darcshadow

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  1. By tracking, do you mean when you cut a 4 or 5' design the cuts don't line up, or the vinyl moves to the side? If the cuts are not lining up, that is a true tracking problem. If the vinyl is just moving to the side, that is more likely a setup problem and you didn't have the vinyl loaded perfect or you didn't pre-feed and the machine is pulling the vinyl off the roll. Doing that puts additional strain on the feed motors and rollers and can cause things to shift.

    Pre-feed the vinyl and your "tracking" problem should go away.


  2. Yeah, the cameo is actually a graphtec, just small. You'll be extremely frustrated trying to use an MH. Even an SC will probably be a bit frustrating at times. And if you're wanting to do large decals an MH is not a good option as it's tracking is not very good over long distances. Anything bigger than about 24" and it's a gamble if the cuts will line up.

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  3. 1 minute ago, gailherran said:

    I tried both ways.  On the cutter and in the software.  

    SCAL4 Pro, MAC, WIFI, 1/2 the width of a credit card.  The depth is fine.

    No, the depth is NOT fine. 1/2 credit card is about 10x to much blade exposure. Follow Mz. Skeeter's instructions for setting blade depth. You only need about 0.003" of an inch of blade exposed. 

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  4. Not a Graphtec user here, but sounds like he's wanting to hit a button on the machine itself. So unless there is a setting in the machine itself not to return to home after a job I suspect using the copy button on the machine will not work the way you want.

    In the software, does the cut screen stay up? Could you just hit cut again or something on the computer? That's how I do it with VM.


  5. Depending on what all you're doing, Inkscape might be an option to look at. It is free and extremely powerful. I think I've seen on here mention where it is closer to corel than AI in learning how todo stuff, so will probably be a pretty good learning curve as well, but it's hard to beat the price. Inkscape also works well on WIndows(hate the term PC, all computers are PCs unless they are a mainframe), Mac, and Linux.


  6. Follow Mz Skeeter's instructions for setting blade depth and then cut as slow as possible to start with, gradually increase speed to something you are happy with and still getting good cuts. Over cut and offset may need to be adjusted as well.

    What vinyl and cutter? they are not all created equal and if you have a MH or other low level cutter cutting 1/8" letters may simply not be possible.

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  7. I think you may still have too much blade exposed. If you can see the blade in a photo, you probably have too much. You only need about 3 mil (0.003") sticking out.

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  8. That is actually one of the Confederate Navy's flags which was based on the battle flag of the army of Northern Virginia which was led by General Lee. The battle flag was actually a square rather than the typical 3x5 rectangle. :) I just like to spread accurate yet useless information.

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  9. asking you to load stuff when you click the download button or after you extract the zip file? If it's when you click the download button you are probably not clicking on the correct download button. Often times what looks the obvious button is not the real button you need to click, it's an ad of some sort. You have to pay close attention to download the actual file you want. If you can't do it or find it on the web page you're looking at, go to a different web page that offers the file.

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  10. I bought the starter pack like 5 years ago and I still have most of those colors left. I mostly use that vinyl for blasting and powder coating mask and use the Oracal that I bought later for any real jobs.

    Later when I got into HTV I learned my lesson, I have a stock of a few colors I use often then just buy the others as needed. I do always buy extra so I have enough to do a few extra designs if I mess up, or the customer decides they want more.

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