshoot the software once again.
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    Cutter rise

    We did a production run of replacement arms this week. They are in stock, ready to ship for anyone else having the problem. Using these arms, I have improved the overall cutting performance, not just eliminated the cutter holder creep that used to happen. You can e-mail me at for more info and photos. Dave
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    Cutter rise

    Finally the arm broke. The problem is that the arm was tight - but the cutter kept creeping up. I'd tighten it just a hair more to keep it from creeping, but eventually, the arm broke. We 3-D printed a new arm that has a slot in it to hold the pen in place, rather than simply relying on friction to hold it down. Seeing as USCutter is out of stock on the replacement arms, I wonder how many people would be interested in a replacement arm that holds the pen captive vertically without requiring so much pressure? If I have problems after 4 months of "hobby" use, I have to believe I'm not alone in this problem. Dave
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    Very steeply angled cuts are not successful...

    Offset for those blades is set at .25
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    Very steeply angled cuts are not successful...

    Hmm, interesting. Blade depth is one of those things that I don't like changing around much, because it seems like I don't quite have a good formula yet. Which means I can mis-cut material (generally not deep enough). Cutter speed is down at 120mm/s.
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    Very steeply angled cuts are not successful...

    Fresh blade definately helped out. I also dropped my cut pressure to 140g. I think in a few of the places where I have rounded corners, they're even better, so I'll keep plowing away in SB and see if I can eliminate them altogether.
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    Very steeply angled cuts are not successful...

    Good question. I'm using a 60 degree blade. Its relatively new, only been using it for non-production (home) use for about a month.
  11. I have a vector that has some very "sharp" points. See attached .SBD Almost all of the interior and exterior points are not being cut without the vinyl lifting. See attached .JPG for a photo of one attempt. So, I'm wondering what the best way to handle this is? I've started converting the sharp points to rounded points in hopes that the blade can spin around without pulling up the point. But, I'm open to other ideas that folks have about how to handle this type of graphic. Could cutter settings help? (faster/slower/offsets?) Thanks in advance. Dave phoenix.SBD
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    Cutter rise

    Actually the cuts have been fine. I typically keep tightening it down until it stops creeping up, and if it does creep a little, I take the cutter offline, push it down and then put it back online to keep cutting. It's not at all like the cutter is loose, it's in there tight, just not tight enough I guess.
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    BBQ Sign

    I have a buddy that loves his BBQ'ing. Made him a sign on some white foam core for the back deck. I'm happy with how it turned out as we had to take a full color photo, monochrome it, then vectorize it...
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    MH 871 MK2 won't finish cut

    Looks like you have something odd in the vector. When I imported it, it was goofy. It looks like a typical vector created after vectorizing a bitmap. I find that there are typically way too many node points that get created when vectorizing. I usually go through afterwards and clean them up and remove more than 60% of all the node points. Try the attached one, see if it works for you. foxheadlogo.sbd