My idea is to take an old printer and turn it into a vinyl cutter, as they are quite similar in there design and it would hopefully make the build just that little bit easier.
As most people find the electronics an software the most intimidating part of a project like this, I've gone into a fair amount of detail on how to set it up. Turns out the mechanical part of this project is far more challenging, as it takes quite a bit of tweaking, adjusting and general head banging to get the vinyl to cut properly.
The video is of a test run with a marker pen.There is really not that much to see when Its cutting vinyl as its very hard to see where the cuts are until after the the vinyl leaves the machine.
Step 1: Parts you will need
- dupont wires $8.18
- 10 X 40 pin headers $ 3.80
- Beginner kit for arduino At $65 it a great kit and worth a look, but you only really need the arduino to complete this project so the next link might be better.
- Arduino Uno R3 $29.95
- Standoffs $3.86
- 3mm nuts and bolts $1.07
- vinyl cutter holder 3pc blade $19.00
- 2X EasyDriver Shield stepping Stepper Motor Driver $4.09 each
- Relay Module Shield Board for Arduino $2.39
- Automotive relay $5.25 The voltage will depend on your power supply I used a 24 volt relay