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I find that each time I use my vinyl cutter, I have to feed an extra two inches because if I don't, the vinyl just rolls out the back way. Is there a setting on my Vinyl Cutter (US Cutter) or on the software (Signblazer) that controls how much extra vinyl surrounding the cut is needed? Thanks! :eek:
 

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Sign Vinyl is pretty cheap, but the heat press vinyl is a bit more :)

I am not sure with what cutter you are using what options it has.
 

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It sucks but its just the way it is. I started out with one of those and then made the jump to a Roland XC-540 print/cut system and bot of them do the same. Even though the roland does offer a base point option I still waste approx 1 1/2 inches everytime. I know this isn't a solution but I just wanted you to know its just not your cutter. See if there is a prefeed option maybe that will work. It helped me a little but there is still a little waste. Also make sure in the rip software that your edges of the design do not have a space between the design and the edge of the total size of the design. I use roland versaworks and use the clip and tile option to make sure that the edge of the design is right next to the rip itself. I hope that helps
 

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I don't understand how you're wasting that much vinyl with your cutter? I have a 24" PCut by USCutter and rarely do I use more than 1/2 inch of vinyl on the feed or output sides of the cutter around my design.

The only waste I experience is when my graphic is JUST big enough to use most of the vinyl's width, but not all of it. I used to make extra logos for my business in the "scrap" areas, but after getting about 100 of them, I quit. LOL

Can you post a pic of what you're talking about maybe?
 

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It sucks but its just the way it is. I started out with one of those and then made the jump to a Roland XC-540 print/cut system and bot of them do the same. Even though the roland does offer a base point option I still waste approx 1 1/2 inches everytime. I know this isn't a solution but I just wanted you to know its just not your cutter. See if there is a prefeed option maybe that will work. It helped me a little but there is still a little waste. Also make sure in the rip software that your edges of the design do not have a space between the design and the edge of the total size of the design. I use roland versaworks and use the clip and tile option to make sure that the edge of the design is right next to the rip itself. I hope that helps

I have this problem on the versacamm also, I talked to a salesperson at the show but they said the same thing about the basepoint, I moved it back but it still wastes and on magnetic material it is not cheap
 

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maybe attach a carrier sheet to the end of the vinyl or if it's garment vinyl with a sticky backing could you save some from the last job and stick this to your piece to make it longer.
 

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Time takes to do all prep work ain't really worth it thou...
So you gonna save what? 10 to 40 cents? and spend like some extra time which = money to do it...
unless it's 23k gold vinyl, than ain't worth the hassle

Material = Money yes
Time = Money as well and I learned over the years that time is worth more than being over efficient :)
 
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