Vinyl Cutter

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Vinyl Cutter
Owner/Loaner PS:One
Make/Model Jaguar II
Arrival Date 2012
Usability yes
Contact Donald Jacobson
Where Upstairs
Authorization Needed yes
Hackable no
Estimated Value $2300
Host Area CNC

Vinyl Cutter Area: CNC


2016-03-12: Cutter operational but some issues with the depth of cut which needs to be adjusted.


Viral. Any authorized user can train and authorize another. Record authorizations on this wiki page, below. At the moment there are no regularly scheduled authorization sessions. Contact/ask an authorized user or the area host.

Tips on how to use (After Certified)

The user guide is here [1]

Loading the Media.

  • Raise the lever on the upper back right of the machine
  • Slide in the media. It helps to have a rectangular piece so the machine can recognize the size. Center it over some of the grooved rollers so they are as close to the edges as possible.
  • Slide the pinch rollers from behind over the grooved roller you chose.
  • Lower roller with the lever.
  • Read the display and push the arrow button for the type of media you are loading. For a single sheet (not a roll), for example you would press the right arrow (see screen shot below)


The Software used is CoCut Standard 2015. We not longer use the software that came with the cutter.

The software does not import svgs, but does import Adobe Illustrator files. Open your SVG in Illustrator and resave it as an .ai file. Then import your file into CoCut Pro.


  • Make sure to check any files you download from the internet for hidden artifacts
  • Make sure all your borders/strokes are set to 0px or you will get 3 cuts for the border (inner stroke, outer stroke and object edge)


When your graphic is ready to cut, click the File...Cut/Plot menus. This should bring up a couple of new windows. One is the Production Manager. This may show some older, incomplete jobs from failed attempts. Delete those old jobs.

The other window shows your setup. Note the orientation of your job. You may want to rotate it to fit the orientation of your vinyl in the plotter. Use the turned stick man button at the bottom to do this.

Make sure you set the size of your vinyl.


The output settings for speed and pressure do not work on our machine you must change these settings on the machine itself.

  • Take the cutter offline (hit on/off line button)
  • Hit the speed or pressure button
  • Use arrow keys to change value
  • Hit enter
  • Put the cutter online by hitting the on/off line button a second time


There are 3 types of blade for the cutter:

These blades will be arriving shortly.

Purchasing Materials

New Materials can be purchased locally through Rayco near Peterson and Pulaski, the plotter size is 24 inches. Generally you are on your own for materials; if you use the materials that are near the cutter, it is fair game, and it would be cool if you put some money in the nearby gray donation box or ask the area host how to contribute. Area hosts use donations to buy more materials and parts for machines. Suggested donation $1/square foot?

  • Economy/Intermediary stock is for the majority of projects and has an expected life of 3 years
  • High performance stock is intended for cars and boats and has an expected life of 7 years.

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