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    New use for IPhone cases

    Hey, those are nice! Good use of your brain and your materials! You are a smart art fart!
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    Sawgrass 400 ink

    So you didn't get Sawgrass ink for the Ricoh? Did you get CMYK-4 colors? So glad you found a solution! : )
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    Most popular t-shirt colors

    I used to have racks of garments - which took up about 500 square feet in my shop. However, my current shop is much smaller than my previous shop. No room for those racks! So I no longer keep the inventory I used to keep, only a couple boxes of basic hoodies for my biggest Customer. That Customer is a Construction Company, and they request a lot of hoodies in Safety Orange, Safety Yellow, Black and Royal Blue. So, those are the colors I keep in stock. Again, just basic hoodies, Construction Worker sizes! (L, XL, XXL)
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    Lids -- gonna heat some hats

    Yes, pics please! Sounds like a fun venture!
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    My 1st real Shirt order!

    Great job!
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    summa D60 - any good?

    Oh, thanks for explaining that. Yes, I have seen the marks that the Roland plotters use. The Summa has square registration marks. They are applied all along the left and the right sides of the print, and another set about every 12 inches. Works pretty well. The machine lines up all the marks through the entire piece before the cutting begins. Very precise. Also, with the Summa I picked, I liked the 30" option. It is just a good size for me. I didn't want a to be limited to 24" and many of the rolls of materials I use are 30" for printable/adhesive backed. Again, just made sense. If I need a roll of 30" material in a hurry and find my suppliers do not have it in stock, I can get a 54" roll and have it slit to (2) rolls measuring 30" and 24" - both sizes I can use. Have had to do that a few times already!
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    summa D60 - any good?

    Dakota, Sorry, just saw your message. I think you were asking me why not a Roland? Well, that was one of the ones I considered, but I have a close relative who worked at a large Aircraft Co. who told me they were using Latex printed wallpapers on the interiors of the airplanes. Much of the work I was doing had to do with the Aerospace Industry, so it made sense to get a large format printer that was approved by this Aircraft Company! However, I ended up not doing wallpapers for them in the end. Decided that I didn't like the way they always chipped away at my profit by wanting cheap prices, and that they had a habit of always rushing me at the same time, which made it not such a desirable prospect for me. To be rushed and underpaid, no thanks! Sometimes I do question my decision, wonder if I should have went with the Roland instead. But there is no looking back now!
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    summa D60 - any good?

    JBurns and Wildgoos, thank you for your comments. Yeah, I think it's a great cutter! The USCutter model machines I have used got me through a lot of jobs, but I could never do the contour cuts around my printed graphics. I had to sub out that stuff, which was not cost effective for me and I was at the mercy of another shop as far as their timeline went. I did have to justify the expense with a buying Customer, otherwise I would not have made the investment. I think to my big advantage, Summa is within driving distance to me.So I am pretty lucky in that regard. Thanks for the support!
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    summa D60 - any good?

    Side note"Wildgoose" has the D75R Cutter, I have the D75 Cutter. I believe these are the same cutter? From what I could find available online, the "R" in D75R stands for "Refined" and it appears they started using that description about 2007. "Refined" means the cutter includes the OPOS x technology. I have the OPOS on my cutter, but they have since dropped the "R" from the model description. Looks like the same cutter to me. Just mentioning this to help anyone who might be making the same comparison that I was making, as I had considered purchasing a used machine as well. In the end, I had to buy a new one due to the Emergency situation I was in... broken down cad cut machine. I just had to replace it to stick to my deadline for my Customer. Only wish I was able to purchase the Summa earlier, it sure would have saved me a lot of time messing around!
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    summa D60 - any good?

    To Wildgoose and all those here who have shared their knowledge about Summacutters, I went ahead and bought one a few days ago!!! My MH721 cutter gave up the ghost, and although I did have a backup cutter (same one)... I decided to just bite the bullet and get a new Summa! So, I chose the Summacut D75. I called Summa to see if they had one in stock, and they did. Asked them to hold for me because I was coming down to buy it. So I drove down there and bought it minutes before they closed for the day. We packed it into my car and drove it back to my shop. We set it up that evening and loaded up the software to my computer. In the morning, we called Tech Support at Summa and they walked me through the first sample cut over the phone. That same morning, I was able to begin doing very close tolerance contour cuts on a very large order of car decals printed off on my HP Latex printer. The decals were also laminated. We did a kiss cut and most of the sheets were about 5' long on 30" wide material. There were absolutely no issues with registration and the job turned out fantastic! We were applying decals to vehicles early the following morning. Job done! Happy Customers! I now have about 6 dozen more vehicles to do for the same Customer! Yay! Thank you all!
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    Cameo Cutting matterial

    Thanks David!
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    Cameo Cutting matterial

    Good question! I have a Cameo too and want to know the same. Did you ever find anything that would work David?
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    LED lights on cutter

    cool beans, i mean lights!
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    Cardudenc, Yeah trying a few samples first is a great way to find out what works or doesn't work. Takes more time to try them first, but in the long run, it's best because then you know (usually) what your results will be. I got such a range of materials in when I ordered samples for paint mask. Was a bit shocked at how some of them didn't stick at all to vehicles, but were recommended to me by Companies selling them. To me, some of them were more suitable as a frisket film for airbrushing on more porous materials, not for vehicles at all. I think for me, the most important factor about how the stencils were going to be used by my Customer who painted aircraft and vehicles, was finding a stencil that could survive the baking process the paint had to undergo.
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    summa D60 - any good?

