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Silhouette Cameo Pinball Restorers Club!


By Curbfeeler

6 years ago



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    #451 4 months ago

    Finally got my Cameo 4 yesterday. Did some test prints with it and then got down to work with the stencils. Pleased with the progress so far. Working on a second test run now making adjustments... adding registration marks to help with alignment.

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    #452 4 months ago
    Quoted from DropTarget:

    I've used poster board or acetate sheets from an art supply store to cut stencils.

    To get that authentic edge bleed for old games, I’ve cut stencils with my cameo and then applied them to BIG pieces of cardboard and then cut the cardboard with a razor. Just enough paint bleeds around the cardboard stencil edges to give that old time look.

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    #453 85 days ago
    Quoted from roar:

    Finally got my Cameo 4 yesterday. Did some test prints with it and then got down to work with the stencils. Pleased with the progress so far. Working on a second test run now making adjustments... adding registration marks to help with alignment.
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    Are you planning to add the registrations in the Silhouette software, or some other place? I guess it depends on where you separate colors into the individual stencil cuttings...

    I've just been playing thusfar, mostly with the scans I did for my apron. Only two colors (plus base), so after I cleaned up the scans in Gimp, I separated the two colors into layers there, imported each individually into Inkscape for scaling and export to SVG, then imported the SVG files to the Silhouette software for cutting. No attempt at registration marks yet.

    #454 85 days ago

    I've been working on my first playfield repaint. Getting my scans to line up perfectly has been a challenge, so I add many cut lines to my stencils. The gerbermask is stretchy, so I can stretch it to match curves, etc. This cameo is a great tool for pin repair and this thread has been extremely helpful!

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    #455 85 days ago
    Quoted from PinballBillinFL:

    Are you planning to add the registrations in the Silhouette software, or some other place? I guess it depends on where you separate colors into the individual stencil cuttings...
    I've just been playing thusfar, mostly with the scans I did for my apron. Only two colors (plus base), so after I cleaned up the scans in Gimp, I separated the two colors into layers there, imported each individually into Inkscape for scaling and export to SVG, then imported the SVG files to the Silhouette software for cutting. No attempt at registration marks yet.

    I have added some registration marks with the latest attempts... makes thing easier. I added them in illustrator, simple crosses with a about 5 pixel stroke I think.

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    #456 31 days ago

    My almost finished project -used the Cameo & airbrushed everything. Couldn't have done it without the Cameo.

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    #457 26 days ago

    While I've had my cameo a while and shown in here some success, I still struggle with getting large projects like cab stencils to feed straight.
    I've searched this topic for FEED, ALIGNMENT and STRAIGHT and can only seem to find discussion on how to lay the already created stencil straight etc.
    I've had projects where I will walk away from my Cameo only to come back and find it has gone way off to one side and 30+ inches of material is wasted.

    Here is where my question comes in, how does one make sure the material getting loaded into the Cameo stays square?
    It is not indexed or registered or anything, it just feeds in with only a guide line for visual alignment, no mechanical means for perfectly square work?

    #458 26 days ago

    i think you are describing two different issues. Getting it square in the machine and keeping it from slipping

    I do wish there was a manual feed option but I created a test print with a tiny square 24 inches down. I make sure to cut the Mylar perfectly square and then when fed into the cameo it’s usually good but I check by sending my test print with a pressure of 1 so it won’t actually cut ( in case I have to do it again) and then watch the Mylar to see it’s not going sideways.

    To keep it from slipping on long prints I am very careful to have no pressure on the rollers. I feed out plenty from the box and handhold it so there is never any lateral force

    #459 26 days ago
    Quoted from mark532011:

    i think you are describing two different issues. Getting it square in the machine and keeping it from slipping

    Sorry, my explanation was a little confusing. I've not experience any slippage. Guess for that I've been lucky for I too pull out up to 60 inches for my long cuts. The reason I have wasted material is that it does not feed perfectly square so even a 1/32 or 1/64 of misalignment can be drastic after 30+ inches of travel.
    My machine does have a manual feed that I will use to 'scroll' up and then back to try and get it square but that tactic is not perfect. I just wanted to make sure I was not missing some magic tool that other used for a perfect square feed.

    I like your method of a test square... have to ponder that one.

    #460 25 days ago

    Just so happens I had to cut a masking layer for a translite I am making. Here is how I currently set up for lengthy cuts.
    Again, my Cameo does have a manual feed under the 4 arrows option, then I feed in the material while watching the alignment line on the left.
    I also move the far right roller pressure thing more to the middle. That way if it does get out of alignment some, it will still put pressure on the material. Place carboard under the cutter to prevent the material from getting caught on the carpet.
    Just really with there was a more mechanical method for getting the material to run square through the cutter.
    Am I missing anything?
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    #461 25 days ago

    I keep the right roller in the standard position. I precut long pieces of material like you did and lay the whole thing on the floor (hardwood in my case - minimal friction). I load the material, adjust straightness by eye if needed by temporarily releasing tension on the right roller, retension and then use the manual feed arrows on the touchpad to feed the material almost all the way through. If it walks off to one side, adjust and repeat until successful. When it’s good, use the manual feed arrows to get back to the starting position and start your cut job.

    #462 25 days ago

    I feel your pain... I just blew through a couple of feet of stencil material with it going out of alignment, last two prints I did I fed in more to start than you've feed in with your picture. In fact I've fed in enough for it to come out of the back the machine cause I figure I'd rather waste 6" than 24". Very frustrating. I am using the Cameo 4's "roller holder" if that is even a thing for my material.

    End results are worth the pain...

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    #463 25 days ago

    roar did you use a scanner or camera to create the stencil?

    #464 25 days ago
    Quoted from Boslaw:

    roar did you use a scanner or camera to create the stencil?

    Neither... used pictures found online and traced with illustrator.

    #465 25 days ago

    roar Is that a guitar amp?

    #466 25 days ago
    Quoted from CanadianPinball:

    roar Is that a guitar amp?

    Yessir it is... goes along with this project I shared in the Fathom thread...

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CFe_0fgncgW/?igshid=18plfjgzw1aye

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    #467 25 days ago
    Quoted from roar:

    Neither... used pictures found online and traced with illustrator.

    Nice, Time consuming to get the curves perfect.

    #468 25 days ago

    Silhouette power! Total repaint in progress. Key lines will hide many sins.

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    #469 24 days ago

    Caribou Eh!

    #470 24 days ago

    roar nice job. the repaints and new stencils are where the silhouette really shines and you get the biggest bang for your buck.

    #471 24 days ago
    Quoted from Atari_Daze:

    Just really with there was a more mechanical method for getting the material to run square through the cutter.
    Am I missing anything?

    I don't think so. I was hoping that the Cameo 4 with its built in roll holder would automatically keep material straight. It doesn't. All I can do right now is keep it down to 24" at a time. I'm looking for better solutions.

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