darcshadow

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    My Vinyl doesnt like sticking to the backing, if replaced

    Some cutting software has settings that will add extra cuts like this automatically to make weeding easier.
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    Help with cuts not being completed

    I just happened to post about over cut and blade offset just the other day. See the referenced post for examples of over cut settings.
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    My Vinyl doesnt like sticking to the backing, if replaced

    I'm not clear what you were doing with the packing tape, but in regards to sticking vinyl back onto the backing paper, yeah, that will never stick as well as before. The idea of the backing paper is that vinyl doesn't stick to it. I have had to do as you describe though, messed up a small part of a design so rather than cut the whole design just cut what I need. So long as you're not waving the backing paper around after you lay the vinyl on it, the vinyl should stay put well enough to get your transfer tape applied. I've actually built multi colored decals like that. I cut the entire design in one color, weeded out everything except that color, then cut the other colored parts and using the slight impression left on the backing paper from the first cut used them to line up the other pieces. This way I was able to get a multi color design that was a uniform thickness.
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    How much pressure do you cut with?

    The blade offset is to account for the fact that the point of the blade is not actually in the center of the holder. To test if an adjustment is needed cut a a simple square, look closely at the corners and compare them to the image below. Overcut is how far past the start top point the blade will travel when completing a cut. The value cutters will not always complete a cut, the overcut setting compensates for this by traveling the specified distance extra to ensure that the start and stop points meet or overlap. Advance after plot is a nice option, it simply advances the vinyl out so that you can easily cut it off. Not sure about the SC, but I know the MH when it does this, the origin does not change. So unless you reset the origin the cutter will back up the vinyl, and since you've cut it off, the vinyl will fall out of the machine and the blade will cut into the cutting strip.
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    HTV Settings for SC2

    I don't have an SC, but I'm pretty sure you should be able to cut pretty small scraps with no problems. Just needs to be big enough that the rollers can hang onto it through the whole cut.
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    HTV Settings for SC2

    Two obvious things to check, blade exposure and pinch rollers. Make sure you have the pinch rollers position over the ruff part of the lower roller. If it's not, or it's on a smooth part it'll cause problems as you're describing. Follow Ms Skeeter's instructions for setting blade depth and pressure. Speed settings start slow and step it up till you're not happy with the cut results then slow it back down one step. More detailed designs usually should be cut at a slower speed.
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    how to cut multi colors with VM? Help

    Sorry, can't help there. Don't know anything about VM. There are flag vectors all over the place though so I'd suggest looking for a vector to start with. Tracing a flag image is not going to produce great results, the stars will not have crisp sharp points and the edges of the colors will be rounded a bit. On laying vinyls, get some parchment paper. Apply your application tape to the top layer, then peal the design off the backing, lay the parchment paper down over the background, lay the vinyl and app tape on top of the parchment paper. Slide it around to get it to line up just right then just slide the parchment paper out. A light box is also very helpful.
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    how to cut multi colors with VM? Help

    Something like this? Not sure the terms used in VM, but in Inkscape, I simply put the cow image on top of the flag, duplicated the cow twice so that I had 3 copies of the cow, then did an intersection merge with the each of the cows and each color. So pick a cow and red and do an intersection and you're left with just the red part of the cow. Select another of the cow copies do it with blue and again finally with white, or you could just make the full cow white and move it behind the red and blue.
  9. You could just cut the individual colored puzzle pieces then put the puzzle together.
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    SCALP help!

    You only want white and black? If you add some color this looks pretty good I think.
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    crazy question about how the decals are cut?

    Yeah, Union and Weld are the same thing, just different terms for different programs. The purpose of welding is so when you have things overlapping it still cuts as you want. For example if you draw two rectangles and have them cross each other to create a cross what you see on screen will look like an X. But if you do a preview you'd see the two rectangles crossing each other so that when it cuts you'd have a square in the middle. So when you weld it and cut it, you'll get the X that you intended.
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    crazy question about how the decals are cut?

