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Maker Studio | Roland Vinyl Printer/ Cutter

Description:

The Roland printer/cutter gives users the ability to print on vinyl and
cut in one step with one device. This is a high resolution poster printer which can
produce print quality posters, stickers and heat-transfers

Specifications

  • Materials: Heat Transfer material or Generic printable vinyl.
  • Software: Illustrator (for cutting lines) and VersaVu Print for Printing
  • File types: Illustrator Ai, and any other image file (PNG, JPEG, TIFF, etc)
  • Machine details: 300~350mm width, No machine limit on length
  • Production time: dependent on the project scale

Procedures

  1. Create or upload your design in Adobe Illustrator.
  2. In order to have your cutline follow the outline of your graphic you must use a vector, not a raster image. If you are using a raster image you will need to draw a shape around it in Illustrator which will become the cutline or vectorize the image in Illustrator.
  3. To create a cut line around your image first you must download the Roland Versa Works swatch which can be found here.
  4. To open the swatch window choose “window” and then “swatches”.
  5. Click on the 4 horizontal lines in the upper right corner.
  6. Click on “open swatch library” then choose the “Roland Versa Works”.
  7. The pink swatch is cut.

To Cut

  1. Open “Layers” window.
  2. Duplicate the layers.
  3. Name the back layer “Image” and lock and hide this layer.
  4. Name the top layer “cut line”.
  5. Select “cut line” then click on “object” in the toolbar and “expand”.
  6. In the Pathfinder window choose “unite”.
  7. In the appearance window choose “stroke”.
  8. In the Swatch Window choose pink for cutting.
  9. Click on “stroke”. Make sure “aligned to centre” is chosen.
  10. Stroke must be less than .25 pnt.
  11. Unlock the Image layer and bring forward.
  12. Submit your finished file on the MRU Maker Studio website by filling out the form.
  13. You will receive an email when the print is completed. This could take up to 3 weeks. Please pick up your print during open hours.

For Studio Staff:

  1. From Illustrator, go into File -> Print. Select “RolandVWD” as the printer.
  2. In the print window, under “Media Size” select the dropdown that says “Defined by Driver” and select “Custom” instead. Click Print.
  3. After it has been sent, open the Roland VersaWorks Dual app.
  4. In the Roland VersaWorks Dual app the print jobs can be seen on the left in your queue.
  5. Select your print job then select Settings in the bottom left.
  6. Click on “Get Media Width” first. Then confirm your image is the right size under “Scaling”.
  7. Click the second to last icon “Clip and Tile” on the left side of the settings window.
  8. Drag the corners of the box as close to your image as possible without removing your cut lines. The cut lines are shown as a marching red dashed line.
  9. Click “Ok” when finished.
  10. If you want to print multiple jobs in a single row, shift click both of them in the queue window, once both are highlighted select the “Nest” option in the bottom left.
  11. Once you have confirmed everything looks correct, select “Print” in the bottom left.