A vinyl cutter is a computer-controlled machine that uses a blade to precisely cut 2D digital designs out of thin, flexible materials. Materials range from vinyl sticker material to paper and fabric. Typical finished products that people make using the vinyl cutter in the Open Lab include:
Laptop stickers or water bottle stickers
T-shirts with custom graphics
Disposable marketing stickers
At Open Lab, we will teach you how to use Silhouette Studio software to turn your design into a cuttable file; how to use our vinyl cutters to cut that design; and how to properly apply your finished design to your desired surface. Once you have been trained, you are an Approved User of our vinyl cutters and can use them free of charge. Vinyl cutter training occurs at Open Lab @ Hillman on a drop-in basis during the hours of that space. New users interested in getting an overview of vinyl cutting are also encouraged to register to attend one of our workshops.
Faculty members interested in incorporating vinyl cutting into the courses they teach are encouraged to to set up a consultation with a full-time Open Lab staff member.
Cameo 3 Vinyl Cutter
Silhouette Cameo 3 & 4:
Location: Open Lab @ Hillman
Training: Walk-in training available during Open Lab @ Hillman drop-in hours
Location: Open Lab @ Hillman
Training: Walk-in training available during Open Lab @ Hillman drop-in hours. Safety training is required before using heat press.
For use with heat transfer vinyl
Permanent Sticker Vinyl* – Oracal 651
Removable Sticker Vinyl* – Oracal 631
Heat Transfer Vinyl* – Siser Easy Weed
Printable Heat Transfer Vinyl – Expressions Vinyl Printable Heat Transfer Vinyl
Printable Sticker Paper – Avery 5165
Printable Vinyl – Expressions Vinyl Printable Vinyl
* Materials are available in a variety of colors; colors are not guaranteed to be in stock.
Materials are for use with our vinyl cutters only. Please review the vinyl cutting section of the Open Lab member guidelines & handbook.
Course: Projects in Marketing
Professor: Bob Gilbert
In Spring 2019, a student group from Projects in Marketing, taught by Professor Bob Gilbert, approached us for assistance with a class project. They were tasked with coming up with a marketing campaign for Acura to promote their new 2019 Acura ILX. They were interested in incorporating Acura branding stickers into their campaign, but didn’t have a budget to purchase custom stickers. Our staff discussed the goals of their project with several of their team members, and they settled on a plan to design and produce several hundred Acura logo stickers to use both as giveaways to attendees at a promotional event and to add branding to other items at the event.
Introduction to the Cameo 3 System
Silhouette Studio Software Tutorial
Silhouette Studio free software download
Silhouette School Blog: tutorials and project ideas