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Hi all

Newbie here, I'm using Hotflex from MDP and my cricut machine is catching on the letters. The cut lines are also not clean. I've attached pics. Have tried using the washi tape setting and increasing and decreasing the pressure but to no avail. Have also attached the image file at 200% zoom so you can see the image I'm using in Cricut has clean corners.

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks



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I don't have a Cricut, but with my plotter/cutter (and I know with other cutters), you need to set the offset and overcut according to the blade you have fitted. Is there something similar on the Cricut?
 

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you are cutting way too deep and probably too fast

you want a faint outline in the carrier sheet (like a kiss), not actually cutting into the carrier

also, you should have some sort of test cut function on your cricut,
use that to dial in your settings before cutting for real
 

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Thank you @Angela-L I can't see those settings but it does feel like a calibration issue or something is not lining up properly. I Googled what you said and there was something about settings where the blade comes out at a corner to start a new line as opposed to pivoting still in the material but I could only see those articles for the silhouette and nothing for the Cricut

@into the T thanks yes I realised this and have adjusted the cutting depth but I've attached two more pics and you can see the png file I'm sending to cricut is absolutely not what is being cut out. Lines aren't straight and corners aren't crisp so it's not replicating what's send. The size of the cut out is 3" width. Do I maybe need a smaller blade?

Thanks both for your help so far

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What is your blade offset? It looks way out to me.

I don't use Cricut cutters but is it possible to use a pen instead of a blade? If so, try plotting the same design on paper instead of vinyl, with a blade offset of 0 (zero).
 

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Thanks @webtrekker I can't find blade offset settings in the Cricut. Any Google search just brings up Silhouette articles not Cricut. But agreed it does seem off.
 

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The blade offset needs to be adjusted in your cutting software, not on the actual machine.

Offset values are usually tiny, something like 0.25 to 0.5 mm.
 

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Thanks I'll have another look but yes I was looking in Cricut Design Space which is their software but I'll do another search
 

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Thanks so much @webtrekker but I don't have the knife blade in my cricut just the fine point blade so when I do this it only shows the 'print then cut' option on the callibration option screen as the other blades are not installed. I had come across this but I'm so grateful for your time in sending it over thank you.
 

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Ah, no worries. As I say, I don't have a Cricut to try things out, but I know my Silver Bullet cutter produces much the same cuts when the blade offset is set incorrectly.

These blades act much like castors, so the tip of the blade is offset a small amount from the centreline of the blade holder, which is why you need to set this correctly. Obviously, a pen needs no offset.
 

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Contact Cricut support, let us know what they say. It could be a hardware problem. Hopefully you're under warranty.
 

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@TeedUp Thanks yeah I did last night and sent them a video after speaking to them on the phone.

Adding another photo in case it helps - look at the G

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Why on earth would you want to use a Cricut if you have a Silver Bullet?! :-}
Ermm... I think you've misread the thread: I've never owned or used a Cricut. It just looked like an offset/overcut issue to me.

I've had my bullet for years and I wouldn't trade it for the world! :)

@webtrekker I think Angela said she didn't have a cricut.! I don't have a silver bullet.. maybe I should look at it, it sounds very expensive maybe for now.
Yes, they're not cheap, and may be overkill ATM (depending on how much, and what you want to usee your cutter for)

I hope Cricut can give you the answer.
 

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i think we are missing where she said 'png'
this may be a conversion to vector issue

does it cut like this when you simply type into cricut design space and cut?

you need to find a closest font in your cricut design space, or zoom in and adjust individual nodes
can you upload the whole design here, and i can convert it and send it back
 

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@into the T thank you I tried typing directly into design space as opposed to importing the logo and it does seem better. Certainly not catching as it was. Lines and corners still not quite so crisp but it is much better thanks :)
 
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