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Maker Video: Brand Masks with Logo by Heat Transfer Vinyl Cut on Vinyl Cutter and Press on by Heat Press

In this video Riley shows us how he made custom made masks from AM’s V-Auto Superfast Vinyl Cutter with Automatic Contour Cutting and Heatware Heat Press.

Items used in the video:

-AM.CO.ZA Vinyl Cut Software
-AM.CO.ZA V-Auto Superfast Vinyl Cutter with Automatic Contour Cutting
-Heat Transfer Vinyl or Greyback Vinyl
-AM.CO.ZA Heatware Heat Press

AM.CO.ZA V-Auto Superfast Vinyl Cutter with Automatic Contour Cutting
And AM.CO.ZA Vinyl Cut Software

What can a vinyl cutter do?

Iron on transfers – with a vinyl cutter, you’re able to design your own logos and patterns which can be cut into iron on transfers and then placed onto clothing. An example of this is personalized masks created to be worn during the Covid-19 pandemic as recommended by the department of health.

Stickers – creating your own stickers with a vinyl cutter means you can personalize the design, and print them as large or as small as your machine will allow. An example of this is custom-made social distance stickers made by AM.

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Signs – although commonly used for sign printing businesses, it is possible for the home hobbyist to cut through vinyl and other adhesives to create signs for windows, walls, and other surfaces. An example of this is custom-made signs made by AM.

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Clothing and accessories – when cutting into the fabric, you’re able to create a pattern for sewing or making clothing and accessories like bags and hats.

Cards and stationery - making your own stationery is easy with a vinyl cutter and is ideal for cutting on cardstock, paper, and other light materials too.

How does a Vinyl Cutter work?

Whether you’re an absolute beginner or pro designer, you’ll easily figure things out when using the Vinyl Cut software. The material is fed into the device (Vinyl Cutter) on the cutting platform and this is where the cut is performed. Once done, the excess material is weeded or removed and the final image is printed.
Designs can either be programmed into the cutter or uploaded through the use of specialized software created for the machine.
Find an image that you want to use as a sticker, by either using the pre-programmed designs that come with your vinyl cutter or creating your own. Images can be made on a number of programs, depending what’s compatible with your machine, and then saved as a JPEG file for printing. In this case we’re using AM’s Vinyl Cut software.

Open the vinyl cut software and import the image that you have created. Make the required changes to get it to the right size, and remove anything you don’t wish to print.

Load the vinyl you will use to cut into the vinyl cutter, being sure to insert it in line with anything sensors that the vinyl cutter has. This is to ensure it is aligned correctly and will print right way. Press the rollers down onto the vinyl so they have a firm grip on it, and check everything is lined up by looking at the system’s display.

Once everything is ready to go, you can press the ‘cut’ button or corresponding button depending on your machine. The cutter should move from side to side and the vinyl will move back and forth, indicating that it’s working.
Once done, move the vinyl carefully out of the machine and your design will be ready to go.

AM.CO.ZA Heatware Heat Press

What is a heat press machine and how does it function?

A heat press is basically a machine that contains an electronically heated metal surface, called a platen. A heat press functions similarly to an iron that you would use to press clothing. The difference is the combination of pressure, a large heating surface and precise temperature control. This ensures even heating of the materials being pressed, and yields consistent results. The platen is lowered down onto the surface to be imprinted, and locked down for a predetermined length of time, according to the materials used. Heat presses also feature a timer that will allow the user to control exactly how long and at what temperature the item will be pressed at.

To buy Advanced Machinery’s V-Auto Vinyl Cutter, Heatware Heat Press, Software and many other products, simply dial 072 222 2211 / 060 600 6000 or you can log onto our site am.co.za for more product information.