Can You CAM?

September 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

Or more importantly, do you even know how? We will be focusing on a couple of machines a week in our CAMstudio to help you in creating masterpieces.

The IARc CAMstudio webpage can be found at

The studio was a generous donation from the UNCG Art Department and the following statement sums up how we IARc and Art Department students can benefit from this vital resource located in the Gatewood building 3rd floor room 313.

The Computer.Aided.Making studio (CAMstudio) is an interdisciplinary environment where both academics and design entrepreneurs come together to utilize digital fabrication to prototype, simulate, and realize digital designs in the physical realm. CAMstudio is part of the Interior Architecture program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. The studio was developed to be a common ground that facilitated interactions between analogue and digital processes, provide a place to experiment, and expose interior design students to digital fabrication machines and techniques.

Let me introduce Roland and Matt. Well, Roland is a machine, a vinyl cutter to be more specific, but Matt is real! According to Matt [3rd] year, CAMstudio volunteer. and ultimate assistant of all CAM equipment, the vinyl cutter is a great tool for creating professional titles for projects that really “make a statement”. There are a variety of colors to choose from. The cutter will accommodate up to a 21 inch width and any length your heart desires. File preference is Illustrator 8 or lower eps. file making sure that images have strong outlines or have been traced in Illustrator. There will be an extra charge for file manipulation if you haven’t prepped properly, so I advise that you stop by the studio and ask questions before you show up to print, or you can email questions to which will be set up this upcoming week. Pricing for all CAM machines will also be posted on the website soon.

**CLICK TO ENLARGE**  Pictures courtesy of Kim Wypasek

**CLICK TO ENLARGE** Pictures courtesy of Kim Wypasek

Matt uses a program called CutStudio to import your file and allows you to adjust the size and preview before he gets Roland started. Once he gives Roland the green light, the cutting begins at a very impressive rate. A short time later, you have your cut image or text ready to prep for adhesion. The next step is to peel away any of the excess vinyl around your text or image, which is kind fun and a little tedious if you have lots of negative space or intricate detail… be prepared with an exacto knife or good fingernails and some time too! Once that is done, a translucent transfer film is placed on top of the cut vinyl and smoothed of all air bubbles with your handy dandy student id(or any other card-like object). Now, you trim the film, and you’re ready to STICK! Making sure your surface is clean and dry, place the transfer sticker where you want it and use the same smoothing technique to remove air bubbles. Tip from the pro: make sure you really focus on pressing down the edges of letters and images with your card before attempting to remove the transfer film, so you don’t end up with partial adhesion and total depression. Now for the grand finale, remove your film at an angle and very slowly so as not to rip up any of your image/text. Voila!!! You now have a beautifully placed image that will scream “I am a professional and uber smart because I can use a vinyl cutter!”

Special thanks to Matt Elliott and CAMstudio Director, Felicia Dean

Contributed by Kim Wypasek [2nd] year

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