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    Camper Logo

    That's a decent resolution image so an auto trace will work pretty well. I use Inkscape and set my brightness cutoff threshold to .65 and it comes out great, just a few white bits that needs to be deleted but that can be done pretty quickly and easily in Inkscape as well. I have not played with VM's tracing as much but I'm assuming it would give similar results. Another option is to end the image in photo shop or some other raster program to make it a solid color before tracing.
  2. Don't let Adobe scare you away from EPS. While it is owned by them, it has largely become open source. The protocol for the EPS format is widely distributed and understood and virtually all vector software can read and most can create EPS files. I believe the upper levels of Vinyl Master can do everything Inkscape can do, I just prefer inkscapes interface. Specifically node editing. The node editing in Vinyl Master feels clunky to me and not as intuitive as Inkscape.
  3. SVG wants to be the go to format but EPS has been around a very long time. The big selling point of SVG is that it is open source where as EPS is owned by Adobe. Another option if you don't want to spend money is Inkscape. It is an extremely powerful free design program. You said you want to design and cut from the same program, but that's not always the best option. Cutting and designing are two very different tasks and not many programs can do them both well. It's also a good idea to have a second or third software option because often times doing something in one software is much easier and faster than another or one software just does something that the other can't.
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    Design keeps getting chopped

    You posted in the MH section so I'm assuming that is the cutter you have. They are very prone to static, do you have the cutter stand/vinyl grounded?
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    Open Ticket and no response

    FYI, this is a user forum and USCutter personnel are not usually on here. Calling is usually the best way to get support. I would guess wait times might be a little longer than usual right now.
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    Layered Graphics not sticking to objects

    Wax on a car can cause issues as well.
  7. I know nothing about this, but from the image Mz Skeeter posted, seems to me that you just need to adjust the ARMS Offset.
  8. I assuming you're taking the ball from the left and punching it through to get the results. You want the inverse of that so. Draw a circle slightly larger than the ball, then punch the ball through the new circle, then punch that image through the shield image.
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    default setup mh 871

    The photos in the manual shows UpSpeed +5Vale and Baud 9600. Unfortunately the manual doesn't say anything about what UpSpeed actually is. I would guess it's the speed at which the blade goes up but that's just a guess. Found a YouTube video that shows the UpSpeed set to 380mm/s
  10. Yes, when you send the image to cut the spooler window that pops up gives the option to rotate the design. You can also create your design rotated to fit your vinyl from the start.
  11. Most cutting software allow you to rotate the design. Which one are you using? Also, forget the word "print"
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    carrier sheet on mh cutter scraps ?

    Unless you're trying to use all every bit of the 4x6, a scrap that size should be easily usable. I'd feed it in so that the long side moves in and out of the cutter. Doing that you can use virtually the full 4 inches and probably about 5.5" although I usually leave a bit more room for error.
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    carrier sheet on mh cutter scraps ?

    How small of scraps are you cutting? The MH has movable pinch rollers and I've cut some pretty small scraps pieces without the need for a carrier. You just need to have enough so that the pinch rollers can keep a hold of it for the entire cut. When I started out I tried to use every single part of the vinyl. After a short while, I realized it was a waste of time compared to the cost of the vinyl I was trying to save. Now I'll keep decent sized pieces of scrap but anything less than 6" or so I'll toss, just not worth the hassle.
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    Vinyl Cutters Made in the United States

    Even stuff "made" in US, is really just assembled here. The components are sourced from all over the world.
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    CE 5000-60 Cutting problems

    Clean cut, it's a brand of blades. They are a bit expensive but every one that uses them loves them.
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    Best Inexpensive Cutter for Cornhole wraps

    The MH is not a printer, it is a cutter only. If you want to make simple decals it could work, although we typically try to steer people to at least the SC2 or better. The MH takes a lot of patience and persistence to get it well, and even then, it's not nearly as good of a cut as you can get with only slightly more expensive cutters. If you're wanting to print and cut you're talking about some pretty pricey equipment. I'll let the print guys fill you in there.
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    Distorted Letters & Text

    Also be sure to unroll the vinyl so that it's not being pulled off the roll as it cuts. It looks like you may have multiple issues so if getting blade depth and offset dialed in doesn't full fix the problem don't get frustrated.
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    MH 721-MK2 not cutting printed pattern correctly

    I would guess your two biggest potential problems are scale of the print and scale of the cut. Print a test box of say 4"x4" and measure it. Does it come out exactly 4x4? Do the same with a cut design. If you have not calibrated your cutting software I can almost guarantee that that the 4x4 square will not be 4x4.
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    MH 721-MK2 Cutting magnets?

    As others have said, not going to happen, especially with a MH cutter. If you don't want the equipment to sit around and not be used, get some vinyl and make some decals.
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    New Program

    Inkscape is a very powerful design program however it is not a native cutting program. It does have the ability to cut but it's pretty limited. I typically design in Inkscape then save the file off as an EPS and open it in either Signblazer or VM, but any cutting program compatible with your cutter will do.
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    Multi layer vinyl?

    There are advantages and disadvantages to both methods. Layering the decal before application you can use a light box to help line things up and get it perfect. However, when applying a multi layer decal you are more likely to get air bubbles. On the other hand if you layer during install, getting things lined up exactly is a bit harder, but you also are less likely to have unwanted air bubbles. If layering before applying you do it in reverse. Start with what would be the top layer, apply application tape that is large enough to cover the entire final design. Peal the backing off then put the taped design down on top of the next layer. Repeat as necessary.
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    Titan 3 noises

    On my MH anyway, the bulk of the noise actually comes from the vinyl. I've found if I cut a small scrap piece rather than from a large roll the noise while still pretty loud, is greatly reduced.
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    Titan 3 noises

    I don't have a Titan, but that doesn't sound odd to me. The MH makes a lot more noise than that. As for it not cutting, does the cutter ever go up or down? It doesn't look like it in the video, but hard to tell.
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    Unfinished cuts

    If it's the exact same spot every time I would suspect the design. If you rotate the design does the problem spot remain? If it does, further evidence of a design problem.
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    How do I cut this Name?

    Short answer, no. Best you can do is fill that in and darken it up, then do a trace, then do a lot of node clean up and you might be able to get close. You won't be able to have the gradient fill/shading of that drawing either.