    Wildgoose, You know, I did read your posts and that was encouraging for me. So thank you for that. I'm glad you chimed in here too, just exactly what I needed to hear. I am so glad to have my L25500 paid off, so I can actually look at a decent cutter now. Good equipment/tools are my goal. But hey, you have to start somewhere! I'm really glad to hear that you feel the D75 and the D120 have the quality I'm looking for. I really don't need to cut anything thicker, like you mentioned. But if I do, I have a friend that has a 25 foot long tangiential flatbed cutter, over 10 years ago I ran that machine for her,making patterns and cutting huge Sunbrella fabric patterns. It will also cut vinyl and other thicker materials. So I do have the ability to do heavier work without purchasing the equipment. Her shop is a few miles from mine and we help eachother out quite a bit. I'll keep you updated on my decision to buy the Summa. Here is some information that may help U.S. Cutter about HP Latex and the Summa cutters... My Salesperson did tell me that he thought the HP Latex Printer was the best printer I could get to work with their cutters! I told him I did want to explore the possibility of getting one machine that will do it all and was thinking about their Thermal Cutters. Before he realized I already had an HP Latex, he did start to tell me about the Summa Thermal machines with cutting ability. Then when he knew what printer I had, he recommended I stick with it (since it's better than what he could offer me at Summa) and told me it would be best to just go for a Summacut, the largest one I could afford. But I don't want the largest, I'm only going to do door vehicles, not entire wraps. : ) Too easy to get tangled up in wrap material! Trust me, I've done it. Then when you get somebody helping you (and when you are a woman there is always someone standing around) who thinks they need to help you and then you are really tangled up because someone standing around doesn't always know how easy it is to get stuck! The stuff is like fly paper, LOL. I think smaller door decals are safer and easier for me since I work alone most of the time.
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    summa D60 - any good?

    Although old information, this is very helpful! I've got a HP L25500 (Latex) printer. It's a few years old now, but low usage. I'm thinking Summa might be the best cutter for me, as their Salesperson told me just the other day that the software that runs the D75 and D120 printers compensates for vinyl shrinkage that you get with the HP Latex printers. This is good news, since I will be doing some prints that we be contour cut with close tolerance and also want to do cuts on bleeds. It's been a while since I looked at what cutters are available with optical eye, I have a smaller Silhouette cutter that's got the optical eye, but I don't use it often. My other cutters are the older MH721 models, I think. I've gotten some good use out of them. Time to move up and start using my printer smarter. I know it's a money machine and don't make enough with it. Just sharing!
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    i digitized these

    Fun designs!
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    You need a good paint mask stencil. USCutter has it, but I have ordered it from Summa in the past. Have tried several and Summa had the one that I (and my Customer) liked the best. It was a chromium yellow color, and what I liked about it was that the adhesive did not react to the paint. When paint softens the adhesive it can creep under the stencil and you end up with a paint blob where you want a clean line. Hope that helps! You really need to get some samples in and experiment with a couple brands and see what works best for you, that will depend on what kind of paint you are using and what your substrate/surface is. Some paints attack the stencils more than others. My stencils had to be used for painting aircraft. New aircraft and re-paints.
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    Got the new heat press in today!!!!!!!!!

    Nice heat press, so flexible! Thanks for sharing your home made laser too. Great work! I was looking at that same heat press a couple days ago, nice that it has so many interchangeable platens. If I moved up, I'd want the same one. What I have now is a Hix 15x15 Swingman. It's an older one, black. Works great, never lets me down. I just need a bigger one, but have really gotten used to the swing feature.
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    Screen Printing

    Great looking home built vac table there!
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    cobra ink epson printers

    Cobra Ink cartridges here. Also, my ink is cobra. I have used cobra's sublimation ink and also their dye ink. I keep a work force 1100 printer filled with black dye ink to do film positives for screenprinting. The sublimation is was put in another epson printer with successful transfers.
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    Hi from South Africa (Wall Decals Designer)

    Welcome! Have seen some of your designs already. Nice work!
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    signblazer download

    Slice & Dice, Okay, thanks for the advice! Actually, I think I do have a copy of the XP with SP3 patches or updates, we just took it off another computer and put Windows 7 on it. So we can recycle the XP as well. Yay! Hopefully not too much for the old girl though, she is slow! Thanks again, great idea! $0!!!! Nothi'n to lose!
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    signblazer download

    Dear Slice & Dice, I am hoping you can help my plan come together too! LOL! Oh man, we used to watch that show! Husband loved it, every day!!! Even re-runs. Really, I do have something that you can hopefully help with... I have an old Windows 2000 PC that I was thinking of firing back up to run Signblazer. This computer used to have the old nag screen Signblazer on it and it worked, but slowly! The Signblazer I go from USCutter website is not for the old Windows 20000. I don't want to download from just anywhere, If nothing is available for a computer this old, I'm okay with it. Just thought I give the poor old thing a last purpose! Thanks ahead!