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  1. I think Wilson is thinking more about phrases rather than full up designs. For example, "Git er done", I believe is trademarked, so any use of it would be restricted, however something like "Gone Fishin'", which has been used in several designs and therefor might be considered copyrighted. However simple phrases and slogans can not be copyrighted so as long as the design is original and the phrase is not trademarked, you should be safe to proceed.

  2. I've used the greenstar for blasting glass and it works well. So long as you don't hover over the vinyl it should work well enough. You have any sample pieces of stone you could test on?

  3. The problem with vinyl, is that it is a bit stretchy so I don't think you're going to have much luck. Maybe a static cling decal but I doubt that'd work after being covered in paint once or twice. I think you're only real option for reusable would be old school card stock stencils. That limits your design to something that is all connected though so you may have to rework the logo a little.

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  4. I have no experience with that product but given the thickness I'm going to say no, the MH will not cut it. From the data sheet that stuff is 27.5mils thick which is about 7 times thicker than "normal" vinyl.

  5. Technically any plotter can contour cut, the trick is getting everything lined up correctly. When you say you're not having any luck, what exactly is the problem you're having? So long as the design is not too large or complex the tracking on the MH should be good enough to do contour cutting, it'll just be a matter of getting things lined up right to start.

  6. Sort of. You can take any picture and with some work turn it into a vector file that the cutting software can use. The quality of the end result depends on the quality of the image to start with. The best images would be a 2 color black and white.

    Most vector software have some sort of vectoring tool. Inkscape and VinylMaster both have pretty good ones. The other option is to load the image in your program and manually trace it. Depending on the complexity of the design, the manual trace can be pretty easy and will generally give better results than an autotrace with a little practice.

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  7. As I said, if the blade depth is set correctly, it's impossible to cut through the backing. The ONLY way that can happen is if your blade is out too far.

    It is possible to get an ok cut with too much blade exposed and that may have been the case. Now, something else has changed and it is highlighting the blade exposure problem. Fix that and go from there.

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  8. I'm hoping to find the font that these numbers came from. Need to put names on some jerseys and I'd like to match the numbers if possible. If not I'll just use a standard block font.

    Anyone able to ID this font from just these numbers?



  9. I would suggest keep using the test cut on the machine itself till you get it cutting good. Then move on to your actual design. This accomplishes three things, it give you a known good cut design, it eliminated software on the computer, and it minimizes vinyl usage.

    Unless they've changed the patter, the test cut should be a square, about 1" in size, with a star inside of it. You should be able to easily weed the star without pulling up the edges, or vice versa, weed the edges without pulling up the star. After you pull up the star or the edges, pull up the other so that you can clearly see any marking on the backing paper. At most it should look like you ran a pen over it and put a slight indention into it. If the backing is cut at all you have too much blade exposed.

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  10. by cut too much do you mean it's cutting into the backing paper? The ONLY way that can happen is if the blade is not set correctly. Follow mz skeeter's instructions on setting blade depth and go from there. Her instructions are posted all over the forums.

  11. 17 minutes ago, quet said:

    Oh, okay! As I understand, I can replace the wider cutting strip but not the narrow plastic part that has cuts in it?

    I had no idea about the need for a carrier sheet, since the mechanic/supplier didn't mention it at all..

    Thank you so-so much!


    Unless you ever mentioned to them that you were using the cutter for cutting paper, it never would occurred to them to tell you about the need for a cutting mat. The machine is designed for cutting vinyl, cutting anything else with it is an off label use. Not saying it can't be done, but it'd not the typical use for it.

  12. 7 minutes ago, gman1968 said:

    Strange. I tested a square of a tshirt and it adhered fine?

    If I change the vinyl, wont the problem still occur?


    Yes, different vinyl won't fix this problem, so we'll need to get it sorted out first. But for making shirts, sign vinyl will not work. Unless maybe you just plan to wear the shirt once then toss it.

  13. The MH uses a serial comm interface so in theory there is no reason you couldn't use a Mac you just need software that uses the proper serial communications. I do not have a Mac, so I am of no help on that side of things. Inkscape is a very powerful and free design program, that does have a cutting capability built in. The cut capabilities is very basic, although for a hobbyist, it works well. I used Inkscape almost exclusively for years for both design and cut. Only recently have I started using VM for cutting.