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    Problems Importing DXF files

    Have you tried picking random cutters from the signblazer menu? Even if the cutter isn't listed, there is a good chance one of the others in the list will work with your cutter. What version of autocad do you have? A quick google searched showed several results on how to export an EPS from autocad.
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    Font Preview

    Just found a nice way to preview all installed fonts using MS Word. You create a simple macro in word and it will then generate a file with all your fonts. You can edit the macro so that the sample of the font says what ever you like. http://exde601e.blogspot.com/2009/12/view-all-installed-fonts-with-microsoft.html
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    New to the cutting world. Vectorizing help needed

    There are a few font matching free web pages and if you get real serious there is some even better software you can buy. If all else fails you can post an image here asking for help. Someone can usually identify it pretty quickly. http://www.whatfontis.com/ http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/
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    New to the cutting world. Vectorizing help needed

    Here's a start for you. Just did a manual track of the black portion of the hawk using the method I described above. Blackhawks.svg
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    New to the cutting world. Vectorizing help needed

    Fonts never trace well, you're better off finding the font and recreating it. The baseball bat wouldn't be too hard to recreate either. The hawks is the challenge. If you could find a larger image to start with that will help. The hawks are mirror images of each other, so just focus on getting one right then just copy and flip it. The shapes to the hawk are rather simple and you might do well manually tracing. To manually trace, import the raster image and then with the beizler tool do ruff trace by putting nodes at the sharp corners and complete the shape. Then set the transparency of the new object to 50% or so and start adding additional nodes and editing the lines to match up with the raster image. Takes some practice but it's a very handy skill to have.
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    Signblazer History

    No, cause the preview is using the actual cut file. I use a temp file frequently and it changes often. If I go back in the history and look at the temp file, the preview is what the file currently looks like, not what it looked like 2 or 3 months ago.
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    Signblazer History

    The files contained in the HISTORY folder are nothing more than text files that have the address of the actual file used. So if you were to copy them from one computer to another, it would do you no good unless you also had the original cut files on the new computer and stored in the same location.
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    Problems Importing DXF files

    He does both, said he didn't like going from Signblazer, design, export, then import into the GCC software and when he does more complicated designs does them in AutoCAD.
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    Problems Importing DXF files

    Can't AutoCAD export files as eps? Assuming it exports them as a true EPS and not a raster image imbedded in an EPS, most any cutting software should be able to open it and cut it. Just curious, why are you using SignBlazer to design, and a different program to cut? Why not just cut from SignBlazer?
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    Signblazer Font List

    And a quick forum search finds the thread, the search button is your friend.
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    Signblazer Font List

    Google something like font viewer. I posted a word macro on the forums some place that will generate a word document with all your fonts.
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    Not sure where to put this Split Font

    Doesn't take much time, took me about 30 min. SplitFont.svg
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    Not sure where to put this Split Font

    Actually after closer looking what I found was just individual letters. That being said, creating your own split font isn't too difficult and here is the flourish that is used in the image you posted. Split Floruish.svg
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    Not sure where to put this Split Font

    just google split fonts and you'll find several, including the one you posted. There are also some youtube vids on how to create your own split font.
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    Signblazer History

    Are you wanting the history transferred, or the actual cut files? As I posted above, the history files are nothing more than shortcuts to the actual file that was used. To find the cut files, open your history menu and pick a file, you'll see the full file name below the preview image. Then search your computer for that file name.
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    New Engraver on the market

    Buddy just sent me this link. https://www.glowforge.com Looks like a pretty cool system with a seeming very easy to use interface. There are several videos on YouTube that show off even more capabilities of the thing.
  17. That cutter will do what you want, although small intricate designs will be a challenge with any value cutter. That starter kit is a decent price, but there are several items included in it that you don't need for what you plan to do. The included vinyl and transfer tape will work well for sandblasting but it's the wrong type of vinyl/tape for walls. Wall designs are usually rather large so you'll want to also buy some 24" wall vinyl, as well as some application tape for said wall vinyl. For the shirts, are you wanting to put the vinyl on the shirt and then paint it some how? Don't know how well that would work, but the included vinyl might be able to do that. Typically people use heat transfer vinyl and a heat press to apply vinyl designs to clothing. The extra cutting blades, hobby knife, and squeegee are all handy to have, the magnetic blanks, InkJet Paper and printable inkjet vinyl are not necessary for the projects you mentioned but could be fun to play around with a little. You will want to get the stand for the cutter, it's only an extra $30 on that kit package and well worth it. Are you familiar with vector graphics? If not you'll want to research that a little first. Inkscape is a free program you can download and play around with to get your feet wet in the vector graphics world before buying anything. Vectors are pretty easy to work with once you get the hang of it, but it can be a bit confusing at first as most people are not use to thinking of things in terms of vectors.
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    Signblazer History

    Ok, I never looked at the history thing before so I just opened SB and took a look. The history is simply short cuts to the .sbd files. The actual .history file is only 1KB and is simply a text file containing the addresses of the various files. To answer your original post, on my computer anyway my history folder is located C:\Program Files (x86)\Cutting Technologies\SignBlazer Elements\history But if you're wanting the actual files moved from one computer to another they are located where ever you saved them. If you saved them in SB they will have a .sbd file extension and you can search your computer for them. If they were imported files (eps, ps, pdf, etc) you'll have to search for them that way. when you open the history thing in SB, it will show you the full name of the file so you can search for individual files as well. My guess is once you find one file, all the others will be in the same place.
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    Signblazer History

    By history, are you referring to listing under file->open? If so, that is just a shortcut to the file. The actual file has a .SBD extension. Search your computer for .SBD and you should find all your files.
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    Wall Logo

    I've put 631 on knock down texture with no problems.
  21. It would be possible I guess if you are comfortable with splicing wires but I wouldn't recommend it. If someone were to trip over the cord and it was hardwired who knows what kind of damage you could do vs it simply coming unplugged. I'm not near the machine right now, but I believe so. I remember when I did it, it was pretty simple and obvious.
  22. yes, take the side off and it's pretty easy to see what you'll need to do.
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    Help Please!! Need Font Help!!

    Tracing is never ideal, but if you can take a high enough resolution photo or scan it shouldn't be too difficult to get a good trace.
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    Cleaning lighted sign sheet

    Might look ok during the day, but when the light is on behind it you'd still see the shadow. Probably not worth the time, but you might be able to sand it down to remove the shadows, would be a lot of work though.
  25. I'm not familiar with VM LTR, does it not have a tool for drawing simple lines, or boxes? If it does, just use that to add what ever weed lines you like.