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Vinyl Cutter

Name of tool: Roland GX-24 CAMM1 desktop plotter

Used for: Cutting vinyl
Suitable materials: Sign vinyl (normal), Polyflex (iron-on), Polyflex flocked and nylon
Size limitations: 610mm width, 1.5m length (actual cutting size is less)
File formats required: JPEG or Illustrator version 8. Uses Roland Cut-Studio software.

Embroidery Machine

Name of tool:BabyLock BLR Ellure

Used for: Digital embroidery of designs created using embroidery software
Suitable materials: Standard fabrics (nothing too thick or too stretchy). Embroidery thread only, recommend Madeira Polyneon.
Size limitations: 80mm x 130mm
File formats required: Jpeg or vector PDF (preferred) can be imported into 

Thermal Transfer Press

Name of tool: Stahl STX16 (purchase kindly made possible through the Canal walk foundation)

Used for: Heat transfer of prints and vinyl
Suitable materials: Cotton and synthetic materials. Mediums are vinyl, fabric transfer and sublimation transfers.
Size limitations: 400 mm x 400 mm

Craft Cutting Plotter

Name of tool:RoboCraft

Used for: Cutting vinyl, paper and thin card.
Suitable materials: Vinyl, paper and thin card.
Size limitations: A4

File formats required: DXF (Any picture file format such as JPEG can be converted)
DecoStudiosoftware. BabyLock uses PES embroidery format but can export formats for all major machine types

 

Sublimation Printer

Name of tool: Ricoh 7000 A3 sublimation printer
Used for: Printing designs on sublimation paper for thermal transfer
Suitable materials: Sublimation paper and ink can only be transferred on light polyester
Size limitations: A4 or A3
File formats required: Any digital picture format such as JPEG or PSD (preferred)

 

Fabric Transfer Printer
Name of tool: Canon Inkjet Printer
Used for: Printing designs on transfer paper for thermal transfer
Suitable materials: Works on all materials, best on cotton. White or light colours only. Special transfer paper for dark materials also available
Size limitations: A4
File formats required: Any digital picture format such as JPEG or PSD (preferred)

 

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