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  1. Something strange happened today and some items in my Config folder do not work. I am running Gravostyle 5200. I also have Graovstyle 5100. Would it work, if I was to replace the odd ones with the ones from the 5100. The highlighted files are the ones that changed. Noticeable changes: Uploaded graphics are now X. Rulers have vanished. Trying to fix both in Options under Display gives me the message about the Snap Distance needs to be an integer between 2 and 1000 but no number works to get out of there except cancel. Thank you.
  2. Thank you so much. You are the best! Back to vectorizing.
  3. I have a client here in the US who is looking to order plates that he descirbes as 3D. He said he used to order them from a company in the UK called Makersmark and would like for us to take a look at their work. Of course, now, all you can find is Bourban for Maker's Mark when researching and my client informs me that he cannot find that company any more. Does anyone know of this company and what the client means by 3D plates?
  4. Question or questions for you all: We are in the market for a new laser. My boss is looking at getting a 75w Epilog. Can this machine run using GravoStyle 5? We have had nothing but trouble with GravoGraph customer service lately so we do not want to head in that direction. However, learning new software and converting our customer files during our busy time would not be a productive idea. Basically, can we get an Epilog in to use our current software until the summer slow period when we can convert to a new system?
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    wood engraving

    We do a lot of wooden coasters during the holiday season. They come out great. Our setting is close to what we use for acrylics for softwoods. For hardwoods we increase the power slightly.
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    Vw vector

    We had just the VW. I put it in the download logo area.
  7. Thank you for the advice. I will have to play around a bit then.
  8. We have never really had a need to engrave on rubber. I see there are some guide settings for this material but they all specify stamps. Apparently a client has a bunch of Rubber License Plate Frame that he would like us to engrave and my boss told him to drop one off so we can take a look. Translation: so I can take a look. Has anyone engraved on rubber other than the stamping kind? Are there safety concerns regarding the fumes? I saw one article in my research that said it is prone to catching on fire.
  9. There is one small problem with that: start up costs.
  10. My boss is looking into buying a new laser. He has really fallen in love with the Epilog Fusion however he is not the one doing the actual engraving. He and the other boss are under the impression that our Gravostyle files and symbols will just open with any engraving software. This store has used GravoStyle software for at least 15 years so there are a ton of repeat customers who want their items to look exactly like they did the year before. My questions are: Can an Epilog Fusion run with GravoStyle7 which has the ability to open our current GravoStyle5 files? If not, is there software for the Epilog Fusion that is friendly to the people who only know GravoStyle? I know that teaching the change would fall to me. This worries me because one of my co-workers is extremely vocal when anything changes and really does not know her way with computers. I am also concerned with the time loss from jobs that this learning curve would create. My boss is about to head out to an Expo where he will be able to test many of the current products. I would like to send him with a list of what to truly check out for our store so we don't end up with incompatible software like we did last year because the salesman said that it would work. Basically I want to send him with knowledge. Both owners are going but neither really knows computers at all. I am thinking that maybe they should have had me go too.
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    Vw vector

    I think I have one. I put it in download. It is what we call here the VW Bus (aka Hippie-mobile)
  12. 1 staff member could make the jump to Corel - Me. The rest might have serious issues. Until I came on board, they were sending out all their graphics to an outside service to make them usable. I have cut that outside service usage by 90%. My big concern is in the time management of this business, changing all the files over to a new system and teaching the other staff how to use a new system, would have a negative impact on the business. I still can't seem to get my co-worker to stop saving all her graphics she tries to do as 75 pixel resolution .tif files. Then she is stumped why my graphics engrave clear but hers engrave fuzzy.
  13. We had a customer bring us some exact replicas in to be mounted on wooden bases. He got them from China. One of our vendors does have them in as a resin sculpture but I do not know if they have a UK supplier: http://www.freemanproductsworldwide.com/ p. 429 of the Master Catalog
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    image required

    Do you still need this? I have a .bmp for this if it is still needed.
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    Tool Buttons Useless?

