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Help - Had this machine 3 years and still can not get the hang of it!

vicki79vicki79 Member Posts: 15
Hi all
I have had the Zing Air for 3 years now - admittedly I haven't sat down long enough to get the hang of it but I think that's because I get so frustrated I turn it off and let it gather dust! Today I wanted to cut just a basic shape but still can not for the life of me figure out what settings to use.
I have a 255gsm linen cardstock which and have tried various speeds, force on tonight but still can not get it to cut cleanly.
The last settings I used were
Speed 22
155 Force
Multi 2
I have attached a photo below - as you can see the points are tearing. If I change the settings then it doesn't cut at all or rips.
Trust me I have tried various settings and still I am having trouble. Can anyone give me any pointers before it gathers dust again for another 3 years please?!
Thanks !

Comments

  • Liz_ALiz_A Member Posts: 10,025
    @vicki79 - this looks like Neenah Linen 80# cover weight that I have cut a lot of over the last few years, starting with my Zing. Make sure that you have a good sticky mat, speed I would drop slightly, and check that blade tip. Those ragged edges could be an indication of a chipped blade, which can happen easily, even if the blade is brand new. It can be chipped by just putting it in the blade holder and not screwing the cap on correctly...which scrapes against the tip and chips it. Ask me how I know, been there, and experienced that, and I am not the only one.
  • Crazy_Mr_ZingCrazy_Mr_Zing Member Posts: 3,355
    edited October 16
    It takes practice to learn you machine .
    Some materials just don't cut well if a material is proving problematic sometimes it a good idea to try you pattern on another material

    two settings you didn't mention are Blade offset which should be in the range of 0.25 to 0.3mm for the red cap blade
    and also the Blade length , This video shows a ways of setting that


    keep at you will get there , keep asking questions you will get the help you need to succeed with your cutter

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  • vicki79vicki79 Member Posts: 15
    Thank you all for your help - I have tried numerous changes (one very big one is turning the offset on!) and although it does look better it's still not 100%. I tried it on a different type of card and similar issues so perhaps its the blade? Is there a way to tell if the blade is chipped?
  • MeFlickMeFlick Member Posts: 9,150
    You can look at it with a good magnifying glass. Others have used a scanner to scan it on their scanner bed and look at the tip closely. 
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  • Liz_ALiz_A Member Posts: 10,025
    Sometimes just a cell phone photo can help, you can zoom in on the area.
  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 7,418
    A chipped blade either doesn't cut at all or cuts VERY raggedly and not completely. Your cut simply appears to either have too much blade exposed, which can be checked by looking at the cutting mat to see if the lines from this shape can or cannot be scraped away with a fingernail. If they are so deep that you cannot remove them, then that's the issue.  Another possibility is that the cardstock has been exposed to some humidity which can cause it scrunch a bit on tight points like in your shape.  Also, what Blade Offset were you using?  Oh... and your settings are very aggressive.  If my test cut showed I needed that much pressure to cut through cardstock, then I would use 2 passes and a lower pressure for sure.  And I recommend a lower speed, as well.  22 is really high. I tend to cut cardstock at a setting of 15. 
    Sandy McCauley
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  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 7,418
    Oh... one more. How are you mounting the blade holder into the cutter?  I recommend 25 Post It notes placed on top of the cardstock.  If you haven't been using this method, it could explain why you're needing so much pressure.
    Sandy McCauley
    Cutting with KNK Force, Maxx Air, Zing Orbit
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