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    Who can open DXF or DWG fils?

    Inkscape should be able to open them. If the file truly blank or is everything white and blends in with the background. I've had that happen on files from time to time.
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    Need a quote for 1500 die cut decals

    You're numbers total up to 2100.
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    Wrap for a motorcycle

    Single color.
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    Wrap for a motorcycle

    Buddy of mine wants to wrap his bike. Any suggestions on where to find the best price on vinyl wrap and about how much he'd need for a sport bike? I've already told him about fellers, any place else he should check out?
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    A throwback Thursday smile for ya all

    Just don't make shows like that any more.
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    Laserpoint II - Grounding?

    Technically, you don't need to ground the cutter, it is already grounded, but you do need to ground the vinyl. Typically that's accomplished by grounding the stand the cutter and vinyl sit on.
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    Need a cutter for custom painting/masks

    One of the biggest things new people seem to have a hard time understanding is Vector images vs raster images. Do a little reading up on vectors and it will help greatly when you dive in. I'd also suggest downloading Inkscape and play around with it a little. Inkscape is a free vector program. It takes some getting use to, and some things are little cumbersome to do, but for the most part it can do all that the big name vector programs can do, and best of all, it's free. As for the numbers relating to the Oracal vinyl, that is simply model numbers. 631 is Oracals indoor wall vinyl, designed to be removable. 651 is calendared outdoor vinyl designed to last 3 to 5 years, there is also 751, 951, and several other models with various properties.
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    Getting sick of people under pricing and more.

    But where do you draw the line though, if you see someone rob someone, do you let it slide or call the cops? Just stirring the pot.
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    Some Of My Work

    I like the "Some Assembly Required"
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    Should I hand over the files?

    If you're paid to make a design I don't believe that still means the person owns the work you created, it would depend on the contract, if there was a contract. Kind of like a photographer, you pay them to take photos of you, or your event, but they still own the photo and copyright. Some photographers will sell you the copyright, but that's only been a recent development in the industry, and is mostly done by the amateur turned semi-pro photographers. If they guy wants the original art, and is willing to pay for it, I'd sell it to him.
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    Something different!

    Cool. hydro dip?
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    Edge Lit Sign

    Made this for a friend. Was originally just going to do the logo but I thought it'd look even better if I could put his bike on it. Wasn't sure how well the bike would look fully etched and lit so I made the bike vinyl and etched the edge so that it would have a halo type glow when on. I think it came out really well and looks even better in person.
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    Edge Lit Sign

    yeah, media blast with aluminum oxide, 120 grit.
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    Sun visor strip

    There was a formula posted on here some place about how to account for the arch of the windshield. When I made mine I took some paper layed it out on the window, then drew a line on the paper that was 6" from the top of the window. By the time I was done I had a pretty serious arch. Took a photo of the finished product, pulled it into inkscape and created a vector to match. The arch of mine was significant enough that I had to adjust the words/design to follow the arch so that they appeared straight when it was installed on the car.
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    Edge Lit Sign

    I tried that. The LEDs do light up with a 9V battery, but not for very long. After about 30min you see a very noticeable drop in brightness. I picked up a double AA battery holder that holds 8 batteries, it'll get me the necessary 12V and should be able to power my signs for several hours before brightness drops.
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    Edge Lit Sign

    The image is the Wolfsburg Coat of Arms. Wolfsburg is home to the Volkswagen AG's headquarters and the biggest car plant in the world. The LEDs are simple LED Strip lights that I got from lightingever.com. Just connect them to a 12V PSU and you're good to go.
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    help with softball logo

    What are you having trouble with? If you know/can find the fonts, this should be pretty easy to recreate. Post up what software you're using and the trouble you're having and I'm sure several people will be able to walk you through the process for your software.
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    Startup Folder

    Did some searching, you can use the runas command but that will require you to enter the password every time the program runs. If that's acceptable it's a quick and easy solution. If you don't want to have to enter the password, looks like the program/command PsExec will allow you to create a batch file to run a program with admin rights. https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897553.aspx
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    Startup Folder

    Have you tried creating a batch file to run the program you want and put the batch file, or a shortcut to the batch file in the startup folder?
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    Reworked Design.

    Might try playing with some dark blues in the shadows/black trees. Art teacher back in high school always stressed there was no such thing as a black shadow, there is always some blue in it.
  21. What software are you using? Could be a software/driver issue. If you're not using SignBlazer, download it and give it a try.
  22. In addition to what wildgoose said, looks like you may need to also adjust your blade offset. Not the cause of your problems, but it will sharpen up those corners.
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    Prepping for new truck paint

    I had an '88 Dodge Ram-50 that I bought used when I was 15 and drove it daily for 15 years, although technically it wasn't a Dodge, it was a Mitsubishi. Been all over the country with it, 25 different states.
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    Edge Lit Sign

    The lights are simple 3528 LED light strips that I get from lightingEver, have also seen them at good prices on amazon. They are powered by a 12V supply. Only thing I'm not real happy with is the fact that I can not find aluminum U channel narrow enough, there is a gap between the back side of the acrylic and the back of the frame. Not a huge deal since it's on the back, but rather annoying to me none the less.
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    Edge Lit Sign

    Thank. The guy is in the process of restoring an old Super Bug. So currently he's pouring lots of money into it and doesn't even havr a seat to sit in yet. ha!