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    Plotter not cuttng

    Typo there, should say Null Modem.
  2. More often then not googling a part number/model number and the word manual will find a downloadable PDF.
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    3m reflective issues

    When you set the blade height, did you do it with the white or one of the other colors? Reason I ask, while rare, different colors can be slightly different thicknesses.
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    MH720 (PIXMAX 720)

    working fine on small designs and not on large would indicate static to me. My thinking is the smaller designs the vinyl is not moving as much so not building up as much static. Although from my experience when static is the problem the cutter just goes off into the weeds. Ground your cutting stand, and switch to the comm port to start and see if that makes any difference.
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    EasyCut Studio Review for Mac

    I've always wondered why they say they don't work with Mac. Even if the cheap USB chipset doesn't work with mac, there should be no reason you couldn't use the comm port. It is a standard RS-232 comm and you don't need drivers to talk to the plotter when using the comm port so all you should need is software that sends the correct cutting language to the plotter over the serial port and you should be good to go. Inkscape can do this actually, so in theory, you should be able to run a MH over the comm port from a Mac, or even a Linux system. (I might have to try that one of these days)
  6. Paper will dull the blades much MUCH faster than vinyl.
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    wiring mh721

    Sorry for the delay. I opened my cutter and I can confirm the yellow is your Hot wire. In mine, the Yellow/Green is earth ground, so I would assume the green in yours is your neutral. In mine, it is black.
  8. I have seen that sort of problem, plugging something in and the computer seeing it, but not recognizing it and the problem turned out to be the USB port. It was a pass through port on a KVM and they had wired it wrong. Pin to Pin was correct but they were using the shield as a signal line so the computer was able to see that something was connected but the communication was so bad that the computer couldn't do anything with the device. Have never heard of that being the problem with a plotter, but if all else is ruled out, that might be something to look into.
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    wiring mh721

    After thinking about my statement in doing the measurements I realized that would be of no use in this situation. Typically the wire running to the switch and fuse should be the hot wire. I found a chart with various wire colors and it does look like Yellow is pretty common for a hot line. Green and Green/Yellow are earth ground, not seeing either color referenced as a Neutral. Now electrically, both neutral and earth are tied together back where it comes into the house, so for functionality, you should be ok with either wire in either location. HOWEVER, from a safety standpoint, you really need to have the correct wires connected. You take your meter and set it to measure resistance, the omega symbol, and measure from the end of the green/yellow wire to bare metal on the cutter and measure from the green wire to bare metal, once should be nearly zero, the other will be a bit higher. The one that is nearly zero would be your earth wire.
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    wiring mh721

    You're guesses would be what I would assume as well. However looking up the Australian color coding the Green/Yellow would "normally" be the earth wire but who knows what color scheme the MH uses. Can you trace where the wires are connecting to further in the machine? The earth ground should be easy to spot, it usually just runs to a random looking screw connected to bare metal. If you have a meter, the voltage between earth and neutral should be 0 or very close to it. If no one responds with better info, I'll take a look at my cutter tonight when I get home.
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    Wheel decal.

    Is that not just two rectangles?
  12. Even if you don't hit big and rake in lots of money the higher end machines are still a good idea as they will pay for themselves eventually even if you do nothing more than use them as a hobby and sell stuff to friends and family. And if/when you decide you want to get out of it all together they'll have a higher resale as well. Basically what I'm saying, is don't worry about throwing the money away, it'll come back eventually. Regarding amazon vs person web page, I can't speak much to that other than to say when I think of custom/personalized stuff, I don't think of Amazon so i question how much traffic would you actually see.
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    Connection issue

    Never used that software, but just some general troubleshooting steps. Do you have the correct plotter driver selected from the list in the software? Do you have the software pointed to the correct USB port every time you change where you have the USB plugged in you'll have to change the software accordingly. Do you have the plotter turn on? You'd be amazed at how often that is the problem.
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    Feeding vinyl straight

    Also, it's not absolutely critical it all goes straight. If your design doesn't use up the whole width, and is not too long a little drift won't matter. The tracking for the design will still be good just not aligned to the edges, not really a big deal.
  15. Heat transfer's you want mirrored like that so that when you apply the vinyl to the shirt it comes out right. But to answer your actual question, yes, VinylMaster, and as far as I know, all cutting software, has a mirror option.
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    Cutting a sharp outline

    A bit more research into VM, and what I call a stroke in Inkscape, VM calls a pen style. So you should be able to do in VM, what I did in Inkscape.
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    Mh721 Part required!!!

    As Dakota said, it's just a simple momentary switch, you should be able to pick up something at your local electronics store and make it work. You don't need something the exact shape or size. Just something you can affix to the cutter in the correct location. May not look pretty but you can do quite a bit with super glue, hot glue, and solder. I can't tell exactly from your photos, but is it just a case of the wires came disconnected? If so, a little bit of soldering should take care of that.
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    Cutting a sharp outline

    Duplicating and resizing can work, but not in most cases. Text and complex shapes simply scaling up the size does not give you the same results as an outline.
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    Print verus cutting

    Looks like Flexi and the fill option is what you want. There may be other options, this was the first one I found.
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    Print verus cutting

    Some programs do have a fill option that people have used with a marker. It basically adds a bunch of lines to areas that are "solid". Works ok for markers with a wide enough tip but would not work with a pen very well. I don't recall the name of the software or the name of the feature. Maybe someone who remembers it, or has done it will reply here.
  21. What does the design look like in wire frame mode?
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    cutting mylar

    You can buy those mats individually and use them with your cutter. If they're not big enough you could try making your own. Get some poster board and a light adhesive, cover the board, apply the mylar and hope for the best.
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    cutting mylar

    Ok, so I had to go look up mylar stencils. When I, and probably most people, think Mylar, I think mylar balloons or mylar blankets, thin shinny material. Cutting that on a cutter would be virtually impossible I think. However, from what I can tell, they type of mylar you are talking about is more of a thin plastic or a thick film rather than the shinny stuff I'm thinking of. At 4 mil you shouldn't have too much trouble. standard vinyl is around 2.5 mil so increasing the pressure, adjusting the blade depth, and possibly making 2 passes should get you a decent cut. The next question though, does the material have a sticky back and come on a carrier sheet. If it does you should be good. If it does not, you'll need some sort of carrier sheet to attach the mylar to in order to feed it into your cutter. If you try to cut without a backing material or carrier sheet you'll ruin your cutting strip, not get a good cut, and waste your material.
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    windshield banners

    That's great for text, but I think he has a design already that needs to be curved. Not sure what it's called in VM, if VM can even do it, but in inkscape it's called Pattern Along Path.
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    need someone to print decals

    He's trying to get out of the business, but I bet he'd sell you all the equipment to get started on your own.