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  1. Hello, all. My name is Rick and I am new to vinyl cutting. My wife has a Cricut and it seems like I took over it because of my sudden fascination in the vinyl cutting/business. I now plan to get [way] more serious and want to invest in a more advanced cutter. I am a serious believer in "buying once" instead of purchasing mediocre machines that will just lead me to purchasing "the one I need". With that said, I have been looking in to Roland and Graphtec, which appear to be leaders in the industry. I was sold on Roland first because, well, its ROLAND, but then I saw many YouTube videos on Graphtec and loved the on-board screen and looked very easy to configure. I should mention that I am in IT and pretty savvy when it comes to computers and menus, but I am all for ease of use. I recently went to a local supplier and they were recommending the Roland (GS-24) because software was easier to use, and the machine itself had American measurements, unlike Graphtec (CE6000-60 Plus) which uses metric measurements in their system. Not sure how true that is and if that is really an issue, but I made a mental note, nonetheless. NOTE: The local shop had the Roland on sale for right under $1600 (with stand), and the Graphtec was right under $1800. Maybe they were just trying to push Rolands out due to the sale they had going. So my questions are below. Please answer all or any of them. Anything helps a newbie like me and will be greatly appreciated: 1.) Which cutting/design software is more intuitive and also has more advanced features between Roland and Graphtec? 2.) Is there a third-party cutting/design software that is being used by people in the industry, instead of the factory-supplied, that will work on both machines? I am not talking about Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator. 3.) Is the metric measurement on the Graphtec really something to be concerned about? 4.) GRAND QUESTION: Which is a better cutter overall (i.e., able to cut more intricate details, on-board screen is easier to use, more reliable)? I realize that my last question is very vague. If anyone knows of any pros/cons on both, please let me know. Thanks in advance for your help! I'm eager to see your comments. -Rick
  2. Hey everybody I’m having a hard time cutting from my Mac 10.13 high Sierra onto my Graphtec ce 5000-60 thru Cut Master 3 latest Ver.2.2.1252 on illustrator CS6. I keep getting sync for a long time. I have the right language (GL) on my ce5000. But I’m assuming it’s my firmware because it’s version 5 and I need 6 but I can find the firmware file for Mac. It only has the firmware files for WIN. Anybody got some tips for me?
  3. Does anyone get good cuts with their Graphtec 6000 and Vinyl Master Pro? I hope someone can help me. I finally bought my Graphtec CE 6000. I was using Vinylmaster pro with a Laserpoint. I have Windows 8.1. I have talked with US cutters last week several times and they deemed that it is the software and not my new cutter. I get good cuts with Graphtec Studio and Illustrator with the Cutting master 3 plug in. The issue is that how I do all of my weekly orders, VInyl master is the most efficient and I like the weeding options better. I have a support ticket in at Vinylmaster but I am still waiting. Bade offset is at 0 Here are some images of the the cuts that I am getting with VInylmaster. I have the language set at GPGL. I sure hope that I have provided enough information. Thank you in advance for any help.
  4. Hi – I recently purchased a Graphtec CE6000-60 Plus. I'm very familiar with Illustrator and now am cutting my designs using the Cutting Master 4 plugin. I cut quite a few designs of state outlines. The machine moves very slow cutting the details for each state. I previously used a Silhouette machine and it smoothly cut the edges quickly (I think due to it's lack of detail). Does anyone have any recommendation for making these files cut quickly? I would rather not go through every design and simplify/remove points to make it less jagged, but that's my only idea right now.
  5. I recently bought a used FC7000 and had to do some work to get it to not stop in the middle of a cut. After updating drivers and the firmware that problem was fixed but a new problem began happening. When a pattern begins to cut the machine drops the cross cut blade instead of the cutting blade. Obviously this won’t work and ruins all my vinyl. If I power off then power on again it works fine again until the next time it’s been powered down for a while. Any ideas as to why this happens and how to fix it?
