Maker Skills Course: Vinyl cutting

Always wanted to learn how to use a vinyl cutter? After completing the Maker Skills Course, you're able to work with it in Waag's Fablab.

What are you going to learn?

In this course you will learn how to operate the vinyl cutter at the Fablab. After this course, you are allowed to use the vinyl cutter on Thursdays during the open days of the lab (10-17 hrs, on appointment and depending on availability).

The course consists of:

  • How to prepare your file for vinyl cutting
  • Working with the Roland GX-24 Desktop Vinyl Cutter
  • Making stickers and thermovinyl (heat transfer onto fabric, cups and other materials)

For this course you are expected to have a basic knowledge on how to create vector based files (DXF, SVG, etc.) in your preferred software (Inkscape, Illustrator or any other programme in which you can make vector files). However, if you don’t have this knowledge, we can give you some quick and easy tips on how to turn images into vector files in Inkscape. Please bring a laptop (with your preferred vector software) and optionally a garment to transfer thermovinyl onto.

Where and when?

The course is given at the Fablab in the Waag on the Nieuwmarkt 4 in Amsterdam on Friday December 23, 2022 from 14-17 hrs. Future dates to be determined.

Resultaat van vinylcutter Fablab Amsterdam
A result from the vinyl cutter in Waag's Fablab

For whom?

For makers who are looking for a place to experiment, create and meet like-minded people. Open source documentation is very important to us, so we expect you to write your own documentation on the use of the machine. If you can demonstrate that you know how to use the vinyl cutter safely, you are allowed to use it. This workshop is not aimed at people looking for commercial production; instead we want to enable local artists, designers and other creatives to develop open source projects.


The course is €75,- per person. There’s a capacity of 4-8 people. Materials, coffee and tea are included.

What's a Fablab?

A Fablab is a platform for education and innovation: a place to play, create, learn, guide and discover. Waag's Fablab is part of a worldwide community of students, teachers, technologists, researchers and makers in other labs. Because all Fablabs share their tools and processes communally, we are all building on a worldwide distributed lab for research and explorations. 

The Fablab is not only a place for hackers and nerds who want to play with machines. It is a space where designers and artists collaborate towards new visions on open design and production technology. By granting access to 3D printers, lasercutters and other machinery that used to only be available for big manufacturers, consumers are enabled to make something by- and for themselves. For the Fablab, empowering a maker mindset is crucial. We do this, for example, through our yearly Fab Academy, a distributed programme of 20 weeks focused on digital fabrication and electronics.




75 euros


Nieuwmarkt 4
1012CR Amsterdam

Due to her protected monumental state the Waag building does not have elevators. The FabLab and Maker's Guild are on the first floor. The TextileLab and Theatrum Anatomicum are on the second floor which can be reached through a steep staircase. A gender neutral toilet is present on the first floor.