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Old 02-09-2014, 02:38 PM   #51
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...I just thought of something - in my example above, perhaps when I use a "thicker material" setting, there is too much of a gap between the vinyl material and the bottom of the stylus and that's why the letters tend to pull up - maybe the stylus actually holds down the letters as they're cut. Thoughts?

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Old 02-09-2014, 05:08 PM   #52
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I just saw your photo for the Eagle graphic, Tomahawk. That is super!

My wife just put on a burst and got caught up on her scrapbooking, (4 years worth) or I would have the perfect excuse to run right out an buy one.
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Old 02-09-2014, 05:45 PM   #53
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I've only had my cutter for about three weeks and I'm still learning techniques almost daily, but every time I use it, I giggle like school girl, I absolutely love this thing

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I am with ya on that part for sure! Feels kinda funny to be having so much fun with something like this!

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Old 02-10-2014, 01:45 AM   #54
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I have found that the settings can be hit and miss and depends entirely on what brand of vinyl you use and also how intricate your graphic is. Your best approach is to do a number of test cuts, beginning at a relatively low cut and material thickness setting and increase each slowly until you get the desired results. The goal is to make a clean vinyl cut and just barely scoring the backing material. I find that if you cut is too deep you'll cut through the backing and if the material thickness setting is too thin (low number?), the blade holder stylus can "drag" across you work and pull out vinyl during the cut. I'm using the MacTac 8300 brand vinyl right now, sold by Sign Supply Canada. When cutting very small lettering 18-24 point, my machine setting is - cutting speed 2, material thickness 6 and blade cutting depth 4. I found that if I increase the material thickness number higher than 6, the stylus drags out some of the letters (to me this doesn't make sense, but that's what happens). And, if I use a cutting depth of less than 5, some vinyl letters aren't cut cleanly through. If you're cutting larger graphics, the settings tend not to be as critical. By the way, if your vinyl comes on a 9'-12" roll, you can just feed in the roll end and cut without the mat; it works really well and saves on material, because, at the end of the cut, you cut off only the vinyl that you needed. Once you've reached the magic best cut combination, record those numbers, either separately or make up a "custom" setting record on the Silhouette software.

I've only had my cutter for about three weeks and I'm still learning techniques almost daily, but every time I use it, I giggle like school girl, I absolutely love this thing

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When I broke out my vinyl end cuts today. I realize now not all vinyl is the same. Some had paper backing while others a plastic backing. This alone will cause difference thicknesses and I am going to have to test each one to nail the correct settings.
I have only used the sticky mat as I only cut enough material to what I need to use.
On Ultracote I have really dialed the settings down and the cutter cleanly cuts the covering and only scratches the backing. All pieces almost fall out.
The settings I use are Speed 4, Thickness 4 and the blade set at 1.
Something else. I will run the covering iron over the Ultracote and backing on low heat to make sure the covering is semi stuck down before placing it on the mat.

I did some test runs and final cutting on some 3M Marking film vinyl I had in the end cuts. It is semi transparent. I was happy with the results and it again only scratched the plastic backing. Setting for it was Speed 3, thickness 4 and the blade depth 1.
Like you I am tickled pink with this machine and I am going back to old projects and redoing the graphics or updating the looks.

Chris with a big smile on his face!
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Knife at zero all the time so far. haven't touched it.
Scott. Not sure how you are getting away with not physically moving the blade to the settings required. The program suggests the blade depth but you have to actually manually lower or raise the knife to the suggested setting. The program doesn't do it for you.

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I just saw your photo for the Eagle graphic, Tomahawk. That is super!

My wife just put on a burst and got caught up on her scrapbooking, (4 years worth) or I would have the perfect excuse to run right out an buy one.
Hey Dave I have to admit now that I got lucky with that Eaglet decal. I did a simple trace and it cut great. I have become more familiar with the program and now I check the trace lines up close and sometimes have to adjust them. The trace isn't perfect and it sometimes misses and you don't get a complete cut. Especially with something complicated like that Eaglet.
Still, at the time my mouth dropped open when it fell out. It really shocked me how fine a line it cut around the beak area. That must be less that 1 mm thick.

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Re: Vinyl Graphics Cutters

Here are some more pics.

The first pic is the lettering from the Eaglet cut from Ultracote. You will note the white backing it is on. This was accomplished with the offset feature in the program while the lettering was on the screen. Very easy to do.

The second pic is of my Mako floatplane. I always wanted to add the name to it but didn't want the hassle of hand cutting the vinyl. The Cameo made it so easy.
I grabbed the Jpeg from the Mako website. Cut the back graphics out and traced the lettering. Had to clean the cut lines a little and then cut it on the Cameo.
I used painters tape to pull the name off the backing and to keep things lined up. Cleaned a spot and easily place it on the wing.
Fast and easy.

This is great!

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Scott. Not sure how you are getting away with not physically moving the blade to the settings required. The program suggests the blade depth but you have to actually manually lower or raise the knife to the suggested setting. The program doesn't do it for you.

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Me neither actually, but that is what the sales fella at Sign Supply said to run it on, and I haven't cut anything that would require more than a 1 so far.

covering film is super thin, and he said to run the needle at 0 or 1 for the thicker MacTac vinyl I bought.

the one thing I fine-tuned and we are talking about it here, and should more actually, as its useful as hell, is the depth and thickness for various products. Maybe suggest the creator of the thread keeps a running list of user refined settings on the first page??? Thoughts?

I am going to record some more numbers, as it forget which I have used.

The stickers on the e-Kougar in the pic are vinyl.
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Here is some more pics.

The first pic is the lettering from the Eaglet cut from Ultracote. You will note the white backing it is on. This was accomplished with the offset feature in the program while the lettering was on the screen. Very easy to do.

This is great!

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Hey Chris,

Just wondering if you just 'eye-balled' the black lettering onto the white background?

or did you upgrade to the designer software for the layering? or something else?

I am super interested in the layering feature, and a little tempted to get a nice color printer to use the 'print-and-cut' feature for detailed colored work.

This thing is awesomely fun!

I cut up some vinyl of the kids names, (sales feature to the wife) and they put them on a bunch of things! they love it too!

Cheers

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Nice work on the Kougar graphics.

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