    Yeah, I don't weld till ready to cut and often times I'll duplicate the image and weld it so that I have a welded copy and an unwelded copy that way if I need to go back and make changes later it can be done easily.
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    Store Front Pricing question

    Could be a ordnance thing. I know around parts of town here you're not allowed to cover more than a certain percentage of the store front window.
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    crazy question about how the decals are cut?

    Correct, the preview will show you the path that the blade will take. If you look closely at the S in your first photo and this last one you'll notice there is no longer a line going through the middle of the little loop on the left side, that is a result of the weld. Had you not welded the image the cutter would have cut a line through it and made a mess out of it. One other note, depending on how big you're making this design, that font may not turn out well. You have some very thin lines so unless you're cutting the font pretty big the sliver of vinyl may be too small and not cut well, or if it does, may not stick well when applied. You'll have to play around with your cutter a little to get a feel for how small of things it can do but I usually try to stay away from anything too wispy.
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    DIY thread - show us some DIY projects

    Here's my DIY powder coat booth, not specifically vinyl related, but I use vinyl to create masks for powder coating.
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    Bikemike's picture thread

    I have not done that, but I have seen it done. They come out really nice. As for holding up against scratches you could powder coat it with a clear coat.
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    MH781 cutting lines across design

    He's already using a serial cable, straight to the motherboard so a tripplite adapter won't be the cure this time around. The speed change of the data being sent is suspect but I have no idea what that could mean. I know you said you didn't make any setting changes, but double check the comm port settings and verify that the baud rate hasn't changed. Only thing else I can think to try would be to try some different software. It shouldn't matter, but at least it'll rule that out as the source of the problem.
  18. The garage sale thing is a tax thing linked to in Dakota's first post.
  19. The cutter specifications should say. But this link also confirms that the SC uses a Roland style blade, http://www.uscutter.com/3-Pack-of-Roland-Cemented-Carbide-Blades-60-Degrees
  20. Ok, but just because you get the tax form from Paypal doesn't mean you have to pay taxes on it if the sales fall into that garage sale thing. And if the sales don't fall into that category then you were suppose to pay taxes on it anyway. I suppose it does require the seller to keep better records to justify why they don't need to pay income tax on it, so that'd be annoying.
  21. Yeah, every software is a little different in how they do things. typically, if a program uses a proprietary file format that is usually the only options for Save and Open functions and you have to use Export and Import to get other file formats. Inkscape tries to make Opening and Saving a little more straight forward by doing the import/export without calling it that. For example, when you save an EPS file from Inkscape you'll be prompted for some additional settings on how you want the file saved. These are essential the same questions you'd be asked from other software when you tell it you want to export it. The downside of Inkscape doing this, is since you are technically exporting/importing the file, it may not be exactly what you intended due to things like layers being handled slightly differently between different programs and variants of file formats. EPS for examply, there are a few different versions of EPS, but they all have the EPS extension.
  22. For those types of vinyl, yeah, the same blade will work on all of them. There are a few topics on the forums regarding the blades and why you'd want one vs the other in different cases.
  23. I don't quite get why this is an issue? So the problem is just that you are now forced to claim the income on your taxes rather than the honor system where you were suppose to anyway? If people are wanting to skirt taxes that badly switch to accepting Monero, or one of the other cyrptocurrencies that claim to be truly anonymous.
  24. Right, Exporting in Inkscape is only for raster images. In VM, is there an import option?
  25. For designing in Inkscape and then cutting in VM, you don't want to use the Inkscape export option, you just need to do a save or save as. Save will save it in a SVG format, which I believe VM will open. Save As gives you loads of options, EPS is kind of the industry standard. The Export function in Inkscape will produce a PNG file, (a raster image). When you do the export, the window that opens has 4 tabs, Page, Drawing, Selection and Custom. If you have a single item in your design selected when you click the export, I believe it will default to the Selection tab and only export what you have selected. You'll want to select Drawing to export the entire drawing. Remember though, this is a raster image. The main reason I use this feature is to save a design off that I can then send to someone for review knowing they will be able to open it without any hassle.