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Old 02-12-2014, 01:00 AM   #71
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Happily cutting away here.
Planes need names don't they?

First pic. Trainer float plane.
Ultracote backing along with vinyl lettering.
I did need a light table to assemble. (Living room glass table with a small lamp underneath.)

I finally have added the name to my H9 Hellcat.
There would be no way I could hand cut those letters.
It was a PITA to weed out the extra vinyl but very happy with the results.
This Cameo is great!

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Old 02-12-2014, 02:42 AM   #72
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Looks fantastic Tomahawk!

Keep 'em coming!
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Old 02-12-2014, 04:04 AM   #73
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Really great looking work!
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:54 AM   #74
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Re: Vinyl Graphics Cutters

Thanks Guys!

Hey Peter, have you sorted out your issue with the settings and vinyl being pulled out.
I have been cutting different types of vinyl here and have really dialed back my settings. I have very clean fine cuts and nothing is pulling out.
Maybe because I am using the cutting mat.
If it helps. When cutting vinyl, my blade depth is never above 1. The thickness is 3. I will use a cutting speed of 4 on simple cuts but slow it back to 2 if it is a more complicated design. The blade barely scratches the backing.
I am wondering if your blade depth of 4 is too much.

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Old 02-13-2014, 12:08 PM   #75
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Hi Chris:

I believe that I've solved my problem. On the advise of Bob (pittsflyer111b) I began to experiment cutting small letters by simply feeding the vinyl sheet into the machine, without the use of the plastic carrier. I can now cut letters down to 18 point (less than 1/4 inch) with relative ease and success, although it requires careful and tedious weeding afterwards. The settings that I use seem to work with the MacTac 8300 vinyl. At my settings, I cut only through the vinyl and just barely mark the paper backing. I'm wondering if because this machine (the silhouette) is only a budget priced hobby type cutter that the cut settings might vary slightly from cutter to cutter? I don't see this as a problem it's simply a matter of getting to know the personality of your specific machine. After a little experimentation, using ballpark numbers provided on this forum, tweak cut settings to suit your material and cutter.
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:42 PM   #76
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The attached pics show the graphics that I recently cut.

My son wanted some "badass" graphics for his new snow board so I pulled the Grim Reaper image from the Internet, cleaned up a bit of the line work and cut it. It measures 6"x9" and was cut from scrap sign vinyl that I had laying around - I don't know the brand. The second pic is my name on the canopy rail of my Yak 54. It was cut from MacTac 8300 vinyl. The letters are 24 point and measure approximately 1/4" in height. The last photo shows the classic Yak 54 logo located on the v-stab of my Yak. It was pulled from the Internet, cut from MacTac 8300 and measures 3" wide, by 2" high. When I have a bit more time, I'm going to start to experiment with multi-colour layering and shadowing

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Hehe......


Thanks to Colin , I cut my first 'inserted' files, and threw them together. No light table, so not perfect, and still must work on the assembly of the stickers with a slightly curved backing paper.....

But I couldn't resist putting it on the Cameo tho...

Lots of ideas coming from this thread too.... so keep it up guys!

Hot melt shirts eh?!!
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Re: Vinyl Graphics Cutters

Good you hear you solved your problem Peter.

Great to see all the experimentation going on.
It is so easy to pull graphics off the internet, muck with them a little and you end up with a nice piece of eye candy for your plane.

I was cutting some Chrome Ultracote tonight for my Stardust Special oldtimer.
It really sets off the plane with the shine. The picture doesn't do it justice at all.

Also cutting some graphics for my Baby Bee. The words are layered white on black to give an outline. All Ultracote.

Anyone tried printing on the vinyl from an inkjet printer yet?

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Cameo and accessories are on sale again at Michael's.
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Wow Scott, that MAAC graphic looks great. As well, Chris, very nice.

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