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    Edge Lit Sign

    Did this one for another guy in the motorcycle club, too much light in the photo and was not running it at the full 12V at the time so the glow is a bit dim.
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    Edge Lit Sign

    Wife got me a powder coating gun for my birthday and I finally got around to doing something with it. Made a frame with some aluminum u channel for another edge lit sign I made for a friend who is a big VW guy.
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    Who rides Motorcycles

    lablover, that's what every track junkie says. It's very addicting.
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    Wall Decal HELP

    No, nothing special.
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    Who rides Motorcycles

    Been to the dragon and surrounding roads a couple of times now. Love it up there. Current bike is a track only '08 CBR 600 RR. Was at the dragon last year then went down to barber and had a go down at the track. Damaged to badly to bother repairing to ride on the street but it'll work good enough for the track.
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    Wall Decal HELP

    Looks about like my walls and I have some 631 sticking to them in my sons room.
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    Table top etch... Compass Rose

    Very nice, how long did that take with an air eraser?
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    Vinyl On Pint Glasses, or?

    My wife got me a Cyclone E500 for Christmas and I love it. It is just slightly more expensive than the HF ones, $180 is about the cheapest I've seen it, but it is a single piece of rotationally molded plastic so there are no joints for dust to leak out.
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    Help Please

    I believe madhatter was talking about redraw/manual trace vs an automatic trace. Manual trace is what I did. You bring the image into your program then use it as a guide to redraw it. In this one I started with the round part of the anchor, just made simple circles and placed them over the original graphic to get size and location. Then drew some lines for the anchor and then node edited them to get them to match up with the original. Then did the same for the scarf yamaka. Great think about vector drawing you only have to get the initial line close, then you can node edit to get everything exactly where you want/need
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    Help Please

    Here's my attempt at a redraw. anchor w yamaka.svg
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    Help Please

    Do you have a larger version of the image?
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    LED Lights

    are you wanting to do back lighting, or edge lighting like Jay's image? LightingEver.com has good prices on LED strips, Amazon, E-Goal 5M LEDs are pretty good prices as well and more of a color selection.
  13. Glad you're making progress towards your goal. Be sure to post some photos when you get it all worked out and completed.
  14. Another option may be an USB extender. There are devices that convert USB to a CAT5 cable and then back to USB. Using products such as these USB can be extended to 300'. With 300' option that'd give you plenty of wire to run around the room along the walls or even into the wall and back down the other side of the room. If you google USB extender you can find these devices for as little as $25.
  15. Yeah, select the image and hold the shift key while selecting a color from the color bar at the bottom of the screen will add a stroke to the object. Adjust the size till you're happy then convert the stroke to path. The peacock image is a pretty complex one, I'd suggest a smaller simpler design to work out how the best way to do it would be. I really don't think there is an easy way to do what you're wanting to do. Another option would be to draw the image on paper to the size you want then scan that image.
  16. If retracing the line is an option you want to pursue that would probably give you the best results. The Bezier tool or freehand lines tool can be used to trace the existing lines. Either tool you'll need to go back and node edit the line to get it exactly where you want. Adjust the stroke width to what you want. Save the file at this point and keep it in case you ever want to make the image again in a different size. Size the image and the stroke widths to what you want, select all and from the menu bar, Path -> stroke to path. Then merge all the paths to form a single shape, select all, Path -> Union.
  17. Only other option I can think of that, while more work will probably give you better results. Resize the image, break it apart, then manipulate each individual shape to get the desired gap between shapes.
  18. Inkscape can open PDF files, and there is a chance the image is already a vector. If not you can still do the trace on the image once loaded into Inkscape. Once traced the image, you can add a stroke to the shape to make it thicker, however a stroke will not change how the image is cut. Once you get the stroke sized the way you want you'll want to duplicate it, then convert it to a path and then merge the new path and the old path and lastly remove the stroke from the merged path. Although I don't think this will work quite the way you're hoping. Only option I can see would be to manually redraw/trace the image using only strokes. Then size the image, then adjust the stroke size, then convert the stroke to a path.
  19. I wouldn't mind a wireless option. I don't have the cutter very far from the computer, but it's far enough that I can't hide the cables and have to disconnect them when done so I don't trip/roll over them.
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    New guy from Texas

    Looks to me like the rollers are not gripping well enough and after a certain point not moving the paper at all so all you get is the side to side motion. The good lines that it did draw look pretty jagged. Like xpaperman said, check your drawing, is it jagged like that, if not, I'd try slowing down the cutter speed.
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    help me make a half circle like a sun rise

    draw a circle, then draw a rectangle that covers the bottom half, then punch the rectangle through the circle and delete the rectangle. Could also draw a circle then node edit it.
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    Anti Static Kit

    Can't blame anyone for trying to make a buck, but really? $15 for two magnets and a piece of conductive string? I also like the note at the bottom of the page. "If static problems continue then attach a grounding wire to a screw on the bottom of the machine and the other end to a screw on the stand of your vinyl cutter (or some other ground)." Why not just do that first. lol http://www.uscutter.com/Anit-Static-Kit-for-Vinyl-Cutters *note, the web address has anti spelled wrong.
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    Anti Static Kit

    theresat, the cutter shouldn't be building up static, it should be grounded and all static will discharge into the ground. The vinyl as is unrolls and moves around will generate static. Since the vinyl is usually touching the stand, and the stand is metal if the stand is grounded the static from the vinyl will be discharged through the stand and safely into ground. If the stand is not grounded the static will discharge though the nearest conductor, which is usually the metal blade on the cutter. Because of this, the circuit board on the cut head can get zapped causing strange cuts, or a completely blown card. So long as you are not touching circuit boards, or anything too near the circuit boards, you getting zapped, or more accurately, you zapping the machine, shouldn't have any damaging effect to the cutter.
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    Kite Silhouette

    How's this? Boy-Kite.svg
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    Compressor Blast cabinet

    I have a 8 or 10 gallon compressor, don't remember for sure, it works, but does run a bit more than I'd like. The pressure that the manual says to use for a cabinet/gun is usually much higher than actually necessary. The lower the pressure you can use and still get the job done the longer your air supply will last. I also went with a cabinet that is a solid unit rather than parts that are put together. This way the only location for possible leaks is the exhaust ports and around the glass. Haven't used it much yet, but so far I really like it. It's a Cyclone E500, only thing I didn't like about it was the light source. So instead of using a bulb I bought some LED strips and put them all around the edge inside. Has the advantage of lighting the box with out blinding yourself and with the LEDs being all around there is little to no shadows.