Answered By: Kerry Harmer Last Updated: Oct 01, 2020 Views: 47
Vinyl Printing and Cutting
Materials: heat transfer material or generic printable vinyl provided by the Maker Studio for the purposes of teaching and learning at the discretion of the Maker Studio staff.
Software: Adobe Illustrator File types: Illustrator Ai, and any other image file (PNG, JPEG, TIFF, etc.).
Machine details: 300~350mm width, no machine limit on length.
Production time: dependent on the project scale.
How to prepare for using this tool
- Create or upload your design in Adobe Illustrator.
- To create a cut line around your design first you must download the Roland Versa Works swatch which can be found here. Even though it will appear blank, download it.
- Open the swatch window and choose “window” and then “swatches”.
- Click on the 4 horizontal lines in the upper right corner.
- Click on “open swatch library” then choose the “Roland Versa Works” file from where you have downloaded it. A swatch window should appear in Illustrator.
- Choose the pink cut/contour swatch as the stroke for your cut lines.
To create cut lines:
- In order to have your cut lines follow the outline of your design it must be vectors not rasters (pixels). If you are using a raster image you will need to draw a shape such as a circle or rectangle around it in Illustrator which will become the cut line. Alternatively you can vectorize the image in Illustrator which will allow you to make a cut line following the outside of your design.
- Once you have a vectorized image, open “Layers” window.
- Duplicate the layers.
- Name the back layer “Image” and lock and hide this layer.
- Name the top layer “cut line”.
- Select “cut line” then click on “object” in the toolbar and “expand”.
- In the Pathfinder window choose “unite”.
- In the appearance window choose “stroke”.
- In the Roland Versa Works swatch window choose pink for cutting.
- Click on “stroke”. Make sure “aligned to centre” is chosen.
- Stroke must be less than .25 pnt.
- Unlock the Image layer and bring forward.
- Submit your finished file on the MRU Maker Studio website by filling out the form.
- You will receive an email when the print is completed. This could take up to 3 weeks. Please pick up your print during open hours.
Health and Safety
- The cutting machine has sharp blades which should not be touched at any time.
- The machine has moving parts so long hair should be tied back and jewellery should be removed.