  6. I have a graphtec ce 6000 (2ft) plotter, and whenever i do a long sheet(vinyl) cutting and when the cutting process reached the end of the vinyl the vinyl sqeezed in the center between the pinch roller making the viny bulge in the center.. because of this reason i get an error in contour cutting. how can i solve this
  7. Hello Everyone, I currently have a Graphtec CE6000-40 and doing great stencil cutting business on eBay. I've been toying with the idea of getting a larger cutter (24") to maximize my cutting ability.(I cut a variety of stencil, not custom) I'd like to get a CE6000-60, but am also looking at other brands that may be less expensive and will do the job. My issue is that all my staple artwork is stored as ".gstudio and I'm don't know if they will be compatible. Any suggestion on equipment and/or saving options. Have a great evening! Thanks
  8. pleeeeeease i need frimware for my plotter graphtec fc8000-75 i m updated frimware of my plotter now not working now neded frimware 1.07 how downloaded
  9. Hello! I work with Graphtec FC8600-160 for about one year. The problem is- Cutter use less pressure on very left side of cutting job. I use 53 inches- 137 cm. It's very thick over laminated material. I use special cutting knife for thick materials and it works pretty well, but I can not calibrate right pressure to cut all wok good. If the Right side is very ok, then left side is less ok, and opposite... May be some of had the same issue with other cutters or directly with FC8600-160?! Thanks!
  10. Hi all, looked through the forum, saw some older posts about this, but would like to hit this topic again, as hopefully new solutions. I am looking into trying to Print with my inkjet printer, and then laminate it, and then cut it in my Graphtec FC7000-100. SO questions are.... 1. What program could I use, that hopefully you have experience with using (can be paid program obviously, does not have to be freeware) 2. what materials would you recommend? 3. The overall process you do, and how well does it work? thanks in advance! -Russ
  11. Hello; I own a Graphtec Cutting Pro FC4100-75 My problem is when turned on, cutter motor starts up, top left light is solid green, then will not go further, the screen remains clear of any info or options except for faint grey dots. I have tried unplugging for a few hours, also turning off and on while holding up arrow or down arrow. Still nothing. Manual only suggest possible ROM or RAM issue. I wrote Graphtec and they suggested "If the screen is clear and the machine is on then it could either be a mainboard or an LCD issue." I have attached a photo. There are faint dots when turned on, so would that mean the LCD is OK?. Jobs spool and complete (I use signlab) on the PC running it. If anyone knows of this problem can help point me in direction or add insight I would be greatly appreciated.
  12. Recently got a Graphtec FC8600, Been awhile since i have had to setup a new plotter and im having a little trouble getting it dialed in when cutting. Got it pretty close but its still off, see the images attached. Do i need to keep adjusting the blade holder (more or less blade showing? Or is it going to be a setting on the machine (like offset)? Thanks in advanced!
  13. HI I am using a Graphtec Ce6000 cutter and I cut the Aqueous version of Photo Tex. I have absolutely no problems in cutting squares but everytime I cut circles or anything else but a square angles it leaves a tiny piece not cut through. It is the spot where it starts cutting and where it finishes that is left unfinished. It drives me bunkers. I have the special needle required (CB15UA) and I have slowed down the speed to 10 and also played around with the force and the Offset and nothing works. Help please.
  14. Graphtec FC8600 Help

    I bought a graphtec FC8600 2 days ago, but have failed to find out how to feed 12" of oracal vinyl from a roll, then make the machine cross-cut the material. This way it is cutting a complete vinyl roll, into 12x12 sheets. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
  15. Will the Graphtec Ce- 6000- 60 cut fabric? Just very thin, plain ole' fabric, What blade do I need. I tried with the one I cut vinyl with and it doesn't cut it. thanks, Melissa
  16. Hi! I am am new here because I have a problem that I just can't seem to fix. I have read all over this forum and different forums on how to fix this problem and I just can't seem to get it to work. So here is my issue: I am working with Adobe Illustrator CC 2015 and it informed me that I needed to upgrade to Cutting Master 3. NBD, I downloaded the plugin and moved it to the "Plug In" section of my AI folder. I opened AI, selected my art and opened up the newly downloaded CM3. No problem. However I can not get it to sync at all. It just sits there syncing and never actually syncs. So according to everything I read, I reset the software in my computer to the factory reset. I then reset the actual cutter (turned on the machine while holding the UP arrow). I changed the setting from HL to GL in the Command heading on the actual machine. I have restarted both my computer and the plotter every single time. But still it is not syncing. I have also reattached cords and such. I know the computer is talking to the cutter since when I open the CM3 software my cutter makes a noise every single time. So there is some communication happening. But just not any cutting. AHHHHH!!!!! I need some help! Any ideas on what to do next? I am desperate! My job is due first thing tomorrow and I have nothing!!!!!
