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  1. Issues converting to dxf

    What was it? I've seen issues with units with Inkscape outputting dxf. You general had to change units to pixels or the size would be off. I haven't seen that mess you stumbled upon. What fixed it?
  2. Design Help

    I don't have SCALP, but the bezier tool is common in most vector applications, though name and function can vary. I think it is called the Draw tool in SCALP. Draw tool starts at 6:47. I used CorelDraw on my sample. Inkscape would do just as well. Looking at that tutorial, the Draw tool in SCALP seems to be a bezier pen of sorts.
  3. Design Help

    The bezier tool is your friend. Autotrace fails enough, that by the time you get the bitmap dark enough, change the autotrace settings, rinse and repeat until it is close, you could have just manually redrawn the thing. If you are no good with bezier tool, now is a great chance to gain proficiency. It will serve well into the future. After 20 minutes or so, it's as easy as tracing a picture with crayons. Here I took about five minutes and got this start. crown.svgcrown.svg
  4. My daughter cut out some cardboard, added some suspenders, and I cut vinyl waves, flowers, windshield, tire rack and "Mystery Machine" on it and she went as the Scobbie Doo Mystery Machine.
  5. Newbie Needs Help

    Note that the trial of sign cut pro may limit the cutting size. Test with a very small design, (under 4"x4".) Most versions of sign cut pro have a plug in that installs into CorelDraw, that gives an option to send to SignCut. I don't think they have one for CorelDraw 2017 yet. As to the svg, make sure it is just an svg with all vector, no raster components or bitmap. You probably can't have filter effects either as these are raster, (like drop shadows or other special effects.) It has to be all paths. Post a link to one of the failing svg's here and we can look at it for difficulties.
  6. Switch to tablet for everything coming closer

    I know of no cutting software from a tablet. Most cutters require a serial or usb port, which can be lacking on some tablets. The design software you get for tablets can be vector, but is going to be more primitive. I'm like Dakotagrafx, I like big screens. I use two 42" hdtv's as monitors. One is in front of me, and the other is to the right in portrait mode hanging on the wall. If you need a tablet for portable and school, get one, but budget a cheap desktop to stay with the cutter, drive the cutter and be more or less permanent. A Win PC good enough to drive the cutter can be cheap. A dirt cheap one, used maybe, say 100 bucks or less, would be enough. Win 7 is still good enough. If you can find a vector design tool for the tablet, then you can design on the go and cut from the shop. The vector app will have to spit out a format the cutting software can deal with.
  7. heat press

    Something sounds seriously foo barred. Maybe you have the wrong type of vinyl? It has to be HTV. I don't understand this folding your talking about. A weeded HTV item sits right on the shirt, letting me move it around. Maybe if I left it on the press with the press on for a day or two something bad might happen, but I've never seen that. This makes me think you have something other than Heat Transfer Vinyl. Don't forget to mirror image.
  8. If the cutter is one Inkscape can recognize, there is no driver involved. It is direct communications, with no driver in the middle. Inkscape can send generic HPGL commands, DMPL commands, and KNK commands only through a com port. You don't install it as a printer. The most common problem with missing drivers for cutters is the USB driver so the device is recognized as a USB device which is often the ftdi driver., (http://www.ftdichip.com/FTDrivers.htm .)A cutter is rarely installed as a printer. When it is, the company making the cutters has created a mini cutting software in the psudeo print driver. Here is a screen shot from Inkscapes Plot Extension.
  9. I give up with these damn printers

    I think the laser are more colorfast with a softer hand. But there are lots of factors, the type of ink and toner, the type of paper. Makes apples to apples comparison hard.
  10. I give up with these damn printers

    If that laser did tabloid and printed white it would be great. Yes I want my cake and want to eat it too.
  11. WTH am I doing wrong???

    The little bubbles might settle down after they air overnight. The big bubbles one can poke a hole in to let the air escape. Squeegee the hell out of it. Xpaperman says to go from the middle out. This is while squeegeeing the transfer tape. I've never done coroplast wet, so not sure there. Pull up the transfer tape on the same plane as the coroplast, not straight up, ↔ not ↑.
  12. Everybody remember that time, once upon a time, when you got that idea, to start making signs or shirts or graphics of some sort? Then you bought a bunch of the wrong equipment, spend months reading and researching. Failed. Slow dawning of being over your head. Finally, you got into an established shop and dried some of the wet behind your ears? Ahh nostalgia.....
  13. thinking of making the plung.

    If you already have a vinyl cutter, then a heat press and HTV would do shirts, with all the limitations and benefits. HTV is normally not a printed material. Maybe you are thinking of printed vinyl transfers. A printer that can do car wraps is likely a eco-solvent print cut combo. You can use one of those for shirts, with a heat press. There are transfers these eco-solvent printers can make and applied with a heat press. However, HTV and printed transfers are not idea for large production runs. It's really hard to say do 200 shirts this way. Ten yes, but large quantities are hard. Screen printing is the solution for quantity. Doing car wraps is far more profitable. However, its takes a great deal more experience than one might imagine. Likely you would have to go to a 3-7 day training program that might cost a few thousand to get started. It generally also requires a garage or a car bay.
  14. Cutting Cursive Fonts

    I know in some apps, when you weld, (whatever it is called,) sometimes its not enough, you might also before you weld, reverse the path direction or change the winding rule. But often you don't.
  15. How do you make faded fonts?

    That effect just seems to be a gradient. Print to go on what? If you mean on something for outdoors and is contour cut then you probably want an eco-solvent printer and a cutter, or a print/cut combo. Five hundred bucks won't get you there, Multiply by 18. A small eco-solvent print/cut combo: https://www.rolanddga.com/products/printers/versastudio-bn-20-t-shirt-printing-press