Vinyl cutter - jagged cuts

Any help would be greatly appreciated! I followed all the instructions on the wiki but my cuts are just so jagged.

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@kim

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That’s new and unique! Does it matter which blade? What all did you change to troubleshoot (settings, material, design)?

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I’m also wondering if the design was created by tracing an image? Converting from an image to svg could produce the jagged edges.

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I typed words in inkscape, turned it into a path, saved it as the correct file type and sent the file to the vinyl cutter :woman_shrugging:

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Definitely try a different font. This looks like part of the design. There’s also a “Simplify Path” utility in Inkscape (ctrl+L) that reduces the amount of nodes after you convert to path but sometimes is messes up the corners you want.

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I’m not familiar with the vinyl cutter but does it use normal g code that we could look at and verify that it cut the path it was told to cut? I’ll sure it is but it’s always nice to see it for sure.

Can you upload the HPGL file?

Was the tool rapidly going up and down during the cut? If ‘Tool Offset Correction’ is not set to 0 in Inkscape that can happen and causes jagged cut edges, but typically doesn’t look quite like the picture you shared.

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@kim That was a super handy little shortcut. Thank you!!!

@Christian we checked the tool offset. Not sure it was incorrect when Nicole was playing the other day, but for what we did tonight we made sure to double check that setting was right before we cut.

Um, uh, the solution to the issue was actually the font. :woman_facepalming:t3: When I selected the font in word and blew it up huge, it was all jagged edges, exactly how it cut. :woman_facepalming:t3::woman_facepalming:t3:
We picked out a different font and hopefully that will work better for Nicole. :slight_smile:

Thanks guys!

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