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    Does computer 1 have an actual serial port? And if so are you using a straight cable or a null modem cable? I don't remember for sure which the MH uses, I believe it uses a null modem cable.
  2. Second Chance Automotive

    Love his logo, that is great! Nice work on the conversion to a solid color.
  3. Optimal temperature range for cutting vinyl?

    There ya go, the temp is even colder than I thought. I don't even keep my house that cold in the summer time.
  4. Optimal temperature range for cutting vinyl?

    I seem to recall reading that most vinyl the recommended temp. for storage was something like 65F-75F. Don't remember the exact number, I just remember that the upper temperature was much lower than I would have expected.
  5. Outline width

    Size and shape of the design has a lot to do with it as well.
  6. Vinyl won't stick to transfer tape...help please

    Have you tried laying the decal face down and pealing the backing away from the decal rather than pealing the decal away from the backing?
  7. MH871 Not Closing Cut Lines

    Have you cut this design in the past? Or have you tried cutting an old design, just to verify that it is not an issue with the file? You said this just started happening, has anything changed recently?
  8. MH871 Not Closing Cut Lines

    Serial cable is great, but I would not expect it to fix this issue. What sort of scale are we looking at here? How big are those gaps between the start and stop of the cut? Also what software are you using, and have you tried a different one? No idea why it would suddenly stop working as before, but you can't rule it out.
  9. Overlapping

    Have you tried using the pen adapter? If it does not do it with pen and paper then that would indicate static is your problem.
  10. Portable Hd suggestions?

    You can get external hard drives, or you can get an external hard drive enclosure and put what ever drive you like in it. The enclosures only can be found pretty cheaply, and if you're just using it for backup only I'd suggest a NAS (Network Attached storage). A NAS drive you could put in your closet next to your router and never think about it. Here's an example of an enclosure only, https://www.ebay.com/i/281757636091?chn=ps&dispItem=1 You simply take it apart put what ever drive you want in it and you're good to go. Here's an example of a NAS enclosure, https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/AOTECH-USB3-0-WiFi-NAS-to_1622623109.html Put what ever hard drive you want in it, connect it to your network and access it from any computer on your network And here's a RAID tower, https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816111455&ignorebbr=1&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-PC&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-PC-_-pla-_-Server+-+RAID+Sub-Systems-_-N82E16816111455&gclid=Cj0KEQjwnPLKBRC-j7nt1b7OlZwBEiQAv8lMLNpwPDo575sgGdISQnD7fIPwA4DVtOlzQcASGp7JUCAaAss58P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds RAIDs have basically two types, they can mirror drives, so anything you write to the raid is written to multiple drives so in this case you'd have a back up of your back, although it requires 2 drives of equal size. The other setting is striping, where a single file is written to multiple drives. So you could have say four 1TB drives but it would appear as a single 4TB or approximately 4TB, drive to your computer. There are multiple striping settings which I don't fully understand, but part of the idea of striping is, if one drive goes bad, you may still be able to recover most of your data. Another advantage of RAIDs is depending on how the files are being accessed a RAID setup can be quite a bit faster than a single drive.
  11. Portable Hd suggestions?

    Are you moving the drive around a lot, or just wanting a backup that is not installed in the computer? If moving around a lot you might want to really look at a SDD. No moving parts so the drive can take a pretty good beating with no worry of failure. They get pretty expensive though when you get into the terabyte range. You might also consider an external enclosure that you can then put what ever hard drive you want in it. Or even a multi drive enclosure that you can setup as a raid drive. That way if one drive fails you can still recover most, if not all of your data.
  12. That'd be my guess as well, a raster image saved in an eps file. Happens quite often. Open the file and then zoom way in on it. Do the lines stay nice and crisp or do they get blocky? If they get blocky you have a raster image.
  13. Need some help with this one

    Not having any luck finding this font with the online tools. Anyone recognize it?
  14. Don't save the file as a PNG, that is a raster image so you're forcing your cricut to revector it and that is where you are loosing your detail. I believe Cricut can import ai files, but if not save the file as an eps or svg and import that into Cricut.
  15. Need some help with this one

  16. How to cut just the outline of 2 color font

    It's a bit tricky to explain in text so attached is an example of the steps I'd use in Inkscape. I assume Flexi has similar abilities/tools.
  17. Cutter Missing small corners?

    Correct, not a feature in Signblazer. Best bet is to find a different cut program that has that feature. Unfortunately I have not been able to find one that is also free. The best I've come up with is to use Inkscape to cut with. Not an actual cut program, just an option that has been added so it doesn't have all the extras that cut programs have, but it does have an over cut option.
  18. VM not connecting with a longer usb

    If you're wanting the cutter that far away from the computer I'd suggest switching to the serial connection. You can go like 50' or so with a serial cable and not having the hassle of dealing with the cheap USB chipsets is so worth the cost of the serial cable and interface card.
  19. Vector

    If the replacement is doing the same thing that would point to the software rather than a hardware problem. Even the cheapest cutters can be tuned to give good square corners. If ARi's cut is at the same scale as what you're trying to do your cutter should be able to handle it. Make a simple square in your cutter software, a 1" square would be fine, then cut it and examine the corners. Post a photo here and let us look at it. But if the corners are rounded add a little bit of offset, say 0.2mm. Cut again and look at the corners. If they're still rounded add a little more offset. If you go over 1mm and still rounded corners then you have something else wrong. Also, I know you said you set your blade depth correctly, but double check it, and maybe post another photo of that as well. And lastly, a screen shot of your cut and offset settings in your program might shed some clues for us as well.
  20. EPS conversion problems

    With inkscape, once you trace the image and delete the raster image that is all that you need to do, there is no need to convert the vector image to paths as it is already a path. If you want to see what the cutter will cut you can view it in wireframe and that will show you the paths that the knife will follow. I've not used Sign Cut, but skarekrow says it prefers SVG, which is what Inkscape works with natively so no need to save your file off as eps, just save it as an svg. It can also be helpful to open your raster image in something like photoshop and clean it up there prior to tracing it. The closer you can get the raster image to a simple black and white image of high resolution, the better your auto-trace will be.
  21. How much would you charge

    So say 1.5 hours, what do you pay yourself per hour? $50? Then you're looking at $75 in time plus cost of mirror and vinyl.
  22. Backing for White Oracal 651 other than blue?

    Be aware though, white on white is very hard to see, especially with application over it. I think you're over thinking it.
  23. MH871-MK2 detailed cuts issue

    Cutting fine detail is difficult even on high end cutters, the MH is the lowest of the bunch so getting anything too small on it may not be possible. Be sure you have your blade depth set correctly, dial in your offset, and if your software supports it, add a bit of overcut, 1-2mm should be enough.
  24. Registration Mark Woes

    Yeah, I just make them as part of the design. I don't use VM though, and someone that does may have a better way to do it in VM.
  25. Registration Mark Woes

    You could just make your own registration marks. I use a simple diamond.