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Media Services: Vinyl Cutting

Guides for using our equipment and services

Vinyl Cutter

Service Charge

Base Charge: $20 per cut



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

Phone: 3917-7007 


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. 

Eligible Users

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

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


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


  • This service is available up to one hour before the library closes.
  • Vector graphics software such as Adobe Illustrator and Corel DRAW are recommended for artwork creation.  These formats (ai, cdr) are supported by the library.
  • Corel Draw file must be compatible with library's version 20.
  • Bring along the printed artwork file saved on a USB thumb drive or online. 
  • 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.
  • Reserve a PC workstation time slot in our booking system.
  • Library staff will check the file to see whether it is appropriated for processing or not.

Colour Scheme for cutting outlines

RGB colour is the default setting mode for vinyl cutting.



 Cut colour


 Cut colour


 Cut stroke weight


 Cut line


How to add AASII Plug In

Illustrator - install the AASII_Plug_In at C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CC 2018\Presets\en_GB\Scriptsā€‹ā€‹\

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





No AASII plugin where cutting does not match the cut outlines