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Old 04-16-2009, 10:17 AM   #1
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Wanted to know who's all got vinyl letter and or graphic cutters?

Was looking at the Scrapbooking people got a little machine called a Cricut that kind of neat for doing your own thing. Any one using this for plane graphics?
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Old 04-16-2009, 11:07 AM   #2
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Hi Ken,
I've never used that one, I bought a MasterCAMM 36" vinyl cutter off of ebay for about $700USD. It came with the software for very basic cutting (enough to run the machine but no graphix program).
I bought Adobe Illustrator to create drawings for graphics (I primarily cut paint masks).
The cheaper machines work ok, this one is ok, but I would never use it if I needed very accurately cut lettering or something.
The biggest thing is a good drawing program that will give you vector files .eps format.
Unless you plan on cutting a LOT of vinyl, they aren't worth the money, BUT, if it's something you enjoy doing yourself, they are worth their weight in gold. I use mine almost every day for work (never making signs, just paint masks) and it's an absolutely awesome tool in my shop. One thing I do know for sure, is buy bigger than you think you'll need, you can always buy narrower vinyl, but I find with the small machines (6" and under) you waste more vinyl than you want simply because you have to cut everything lengthways, with the bigger machines it's A) Easier to buy the bigger vinyl and B) you can cut across the vinyl for most RC stuff, this means less waste generally.
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Old 04-16-2009, 08:13 PM   #3
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A lot of the women are just getting the real tattoos now....never seems to wear off
or fade instead of the vinyl.
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Old 04-16-2009, 08:29 PM   #4
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I have a 48" Mimaki vinyl cutter that i bought off my uncle that used to have a sign shop. I use it mostly for race car and vehicle lettering but it also comes in handy for decals for my planes too.
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I have 3 wide format print/cut machines that we use in our graphics business and I agree with LGM the small machines are not very practical. Even with a decent size unit there is more than the cost of the machine involved. The graphics software, cutting software and the rip for processing graphics files runs into the thousands $$ in a hurry. When you have that kind of money invested they need to be running everyday (as LGM does with his paint masks).
Then there is the learning curve to use all this software to get the desired results. I've had jobs where it has taken us 2 full days to convert a poor quality scan into a scalable vector file that the rip and plotter could understand.
So you may find it more cost effective and less of a headache to go to a local sign shop and have them print/cut the graphics for you.
But that having been said if you really think that this is something you will really enjoy doing then go for it. However I would not suggest the little unit you are looking at as it will have virtually no resale value (if you decide this is not for you) except maybe to a scrapbooker. You might even see if any of the local sign shops or sign supply companies have any used equipment for sale. Good luck on your decision.
And by the way the answer is yes... we do airplane graphics for fellow
r/c modelers.
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I was looking at one of those I walmart today, and yes first thought.."would it work for plane decals"..hmmm. It looks neat, you can buy a bunch of different cartridges with different fonts, graphics and designs, not sure if you are able to load you own designs or not, I think I will look into a bit further
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they have come out with some upgrades to the Cricut.... before you could only get what came with the cartridges now there are lots more options. your best bet is to check out a scrapbooking forum as they use them lots.

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I got one called a PCut . Distributed by USCutter . Not bad for a cheap Chinese unit that only cost about $300 . It will do up to 24" wide and down to .25" Great to have it at my disposal for graphics and paint masks !

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