LINC 84F: VINYL CUTTER FUNDAMENTALS
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Hours:||1 lecture per week (12 total per quarter)|
|Advisory:||Experience with basic computer and internet functions; experience with vector-based graphic design software is recommended, but not required.|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)|
The student will be able to:
- Identify the major parts and functions of a vinyl cutter and explain the role of each part in the machine's operation.
- Correctly determine which settings to use, including blade-type, speed, mat-type, and special tools in order to cut, draw, and score a variety of material types.
- Use design software to create and cut projects, determining outcomes based on both hardware and media.
- Perform machine cleaning and maintenance routines to ensure ongoing machine performance and safety.
- Use design thinking concepts to design and create mixed media projects that address specified user needs.
- Design and produce three-dimensional objects by cutting, scoring, and assembling flat materials.
- Embed designs into cloth by demonstrating safe procedures for using a heat press.
- Parts and functions
- Blade housing system
- CNC system
- Control platform
- Model diagram of parts in operation
- Material identification
- Grip strength
- Media requirements
- Deep cutting
- Alternative tools
- Scoring wheel
- Weeding tools
- Transfer tape
- Design software
- Text tools
- Line and shape tools
- Object manipulation
- Importing graphics
- Converting designs
- Identifying and separating layers
- Mat separation
- Cleaning and maintenance
- Blade loading and unloading
- Blade maintenance and replacement procedures
- Mat loading and unloading
- Mat grip maintenance procedures
- Mat grip testing
- Weeding tool safety procedures and maintenance
- Troubleshooting issues
- Mixed media
- Design thinking
- Media-specific cutting considerations
- Craft board
- Adjusting design elements based on media
- Mat selection and media placement
- Design placement and adjustment
- Weeding procedures
- Design transfer
- Three-dimensional design
- Pop-up design functions and features
- Material thickness accommodations
- Notches and dividers
- Single-piece box design
- Heat transfer
- Function and process
- Heat-transfer vinyl properties
- Image and design reversing
- HTV weeding procedures and considerations
- Design placement
- Heat press
- Timing and temperature settings
- Preparing media
- Silicone sheeting
- Safe operation and maintenance
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
2. When taught online via Canvas students must have current email accounts and/or ongoing access to computers with email and web browsing capability
Method(s) of Evaluation
Designing and developing makerspace projects and products
Presenting the product or project to peers, capturing feedback, and using it to revise the product or project
Making constructive contributions to class discussions and peer review feedback
Method(s) of Instruction
The student will be writing notes, listening, and participating in lecture presentation
The student will be observing an instructor-led demonstration and/or actively practicing the demonstrated skills
The student will be presenting and communicating their ideas in discussion and/or participating in peer reviews
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Ceceri, Kathy. Make: Paper Inventions, 1st ed.. 2015.
Griffith, Lia. Cutting Machine Crafts, 1st ed.. 2018.
Bendix, Simone, and Helene Bendix. Paper Poetry: Creative Papercutting Projects, 1st ed.. 2018.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
- Writing assignments include a major course project and multiple developmental projects, online discussion response, and critical analysis of peer's educational projects.
- Outside assignments include conducting project development, planning, reading, and developing the project through an iterative process.
- When taught online these methods may take the form of video, audio, animation and webpage presentations. Writing assignments are completed online.