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Media Services: Vinyl Cutting

Guides for using our equipment and services

Vinyl Cutter

Appointment

Appointment

Discussion or enquiries for the artwork cutting, please contact Media Services at

Phone: 3917-7007 

Email: libmedia@hku.hk.

General Information

A vinyl cutter is a computer-controlled cutting device. The computer controls the movement of a sharp blade over the surface of the material. This blade is used to cut out shapes and letters from sheets of thin self-adhesive plastic (vinyl). The vinyl can then be stuck to a variety of surfaces depending on the adhesive and type of material.  

The service is available for current HKU staff and students by appointment via email.  

Vinyl Cutter Information

Model Number

RX II-101S

Max. Cutting Width

1016mm (40”)

Max. Cutting Length

50m (164ft)

Max. Media Loading Width

1326mm (52.2”)

Min. Media Loading Width

50mm (1.97in)

Number of Pinch Rollers

3

Acceptable Material Thickness

0.8mm (0.03in)

Max. Cutting Force 

600 g

Max. Cutting Speed

1530 mm/sec (60 ips) (at 45° direction)

Material support

Vinyl sheet, Sticker paper

Instructions

  • Bring along the printed artwork with ai/cdr file saved on a USB thumb drive/online and place the request. 
  • Vector graphics software such as Adobe Illustrator and Corel DRAW are recommended for artwork creation.  These formats (ai, cdr) are supported by library.
  • Margin requirement:
    • Leave at least 50 mm at the top and bottom edge of the material, and also
    • Leave at least 30 mm on the left and right edges of the material.
  • Print the artwork with AASII plugin for precise cutting.
  • Cutting driver only handles one artwork per job.
  • Library staff will check the file whether it is appropriated for processing or not.

Colour Scheme for cutting outlines

RGB colour is the default setting mode for vinyl cutting.

Illustrator

Coreldraw

 Cut colour

 Red

 Cut colour

 Red

 Cut stroke weight

 0.01pt

 Cut line

 Hairline

How to add AASII Plug In

Illustrator - install the AASII_Plug_In at C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CC 2018\Presets\en_GB\Scripts​​\

Step 1.  Select the cut area

File → Scripts → AASII_Plug_In

Step 2.  Input the length and press Apply

4-Point Positioning → Length → Apply

Ready for print

 

Trouble Shooting

 

Case

Image

1

No AASII plugin where cutting does not match the cut outlines