    She says: "Oh yeah, we are back in business." Thank you.
  16. My co-worker is having an issue with her GravoStyle5. Our computers are fossils btw, WinXP. The tool buttons on the left have become useless since the last windows update. They are not shaded like the buttons that cannot be clicked but when she clicks on them nothing happens. She has been using the drop down Modify tab to use each options but it is a royal pain in the rear. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get these to work again? Note: We are currently in the process of upgrading to new computers but are on a stand still as we wait for parts.
  17. Right now we send photographs out to be engraved. It would be cost saving to be able to do them ourselves. I was working through a tutorial on engraving photographs using GravoStyle5. When it came time to apply the suggested halftone "Weston-Knight" to my .bmp photograph, I noticed this was not an option. There were several other choices but no "Weston-Knight". Does anyone know of a place I can download alternate halftones for GravoStyle5 and then where do I put them? Alternately, one of our computers can open PhotoLase/PhotoStyle but the other cannot? Is there a particular reason why this would happen? They both run fully licensed copies of GravoStyle5. The one that it cannot open has 98, 5100, 5200 and 5300, but none will open PhotoLase/PhotoStyle. The one it can open on has only 98 and 5200. Thank you.
  18. I have found the Holy Grail then. Using both the 25W and the 30W machines, I achieved success with the 30W but haven't had the time to perfect the settings on the 25W. I used Photoshop to halftone the image so I would have more control. I imported the image into Gravograph5. The material I used was: Anodized Aluminum Settings: 30 W: Power – 20 Speed – 50 DPI – 600
  19. I am in the US. I am not sure Metaza even deals with us. We do have EngraveLab software that we have not incorporated yet. I am wondering if that is the route to go with it. I don't think my boss is ready to get new lasers because he just bought a sandblaster. One new toy at a time. The information on trying to engrave photos came from the Knowledge Base on GravoGraph's website: http://www.gravograph.us/Support/Knowledge_Base.php
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    AcrylaThins Settings?

    Got It! Running an AcrylaThin plate on a 25W laser with success: 1. Run the whole piece on the steel setting 2x: Power = 80 Speed = 60 Pen Mode = Rast/Vect PPI=500 DPI=500 2. Run the Logo alone on the steel setting: Power = 80 Speed = 60 Pen Mode = Rast/Vect PPI=500 DPI=500 DO NOT TOUCH THE ENGRAVED LETTERS OR IMAGES. Smudging will occur and have an effect on the final product. 3. Spray the piece with Lazer Dark Clear Finish Coat(JDS #LDK200 if in US). Let dry. Repeat 2-3 times as needed. Tested on: Lasers: NewHermes Incorporated Vanguard Laser 2001 - 25 watts Gravograph LS800 - 30 watts JDS #LDK200 - ftp://jds.jdsindustries.com/LDK/LDK200.pdf
  21. Does anyone engrave on AcrylaThins? http://www.acrylastone.com/acrylathins.cfm I have tried reaching out to their company to ask about suggested settings but they have not answered. There is no information on their site as to settings or tips. Has anyone used this product and, if so, do you have any suggestions? Right now we are running it with clear, sticky-back plastic over it on the steel setting, 2x. Then we are painting over it with outdoor acrylic before removing the plastic. There has to be an easier and quicker way to complete this product.
  22. Thank you for your suggestions. I will let him know and see what works best.
  23. We have these insert trophies that have squared plastic inserts that are self-adhesive. The problem is that they adhesive is not really that great and does not hold up. We are looking for ideas for good plastic to plastic adhesives to reinforce the Insert. I have attached a picture of the trophy so you can get an idea of the shape. We only have issues with the squared ones(Your Logo Here) but never the rounded. Any suggestions? Please remember we are in the US so some products outside the US we will not be able to use. Thank you.
  24. Got it. Thanks! You gave me a starting point to solve the problem.
  25. As I said before, I am learning as I go because no one was properly trained on GravoStyle5. It has been trial and error discovery. I am trying to make a vector cutline for the laser using the attached shape. Is there an easy way to do this? Thank you.