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    Motherboard would be a strong suspect at this point. I would still give a different cutting program a try though. Signblazer is free or there are several other free to try programs.
  2. something like this? I just kept making the outline larger till all the letters merged into one large outline.
  3. First thing to do is make sure your blade depth is set correctly for your material. Mz Skeeter has posted the correct way to set blade depth, and I believe it's a sticky in the Instructional section of the forums. Next would be to adjust your blade offset. Typical values are around 0.25 but it varies slightly from blade to blade and cutter to cutter.There is an instructional PDF in the same post about blade depth in the instructionl section of the forums If you're still not getting the circles closed after that, try adding a bit of overcut, shouldn't need much 1mm should be good. As for the Oilboard, I have not used it or your cutter, but looking at the specs for the oilboard, it is 0.7" thick. That's 7X thicker than the stuff you cut already! I highly doubt the cutter can cut anything that thick.
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    how to bridge letters to cut stencils

    Do a google search for Graphtec Studio Tutorials. There are tons of videos and walk through's on how to do all kinds of stuff.
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    How do you know all settings are correct? Has this setup worked in the past? If so, what has changed? Have you tried different software? Have you tried different USB cable? Have you tried serial cable? Does the cutter perform a self test successfully? What computer/OS are you using? the MH's don't play nice with Macs.
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    Vinyl to Withstand Extreme Temperatures?

    Most vinyls are not designed to be on the inside. The glue breaks down from the UV exposure. I've used vinyl as masks for powder coating where the vinyl is "baked" at 400 for about 3 minutes. It holds up well to that so I don't think 120 is going to be too big of a concern. I've also put some on a buddies black truck hood and it has done ok. A bit of shrinkage, but it was early in my vinyl endeavor and I used calendared vinyl. Good quality cast vinyl should do just fine. I wouldn't worry about the glass breaking from uneven heat. The vinyl is not going to change the heat distribution enough to be of concern. The point where the glass touches the edge of the window would have a higher temperature change and it doesn't have issues. Really the danger in glass breaking from temperature is from sudden changes, such as hot water on an iced over windshield.
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    How to create an arc text?

    Inkscape, a free program, can do this, although not as easily as other programs. But hey, it's free and worth having on hand for times like this.
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    American Flag Cornhole Boards

    Interesting note I just came across, there is no US code specifying how the flag should be displayed on a uniform. However, the US military does mandate that the stars are always forward.
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    American Flag Cornhole Boards

    Looks good, but I'm torn on orientation. While playing the game the flag would appear vertical to you so the stars should be on the other side. But with the wording on there it's clear that the flag is to be normal. regarding the military patches, it depends on which arm the patch is on as to the orientation of the stars. The stars are always facing forward on the body, just like on a vehicle, they should always be towards the front of the vehicle. Also, when the body is concerned, the stars are suppose to be closest to the heart, so if the flag is vertical on the front of the shirt, the stars would actually be on the right.
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    Loss of pressure while cutting

    What software are you using? How are you doing the 4 5x5 images? Are you doing them one at a time and restarting with a new origin point each time, or are you loading all 4 into the cut programs laid out across the 24" width and cutting them all at once? Also are you sure you don't have the problem when cutting larger decals and the problem is hidden by the fact that the larger decal is easier to weed naturally?
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    HELP !!!!!!!

    nutster, Did you try to vectorize it yourself, and if so, what problems were you having and what software did you use. This is a pretty basic design, and a simple 2 color one so an auto trace should do reasonably well, or a manual trace should be rather easy. Haumana gave you a trace already, but this would be a good image to practice your tracing options.
  12. Have you tried different software? Sign Blazer is free and works well with these cutters.
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    Why oh why did I do this?

    If you're comfortable with swapping hard drives, cloning a drive is actually pretty easy with the program CloneZilla.
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    Cutting strip no adhesive

    Probably not ideal I know, but I have some vinyl over the top of my cutting strip to hold it down/patch some cuts. Seems to work well for me.
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    Incomplete cuts

    The pin should be straight up and down so you certainly have a problem with the holder some where. I had one where the holes were not true so that as you tightened up the thumb screw it would cause the blade to tilt, much like in your photo.
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    Problem with flexi can't enter characters, letters

    Just a guess here, but have you somehow managed to change the width of the letters to something so small they appear as lines? Can you grab a single "line" and stretch it out to make it wider?
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    Signblazer has that preview feature as well. It's nice to use when your design is say 23.5" wide on your 24" wide vinyl. It is a sanity check to make sure the vinyl is straight and good to go.
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    Accessing glyphs

    I believe someone posted a question along these lines once before so a search might find a VM specific answer, but a general answer would be to use the Windows Character Map program/app to select the character you want then copy and paste into VM.
  19. Is it always 6"? Or could it be time related? have a tried a complicated design that is the width of the vinyl but only a few inches tall? I can't think of any reason why length would play a factor but time could, if the power to the solenoid is drifting down over time that could cause the pressure to be reduced. Have you tried any different cutting software? Again, no idea why that would matter but can't hurt to rule it out.
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    Hello from a new guy

    And it'll only get worse. ha!
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    That was the first thing that came to mind as well when I looked at it. But yeah, as others have said, need more info. And I'd suggest the same as signyyouup, with the pen installed what do you get when you hit the test button on the cutter? Start with the easy stuff.
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    trouble with imported vectors

    Probably an issue with how the CNC software is creating/saving the file. I know I've tried to save some things in formats common to CNC machines and the files never look quite right when reopened with normal vector software. If you could post one of your PDFs I and others can try and import them with various software to see if we can find a solution that will work for you. You might also try saving your files from the CNC software in a different format.
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    How do I cut decals larger than my cutter?

    And depending on the design you may be able to break it other places to help hide the splits. A tree for example, you could split off individual branches so that the seams are then where the branch meets the trunk, or larger branch.
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    T-shirt software

    My guess here is you tried to cut a raster image. You can only cut vector images. Learning and understanding vectors is the first step in learning and understanding the world of vinyl cutting. And just because a file has a vector file extension, such as .svg, .eps, .ai, does not mean that file image is a vector. Vector files can have raster images embedded in them.
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    Need help vectorizing

    Since most of these are largely text, you'd be better off find the fonts and recreating them.