Answer: There are several things you need to check to see what can be causing this issue:
Answer: The general rule is that the blade should not be extended more than the thickness of a credit card. By having too much extension on your blade you will ruin your cutting strip by causing scratches and gauges in the strip which will then lead to uneven cutting as well as many other cutting issues.Even worse, incorrect blade extension will cause "drag" on the cutting-head motor; this can cause motor failure which is not covered under your warranty.
If the blade is extended too far, it can cause the “Error: Check Carriage Sensor or VC Motor” which can be corrected by adjusting the blade back to the correct length.
See the Quick Guide on suggested blade length below for more information.
Answer: If you’ve checked your force setting and blade extension are both correct and you’re using the recommended blade for the material, the issue more than likely is your cutting strip. The white strip that sits at the base of the machine below the blade and blade holder is your cutting stip. Over time it wears down and your cutter doesn’t have a flat surface to cut from. Even if you extend the blade out further and increase the force on your cutter, you still won’t get a good cut. Most of the time, replacing the cutting strip resolves all of these issues. You can order a replacement cutting strip for your BREN cutter here: Order New Cutting Strips Here
If you have already ordered a new cutting strip, follow these steps to replace your cutting strip:
Answer: Assuming you are speaking of a cut vinyl sign, let's use an example of say a three color sign. In short, and this to some extent depends on the software you are using, you set the sign size, load and cut each color of vinyl, weed out the waste on all, place transfer tape on each and then place each color on the sign blank as needed. Certainly there are several ways to do this, but this is basically all there is to it.
Answer: There is actually no precise rule for this; the lifetime of a blade is completely dependent on a variety of factors, such as how much you use them, how often, and what type of material you are cutting. For example, vinyl material is typically very thin and easy to cut (easy on the blade), where reflective material has glass beads within the material; this will wear down the blade much faster. The key to extending the life of your blade is to perform test cuts regularly to ensure you have your blade extension, as well as your force correctly set.