Vinyl Cutter


If you’re looking for project ideas, please check our Workshops!

A vinyl cutter is a machine that attaches to a computer that cuts vinyl, paper and other light-weight materials. Vinyl cutters cut paths, so generally you will be preparing your artwork in Adobe Illustrator or another vector drawing program. There are many varieties of these machines, some are used professionally. We have 2 consumer models in the BMCC Maker Space, a Cricut Maker and a Silhouette Cameo.

Outputting Tips

Please note, these tips are assuming you are using Adobe Illustrator. If you’re not using Illustrator, I would suggest looking into your software’s documentation in order to achieve the same results.

Open source programs like Inkscape or the browser-based Vectr are available to use if you don’t have Illustrator, otherwise please come to the Makerspace and familiarize yourself with the program on our computers!

If you do not wish to set up a document yourself, see below for a ready made template for use!


  • Both cutters have a maximum active space 0f 12 inches by 12 inches. Ideally your design should be no larger than 11 inches by 11 inches.
  • Preferred output file is an SVG (Cricut) or DXF (Cameo).
  • When sending the file to the Lab Manager, make sure to send the original AI and the SVG/DXF file. 
  • Unlike the laser cutter, there is no specific color, or preference towards strokes/shapes for the vinyl cutter. However, we suggest you keep it as a solid colored shape. It might help you to color it similar to paper/material you plan to cut from.
  • The adhesive cutting mats are in the back closet. Make sure to use the right mat for each respective cutter for best results.

Cricut Maker:

  • Cricuit Design Studio needs a login. If you are in the Makerspace, check inside the Cricut cover for the Makerspace login.



Approved Materials

Check our Resources page on where to purchase materials.

  • Cardstock
  • Decorative Paper
  • Iron On Transfers
  • Kraft Cardboard
  • Specialty Papers (Tattoo, Sticker)
  • Adhesive Vinyl
  • Fabrics

Other Resources