This project was inspired by a desire to do something with the dull-looking trashcan in our ProtoTank office. Fortunately, this project was easily carried out using the Vinyl Cutter tools and machinery located in TechShop San Francisco, which just so happens to be where ProtoTank is based as well.
Again, the methods explained in this instructable can be applied to create any type of vinyl signage, for any type of smooth, curved and non-curved surfaces.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
MH Series Vinyl Cutter
Computer with FlexiStarter software
Vinyl for signage and test pieces
(All of this is provided in TechShop SF)
Step 2: Setting up the Vinyl Cutter
2. This is done using the two screw rings, A and B.
3. The protruding blade height should only be enough to cut through the vinyl but keep the backing paper intact.
4. To test the blade depth, scratch the blade holder on a scrap piece of vinyl. If the blade goes through the entire thickness of the vinyl, than you need to reduce the height of the blade.
5. Next, place the blade holder within the rear slot of the carriage assembly, located along the cutting area of the machine.
6. Make sure it is seated properly within the slot. Hold the blade holder in place by tightening the lock knob until the tension becomes moderate, but not too tight.