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  2. prestonservco

    Here's a sign for your shop.

    Wow. I haven't logged on to this forum for quite a while. I'm surprised to see this post still pinned. I've changed jobs a few times since the original post in 2009, but I still cut vinyl on occasion.
  3. slice&dice

    A New Venture

    Y-W. We certainly hope you get over the 'rona, that disease is brutal, I know (had it twice already). If you haven't done so, make out your will and leave the cutter to your best friend (kidding, but not kidding). I set my cutter at full blast 800mm, never had a problem. To me, it's a turtle's pace, as I have seen those higher-quality servo cutters running at 1485mm/s. I can't complain, however, because my work flow is not so jam-packed that I suffer because of the extra time these stepper units take to complete jobs. But, in general, time is money, that's a truism, and explains why many people feel it's worthwhile to spend considerably more on Graphtecs, Mimakis, Rolands, Titan 2 & 3, etc. and let 'er rip !!! By the way, since you're stuck doing basically nothing at home, here's a little (early) Christmas gift from me to you that you can mess around with using SignBlazer ---- https://www.fontspace.com/category/christmas,dingbats
  4. Trying to follow the link and it appears not to be good anymore. Research shows that Cobra Ink Filed Bankruptcy last year. Looks like another casualty of the economy.
  5. CWS

    A New Venture

    Again, Thanks to all who have replied to this thread. I am just letting all know that I am still fighting Covid and haven't been able to get out to the shop to play with settings. I have lots of info to try when I can get back to it. Thanks again
  6. Last week
  7. Wildgoose

    A New Venture

    Welcome from across the country in Idaho. I agree with revious comments. Proper set-up (or rather the LACK of it) causes 99% of new user issues. Hand setting the blade depth like Skeeter explained is the first and most important, then dial in your pressure from a low number by small steps like 5g each step until it is cutting through the vinyl and just lightly making a mark on the carrier sheet. I usually suggest a speed setting at around 1/4 to 1/3 the may speed your machine is supposed to be capable of. If that max is 1000 mm/sec then 250 to 300 mm/sec I think most people run around the 170 to 200 mark. I even run that slow on my $3500 machine. going faster doesn't make the cut more accurate. In similar fasion going at the slowes speed may not yield the best results either. Just a nice consistent speed that will pull the blade around corners well.
  8. slice&dice

    Roller Machine

    In the meantime, while waiting for Bigmax to show us what he's got, take a quick look at this fellow, he's got a great operation going.
  9. I have VM pro and the few issues I had, after having to replace a part on my Titain 2, were resolved through US cutter support without any problems. Just my $.02
  10. bigmax

    Roller Machine

    Not so much an applicator as a dispenser. Using the big squeegie take all the work out of it.
  11. bigmax

    Roller Machine

    I made a manual applicator that has worked really well. Plan to redo after the holidays. Will try tomorrow to get a good shot for you. Really simple and works great.
  12. bigmax

    A New Venture

    A late welcome from N. Florida. Taking your time and practice, practice. Best of luck to you! These folks are a treasure trove of information. They are awesome.
  13. slice&dice

    Roller Machine

    He's NOT thinking of a brayer, since he questioned whether there was a mechanized alternative to "hand rollers" I cannot imagine anyone here using such a "pressure roller machine" because of the high expense and massive space it takes up. We're simple folk -- laying app tape with a squeegee and suffering the pain!
  14. mfatty500

    Roller Machine

    or a brayer? Is that what you are thinking about?
  15. slice&dice

    Roller Machine

    Is this what you're thinking of? The standard of the industry for hand-rollers is THIS -------------------> https://aaprintsupplyco.com/products/pro-roll-tape-applicator Some people also have had success with the BigSqueegee (available from USCUTTER).
  16. Jenkla1

    Roller Machine

    Is there a pressure roller machine (table top) for attaching decals to transfer paper. My wrist hurts from smoothing decals with a scraper. Do only hand rollers exist? What is the best route to go?
  17. darcshadow

