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

  1. Create or upload your design in Adobe Illustrator.
  2. 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.
  3. Open the swatch window and choose “window” and then “swatches”.
  4. Click on the 4 horizontal lines in the upper right corner.
  5. 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.
  6. Choose the pink cut/contour swatch as the stroke for your cut lines.
    To create cut lines:
    1. 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.
    2. Once you have a vectorized image, open “Layers” window.
    3. Duplicate the layers.
    4. Name the back layer “Image” and lock and hide this layer.
    5. Name the top layer “cut line”.
    6. Select “cut line” then click on “object” in the toolbar and “expand”.
    7. In the Pathfinder window choose “unite”.
    8. In the appearance window choose “stroke”.
    9. In the Roland Versa Works swatch window choose pink for cutting.
    10. Click on “stroke”. Make sure “aligned to centre” is chosen.
    11. Stroke must be less than .25 pnt.
    12. Unlock the Image layer and bring forward.
    13. Submit your finished file on the MRU Maker Studio website by filling out the form.
    14. 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.

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