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Getting Started with a Print/Cut System

There are 4 important factors to consider when getting started with a print/cut system.

1. Heat Press

If you don't already have a heat press, you'll need one to heat apply the designs that you cut with your vinyl cutter.

Getting Started with a Heat Press Checklist.

2. Print/Cut System

A print/cut system allows you to print full color designs. The system cuts around the design which is then masked and finally heat applied onto a garment. The Roland® VS-300i 30" is the recommended print/cut system for beginners.

Print/Cut System Benefits:

  • More flexibility: Produce full color or multi-color graphics.
  • Save time: Eliminate weeding and application steps for designs with two or more colors.
  • Variety of products: Offer customers promotional product decoration services, signs, and T-shirts.
  • Dual functionality: Use as a vinyl cutter.

Getting Started with a Print/Cut System Checklist.

3. Design Software

You may already be experienced with Corel® or Adobe® software; if not, consider one of the following options for ready-to-use artwork:


CadworxLIVE™ features an online design studio and Easy Teams® creator for generating cut-able artwork, fast and easy. There are hundreds of predesigned layouts that feature editable text and clip art.

Great Dane Graphics

Full color raster images that can be customized and used with a print-cut system are available from Great Dane Graphics. Monthly and annual subscriptions available.

Roland® VersaCAMM VS-300i

  • Flexible
  • Time saver
  • Dual function

4. Printable Heat Transfer Material

The material choice is typically based on the type of fabric of the garment/piece being decorated.

Be aware of polyester fabrics; they tend to bleed through. When decorating polyester fabrics, select SuperTEK™ Sublistop™ to inhibit dye migration.

For help with selecting the best material for your project, review this chart of popular material and fabric combinations.

Popular CAD-CUT® Heat Transfer Materials and Fabric Combinations
Best for Sports/
Performance Materials Lightweight Fabrics
Printable Material SuperTEK™ Sublistop™ SuperTEK™ Opaque CAD-COLOR® Express Print®
Benefits Inhibits dye migration Excellent stretch and recovery Versatile; great for light or dark fabrics
Suggested Fabric Types Polyester, Lycra®/
Polyester, Lycra®/

View All Material & Fabric Combinations

Make sure you have the equipment, accessories, and products needed to quickly get started with your print/cut system.

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