I recently helped a student organization at the local university with their final fundraiser of the year. Knowing that I own a KNK Maxx Air digital cutting system, they asked me to help by making signs to point their ‘customers’ to the event location.
The student organization needed 10 double sided signs that could be reused for future events. The students ordered the sign blanks and school mascot logos, and I ordered the rest of the supplies from knkusa.com.
Using the university approved font loaded to Make-the-Cut, I created the first element of the sign. I made extras, which is good because I lost an “F” along the way when a piece of the weeded vinyl fell on it and pulled it off the backing paper. For the permanent parts of the sign I used MacTac 8300 Pro Intermediate Outdoor Vinyl.
I applied Paper Transfer Tape to pick up the designs and place them on the sign blanks. Here you can see I placed the transfer tape across a row, and then cut down the middle with scissors to speed up the process.
After lifting the design with the transfer tape, I placed one end on the sign and used the squeegee to easily and quickly adhere the vinyl across the sign with virtually no bubbles.
For the temporary part of the sign, the arrows, I used MacTac 8900 Pro Glossy Wall Vinyl. I applied the arrows using the same technique. The arrows were later removed so the signs can be used this coming weekend with new temporary decals for a Car Show event.
- Corrugated Plastic Sign Substrate
- MacTac 8300 Pro Intermediate Outdoor Vinyl
- MacTac 8900 Pro Glossy Wall Vinyl
- Paper Transfer Tape
- Piercing Tool
Settings (Maxx Air):
- Standard (red cap) blade
- f = 11
- v = 300
- p = 1
- Design the objects and or words in Make-the-Cut.
- Cut the objects using the appropriate settings for your machine.
- Weed the excess vinyl with a Piercing Tool.
- Apply Paper Transfer Tape, using a Squeegee to ensure good contact.
- Lift the vinyl from the backing paper.
- Apply vinyl die cuts to the sign using a Squeegee.
- Remove the transfer tape carefully.