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  1. darcshadow

    How do I cut decals larger than my cutter?

    And depending on the design you may be able to break it other places to help hide the splits. A tree for example, you could split off individual branches so that the seams are then where the branch meets the trunk, or larger branch.
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    T-shirt software

    My guess here is you tried to cut a raster image. You can only cut vector images. Learning and understanding vectors is the first step is learning and understanding the world of vinyl cutting. And just because a file has a vector file extension, such as .svg, .eps, .ai, does not mean that file image is a vector. Vector files can have raster images embedded in them.
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    Need help vectorizing

    Since most of these are largely text, you'd be better off find the fonts and recreating them.
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    Corel Help Needed - Frozen Program

    Corrupted or pirated copy of Corel perhaps? I'd suggest reinstalling it, but sounds like you don't have the disks?
  5. In Inkscape, did you try the different command languages? Most plotters use HPGL, which i the default for Inkscape. Might try the DMPL and see if it behaves any differently.
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    Cutting Issues

    Offset has nothing to do with bad cuts like that, offset only effects how sharp the corners come out. That being said, your corners don't look sharp, but I don't know if that font is suppose to be sharp or if they have more rounded corners. It looks to me like you have a blade exposure problem. You said you replaced the blade, did you then recheck the blade exposure/ cutting depth using Mz Skeeter's method?
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    plotter blade/carriage not moving up/down

    Sorry, no. Outside of taking it apart and tracing wires or googling to see if someone else has done this.
  8. Possibly, but typically when it's static once it goes wonky, it doesn't come back and finish.
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    How is pressure controlled - mechanically

    Duh, ok, makes sense. My experience with solenoids have always been an on/off or extend/retract thing. Didn't think about varying the power to them.
  10. Another topic talking where the posters cutting head is not working got me wondering about cutting pressure. My understanding is a solenoid moves the cutter up and down, in my case it pulls the cutter up and gravity pulls it down. Since solenoids are pretty much an on/off thing, how does the machine change the pressure of the cutting head on the vinyl? I mean, mechanically what is changing?
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    plotter blade/carriage not moving up/down

    If you can move the cutting head by hand freely, the problem is not likely mechanical and you have a bad solenoid or solenoid control board/chip. While solenoids can go bad, they typically do not and you're problem is most likely the motherboard that controls the solenoid.
  12. Do you have a true cutting program? I do not use Corel, and while I believe you can cut from it, it is not a cutting program. Did you get any software with the cutter?
  13. Ok, that sounds a bit more like a software problem. What software are you using and do you have the correct drivers?
  14. Random cuts through the design are not offset or overcut, that sounds more like a static issue.
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    Hello from a new guy

    I think he's referring to green at the top and white at the bottom. I'm guessing it's a combination of the camera and the way the glass reflects/refracts the light.
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    UPS & Surge Protector

    If you're getting a UPS to level out voltage levels be sure to check the spec. on the unit. Some units simply pass the power through till there is a power loss then they switch over to battery where as other units you are technically running off battery all the time which is what levels out your line voltage, and others have some caps to level the line voltage for both the battery backups outlets as well as non backup outlets. I believe most APC units do voltage leveling on all outlets. Also check the specs on how the AC voltage is being generated and if your equipment can handle it. Some use transformers and give you true AC voltage where others use step switches which simulates AC but some electronics don't like it and will burn out over time, or not work at all.
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    A Fix for HTV Cutting Problems

    hmmm, maybe move the rollers further in from the edge of the vinyl. Also, be sure to not put a roller over the "dead zone" in the center where there are no grit rollers below. Have you adjusted roller pressure? Not suggesting you do, just wondering if you have in the past and inadvertently caused problems.
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    Cross with praying hands and rosary

    Here are some hands and rosary https://www.vecteezy.com/vector-art/75776-prayer-vector
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    Signblazer. Crashing

    What OS, and how much stuff is running in the background? Unfortunately the creator of SB passed away several years ago and development of the program stopped. Outside of uninstalling it and reinstalling it I don't think there is too much you can do. I'd suggest at the very least switching to a different program for design, Inkscape is free and very powerful, then only use SB to cut or make small quick changes to a design.
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    A Fix for HTV Cutting Problems

    The SC2 had two larger grit rollers and 3 movable pinch rollers, correct? You should be able to move the pinch rollers around so that you could cut scrape vinyl that's about 2" square. Now getting scrape vinyl lined up straight can be a bit trickier but so long as the scrape is a decent size larger than the design you just make sure the design is far enough away from the edges to start with and you should be good to go.
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    MH721 needs replacing

    Here's a post regarding offset and overcut If you want to continue down the road of getting the MH to work, if you could post photos of some of stuff you've tried to cut that would help as well.
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    MH721 needs replacing

    If you have the money to upgrade by all means do it the MH are loud, but you should have been able to get it to cut reasonable well for hobby projects. The first step is always getting correct blade exposure. I know you said you adjusted it, but did you follow Mz. Skeeter's method you should be good to go. Then you'd want to adjust your offset and you should be cutting pretty good. If your software supports it, adding a bit of overcut would help as well. From Mz. skeeter and the method used most for accurate blade depth
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    MH721 needs replacing

    My first question would be what is it you're not happy with? That'll determine the level of machine you'll want to look at.
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    what tape top use for doing layers?

    So the vinyl is not sticking to the other vinyl? That seems odd, from what I've found, there is nothing vinyl sticks to better than other vinyl. What type of vinyls are you using?
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    what tape top use for doing layers?

    You want to do it in reverse order. Say your layers are red on the bottom, white in the middle, blue on top, you tape the blue with enough extra that it will cover both the white and red layers. You then put the blue on the white, then peal the backing off and put the blue and white onto the red. Then when ready to apply just peal the backing off and apply. Although as I type this I realize you may be apply to the substrate directly, which is the better way to layer. If that is the case and your tape is pulling the vinyl back off of the substrate you have a problem with the lower layers. You shouldn't be able to pull vinyl off a substrate that easily.