  17. Long shot posting for a replacement pen block on a Graphtec FC5100 Ribbon is torn that connects and screws into coil. Plotter will make clicking noises but will not go down to cut. Located in San Diego
  18. I have a graphtec fc8600-160 plotter and i recently got it so i know only the basics and it say awaiting ENTER key. im not sure what that means or what it wants. If any one has had this issue before and knows how to fix it that would be helpful.
  19. I hope this finds any helpful member as I am stuck with a brick of a plotter. So, I went to update the firmware for Graphtec FC7000-130 (USB) to v2.10 (from Graphtec website) to get the perf option. Downloaded all the updates on that page (Windows 7, 64 bit) and thought I followed the instructions well, it started loading, but now it gives me 3 different errors: 1. Straight power up - [bOOT START ERROR] or 2. Power Up, holding Left & Right, goes to Update / Yes then shows [CHECK SUM ERROR] or 3. Power Up, holding Left & Right, goes to Update / Yes then shows [PLEASE SEND PRGM] - I hit PRINT from the Data File Output Utility and [Cannot Access Output Destination] Pops up. What Gives? What should I do next? I attached a screen shot of all the relevant info I could fit. Please feel free to contact me by whatever means are most convenient to you. My contact info is below. Thanks for your help! Alex Wojciecowski Socha Visual Inc. alex@sochavisual.com (415) 508-5927
  20. Refurb or New

    Every now and then uscutter has a refurbished Graphtec CE6000-60 on sale for $1499. Would it be worth spending the extra $250 and getting new or would refurbished be good enough for casual use? Thanks
  21. I purchased a Graphtec CE6000 a year and two months ago. I am now getting a hardware error when I try and cut and per Graphtec customer support, I need a new main board. They have no record that I registered the product within the 30 days and will not honor the two year warranty. Therefore, I am outside the one year warranty period. I have contacted their approved service dealers, and for about $900 they will replace the mainboard (with no guarantee that this will resolve the problem). I paid about $1700 for the unit. Do I try to do it on my own? (I'm not sure how to get a hold of a replacement main board and I'm much less sure about my ability to install it myself.), Do I go ahead with repairs? Is there a market to resell this until in it's nonworking state? Do I purchase a new unit (if so, any recommendations?)? Any help is greatly appreciated!!
  22. SignCut Pro vs MacSign?

    Hello, I want to upgrade my Graphtec CE6000-60 to a Graphtec FC8600-100 or SummaCut D120 or Summa S2 D120. As a Mac OS X user and not using Illustrator, since there are now better options, like InkSpace, Affinity Designer, Graphic from AutoDesk. I'm looking for opinions from users using SignCut Pro or MacSign. Thanks.
  23. I just upgraded from a USCutter SC 48" cutter to a Graphtec CE6000-120 (also 48"), and am hoping someone can help me figure out how to cut up to 22" wide on a 24" roll of vinyl. The way the rollers are laid out, I can't cut that wide, and I've got orders stacking up. I REALLY don't want to use wider vinyl - I know there has to be a way to do this. Thanks for your help!
  24. graphtex fc 3100-120 HELP!!

    hi i have a graphtec fc3100-120. its been disconnected for a few months but was working in November. i have connected it back up to the computer it was running with sign blazer but when i send a job to cut it doesn't go to the cutter and the output on sign blazer says its idle?? any ideas please cheers
  25. Where do you find replacement parts for the Graphtec cutters? The cutting groove on our Graphtec CE-6000 is pretty cut up and we are looking for a replacement part. Has anyone ever replaced the cutting groove on the Graphtec CE6000? If so, where did you get the part? Thanks!