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Inspire Maker Lab: Vinyl Cutting

Makerspace technologies guide. What's in the makerspace, how it works, and what you can do with it!

Vinyl Cutters

The Inspire Maker Lab has a vinyl cutters!

Ever wanted to create your own logos? Cut intricate paper patterns? Add decals to your 3D prints? Or cut felt?

Our vinyl cutters have a variety of capabilities to help you complete your projects.

Titan 3 Vinyl Cutter

The Titan 3 vinyl cutter is a large scale cutter that can accomodate a variety of projects.  It has a maximum width of 24 inches, but can cut banners that span however long you want.  The Titan also has very accurate cutting abilities, easily producing intricate details on items.

Titan 3

Silhouette Cameo 3

The Silhouette Cameo 3 is the perfect hobby level vinyl cutter.  Come in today to learn how to use it, or bring in the design that you would like created!  Keep reading for directions.

Cameo 3 vinyl cutter

Materials

The Cameo 3 accepts the following materials: 

Felt

Felt animals

Paper

paper card project

Vinyl

laptop vinyl sticker

Cardstock

Cardstock cheetah

Vellum

vellum

Step by Step Instructions

1. Create the design that you would like to have made on the vinyl cutter.  This design should be created as a vectored object, have easily distinguishable lines and be a solid color.  Realistic pictures are not a good source for a cut object.  Consider creating a stylized version of those types of images.  Good programs for creating vectored objects are Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop (available in the Digital Media Studio), or free tools Inkscape and GIMP.  Take a look at the examples below:

The first image is acceptable for the vinyl cutter.  The second would not be usable.

Vectored AppState "A"  

Appalachian mountains

2. Make sure that your design is saved in one of the following formats: JPG,PNG, BMP, GIF, or TIF for the Silhouette Cameo, or SVG or AI for the Titan 3.

3.  Once you have your file, bring it to the makerspace.  The student assistant can help you with cutting.  Materials will be available to purchase for a small fee if needed.

The Cameo 3 and Titan 3 do more than just cut vinyl and paper!  The Silhouette Cameo can also use metallic pens to draw out exact designs on paper. The Titan 3 can emboss and engrave on certain materials.

Inspiration

Need some inspiration?  Check out these ideas!

Image credits

Silhouette Cameo 3: Vinylcuttingmachines.net

Titan 3: uscutter.com

Appalachian "A": appstate.edu

Appalachian Mountains: srl.appstate.edu

Felt animals: Cat and Dog plushies by Tina D

Paper card: Makezine by Natasha Dzurny

Vinyl laptop sticker: California College of the Arts Hybrid Lab

Cardstock: 3dprinterworld.com

Vellum: Craftychicboutique on Etsy