Vinyl cutting

A vinyl cutter is a computer-controlled cutting device which is usually used to create labels, decals and paint mask by partially cutting through a two-layered self-adhesive material (e.g. vinyl sticker, paper sticker). The cutter is set up to cut through only the upper layer (the adhesive layer) but not the lower layer (the backing layer) of the material (i.e. kiss cutting). In this way, the backing layer can hold the separated cutouts on the adhesive layer together before they are applied on the desired surface.

When the two-layered material is supported by an adhesive cutting mat in the cutter, the cutter can then be set up to cut through both layers of the material, resulting in separated pieces of cutouts (i.e. die cutting). Die cutting with a vinyl cutter is also possible for flexible sheet material such as paper and plastic film.

Vinyl Cutter
Vinyl Cutter

You may book a session here:

You may also make a consultation appointment to have an introduction to the service

i-Space consultation services appointment

Location

Digital Makerspace, 4/F North Wing

Vinyl cutter information

Model

GCC RX II-101S

Media loading width

50 – 1326mm 

Media thickness

0.8mm (maximum)

Cutting width

1010mm (maximum)

Cutting length

25m (maximum)

Price

Material Dimensions Color Print Kiss cut Die cut Price
White paper sticker (sheet) 480 x 315mm Y Y Y

$20 per sheet

(include printing & cutting)

Vinyl sticker (roll) – various colours 440mm (width) N Y N $20 per 300 mm
Transfer tape* for vinyl sticker (roll) 450mm (width) - - - $20 per 300 mm

*Transfer tape is used together with vinyl sticker for the ease of transferring the sticker onto the target surface.

Eligible Users

PolyU/CPCE students, faculty and staff.

Booking Policy

  • A session for non-authorized laser cutter users from 4:00 - 5:00 pm is available for booking from Monday to Friday (except public holidays).
  • Booking should be made 3 days in advance on iBooking.
  • If your project runs exceeded your booked session, we will continue to let it run until completion before 6pm or 1-hour before library close whichever earliest.
  • The reserved appointments will be forfeited automatically after 10-minute grace period.
  • Material sold by the Library should be used for Vinyl cutting only.

Instructions

  • You can use vector editing software such as Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW to create artwork. Adobe Illustrator CC or CorelDRAW are installed at i-Space or Multimedia Commons editing.
  • There are specific requirements (e.g. colour mode, line color, stroke weight, margins, registration marks, etc.) for the artwork created for different types of material, details are written in respective templates below.
  • Templates files with registration marks are embedded with hidden print driver codes. The registration marks do not work if they are copied from the template to a new file, you must create your work based on our templates.
  • You are suggested to have your artwork well prepared in advance to ensure you can fully utilize your booked session.

Templates

Material

File format

White paper sticker

Vinyl sticker