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    Motherboard? Carriage? MH 871

    I believe USCutter sells a grounding kit that dangles a metal wire onto the vinyl as it feeds into the cutter allowing you to ground the vinyl without a stand. I'd suggest getting something like that, or better yet get a stand. They are very handy to have. If your cutting head does not go up when you turn it on then the z-chip has most likely gotten fried. Since the cutter is new and under warranty call them and have them take care of it. If it was not under warranty, and you can handle a soldering iron, it is possible to replace the chip for a few dollars.
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    Vinyl distributors

    Any time I've shopped around I have yet to find a place that can beat the prices with shipping that USCutter offers for Siser and Oracal vinyls.
  3. Go with direct, cut manager is like a printer spooler, and I don't recall if it actually works correctly with SB or not. The initialization error is most likely because the cutter you have selected is not a compatible cutter with the pc-700
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    Hooked up SC and cannot cut or find port

    You plotter should appear in device manager under comm ports. Check there and see what port has been assigned to it. I do not use Flexi, but I believe you need to have the comm port set to something less than 4. Once you have it set in Windows go to Flexi and make sure it is using the correct port.
  5. Glad to here, the other ways mentioned will likely work too. There are usually 3 or 4 ways of doing something, especially in the vector world, it's just a matter of figure out which way makes the most sense for you in a given situation.
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    Help with vectorizing or tracing?

    and some place on the forums someone once posted all 50 states so you wouldn't even need to trace the state.
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    Advice regarding software and maybe hardware

    There is an add on for that, I just recently heard of it and installed it. Haven't played around with it much to know how well it works though. https://github.com/fablabnbg/inkscape-chain-paths
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    Number outlines

    You have to think how it will cut, not necessarily how it looks on the screen. For example, you could have one large black piece, then the white line. When you cut, if do not separate the cut by color you will have the desired result, you just weed out the "white" part. Or you could punch through the white so that the black is cut into two pieces and you don't need the white anymore. Looking at your design in outline mode/wireframe mode can help visualize how it will cut. If you have VM Pro, sounds like it's really easy though.
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    Number outlines

    I'm not sure if there is a more direct way, but if you just create an outline and make it white, or any color, then create an outline of that and make it black, then just cut by color you'll have the result you're looking for.
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    Advice regarding software and maybe hardware

    I can't speak to etching steel but I do know the process to etch copper works well with vinyl. I used vinyl to create a circuit board and it came out great.
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    Advice regarding software and maybe hardware

    If you have Inkscape already I'd say dig into it more. It can pretty much do all that you need. The only downside to inkscape, and pretty much any vector design program in comparison to programs like AutoCad is most vector design programs don't deal with exact measurements when drawing lines like cad programs do. You said autocad can "explode" fonts into vectors, most vector programs do that. In Inkscape, it's called "Object to Path" it's under the Patch menu. When designing in any vector program, it's also a good idea to switch to wireframe/outline view occasionally to double check your design will cut like you think it will. I have not checked, but I believe the two cutters you're looking at use the HPGL language for control, so virtually any cutting program can be made to work with them. Inkscape could even be used to cut designs with them. The advantage of having the cutter in question "supported" by a cutting program is that the default values for things like steps per inch are set for the cutter in question, although some fine tuning may still be necessary.
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    SignBlazer not importing the full image

    Shouldn't matter, but maybe try the EPS file format.
  13. I don't know if the wires are all soldered in place of if they have connectors. If connectors, it could be something as simple as a loose one. Could also be a wire has broken but still makes intermittent contact.
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    Job to large to process for Signblazer

    You could give Inkscape a try. It has a very basic cut ability built in now, under Extensions->Export->Plot. You will likely need to do some test cuts to dial in the DPI setting.
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    Cutting Plastic

    I would say no as well, not sure the blade would even be big enough and if it is, it would not be able to do the pressure required to cut something that thick. It might be possible if you do 2 or 3 passes, but I would not count on the accuracy of the MH to be consistent enough to exactly trace the same path.
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    Hi Everyone!

    Agreed, the pancake compressor will get you started. I only have an 8 gal compressor from HF. The cfm rating is just the cfm of the compressor, once the tank is full your cfm is simply that of what ever your hose and couplings will allow. Having a cfm equal to or higher than required would mean you could run the blaster nonstop. Having a cfm lower just means you have to take breaks every now and then to let the compressor fill the tank back up. Not a big deal since you rarely blast glass for long stretches.
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    Hi Everyone!

    One down side the HF box that I've read about a lot, is they tend to leak. When you put it together if you take your time and use a good amount of caulk they can be pretty good from what I understand. I ended up spending a bit more and got a bench style unit that was one solid piece. Only place for the media to leak out is the window door. Most cabinet come with a cheap syphon gun that is usually good enough for most projects.
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    VinylMaster Cut V4.0

    My pleasure, happy to help. If you keep looking you might find other fonts that a free to download. Monogram KK is a decent font, lower case letters are small and capital letters are larger. I've used this font a few times, although I usually adjust the size of the letters a little as I wasn't quite happy with the look.
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    Connect to Mac? USB? Not found!

    Actually it is moving the cutting head at the setup of registration marks screen using keyboard commands that is the problem. After rereading the post, you say you can get the first point set, when doing that are you using the keyboard to make the movements? If that is the case I would suspect the problem is the software. Would seem like it is locking up for some reason. Can you press the Previous button and does the software respond?
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    VinylMaster Cut V4.0

    Update: I've browsed through dafont a bit more and found all the fonts you have above, they are all the same as the Monogramos font. The font you download from dafont is the same character for all locations. None of them are "ready to use" monogram fonts.
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    VinylMaster Cut V4.0

    Ok, finally got some time to play around these fonts a little more. The circle font from dafont.com, called Monogramos, is not the full font, it is only 1 of the 4 files needed. The font from dafont is the same letter in all 3 locations. Looks like to get the left, center, and right versions you have to got to Etsy and buy it. If you want to take the time and have the patience, you could use the dafont file, type out the three letters you need, convert the text to curves and the break them apart and rearrange them to get the desired monogram. If you can give us names of the other fonts you're looking at we can help more.
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    separating colors

    If they are providing the permission and image, have you asked if they also have a vector version already? My guess is it would be a PDF file.
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    separating colors

    First, forget the term print. Second, that TM means the image is trademarked and you can run into all kinds of legal issues if your reproduce it without the proper paperwork. So some general tracing tips, for words, it's best to find the font and recreate the text, tracing text rarely turns out good. To get the white to be a cutable color, do the trace, put the traced image ontop of a box of any color of your choice, then punch the image through the box. The resulting image will be your white space as a vector object. You'll need to clean up the extra bits of the box that you don't need but that's pretty easy. There are various other ways to get a negative space into a cutable object but this is probably the easiest to start of with.
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    VinylMaster Cut V4.0

    Often times custom fonts like this will use the lower case letter for the small size, and the upper case for the large. For cases like the circle font, I don't have it installed, but I believe it is a single font download, but once installed you will see multiple versions (left, right, center) of the font in your font selection menu. If not, you can always look at the font glyphs with a font viewer to figure out which glyph represents the letter you want. If you have MS Word you can go to the insert menu, select Symbol then in the window that opens select your font and you'll be able to see all the glyphs in that font. You can also select and copy then paste into your design program.
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    VinylMaster Cut V4.0

    Not sure exactly what you are asking. The circle font for example is actually 3 different fonts, one for the left, one for the right, and one for the middle. Load those 3 fonts, type out the letters in each font and adjust size and position as necessary. I imagine the others would be similar.