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    Reflective Mopar Logos

    Don't know if it's your cut file, or your cutter settings but your corners look a little rounded off. If it's not the file you may want to take a look at your offset settings for the cutter
  2. Could be a software problem I guess, never tired cutting tiles with SB. You could always manually break up the image and make it so that it will fit on your vinyl.
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    Holiday Cheer

    It's about that time to re-watch one of the best Christmas movies ever...Die Hard.
  4. Most likely either a memory or a static issue, I would guess static.
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    Pot Call Anyone

    Yeah, when they drop it and can't find it they'll come back for another one. ha!
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    LED lights on cutter

    5A supply won't hurt anything, but for a run that short you only need about an amp, if that. Just an FYI.
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    InkCut for windows

    Just found this posting of how someone got it to work. Although the preview doesn't work in Windows. So given that, and the only other reason I would want InkCut is for the advance after cut option doing all this to get it to work is quite a bit more hassle then it's worth to me. http://www.inkscapeforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=4987&start=100
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    InkCut for windows

    Cool, so I was mistaken in my understanding that what is built in was just a version of inkcut. Still though, they are pretty close to the same and the developer of the extension has plans to put a preview window although his posts says he needs some help from a C++ programmer to get it working. I'd like to see the advance feed after the job is done rather than returning to home. If you ever figure out how to get Inkcut working in windows post up. I'd be interested in trying it out.
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    InkCut for windows

    In order to allow Inkscape to send the plot command directly to the plotter, you will need to install Pyserial as mentioned here, https://www.timewasters-place.com/inkscape-and-plotters-the-3rd/
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    InkCut for windows

    I believe what is now built into Inkscape is pretty much Inkcut and killed the development of Inkcut as a separate plug-in. Here's a link to the guy that did the development of the Extension. https://www.timewasters-place.com/your-cutting-plotter-and-inkscape/
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    Help with x8 and MH871 mk2

    agree, it's an excellent program and I'd love to keep using it but the overcut ability really is a necessity, especially with budget cutters.
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    LED lights on cutter

    Lighting Ever, http://www.lightingever.com/, has the best prices I've found on LED light strips, under 8 bucks for 16'. They don't come with a power supply, but you can get one from them as well for $8. There are even cheaper power supply options out there if you are comfortable with a little soldering.
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    If you're talking about the settings on the cutter, they are for speed and pressure. Depth would be controlled by how much blade you have sticking out of the cutter and there are probably a hundred or most post on the forums about how to correctly set the blade exposure. Do a search for them and follow the instructions then it'll just be a matter of adjusting your speed. I run around 150 on mine for standard vinyl.
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    InkCut for windows

    Inkscape has a built in cut tool with Inkscape 9.1, under Extensions->Export->Plot Takes a bit of playing around to get things sorted out, but once you do, it's a nice option. It only works via a serial connection though.
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    Help with x8 and MH871 mk2

    My only real complaint about SignBlazer is it doesn't have an overcut option, which until recently I never knew how nice that option is. If your cutter has a built in overcut, then you don't need the software to tell it to, but the MH does not and now that I have software with the over cut, I'll never go back. I'm actually using Inkscape to do my cutting now. It's not a true cutting program and is a bit clunky to get to work, but the overcut on it is worth it to me.
  16. Experience, Pay attention to how long it takes you for various jobs at first and as you do it more you'll get a feel for how long a particular job will take you.
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    vinyl removal

    Don't know what effect it would have on the banner material, but VM&P Naphtha is suppose to work really well at removing adhesive. It was recommended to me for removal of adhesive from cups when powder coating. I have not tried it yet, so far Acetone has worked for what I needed.
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    Reflective Vinyl Cutting/Weeding Tips

    Even with the pressure way up high, you shouldn't have cut through the backing like that. You have too much blade exposed.
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    creation pcut waiting

    You don't want both USB and Serial connected at the same time, just one, ideally the serial.
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    Font help needed

    This would be a pretty easy one to hand trace and the way to go. In the future, for dealing with gradients, I'd open the image in something like photo shop and work on it there to try and get it as close to a solid black and white image as possible, then do your trace.
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    creation pcut waiting

    If you have a serial port on your computer no need for a keyspan. Keyspan is just a way to convert USB to serial.
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    clip art and tracing

    Learning to trace is a great thing, but in this case, if you do a search on the forums you'll find all 50 states already in a vector file. Most states also have a Wikipedia page with a vector drawing as well.
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    mh871 with SB wont cut

    yeah, if it won't cut anything now sounds like a setting was changed. Are you using the USB? If so, did you plug into a different USB port on the computer? Once you setup the plotter and get it working, you want to keep using the same USB port. If you change ports you'll also have to change settings in the Cutter Setup screen mb20 posted above.
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    mh871 with SB wont cut

    Do you have multiple colors in the design? If so be sure to have the color you want to cut selected in the cut preview screen. If you post a screen shot of your design and the cut preview screen we might be able to help more.
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    Yeah, your math is good. If you're just wanting to know the profit at the end of the year just look at expenses vs income. Basing cost of decals off of size alone is foolish as often times larger decals can actually be easier and faster to produce than small ones so in reality you could sell a large decal cheaper than a small one. But people don't think that way and are willing to pay a higher price for a larger decal even though it cost you less time and time is money. As I said, most of what I sell I charge what I would be willing to pay.