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    Inkscape and color

    You sure about that? From what I'm finding online it looks like most laser engravers work much like a printer and you simply convert your photo to black and white photo using half tones to achive the varying degrees of gray. What laser etching machine, make/model are you using?
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    Inkscape and color

    I know images like that can be laser etched, but I would be surprised if when something like that is done the image is a vector, or if it is a vector I would guess it's more of a 3D CAD image rather than the 2D vector graphics you get from Inkscape. Have you found a laser etching forum? If such a forum exist, which I would assume there is one, they would probably be better equiped to help you acheive the results you're after.
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    Inkscape and color

    What instructions were you following? Those 3 images do not look like something tyically associated with Inkscape.
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    statue of liberty

    found one on freepik.com that looks pretty good, can't actually download it from where I am now to check it out though. http://www.freepik.com/free-vector/new-york-landmark-statue-of-liberty_710644.htm
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    Customer wants 10 Scion decals.

    As long as you're not using the Scion car logo you should be fine.
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    3M 8830 is reflective silver although I'm not having much luck finding places to buy it. This place sells it but you have to contact them to get pricing, http://www.metlon.com/ordering-info/8830.htm Might try giving 3M a call and see if they can direct you to a local distributor, suggest an alternate, or possibly even give you a sample.
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    Conical cutting with sign blazer

    keep in mind you will want to distort your image to have it come out correctly on the glass. I use inkscape, and pattern along path to do this.
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    Need Help Please

    Don't remember the exact steps but basically you want to put an outline around Mom, then puntch it through the other word, then delete the outline.
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    You need to do more than just open an image with inkscape. Once the image is opened, select it, then from the menu bar, select Path->Trace Bitmap. That will open a window with various options to tweek, but the default should give you a pretty good starting point. Click ok. The trace of the image will be overlaid on the original. Click the trace and drag it over to see it better.
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    some help needed

    But on the Adobe web page http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/policy-pricing/creative-suite-2-activation-end-life.html They know people are going to consider it free ware and use it, and they are not trying to stop anyone, but legaly you have to had bought it originally.
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    What sandblast media should i get?

    AluminunOxide is a pretty good all around media and not too expensive. As for grit level, that's up to you and the look you want. I like 120, gives a nice etch with a bit of sparkle to it.
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    Which version?

    0.48 portable. Love it, throw it on a thumb drive and use it anywhere.
  13. Sounds like you just needed to weld/union the paths.
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    some help needed

    Technically they are not giving it. You are supose to have purchased a legal copy in the past before you download the one they have on their web page. But they don't require you to provide any information to verify you have a legal old copy.
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    Production Manager Job Estimation

    I'm unfamiliar with this tool, but if each decal is about 5" square then then that would be the 0.21sq.ft. of material and 54 cents for materal cost would be about right for a signel decal. If each decal is about 3.5" square then all 8 would fit inside the 0.21sq.ft. of material and 54 cents would be the cost of materal for all 8 decals. So the question is, how big is the actual decal?
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    Need Something To View AI Files In Windows 8

    The folder shouldn't matter. Actually the x86 folder is the one where 32bit programs are typically installed on a 64-bit machine.
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    Need Something To View AI Files In Windows 8

    Ghostscrip is a program that Inkscape, and other software, use to convert post script files among other things. In the case of inkscape, you have to download and install ghostscript, then go in and edit some environment variables so that Inkscape knows where ghostscript is. If this is what you are needing ghostscript for a quick google search should find you the instructions on how to do this. For getthing XP software to run under Win 7 or 8 you can try installing a virtual Windows XP system. Win 7 Pro has this as an option from Microsoft, Win 8 you will need a virtual machine software. Here is a link to a few programs and instructions on how to set up XP under Win 8. http://www.howtogeek.com/171395/how-to-get-windows-xp-mode-on-windows-8/
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    Stick Family Sign

    There are lots of double sided tape options of various stickyness. If you want it to stay and not be removed double sided carpet tape will hold it. Might also look into those Command Media velcro things. They seem to hold pretty good and I belive they have a weight limit rating on the package.
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    daisy dukes jeep eagle emblem

    This is the highest res image I've been able to find so far, should trace pretty well but is going to need a good bit of cleanup, https://www.flickr.com/photos/27366217@N05/4110611868/sizes/o/in/photostream/
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    daisy dukes jeep eagle emblem

    Do a google search for Jeep Golden Eagle Decal. I have not been able to find a vector yet but there are some higher res images you could use to get a good trace from.
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    Oracal 631 and layering

    Depending on the texture it will usually sitck. The type of paint seems to cause more problems for people. The new stain resistant paints prevent things from sticking to them. If you're unsure just take a small scrap piece and stick it up and see how well it stays.
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    Oracal 631 and layering

    631 will stick to 631, well enough that you won't be able to seperate them.
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    Removable Outdoor Vinyl

    Vinyl on vinyl though might be an issue. I know 631 is hard to remove from 651.
  24. Just currious, what are you going to have the QR code "say"? Personally I dislike QR codes and would rather have something human readable.
  25. While technically that is true, the cutter essentially has a USB to serial converter built in so you're not actually gaining anything in speed, you're still limited to what ever the serial speed the internal converter is running at.