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Vinyl cutter: what is it?

Vincenzo the Knife - Vinyl cutter (with Bear Down sticker)

A vinyl cutter is a machine that uses a computer-controlled blade to cut thin sheets of adhesive-backed vinyl.

What can I do with it?

You can make customized stickers and decals, stencils and more!

See technical specs below for more detailed information.

Who can use it?

UA students, faculty, and staff have priority, but non-affiliates may also use the equipment, subject to availability.

Drop by the iSpace during our open hours where one of our staff members can help you with your project. 

What does it cost?

Each job costs $0.15 for every linear inch of material used. The library has a variety of colors of basic, adhesive-backed vinyl available for purchase or you can bring your own vinyl. A staff person must approve any material you bring before cutting. Application tape is also available at no extra cost.

Email us if you have any questions, and be sure to make your payment prior to pickup.

What are the vinyl cutter's technical specifications?

Work limits

  • Maximum cutting area: 22.9 x 984.25 in
  • Loadable material width: 2 to 27.5 in


Our iSpace staff can help you convert files for cutting if needed.

  • For tracing: JPG or BMP
  • For cutting: SVG or AI (version ?)


Machine Specifications

  • Cutting speed: .4 to 20 in/sec
  • Maximum cutting media thickness: Up to .04 (1 mm)