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    Equipment Advice Please!

    I was doing this a few yrs ago. I ended up buying a 54" sc starter combo. I felt like being a newbie never cutting vinyl before, this would be the easiest way to make my own sign for our business . no heat press, just all the tools to start cutting vinyl. maybe the sign shop combo. but always had intentions to add htv . I even ordered htv with my initial order. so 6 months or so later after learning how to cut vinyl a friend came in on a fri wanting shirts for a biz meeting with FEMA by mon. Quickest thing I could get because of amazons sun del was a press from there. so I didn't see anything I really was interested in so didn't want to spend a lot. in the jam I ordered a $125- $150 9x12 swing arm press. I def made my $ back quickly. have now upgraded both cutter and press. with that being said, I would def do it different if I was starting from scratch again, and that is starting with higher quality servo cutter from the start. there is a difference. like others have posted , it really shows in larger cuts. I had to redo my 1st BIG commercial job. I didn't catch the error before the customer did. so that was a tough 1. starting out with the cheaper stepper cutter you will def learn all the tricks to getting clean cuts. then really appreciate a servo cutter when you get there. my upgrade to servo was with a pre owned cutter, but if doing it from the beginning , Ive seen the Titan 2 on sale at affordable price for a servo. a friend of mine loves and swears by his, less than half the price of a Graphtec or Roland.
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    Registration marks

    vinyl waste is why ive never used reg. marks. so will def have to check this moving them out. ive never checked for that, I mainly use scalps 4 , plan on upgrading to 5. but I still have the copy of VM that came with my cutter. I only use it now for designs I created n it before getting scalps. been too lazy to make copies of the files. lol. I have a couple back lit set ups I use for layering. I had some big plans, but space slowed that dn. so the 1st 1 I built is 2' x 4' table. mine isn't as cool @Primal Decals , check his old post on here. really cool set up. then for small stuff I placed a led light in 1 the display counter I work off in the ft of the shop. its really too bright, going to tone it dn.
  3. someone dropped a sign warehouse kingcut cutter by the shop for me to checkout. so looking at all markings on the cutter it looks like this could be made by creation. anyone familiar with this cutter? 1st issue was it uses a usb male to male cable. just picked 1 up, but now don't see it in any of my cut program list. im using VM cut and scalps 4
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    Creation Kingcut

    all I have is a usb port, and not a printer port like on my sc or graphtec . a reg usb port just like on my laptop, no other port that I can find
  5. bringing 1 up from the depths. what do you guys think 1 is worth now? 4 yrs later
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    Creation Kingcut

    well, gotten no where with this. dn loaded the driver and tried a few things , but nothing
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    Roland color camm PNC 5000 vs PC 50

    a guy is dropping off a pnc 5000 for me to check out. I don't think he ever used the printer part of the machine. so ive been researching these a lil bit in my not so spare time. he as it and the creation king cut I posted up the other day
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    Creation Kingcut

    ok, so with saying generic drivers would work. how do I set it up
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    Creation Kingcut

    I tried dn loading that when I joined the forum a few yrs ago. don't think I had any luck, will have to check that comp. I know I never used it.
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    sorry just getting back on here. with VM ( vinyl master) on the tool bar click on the icon for vinyl spooler, looks like the space shuttle. open it and then you will see the calibration tab. again, since your local. if you need any help you can message me on here or call . I def don't know everything, but do have experience with a us cutter machine and VM. I started as newbie in 2016. knew very lil comp wise and none with this kind of software. wasn't getting very far past being able to cut out anything but txt. then asked on here for help with a logo. another member I met on here volunteered to help with the logo. then told me he started with vinyl in 2014, same thing. he didn't know much about vinyl but was comp. guy. so he told me he didn't want anyone to have the issues he had trying to learn. so has been helping me ever since. so its my way of paying it fwd.
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    did you calibrate your cutter after setting it up? that's something i didn't do for a long time. well until it showed up. i was cutting something that really had to b to spec. by the measurements on the screen i was at 24.75x5.25 but after cutting that wasn't the case. i bet it was over a yr b4 this came up, but everything i make is mainly my design, txt or whatever. so never had to fit exact, so i never checked after the cut. i make a lot of decals to sell at the store. so if i thought it was 5" long and it was + or - a lil bit it never really mattered. so if u haven't , check it out and c how much u need to adjust it
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    Transfer Tape

