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Cutting Alignment Issues with Silhouette Cameo and Make the Cut

I am having issues with images on my mat not cutting in the same place as they appear in Make the Cut on the virtual mat when cutting to the Cameo. I have my 12 x 12 mat oriented portrait style in MTC which is how the mat is oriented in Silhouette Studio. I am loading the mat with the correct command and am not using "offset". The cuts are happening maybe 1/2 inch to 1 inch above where I think they should be. Any ideas how to deal with this? Is this a known issue? I just upgraded to 4.4, but have not tried in this version yet. I was using 4.3.10 when I had this issue. Any thoughts?

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  • brianna_c1brianna_c1 Posts: 3,559Member
    i am no expert with the cameo as i only just used the first one 2 days ago...but the one thing i did learn was that when you turn the cameo ...on the screen it says 2 things

    load mat
    load media

    make sure you use the up arrow so the dot is beside ...load mat

    when mine was on media it did not cut where it was supposed to.....just a thought!!...after i did that it cut perfectly....but the offset was checked when i cut
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  • clepatbclepatb Posts: 7Member
    Hi Brianna - thanks, but that is not the problem. However, I was wrong when I said I was not using "Blade Offset". Yes, I am using "Blade Offset". Am I the only one having this kind of problem? If it's operator error, would sure like to know where I might be going wrong!
  • BethanyBethany Posts: 684Member
    It helps to put a virtual paper in your mat to get an idea of where everything fits. Are you just cutting or print and cut?
  • juliefesjuliefes Posts: 3,379Member
    Please check out the tutorial called V.08_FromMTCToCameo.pdf posted here:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MTC_Tuts/files/05_From MTC to Various Cutters/
    Cutting to Cameo from Make The Cut is different from cutting to it from Silhouette Studio. This document is a collection of hints and tips from Andy and MTC forum members on how to get the best cuts on the Cameo from MTC
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  • peleuspeleus Posts: 47Member
    Virtual paper would be my suggestion too. By seeing a visualization, for me, it opens a lot of ideas.
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  • clepatbclepatb Posts: 7Member
    Bethany, I'm afraid to try PNC until I get the cutting perfected. Not sure I understand what virtual paper would do for me. I already go by the grid lines on the mat.

    Julie I'll check out that tutorial again. Maybe there is something I am missing. Like I said if this is not a universal problem it must be operator error. I'm having no problem with these alignment issues when I use Studio. But I want to master MTC. So much more potential there!
  • juliefesjuliefes Posts: 3,379Member
    I am easily confused when switching software for doing print and cut projects. The technique for doing this in MTC is very different from that used with Silhouette Studio. That is why I wrote out the steps that worked for me. I refer to them every time I need to cut around a printed project, just to make sure that I don't skip any steps. Hopefully it will work for you as well.
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  • clepatbclepatb Posts: 7Member
    Thank you Julie. I really appreciate all that you do on that group. Just a note though, I'm just doing a plain cut - not a PNC. I will definitely be studying your directions for PNC when I get brave. :)
  • juliefesjuliefes Posts: 3,379Member
    @clepatb Are you using a Silhouette mat, or one made by another company?
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  • juliefesjuliefes Posts: 3,379Member
    Have you used the Calibration utility that is available in the Cutting window in MTC? Put a 6" square on the virtual mat, and cut it on the Cameo. Does the one that cut measure exactly 6" each direction? If not, then enter the measurements as they were cut. MTC will then compensate for the difference.

    If your cuts are cutting consistently 1/2" lower, then you could either place your paper 1/2" lower on the mat, or after loading your mat into the machine, feed the mat in 1/2" more before starting the cut.
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  • clepatbclepatb Posts: 7Member
    Julie, I was using a Silhouette Mat, but now I've switched over to one of my old Cricut mats and I like it much better. I put my Silhouette mat over it and cut it down to match. After reviewing the instructions you referred me to I also did the Calibration (hadn't done that before), but it cut the 6" square exactly. I'm happy to report though that now things are cutting pretty darned close to where I have them positioned on my virtual mat now. I'm just going to give myself a little wiggle room from now on. At least they are not cutting 1/2 inch above where I expect now! I have been happily creating and cutting this afternoon! Thanks for the great help and suggestions!
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