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    Kid on driveway

    This is great
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    MH871 does not cut deep enough

    At the heart of it, cutters/plotters are very basic machines and once the actual problem is identified most of them can be fixed or parts replaced rather easily.
  3. Happy to help, glad you got it sorted out. Also, you might want to loose the word print.
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    MH871 does not cut deep enough

    As Skeeter suggested, make sure you're cutting the correct side of the vinyl and if you are, keep raising the pressure. If you've set the blade depth per skeeter's instructions then you should be able to just keep raising the pressure till it cuts through.
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    MH871 does not cut deep enough

    80 should work, but it is a bit low compared to mine. I run around 120. Have you tried raising the pressure and if so how high did you go and did it make any difference at all?
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    MH871 does not cut deep enough

    The carriage arm does move up and down, correct? What do you have the pressure on the cutter set to? Do you get the same results with the test button on the cutter?
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    illustrator to SCAL issue

    masks are just that, masks. They don't actually change the design of the cut file, just the way it looks on screen. I'm unfamiliar with AI, but I would assume the easiest way is probably to convert the strokes to paths in AI before trying to open in SCAL, at least that's how I would do it in Inkscape. If I'm not designing in the cut software I try to get the file exactly the way I want it cut in the design program. If it doesn't look right in wire frame mode, it's not going to cut right either.
  8. Converting the text to paths before saving will probably solve the problem.
  9. If you only have a 1/4" margin that's not going to leave enough material for the pinch rollers to hold onto while making the cut. You'll want about an inch at the bottom to ensure the rollers can keep a hold of the material.
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    JK721 Plotter problem

    Looks like a blade depth problem to me. You could probably use a bit of overcut as well.
  11. If you simply outlined the text, you'll need to convert the outline to an object before you weld the text to the heart. You might also be able to simply duplicate the text and remove the fill color. I've not played with VM enough to say for sure without firing it up and playing with it myself.
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    Mh 871-MK2 offset

    The MH does not have an on cutter offset adjustment. Once you get the blade depth set as Skeeter described the offset it adjusted in your cutting software. You'll want to add a bit of overcut as well, it'll help close the cuts.
  13. Some programs the trace image is on top of the original and if the original has a white background you can easily select it rather than the trace. Try selecting the image and then move it to see if there is a copy there as well. If that doesn't work, let us know what software you're using and that'll get us started in pointing you in the right direction.
  14. it's hard to tell for sure from that wireframe view, but it looks like you'll want to weld all the black as well. Two separate welds of course. Select all pink, weld it, select all back weld it, then cut by color.
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    Font name?

    Anyone know this font? What the font online suggest Merlod Queue Bold, which is very close and I could probably make work but it's also $30. Would be great if I could find the actual font and have it be free. :)
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    Font name?

    Also found one in SignBlazer that is pretty close but still not quite right.
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    PDF Import Runtime Error

    Ok, I downloaded your PDF and opened it with Inkscape and it is an actual vector file although it's all grouped. If look at it wireframe mode there is a green box around it, not exactly sure what that is. But if you ungroup it 4 times you'll get down to individual objects and the green box will disappear. At this point you should be able to save the file as a vector file of your choice, EPS would be the common one, and then import it into your cutting program. 1st floor.eps
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    PDF Import Runtime Error

    New question, why are you trying to do this on the cutter? Do you just need it on paper bigger than normal printer paper? As Dakota said, if you can get access to the original file that would be the ideal way to go. Second option would be to manually trace/redraw it using your design program of choice, 3rd would be an auto trace but an auto trace is going to trace both sides of the line, which would be ok for cutting, as it'd cut all the lines, but for plotting it'll basically be drawing each line twice and the numbers/letters will probably not turn out well at all.
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    parallel to usb issue windows 10

    Found a post from 2011 where someone got theirs to work using a Belkin F2A036-06 Bi_Directional Printer Cable.
  20. What exactly do you mean by backed up and reloaded? What was your process for doing that?
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    Titan 3 Die Cut?

    And just a point of clarification, die cutting is done with custom made dies which are stamped onto the media and cut it, kind of like a cookie cutter cutting through dough.
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    Small text help needed

    That's pretty small text and even with everything set perfect your cutter may still have a hard time. Just so you know. Getting the blade depth correctly will go a long way though to getting the cut to come out clean.
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    Vinyl Express JII-61 Plotter cutter

    As Skeeter said, all you need is cutting software that can talk to the plotter. If it has a basic serial port then there is a good chance it uses the standard HPGL protocols and most any cutting software can talk to it through the serial port.
  24. What OS are you running? Did an update happen? Have you tried a different program. SignBlazer is free, others have free trials.
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    Trouble with my us cutter mh 871

    Far as I know there's no manual for taking it apart like you're talking. I'm out of ideas at this point. Sorry and good luck.