Ultrasonic Welder
Spec page at PFAFF:

This machine is sort of like a heavy duty sewing machine to conjoin synthic materials like polyester, synthetic rubber, vinyl and almost any other flexible, synthetic material you can imagine. Think inflatables, parachutes, kevlar etc.
"Ultrasonic welding machine for continous welding of flexible thermoplastic materials and nonwovens"

Below is a clickable list of materials that have been tested & their generally appropriate settings for working. Per the working ethos established by the eStudio, if you work with a material not yet tested, record your settings and comment here so others can use it in the future. A donation of a 4"x4" piece of your material w/ the setting you used would be ideal!


CAD/CAM Embroidery/Sewing Machine
This machine is a computer driven embroidery machine. It employs the 5D design Software that is run on a dedicated iMac. Read more about the software and see tutorials here:

The "design creator" portion of the software uses jpg or svg files (Images incorporating text should be jpg files since many fonts don't overlap from one machine to the other). Using the sketch program, you can draw directly into the program. It is also possible to easily and quickly make a suitable jpg from your hand drawn sketch using our scanner and wacom cintiqs.

This machine can be used to sew conductive thread into circuits for wearable, flexible and washable circuits. It can also be used as a conventional sewing machine once the embroidery ring is removed.


Roland Vinyl Cutter
Roland CAMM1 Servo GX-24 Desktop Vinyl Cutter

This machine has a dedicated iMac that runs the Roland Cut Studio design software that controls the cutter.

You can use a jpg or export a vector traced image straight from Adobe Illustrator. Using an ai file has the advantage of letting you size and place your image in the Illustrator program, preparing it to cut exactly as you want without needing to learn the ins and outs of a new program. A plugin exports your AI file exactly as-is to the Cut Studio program.

Visit for a good overview to answer many of your questions.

Use this quick start guide to making the Roland Vinyl Cutter talk with Cut Studio and your ai file. Vinyl Cutter + Cut Studio + Illustrator Timo Hidalgo composed this elegantly simple guide as part of the freshman seminar collaborative installation MNXnatives project

Cutting with the Roland
-Make a high res (at least 300 dpi) file in photoshop or illustrator. Dimensions should be the size you want the cutter to cut. Remember that even though most of the vinyl in the eStudio is 24' wide, the cutter will only cut about 23.5" wide! Be judicious with your spacing so you maximize material.
-Remember that the cutter must follow a path that completes itself so make sure that each line is complete or you have a shape/letter/etc that is a fill (Black and White works best, so do fills)
-Save it as a .jpg
-Open Roland Cut Studio
-Go to the Import Button at the top navbar
-Find and import your file
-Position your image to be cut on the blank template provided in the Cut studio software by clicking and dragging.
-You can also shift-drag at a corner to resize your image
-Now you must "trace" or "outline" your image where the cutter will cut. Do this by going to the ________ menu, then clicking "image outline"
-You can play with the darkness/lightness slider to get different results. hit ok.
-Now make sure your material is properly loaded in the cutter. Depending on what it is, you may have to adjust the "pen pressure" or the "gsm force" For adhesive backed vinyl, the pen force should be around 0 or -.5 and the gsm force should be about 90.
-Be sure to double check these settings for each time you get on the machine! Otherwise you may ruin your material and/or the cutter blade, no bueno for us.
-if you are not sure then do a quick test. Load your material, position it using the arrow buttons so that it is mostly left justified in the printer (it does NOT have to be ALL the way left justified and strive to make it straight in there). Press and hold the "TEST" button. The cutter will cut a small circle with a square in it. Check to see how accurately it did this and adjust until you get a satisfactory cut.
-Once the setting are correct, press CUTTING at the top and click ok - the printer will start righty away.
-If something seems to be going wrong, press "pause" at the top of the cutter button panel. If you then press "enter" the cutting will stop altogether and you can readjust and try again.

This machine is a swift cutter for cutting vinyl and similar materials. Think of it as a programmable plotter with an exacto knife on the "printer head".

Some examples of materials you can cut:
-adhesive vinyl
-firm types of vellum
-lighting gels
-thin copper sheets for making PCBs

(for making PCBs there are softwares available that can aid you and can communicate with the cutter:

Visit this Roland gallery for ideas on how it might be employed in your art practice:

Specs For Machine Here:

Cintiq Drawing Monitor
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