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  1. darcshadow

    Improve cutting path

    How did you create the image? If you drew it as individual squares, that's how it'll cut. If you go back and redraw it as individual lines, it should cut as you want.
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    Cartridge Arm Stuck while cutting

    A grinding noise would be the motor trying to move the carriage and not able to. Can you slide it by hand? Do you feel any ruff spots when you do that? Sounds like something is blocking the movement. You didn't put oil on the actual belt did you? The belt needs friction with the rollers to work. Oil the axis of the rollers but keep the belt dry.
  3. AH! GP-GL, don't know anything about that or how it works. And it just occurred to me, you don't have stepper motors anyway, you are using servos. So the idea of "steps" isn't really the correct term anyway. Just going from page of the manual, it would seem you need to match the steps set in your software with what you have the hardware set to. If it was me, I'd probably set it to option 3, 0.025mm and leave it there.
  4. You're not understanding what I'm trying to say. You can not change the amount a stepper motor moves per step. Doesn't matter what you have any settings on the machine or software set to. A stepper motor will always move the same distance per step. The settings just control how many steps you tell the motor to move. As I said, if it's working for you and you're getting the results you want great, I just don't think it's working quite the way you think it's working.
  5. And some budget cutters, namely the MH, you can only adjust the speed and force on the cutter.
  6. If that worked for you awesome, but that doesn't seem right. Step size is a physical characteristic of the stepper motor and gear/belt sizes. Using the number you mentioned, 1 step is equal to 1/254 of an inch. Changing the value in the software to 2540 means the software will think 1 step equals 1/2540 of an inch and it will send 10 step commands to move 1/254 of an inch. The hardware however, will see those 10 step commands and move a total of 10/254 of an inch. The design will come out 10x larger than intended.
  7. Not many on here use Silhouette so sorry to say I doubt you're get much useful help. Only thing I can suggest is contact the Silhouette people. In the short term, can you open with glowforge and save back off as an EPS or something Silhouette might be able to open/import? Might also try Inkscape to see if it can open them.
  8. What are you cutting? Glitter, reflective, metallic vinyl can all cause a blade to dull rather quickly. Paper does as well. Increasing force can compensate for a dull blade to some degree. But unless you are cutting this hard stuff non stop, I would expect a blade to last longer than 2 weeks.
  9. darcshadow

    721 cutting plotter

    Need some more info. Has it ever worked? How are you connected to the cutter, USB or Serial? Do you have the correct drivers loaded? What cutter do you have selected in SB? Does the cutter's test function work correctly?
  10. The Green Star vinyl is your problem. It's just not good. Go with Siser Vinyl and you'll be amazed at the difference. As for HTV vs "normal" vinyl, I don't change any of the settings on my machine. Actually, HTV is much more forgiving and you can get some very intricate designs to cut. The downside is, too small of pieces don't have enough adhesive to stick to the shirt. So while you may be able to cut it, it might not stick to the shirt.
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    Text below the arc

    There is a lot about VinyMaster that is not very intuitive. Once you select the Arc Text tool, and start typing, the buttons to move the text appear in the tool bar. If you click away from the text so that you are no longer editing it, the buttons go away. To get them back, double click on the text so you get the cursor to change the text.
  12. Tripp Lite is the recommended manufacture, they are known to work and work well. What you have, may work, if you set it up correctly as Mz Skeeter described. If you still can't get it to work try a Tripp Lite adapter.
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    cutting same colors

    I think he/she i's using the term files in place of shapes, and they would like to move the shapes around to minimize wasted vinyl. You could grab all the red shapes and do an auto arrange, that would be it into a grid pattern. You would then have to rebuild your design during the install to put everything in the correct place.
  14. Jeep windows are pretty square, right? I would take measurements and size the decal to be about 1/8" too big then put it on and trim it to fit.
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    Just to clarify, the static you are trying to eliminate is building up on the vinyl itself. The idea behind grounding the stand is the vinyl rest on the stand so the static will transfer from vinyl, to the stand, and then to ground through the grounding wire. The idea behind the grounding kit is you have a piece of metal making contact with the vinyl at all times. You do the same thing with a small, non painted chain, it just needs a ground connection.