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Media Services: Vinyl Cutting

Guides for using our equipment and services

Vinyl Cutter

Service Charges

Base Charge: $20 per cut

Appointment

Booking

Vinyl cutter

Appointment

For discussion or enquiries about the cutting service, 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. 

Eligible Users

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

Vinyl Cutter Information

Model Number

RX II-101S

Max. Cutting Width

1016mm (40”)

Max. Cutting Length

50m (164ft)

Number of Pinch Rollers

3

Acceptable Material Thickness

0.8mm (0.03in)

Material support

Vinyl sheet, Sticker paper

Guidelines

  • This service requires payment in advance and is available up to one hour before the office closes.
  • Adobe Illustrator is recommended for artwork creation.  
  • Files will be reviewed before printing.
  • 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 reserves the right to decline a printing request or cancel a printing job if the object may infringe copyright or contain abusive constituents.

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

Download link: https://tinyurl.com/mryb8a7x

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