I use a self healing mat that has a low tack adhesive surface to hold the material securely. Just need to make sure to put the protective cover sheet back on when done to keep the adhesive dust free. I had tried to just tape the vinyl to a piece of hardboard but found that it would distort some, the tack mat prevents this.
Hey Mr. Simpson. I usually use transfer tape for any cut vinyl that needs to be properly oriented or spaced (kerning, design, size). Rtape Conform with RLA, medium tack for example (I have never used low or high tack, they typically have very specific uses). If you’re installing the vinyl onto a highly contoured surface, you can tape up your masked vinyl where you want it, then cut/trim the masking between the graphics/letters and squeegee each masked section independently to avoid wrinkles. I’m sorry, this is really hard to try to describe in a coherent paragraph.
I will remember that, my apologies!
The Vinyl realm is where I make my living these days. Cleaning walls, vehicles, windows, etc. in prep for vinyl does actually take up a large portion of my time! Good Luck!
When I did mine, I didn’t use dxf2gcode (I could not get it running on my Mac), but it is supposed to help. If you are using multiple light cuts, the blade should pivot. However, it’s not a bad idea to round more extreme corners.
If a Profile cut in VCarve Desktop is the same as a no offset cut in Carbide than yes. The goal is to trace the line. To echo what Andrew said: I like transfer tape for anything with multiple individual pieces. It keeps things aligned and straight.
There was one spot that didn’t cut quite through but it was ok. The paper backing didn’t peel up cleanly from the mat with that tack it glue applied. Maybe I used too much but al least when I used the transfer tape all of the vinyl and half of the backing came up.
One thing I don’t understand is that in the video @KevBarn14 did he says to set the depth of the knife correct so that it only goes through the vinyl and not the paper. Isn’t that accomplished by setting the depth of cut in the toolpath? Does the exposed knife depth really matter?