darcshadow

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    Monster Truck

    Shouldn't that one be on the front so the protestors know to get out of the way? ha!
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    Blade finishes off track

    The laser has nothing to do with the cut/line not joining. The offset being discussed is the blade offset. The tip of the blade is not the center so to correct for this an offset is needed which is the measurement from the rotational center of the blade to the tip. Not something you can easily measure so you just made adjustments in the software till the cuts are good. Cutting a square is an easy way to tell. If the corner is a true square the offset is good. If the corner is rounded or has kind of a Z shape to it, the offset is off and needs to be corrected. There's a thread on here some place with an image that shows what I just described as well as tells you which one is too much and which one is too little, I can never remember.
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    feeding vinyl, off roll or ?

    And color, I do recall seeing some higher end plotters that held 3 or 4 pens.
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    Origin or Work Space Margin

    Advertising the cutter as a 28" cutter is a bit deceptive. True, it can fit 28"s of material, but the cutting area is only about 24".
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    Scissors only help

    Here's a quick manual trace, not entirely happy with the cutouts in the handle portion but not too bad. I also didn't blunt the scissor tips. I like the look of the sharp point better. scissors.eps
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    feeding vinyl, off roll or ?

    Dave, Actually if you install a pen in it, it becomes a plotter.
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    Origin or Work Space Margin

    Are you putting your vinyl/paper in the cutter so the edge of it is against the edge of the cutter? If so, don't. Line the edge of the vinyl/paper up with the blade, with a bit of a margin.
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    feeding vinyl, off roll or ?

    Could be a dozen things. probably best to start a new topic asking for help. Be sure to identify cutter, software, and type of connection between cutter and computer. It may also be helpful if you can post the file you're trying to cut.
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    feeding vinyl, off roll or ?

    You don't want the machine actually pulling the vinyl and unrolling it. Puts too much strain on the machine and can affect tracking. I set the roll on the rollers on the machine and then unroll how much I'll need and let it hang.
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    Looking for 2 fonts LIDS uses

    I'm confused what you're asking for, is jetson and brushstroke the name of the font, or they name of the hat? If it's the hat and you can't post an image, how about a link to the hat online?
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    what do you do to refresh yourself

    I use to ride to relax. Track days were a great break for me. Get away from everything and focus only on riding and having a good time with friends.
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    Existing Acrylic Church Sign

    I'm assuming the white paint is on the inside? if so, just paint the black over it, you will still see the white on the outside and the black will block the light. Or put up white vinyl rather than pain.
  13. For glasses that have a consistent angle they are actually a truncated cone and there are equations to figure out the surface shape. Attached is a spreadsheet I use to get the measurements of a template. I then divide the template into 4 sections and try to keep the design within one section. When you look at a glass, you are really only seeing about a 1/4 of it,maybe a 1/3 so if your design is bigger than that you have to rotate the glass to be able to see the entire image and can start to look unprofessional. There are also some web pages out there that will create the template for you, you just plug in the info. I never had much luck with them, and prefer doing my own templates anyway. Once you get the curve you then distort your image along the curve. I use Inkscape so I don't know how to do that in Flexi but someone should be able to chime in. *note, simply putting the text on the curve will not give you a true image reproduction, but will look pretty good in most cases and will at least make the text look straight. Inverted Truncated Cone.zip
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    Inconsistent cutting depth/deep roller lines

    I'd call tech support and see what they have to say
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    Inconsistent cutting depth/deep roller lines

    Is the blade holder being held straight? My MH the holder arm had a problem and would not hold the blade holder straight up and down. Wouldn't think it would cause the problems you're seeing, but worth looking at.
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    Inconsistent cutting depth/deep roller lines

    Maybe need a new cutting strip? Sounds like the edges are worn down more than the middle.
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    VinylMaster vs. Signblazer

    Don't know anything about VM, but with Signblazer and Inkscape there isn't much you can't do, just a matter of learning how to do it. Every design program has it's own way of doing things, some are easier to pick up than others. Inkscape is free and a pretty powerful tool. The only thing I've noticed that Inkscape doesn't do well is font manipulation, signblazer actually does a better job at that.
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    Reading a Ruler

    Imperial vs metric is not the point. If you can't read 1/16 on a tape measure, you'd have the same problem reading 1/10 on a metric tape measure. It's not the not knowing how, that is the problem, it's the not being able to figure it out. If you can't figure out that the big line in the middle of the two numbers is the 1/2 mark or the slightly smaller line in between the 1/2 and the number is the 1/4 mark, than that is sad. Has nothing to do with being taught how to read a tape measure, it's basic 3rd grade math.
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    SignBlazer Settings

    Blade depth is most likely the problem. Correct that then try again.
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    Reading a Ruler

    In high school I worked for a local contractor and after the first week he gave me a small raise because I could read and understand a tape measure better than most all high school kids he had hired in the past. He made a comment to my Mom how impressed he was with my ability to measure and do basic math on the spot. So sad.
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    Please help vectorize this jpg

    What did you try in Inkscape? I just did an auto trace and the result was very reasonable for an auto trace, little clean up and it's be good to go. This is also a relative simple design, it would not be that difficult to do a manual trace/rebuild. Realize you may not of had time to dig into it, but when you do have time, this would be a pretty good image to learn on.
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    Having trouble with my USCutter MH Series 721 Mk2

    sounds like either static issues, or wrong driver. I don't have Make the Cut so can't help there. You could always download the free SignBlazer cut program, it works with the MH Series.
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    Military Vehicles

    all-silhouettes.com has a few, do a search for military.
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    Artcut 2009, mirroring the image

    Found this page that mentions mirroring, but the graphics are not loading here at work so I really don't know how helpful the page is. Do you have the manual for art cut? This link looks like that is all it is, just a web version of the manual. http://www.ibsflightcases.com/ibsuniversity/artcutmanual.html
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    Artcut 2009, mirroring the image

    Some Google searching is coming to the same conclusions you posted, the software is junk. I'd suggest downloading SignBlazer and use it.