    A New Venture

    I'd suggest slowing it down if you're having issues with details. I have a MH and typically only run around 150-200 mm/s. My pressure is usually around 150 as well.
  18. MZ SKEETER

    A New Venture

    Yes, lower the pressure, but keep in mind, if the blade depth is set correctly, no matter how much pressure you use, it should never cut thru the vinyl wax paper backing.. it is not possible, when the blade exposed is less than 2-3 mil. (the thickness of the vinyl) That only means you have too much blade exposed out the blade holder. That blade should be so far in the blade holder, that you think it would not even cut at all. Then you use the force to cut with. Get some good Oracal vinyl.
  19. CWS

    A New Venture

    Thanks @slice&dice and @MZ SKEETER I won't be able to check for a while as I tested positive for Covid today. BAAAAA! I set the blade but didn't get a chance to test it as I was feeling bad. As to cutting my finger with the blade, I was gentle and I also have some pretty tough finger tips. I am a heavy equipment mechanic by trade so my fingers are pretty rough. Ha! I did use the vinyl cut test and when I get back to it will run the test to see about pressure setting. Thanks and I am glad that at least two are still on this forum..
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  21. slice&dice

    A New Venture

    Walt, that is a sharp knife blade, even though it's tiny, you can cut your skin! There's even a WARNING label right on the front of the machine. Keep an eye on little pieces of vinyl getting stuck inside the holder, you can push down on that 'button' at the top of the blade holder to clear, or take the whole unit apart. Taking out the blade and using a drop or two of sewing machine oil into the bearing is a good idea, too. Lower that Force to 80 or 100 and see what you get. Like Skeetz says, you gotta dial in your particular unit to hit the sweet spot.
  22. MZ SKEETER

    A New Venture

    Feeling the blade is not how you set it. You cannot accurately feel 2-3 mil thickness. You take the blade holder out of the machine and firmly run the blade across the scrap vinyl you will be cutting, The blade extended should just barely make a mark in the wax paper backing, If correct, the blade will not cut thru. The blade holder should be down to the vinyl. Just enough gap between blade holder and vinyl so as not to rub on the vinyl.. Then you use the force to cut with. There are no set in stone settings for vinyl cutters. You must fine tune each cutter, as they are all different. Even the same model. Value cutters will take longer to fine tune.
  23. CWS

    A New Venture

    I finally got out to the shop. The blade feels like a fine "sticker" when I rub my finger across it. The "Force" is set to 200g and cut speed is 770mm/s. I thought the only place it cut through was the top right corner of the inside of the "O", however after closer examination of the wax paper after installing the stickers I saw where it cut through in a few other spots. I will decrease the blade in the holder a little bit more and see what happens. I did find a couple of more lessons on what to watch out for. I lost two of the radiation rings on the right of the tower. When removing/weeding the vinyl, some got on the rings and there was no salvaging them from the sticky waste. DETAILS! Ha! Other than that, I am satisfied with my first attempt at vinyl work. CALL SIGN.vDoc
  24. MZ SKEETER

    A New Venture

    If you are cutting thru the wax paper backing then you have too much blade extended out of the blade holder. If the cutter was not cutting thru on the test cuts, then add more force. The correct combo is less blade more force. If the blade is set correctly, it is not possible to cut thru the wax paper backing. No matter how much force you use.
  25. slice&dice

    Emulator for Master VC2000 24"

    GoodKarma, PM sent. Desay Master driver in SBE should get your machine to respond.
  26. Good Karma

    Emulator for Master VC2000 24"

    Hello everyone, I am new here. I own a Master VC2000. I bought it new long time ago, but have now lost the driver CD, signgo lite dongle, etc. Has anyone had any luck using this machine in 2022? Thanks!
  27. CWS

    A New Venture

    See answers under quotes
  28. slice&dice

    A New Venture

    Don't mess with the pressure rollers -- they will leave tracks, that's normal, and when applying the vinyl they'll vanish. Adjust your FORCE using the keypad. What is it now set at? Do you have a good picker tool to weed with?
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