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.
Step 1: Preparing the file
Choose: File -> Export
Change File Type to EPS
Under General Tab Select: Export text as: Curves
Step 2: Preparing the blade
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.