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Making vinyl decals

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Hello,
   I wanted to share the process of making vinyl decals using the cutter/plotter at TechShop Menlo Park. This is a very fun thing to do and can be used for many different things. You can make stickers or stencils for painting, sandblasting (etched glass), or silk screening.
 
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Step 1: Preparing the file

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First we are going to take our image and make sure it is in a file type we can use. It needs to be an EPS file so we will open our image (in this case I am using CorelDraw) and export it to EPS. When we export to EPS it is best to select the option to export text as curves.
Choose: File -> Export
Change File Type to EPS
Click: Export
Under General Tab Select: Export text as: Curves

Step 2: Preparing the blade

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Place the blade into the blade holder.
Slide the blade all the way down into the holder.
Fit the holder into the blade cartridge and adjust the silver ring until the tip of the blade just barely protrudes from the cartridge.
Tighten the gold ring to hold it in place.
When you tighten the gold ring the blade may recede slightly. That's ok, we will check it shortly.