I am a new user and have reviewed the listing of paper types that appears for selection in the Wishblade software. I have found only one of these paper types that I can identify and find in my local area. This is Vellum Bristol 57-67 lbs. As a greeting card maker, I often use 80 lb card stock and have found that, using the Magenta Plunger Tip, the blade seems to drag which causes the design to be distorted and/or improperly cut so that the cutting is not usable. How can I identify, using the Wishblade listing, which specific papers I should be buying at my local paper store to make sure they will work well with my new cutter? I presently shop for paper products at Paper Plus, Kelly Paper, or Xpedex Paper outlets. I would appreciate if anyone buying paper from any of these outlets can email me with specific product names that I should be buying for use with my cutter.
What blade position is your dail on. Hopefully on 3 and one or two passes should do it.
Have you tried the which blade to use tips section of Wishblade? It should help to answer your questions. Not familiar with the paper companies listed. Are they stateside?
Thank you for your help though we still have a problem . . . Specifically, there is no Blade Position Dial on the model of Wishblade that we have. We are using the Wishblade model with the Pink/Red cover and this model allows only for changing the Plunger Orientatioin to 90 degrees (toward the side) when using a cutting mat or to 0 degrees (toward the front of the machine) if not using a mat. We can also change the Plunger Tip (blue, yellow, or magenta) based on the depth of blade required by the media type. The only other variances we can make are in the software . . . these are Media Type, Blade Speed, and Media Thickness. We have tried every variation of these we can think of and still can not cut the 90 lb cardstock we are using. Also, trying multiple passes sometimes results in offset images.
All the paper companies we listed are here in the Western region of the US.
We're wondering what is changed by the "Blade Position Dial" you refer to? Maybe, if we know what this dial does, we can accomplish the effect in some different manner.
Again, thank you for your input and, if you can suggest anything else, we would be happy to try pretty much anything at this point.
Jim & Darlene in Arizona
Hi Jim and Darlene,
I am in Virginia and have used cardstock as heavy as Bazzil in my machine. I have to ask are you cutting a Wishblade file or a Create and Cut file extension .fs? I find that if I open the production manager for the CnC first my WB files cut with no problem. I tested it when I got home from work to make sure. When I did not open that dialogue window first the machine would not cut text weight paper.
Now for CnC and/or plus--go to file --cut/plot under the Wishblade drop down menu is a properties box---click that and you get a default jobs box then click advance and click the pen/blade icon then cutter options and make sure your force is set at 3 and you have cut fast selected.
You can enter a custom name for this setting such as Bristol 60lb and that will become one of your drop down menu options and save it.
The only other thing I can think of is that your blade needs cleaning. When you remove the cap make sure there is no build up around the blade. Also make sure your rollers are clean.
Xyron used to check this board but has not for some time now. Feel free to call or email them b/c they are really good about helping. There was a wealth of information before they changed over the site. I lost contact with a lot of knowledgeable people.
Hope this helps.
The Xyron Tech Support Reps check this board daily - however I must have missed this one - sorry!
have you downloaded the chart: http://www.xyron.com/enUS/CampaignsHome/Blade_Cap_Guide.html
It gives helpful information on which caps to use and the position of the dial and number of passes. The papers shown are mostly craft type papers that are found in scrapbook stores or craft stores. The best thing to do is to look at the chart and pick a paper or card-stock that appears to be similar to what you are using and try using those settings.
However, some papers may have similar specs but cut differently due to the density and material used in creating the paper. So experiment by doing test cuts.
The harder the paper the quicker it will wear down your blade. If you blade is starting to get dull you can change the "passes" setting in the Cut Plot dialog under the Options tab.
For best results always use a clean cutting mat and sharp blade.
Hope this helps
Xyron Tech Support
Xyron Design Team Member
Thank you for your input. We have successfully found that Astrobrights paper works and cuts well with the Wishblade. Astrobrights is a very common paper and comes in many beautiful colors so we are happy that this media will be our choice for future cards. Prior to this we wasted a lot of paper trying different tips and settings so we are pleased to have found a successful paper cut.
Xyron did get back to us 2/6/10 and referred to the paper chart which we had previously reviewed but didn't help.
Jim & Darlene