The costs of running this huge site are paid for by ads. Please consider registering and becoming a Supporting Member for an ad-free experience. Thanks, ECF team.

I have this vinyl cutting machine....

Discussion in 'Cosmetic Mods' started by bonnienclyde, May 21, 2010.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
Image has been removed.
URL has been removed.
Email address has been removed.
Media has been removed.
  1. bonnienclyde

    bonnienclyde Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 6, 2009
    Eastern Kentucky
    And I think I can cut some custom vinyl overlays for e-cigs. I have a computer program that I can "design" with, and I'm thinking all I need to do is get some exact measurements and wha-la! Custom 510's, LOL!

    I use this machine to sell custom graphics for cars, signs, wall words,etc. If I can get a pic on the computer of whatever you want, then I can cut it out, anywhere from 1/16 of an inch to 4-6 ft.

    Has anyone done anything like this? Or does anyone already know EXACT sizes of batteries, atty's etc.?

    Off to work! I want some pink, purple, baby blue, flowers, butterflies, Ahhhh.....I'm tired of black and silver!
     
  2. eikon

    eikon slave to the comma Verified Member ECF Veteran

    flexi, corel or illustrator? you put design in quotes, so i'm thinking flexi (or worse) :p
     
  3. bonnienclyde

    bonnienclyde Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 6, 2009
    Eastern Kentucky
    Okay, on a 510 battery, I'm getting exactly 2.5 inches length and 1.25 width. Does that sound right?
     
  4. bonnienclyde

    bonnienclyde Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 6, 2009
    Eastern Kentucky
    Ha! None of those,LOL! You could say worse, but it works great for me, lol!

    I'm using Inkscape and a program called "Sure Cuts A Lot" which is basically a svg program. I have my mat that my machine uses and what I get on the screen is exactly what I cut.

    Let me take a screen shot and show you what it looks like.
     
  5. bonnienclyde

    bonnienclyde Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 6, 2009
    Eastern Kentucky
    I can design in any of those, and then use Inkscape to convert it to a svg file, so if anyone has a design already with one of those, I could just use it. (hint, hint, lol)
     
  6. bonnienclyde

    bonnienclyde Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 6, 2009
    Eastern Kentucky
    [​IMG]


    Ok, this is Inkscape, and here's is the "SCAL" program that actually does the cutting. :

    [​IMG]
     
  7. kylewinther

    kylewinther Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Feb 26, 2009
    Los Angeles
    That would be cool. I have seen an e-cigarette company out there that you can choose a "skin" for your e-cig battery. But a custom skin with what ever you want to put on it would be awesome. Let me know how it goes, we might be interested in purchasing some.
     
  8. bonnienclyde

    bonnienclyde Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 6, 2009
    Eastern Kentucky
    Ok, I got 2 done, and its going to work! I just need to fine tune it a little. Let me take a pic of these.

    One one I put a "no smoking' symbol, LOL!

    The only problem I can see is not being able to cut very detailed things. The tinier the "cuts" the harder to deal with getting them on, etc.
     
  9. bonnienclyde

    bonnienclyde Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 6, 2009
    Eastern Kentucky
    Remember, these are VERY rough, I made these in about 3 minutes, LOL. I'm going to work on them some more, fine tune them a little. Still, they turned out very good for a first try. Much better than I expected.

    The first one is on a pass thru, and the second is a 510 battery that was rotten looking, lol. The paint had all rubbed off, it was a silver and black brindle.





    [​IMG]
     
  10. bonnienclyde

    bonnienclyde Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 6, 2009
    Eastern Kentucky
    I'm going to try some skulls, some 4th of Julyie ones, lol, and some patterns. And other suggetions?
     
  11. mrjaguar

    mrjaguar Moved On ECF Veteran

    Jan 2, 2010
    simi valley, ca
    hmm.. custom stickers? oooohhhhh.
     
  12. Dkrom68

    Dkrom68 Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Nov 17, 2009
    Backwoods NY USA
    I use a Gerber Plotter and Vinyl Express software and have done a few as well. They seem to hold up pretty well over time except for the small pieces as they tend to start coming off over time if you get juice on them. I have a company that actually prints pictures on vinyl and the material used in doing car wraps which seems to stick and hold up better cause you can use heat to shrink it on and it sticks a ton better. One other thing ive dont that seems to help is use spray clear coat after the vinyl is on and it gives it a nice gloss as well as keeps the vinyl protected.
     
  13. quasimod

    quasimod Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 19, 2009
    Joplin, MO - USA
    I downloaded Inkscape once to play around with it, and I think it's amazing for free software.

    CorelDRAW 12 exports to SVG, is there some reason you prefer to use Inkscape to do the conversions?

    I like CorelDRAW, mostly because it was my first experience with vector graphics (ver. 3, no instructions, no clue. Talk about a masochist!). Also, whenever a new version comes out, I always get the last version handed down from a family member. I still use it regularly, even though I'm not a graphic artist by profession.
     
  14. quasimod

    quasimod Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Oct 19, 2009
    Joplin, MO - USA
    Woah, those can get pricey!
     
  15. googled

    googled Super Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 6, 2009
    ukvapers.com
    Do some custom eGo covers and you may have a winner. Easier to do too because you don't need to make a hole for the button, maybe even a cone cover too but that tends to get a little too warm with LR atties.
     
  16. Harleymedic53

    Harleymedic53 Senior Member ECF Veteran

    May 4, 2010
    Appleton, Wisconsin
    Omg i want something for my BB!!!
     
  17. bonnienclyde

    bonnienclyde Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 6, 2009
    Eastern Kentucky
    Dkrom68, you are waaaay above my head with that one, LOL! And way above my budget, too, lol.

    Quasimod, I only had Corel(Illustrator) on my desktop, and never could quite 'get it". Everything I went to do was a pain in the butt.

    I'm not that much of a techie, so something simple is the best for me, LOL. My friend used Inkscape and he taught me the basics of it pretty quick. Its so easy to use for what I do.

    Another free program that is pretty good is GIMP. I downloaded the 2.6 version, and I can not see the difference between it and photoshop. Now, I'm sure you guys could, but again,for what I use it for, its great. You can even use the "photoshop" brushes, etc. with it.

    I don't have an Ego, send me the measurements and I'll make you one and send it to you and let you try it out.

    Harleymedic, I'm pming you.
     
  18. Nyxie

    Nyxie Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 3, 2009
    Port Richey, Fl.
    I have thought of doing this. But I don't have the patience to sit and pick the teeny pieces.
     
  19. Lab
    This message by Lab has been removed from public view. Deleted by a moderator, May 22, 2010, Reason: supplier post in wrong forum.
    May 21, 2010
  20. Dkrom68

    Dkrom68 Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Nov 17, 2009
    Backwoods NY USA
    Yeah its a few years old but it does the job thats for sure the software is as expexive as some of the plotters LOL:evil:

    Looking good Bonnie, nice job
     
  21. bonnienclyde

    bonnienclyde Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 6, 2009
    Eastern Kentucky
    Lab, awesome!

    The skulls are exactly like I envisioned, LOL!

    You have the exact same countertop I have also!

    I'm pm'ing ya, I've got a question...
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice