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    HELP HTV ON Flame Resistant Sweatshirt

    A quick search finds that 100% cotton can be considered FR to a certain point and is acceptable for various electrical jobs. It seems to really depend on what the clothing is made out of, and how it is made.
  2. As Slice said, the hold the shift key to select multiple objects although I find drawing a box is usually easier and faster. A couple of notes on your design. The red box extends down into the green. Ideally you don't want anything hidden on your screen because the cutter will cut the line, not what you see. You have a black background. The If white is your wall, then I the white boxes above and below the green I would remove, or punch them through the green and red so that the green and red boxes are the exact size you need. For the letters on the Red and green boxes, you have two options, you can punch them through like you're trying, or you can just leave the white text there and then when you send the image to the cutter, send both the box and the letters on the box. The cutter will then cut the box and the letters, effectively doing the punch out for you.
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    SC cutter placement

    You also mentioned way too deep and you're playing with pressure. If you mean too deep as in it's cutting into the backing material then you have too much blade exposed and need to set the correct blade depth. Search for Mz. Skeeter's instructions on here. They have been posted hundreds of times.
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    Set Material Width

    I don't remember the screens off hand, will have to look when I get home. But when you send to cutter, there should be an option to change the width there as well, near yellow triangle. I also, don't think it really matters. The yellow icon is just a warning that your design is bigger than the currently set width. It'll still cut, I think.
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    Set Material Width

    Go to your vinyl Spooler, on the right side of the window click on Cut Options and you can set your media width there. I think you can do the same from the Send to Cutter screen but I can't confirm that right now. The computer I'm currently using doesn't have the software activated.
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    Set Material Width

    There is no material width setting on the cutter that I'm aware of, so I'm assuming you're talking about the software? If so, what software?
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    MH871 MK2

    So with the pen in, and the cutter on, it's not touching the paper? Then when you hit test it drops the pen to draw but doesn't lift it when needed to do the design correctly? Once the design is done does the pen go back up to where it's not touching the paper anymore?
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    MH871 MK2

    I don't think blade depth is the problem in this case if it is doing it with the pen attachment as well. When you put the pen attachment in, does the pen touch the paper when the machine is on and just sitting there?
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    Prep for first shirt run... What do I need

    That's all you need to get started. Heat press pillows are nice to have around as well. They let you press stuff that may have thick seams or buttons on the garment that prevent the press from a good even press.
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    Need Help with a Project

    Looks like a variety of problems. What does the design look like in wireframe mode? It also appears you need to adjust the offset and probably blade depth.
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    Prep for first shirt run... What do I need

    You should be able to do 1/4" lettering without any trouble. I have an MH and have done some stuff that was about 1/8", it was a pain in the butt and I'll not be doing it again, but it was doable. Also keep in mind though, the smaller something is, the less glue there is to hold it in place and the more likely you are to have it fall off when applied. With HTV you can actually do pretty small detailed stuff because of how the vinyl sticks to the backing. You still have to weed it and again, the smaller something is the less glue there is to stick to the shirt but you'd be amazed as has small you can get. Again, not something I'd want to do, but still interesting to experiment and learn the limits.
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    follow path

    I'm not sure in SCALP but in Inkscape you can select an object, then select the point you want it to rotate around. So for this case, you'll have to do the math to figure out the angles, but once that's done, select the 3 circles at the top of the column, set the rotation point the middle circle of the middle column then enter the amount you want to rotate it. Duplicate and repeat till you complete the half circle. If you can't figure out how to move the rotation point, or can't get the rotation point at the exact spot you need, select all 3 circles of both the left and the right column, duplicate and rotate the necessary angle, repeat till you have a full circle then just delete the ones you don't need.
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    Vinyl for vehicle lettering?

    I think layering the red in letter by letter may be a bit over kill, but breaking it up into words, or 2 - 3 foot sections would probably be wise. Paper tape and wet application can help as well. Doing a web app you have a bit more liberty to position the vinyl. It's a pretty good way to doing when just starting out. As you develop your skill and learn various tricks you'll get to where you can do it dry pretty easily.
  14. I didn't hear any noise, to me it just looks like the vinyl fed back too far and slipped out from under the pinch rollers. Did you reset the origin prior to doing the test?
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    Secabo 120CIV the cut is not accurate

    Does the blade spin freely in the blade holder? Does the blade holder move at all in the holder arm? That image of the text looks like a really bad offset issue, which it could be, but it could also be other issues such as the blade not turning or the holder moving when it shouldn't.
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    Secabo 120CIV the cut is not accurate

    Looks like you could use some adjustment to your offset as well. Don't try changing that till you get the blade length dialed in though. If it's still not closing the cuts you can add a bit of overcut as well. Over cut and offset are set in your software.
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    Connection Issues with USB to Serial with KeySpan

    No drivers needed, you have the comm adapter working. The cutter will not show up in device managers, you're just talking to it via the serial bus, computer doesn't know or care what is connected to the serial bus. You shouldn't be able to connect the adapter directly to the cutter, the screw standoffs should have prevented that, unless you took them off. Typically if you have to modify hardware like that, you're doing something wrong. As skeeter said, get a null modem cable, plug that into the cutter and the adapter, plug the adapter into the computer, set the comm settings in software and you should be good to go.
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    How to Connect MH 871 via USB

    Typically, no, most hubs don't allow two way communication.
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    3-D printing Pen --- very interesting

    Guy I work with has a 3d printer and a pen. The pen typically is just a toy, but he has used it to repair/touchup parts he printed with the 3d printer.
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    Liyu and HPGL2 commands

    Just a guess, but I would say HPGL2 is not supported by lower end plotters. Would be a little surprised if it was supported by high end cutters actually.
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    From problem description that would be my guess. If you double click on the text you will get a text editing cursor if it's text, if you get the node editing view then you don't have text, you have curves that look like text.
  22. If you have any troubles might try esp rather than SVG. SVG should work, but it's an open standard and not all programs have adopted all it's features and some times files don't play nice between programs. EPS is proprietary so it's protocols are better defined/controlled but it's openly shared so just about every vector program will support eps files.
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    Multi layer vinyl?

    If you have back lighting on the vinyl and it's not translucent then when the light is on you're only really going to see a black silhouette of your design, the color will be all but lost, depending on the brightness and viewing distance.
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    Trick or Treat meaning

    How do you interpret Trick or Treat? I always took it as the kid giving an ultimatum, give me a treat or I'll give you a trick. However over the weekend I overheard someone talking about buying some lemons to hand out as tricks. They interpreted it as the kid giving you a choice, give me a trick or give me a treat. I asked my wife and she agrees it's the kid giving you a choice. Thought maybe it would be a south thing, however, her brother sees it as the ultimatum like me.
  25. Storms or anything last night that could have zapped the machine and corrupted the firmware. Rare, but it can happen.