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VinylCutterIntro

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VinylCutterIntro

 

The Camm1 vinyl cutter is made by Roland. They also make a small 3dimensional mill, and they are very well known for their musical instruments.

 

The vinyl cutter uses a small knife to precisely cut the outline of a picture into a sheet or piece of vinyl. The knife moves side to side and turns, while the vinyl is moved beneath the knife. What results from the cut process is an image cut into the material. The material is then 'weeded' where the excess parts of the picture are removed. It is possible to remove the positive parts, which would give a negative sticker, or you could weed the negative parts, giving a positive sticker. Removing the letters would be like removing the positive, giving a negative image of the word, etc.

 

Original artwork is better than copied artwork. Try to make your own, or get a friend to help you make something clever and original.

 

Initially, you will need to create a sticker of a basic design. Your name is a good first sticker. The size should be small, no larger than 3 inches on a side. Keeping your first images small will help you master the process quickly with a minimum of materials. Once you have a few small stickers, then get permission to make larger images.

 

Process:

Find or make an image that you want to make into a sticker. You can create an image with Open Office Draw, or Gimp. Other programs can work fine.Your image should be black and white with no gray for best results.

 

Save the image as a JPEG The software running the cutter likes to have a jpeg, Scaleable Vector Graphic (.SVG) can work fine as well.

 

Send the file to the computer with the vinyl cutter. An easy way to do this is to post the image online on the http://duxtech.ning site. You can then go to the site and download the picture. Putting it on the ning site will provide a long term record of your work as well. It may also be possible to print directly from other computers in the lab. Check for current status.


Open Cut Studio, the software bundled with the cutter.

Import your image. It should show up as a grayed out picture.

Right click on the image, then choose Trace Image Outline

A dialog box will come up, you can adjust the accuracy of the cuts by adjusting the values.

You will see an outline of your image laid on top of the picture.

Click the Move button on the upper right to put the outline in the bottom right of the design area.

Next, delete the picture.

Right click on the picture and choose 'Properties'

There are three tabs. For size, choose the size that will fit your sample piece of vinyl. The cutter measures in millimeters.

If you need to rotate the image to fit the sticker size, you can do that in the 'Rotation' field.

If you haven't already,  to put a box, oval or circle around your image to make it easier to separate later.

 


Load the sample piece of vinyl into the machine.

On the left side in the front and back are two LED 'eyes' These are infared emitters and receivers which sense the presence of the vinyl. You have to position the vinyl so that it will cover these sensors. You also have to position the pressure rollers over the vinyl to make sure it will be able to handle the material. On the panel above the rollers, there are several white lines. The rollers must be positioned at these white lines or the machine won't run. Make sure the vinyl is running straight, or it may slip out from under the rollers. Flip the pressure lever to make the rollers press down, holding the vinyl between the rollers and the pressure bar.

 

Check the display. It should say Sheet Unloaded until you engage the pressure roller. Then you will need to use the  down arrow to tell the machine you have loaded a piece or a roll. If you choose piece, the cutter head will move sideways, measure the space between the rollers, then it will move the piece out, then back in. This will use the 'eyes' to measure the length of the piece. You should then be able to see on the readout what the size of the material is.

 


 

Check the Properties box again. Make sure your design is not larger than the sample piece. Don't make the design exactly the same size. Put your design in the lower left area of the design field.

 

Press the Cut button on the icon bar.

The cutter head should then move side to side and the vinyl should move back and forth.

When the design is cut, you can use the arrow keys to move the vinyl out of the machine.

There is a groove on the front of the machine. Use a razor knife in this groove to cut the piece off. If there is enough material left, you can leave it in the machine for the next person.

 


Weed the vinyl

With a cut paper clip, razor knife, pushpin, tweezers or other sharp tool, remove the parts you don't want on your sticker.

Be careful that the parts get removed. If the parts pull up, hold them down with the razor or some other tool. When you are finished, your sticker should be still on the white backing paper.


Attach the transfer paper

Masking tape works well as a transfer tape. Put several pieces of tape over your design so that it is neatly covered.

 

Transfer tape comes in large rolls for big projects. Peel off a piece of transfer paper from the roll. Use a small amount to conserve the materials. Press it neatly down over your sticker. Try not to have any wrinkles. Press it down onto the sticker so that the sticker adheres to the transfer paper when you peel the backing off. If you have a little more transfer paper than the size of the white backing, you can fold the transfer paper over to hold it into place.


Attach your sticker

Clean the area you want to stick to. Window cleaner will make the surface clean. Otherwise, you could use water, just make sure it is dry before adding the sticker. Remove the backing. Press the sticker onto the surface. Carefully peel the transfer paper off. Your sticker should stay on the surface. If it peels off with the transfer paper, lay it back down and rub it with your fingernail, then peel the transfer paper off.

 


How to remove your sticker

So you don't like where the sticker ended up? Removing it is pretty easy. Use a hairdryer to heat up the sticker. This should soften the vinyl and the adhesive, allowing you to pull it off carefully. If there is still stickiness on the surface, you can use nail polish remover, or acetone to get the adhesive off.

 

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