    yep, at the start i just cut it off however. no telling how i might cut a decal. now i almost have them all perfect square or whatever. but if multiples all r def same size. and for laying app tape sticky side dn and static creating issues, i use scotch double sided clear tape. can get it any where
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    Myrtle Beach SC Nebie here

    our landlords original store is in Conway, the Wild West Western store. we r b side him in surfside.
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    How is this made? CNC Router?

    ive watched a few videos on home made cnc .
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    How is this made? CNC Router?

    I have a plasma cutter. so have been looking n to getting a table set up for it. as i get n to this more, it def has me wanting a cnc router set up. not familiar with a carvewright, so hitting up google now
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    White Aluminum signs

    ha, i was eating, shows how well i multi task when food is involved. lo.l when i 1st started i bought up several of their pre cut signs n different sizes. still have a few of those , actually a lot of them left. mainly because i started cutting a few of odd sizes out of the scrap i had left over from different projects. will look if i have a pic of the last i just made for a friend, a double sided open/close sign for her greenhouse. it just depends, from the reg painted alum .040 to max metal. but seems i end up with more max metal than anything. kinda gotten used to working with it. ordering a sheet next week for a commercial sign job.
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    Myrtle Beach SC Nebie here

    welcome , I finally have another MB peep on here. my 1st cutter was an sc model from us cutter , and the 2 programs I use to cut with is VM which came with my cutter, but then I upgraded to scalps 4 , i save all my work as an svg file where u at dn here? we have a store in surfside
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    White Aluminum signs

    main1 and where my rep works out of is Charleston sc, but had a few things come out of Greenville sc, and also have picked up from greensboro nc since my house is in NC
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    SCALP 4.074 just screwed me

    I can get u in touch with who I would call the scalp wizard, he was banned so cant get him on here anymore. which I believe hurt the forum, anyway he doesn't mind spending however much time to help u get things straight. I will ask him about the update. I haven't used mine in a couple days , so could check all the settings and compare
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    Help needed! Applying transfer tape to large vinyl

    I use the app tape roller that came with my combo pkg. its 28" but I have 36" tape on it now. I mount it on a folding table with furniture clamps. so nothing set up permanent . for now. the largest I did was basically my 1st big job...… our store sign 3'x12' wont ever forget it.. did it wet apply , with help and it depends. any large I guess im using the roller the "correct" way sticky dn, for smaller stuff I have sticky up. each job I try to get a lil better. but for some reason every single time I try using paper tape I wrinkle the 1st 1 or 2.
  21. like any of my other hobbies I get n to, I somehow usually get n to a lil buying/trading/selling. seems like a few of u on here do the same. anyway ive found a couple used graphtecs with issues. 1 is a ce 5000-120 he says it worked fine and was hooked up thru a parallel cable. he let a friend borrow a part off of it, then when back together it wouldn't work again , says all mechanicals on the cutter work, just not the screen the other is a fc 7000-75 he says they used it where he worked and he really don't rem what happened to it , but again screen issues, but this 1 isnt lighting up mayb above my knowledge and abilities. but wouldn't mind giving them a try. that is if I can find pieces/parts and either repair manuals or schematics. I didn't ask if he was a member on here or not.
  22. hmmm!!!! will have to dn load the controller on my comp then and check that out. some parts I have found for the graphtecs are as ive read in other post on here , as expensive as buying a running used cutter. I can pik these up reasonable enough. hoping to find something I could get and fix somewhat reasonable, atleast cheaper n the end than buying a used 1 off ebay or craigslist. just not sure im ready to start collecting parts machines yet. now jeeps, I have that stuff all over the place
  23. he has 3 cutters that need work for sell. the fc isn't lighting up. c the oops above will fix it
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    Hey ~ I'm Alicia Zee!