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    Cutting Plastic

    I would say no as well, not sure the blade would even be big enough and if it is, it would not be able to do the pressure required to cut something that thick. It might be possible if you do 2 or 3 passes, but I would not count on the accuracy of the MH to be consistent enough to exactly trace the same path.
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    Hi Everyone!

    Agreed, the pancake compressor will get you started. I only have an 8 gal compressor from HF. The cfm rating is just the cfm of the compressor, once the tank is full your cfm is simply that of what ever your hose and couplings will allow. Having a cfm equal to or higher than required would mean you could run the blaster nonstop. Having a cfm lower just means you have to take breaks every now and then to let the compressor fill the tank back up. Not a big deal since you rarely blast glass for long stretches.
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    Hi Everyone!

    One down side the HF box that I've read about a lot, is they tend to leak. When you put it together if you take your time and use a good amount of caulk they can be pretty good from what I understand. I ended up spending a bit more and got a bench style unit that was one solid piece. Only place for the media to leak out is the window door. Most cabinet come with a cheap syphon gun that is usually good enough for most projects.
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    VinylMaster Cut V4.0

    My pleasure, happy to help. If you keep looking you might find other fonts that a free to download. Monogram KK is a decent font, lower case letters are small and capital letters are larger. I've used this font a few times, although I usually adjust the size of the letters a little as I wasn't quite happy with the look.
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    Connect to Mac? USB? Not found!

    Actually it is moving the cutting head at the setup of registration marks screen using keyboard commands that is the problem. After rereading the post, you say you can get the first point set, when doing that are you using the keyboard to make the movements? If that is the case I would suspect the problem is the software. Would seem like it is locking up for some reason. Can you press the Previous button and does the software respond?
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    VinylMaster Cut V4.0

    Update: I've browsed through dafont a bit more and found all the fonts you have above, they are all the same as the Monogramos font. The font you download from dafont is the same character for all locations. None of them are "ready to use" monogram fonts.
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    VinylMaster Cut V4.0

    Ok, finally got some time to play around these fonts a little more. The circle font from dafont.com, called Monogramos, is not the full font, it is only 1 of the 4 files needed. The font from dafont is the same letter in all 3 locations. Looks like to get the left, center, and right versions you have to got to Etsy and buy it. If you want to take the time and have the patience, you could use the dafont file, type out the three letters you need, convert the text to curves and the break them apart and rearrange them to get the desired monogram. If you can give us names of the other fonts you're looking at we can help more.
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    separating colors

    If they are providing the permission and image, have you asked if they also have a vector version already? My guess is it would be a PDF file.
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    separating colors

    First, forget the term print. Second, that TM means the image is trademarked and you can run into all kinds of legal issues if your reproduce it without the proper paperwork. So some general tracing tips, for words, it's best to find the font and recreate the text, tracing text rarely turns out good. To get the white to be a cutable color, do the trace, put the traced image ontop of a box of any color of your choice, then punch the image through the box. The resulting image will be your white space as a vector object. You'll need to clean up the extra bits of the box that you don't need but that's pretty easy. There are various other ways to get a negative space into a cutable object but this is probably the easiest to start of with.
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    VinylMaster Cut V4.0

    Often times custom fonts like this will use the lower case letter for the small size, and the upper case for the large. For cases like the circle font, I don't have it installed, but I believe it is a single font download, but once installed you will see multiple versions (left, right, center) of the font in your font selection menu. If not, you can always look at the font glyphs with a font viewer to figure out which glyph represents the letter you want. If you have MS Word you can go to the insert menu, select Symbol then in the window that opens select your font and you'll be able to see all the glyphs in that font. You can also select and copy then paste into your design program.
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    VinylMaster Cut V4.0

    Not sure exactly what you are asking. The circle font for example is actually 3 different fonts, one for the left, one for the right, and one for the middle. Load those 3 fonts, type out the letters in each font and adjust size and position as necessary. I imagine the others would be similar.
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    looking for tips and tricks on this vector

    Along those same lines, you could pull the drawing into a photo editing program and clean it up more before trying the auto trace.
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    SG 800 color blend problems

    I'm not a print person, but what does the original image look like? If you take the first image and play around with color settings in a photo editor, I you can get it to look pretty similar to the bottom image. So is it the printer that is the problem, or is it the artwork and the first printer just wasn't able to reproduce it as well.
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    sc2 software mac

    While not a true cutting program, it is possible to cut from Inkscape. You don't have all the fancy options of a true cutting program, but it gets the job done.
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    Connect to Mac? USB? Not found!

    You say the program doesn't respond to keyboard arrow keys, does the onscreen arrows work?
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    show your picture

    Few years old, I don't have any recent photos. ha!
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    When you say cut through both layers, do you mean it is cutting through the backing paper? If so, you have way too much blade exposed. No matter how badly a cutter is behaving, it should NEVER cut through the backing paper if the blade is adjusted correctly. Search the forums for Mz skeeter's instructions for setting blade depth.
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    Convert SBD files to EPS

    Rather than trying to convert all your files, I would suggest just converting them as you need them. Open in SB, export to eps, then open in what ever new program you are using. This way you don't burn yourself out converting files, that you may never actually use again.
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    Cutter not initializing

    As for converting your signblazer files, there is no good way to do it other than one at a time. What I would do, is just leave them as Signblazer files till you need one, then open it and export it as an EPS then open it with your new cutting software...assuming you find one that you like and works for you. However, I suspect the cutting software is not your problem and that the problem is you don't have the communications between the computer and the cutter setup right yet. You said earlier you started using a USB-2-Serial adapter, what sort of serial cable are you using? Is it a null modem cable, or a straight cable?
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    The Math Doesn't Add Up

    I do have to admit, I had relatively little trouble as well, but it did take me awhile to get it dialed it in to handle the high detail I was wanting.
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    Cutter not initializing

    Yeah, guess that should always be asked first before pointing people to an adapter, if you have a serial port use it. It will work so much easier than any USB setup.
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    The Math Doesn't Add Up

    True, but at the same time, unless you have the patience and basic trouble shooting and computer skills the MH can easily discourage you and cause you to give up on the endeavor. The MH can be a great teacher if you're willing to work it but it is not a simple plug it in and go machine.
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    Dirt bike graphics

    Do you have to use a particular type of vinyl? I always heard that the low energy plastics used for dirt bikes and ATVs caused issues with vinyls sticking.
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    Cutter not initializing

    Are you using the serial cable that came with the cutter? That should be a null modem cable, if you're using a straight cable it will not work. As has been said before, the make of usb-serial can be a factor and while the tripp lite version is known to work, there are others out there that will work as well. If the unit you bought is a true Prolific unit I would expect it to work, Prolific is a pretty good company, however there are a bunch of counterfeit chips that identify themselves as Prolific and are of a lesser quality.
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    Cutter not initializing

    If the cutter is recognized correctly, Windows will assign a comm port number. Open the "Run" dialog box by pressing and holding the Windows key, then press the R key ("Run"), Type devmgmt.msc and hit enter. Click on the plus next to the Ports list, there you should see something, I forget exactly what it is called but it is basically a USB to serial bridge and there will be a comm number assigned to it. In my case I use an ATEN USB-2-Serial adapter so in my case I see ATEN USB to Serial Bridge (COM1). I would then go into my cutting software and tell it to use COM1. If you do not know what you're looking at in the device manager screen, take a screen shot and post it here and we might be able to help.