Vinyl Cutting

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Pikes Peak Makerspace (PPM) is dedicated to supporting our maker community in their creative process by providing shared space, shared tools, software, materials and a knowledge base to turn their ideas into reality.

The Vinyl Cutting Area at PPM consists mostly of Level 2 equipment.

Additional training is required to use our Level 2 equipment.


Safety First

Members must know the following information:

In case of emergency, call 911

Our physical location is:
735 East Pikes Peak Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
use this when ordering pizza or an ambulance

PPM Fire Escape Plan

Fire Escape Plan maps are posted throughout the Makerspace.
There are 7 fire extinguishers on the fire escape plan map. Review the PPM Fire Escape Plan for locations.

First Aid

There is a FIRST AID Supply Cabinet in our Kitchen Area.
FIRST AID Kits are available in four areas: the Kitchen, Metal Shop, Wood Shop and CNC Room.

Eye Wash Stations

Emergency Eye & Face Wash Stations are mounted in four areas: the Kitchen, Wood Shop, CNC Room and Vented Room.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Wear protective equipment in all Wood and Metal Shop Areas.
Wear gloves when using Isopropyl Alcohol and other cleaners.

Hazardous Chemicals

All hazardous chemicals must be stored in the yellow hazardous chemical storage cabinet located in the Vented Room.
Review the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) information of unknown products before use.
SDS information is available via the QR code on the hazardous chemical storage cabinet or this spreadsheet.
Do not bring dangerous chemicals to the makerspace.
Spray paint, stains, and other approved items must be stored in the hazardous chemical storage cabinet in the Vented Room.
Please DO NOT paint indoors.


Classes and Training

New Member Orientation

Area Contact — Mathew Palfenier

To help out with the Vinyl Cutter, post your ideas and comments on Slack.


Pikes Peak Makerspace announces its Upcoming events, including classes, on Meetup


- Pick the small Application Launcher button from CorelDRAW, and then "Send Cut Lines to CM3".

- If you receive a no Media Error, and your job pauses, try pressing ENTER to override the sensor and continue your cutting.

- Some vinyl materials contain PVC. Do not use these on either of our laser engravers.

(e.g. Oracal ORAMASK 813 Stencil Film and Con-Tact brand paper)

Links to external sites:

CE6000 Series Video Training
Cricut craft cutter — "Learn from the pros."
Silhouette craft cutter — Get Started/Tutorials/Videos


The vinyl cutting PC is not a design workstation. Please limit the use of the station to cutting only.

For Additional Help

Use the PPM Slack channel #vinyl-cutter
List of all PPM Slack channels
Note that we have a Slack channel (#job-board) for members to post, discuss, or accept job opportunities either within PPM or from the community.

Equipment Lists

24" Graphtec cutter

Picture Item Manufacturer Model Reference
vinyl cutter 24" Cutting Plotter
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Graphtec CE5000‑60 manual
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Vinyl Cutting Computer

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Vinyl Cutting Workstation


Windows 10 Pro CorelDRAW X6,

Cutting Master 3,

Graphtec Pro Studio

monitor Dell


wired mouse

and keyboard



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Hand Tools

Return all tools to their proper location after use. This rule applies to all areas of our Makerspace.

Donations Received

Wish List

Pikes Peak Makerspace is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so we can provide a receipt for any donations you make.

Benefits and Policies


PPM members enjoy discounts at the following local merchants:
(walk in, show proof of membership)
Company Website Benefit Directions to
Woodcraft of Colorado Springs 10% discount    4438 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Logo CO Lumber
CO Lumber Specialties 10% discount 3636 Stone Avenue
Logo General Air
GENERAL AIR 10% discount 3031 N Nevada Ave.
Logo ACE
ACE Hardware Uintah Gardens 10% discount 1830 W Uintah Street
Map of stores that provide PPM member discounts
Map of helpful local resources curated by our makers
At home LightBurn subscriptions can be purchased at a discounted rate for being a PPM member.
The discount code is saved as a Pinned Message in our 'laser-cutter' channel in Slack.


Donate for "Vinyl Stickers and R Tape" via PayPal:
Or, leave donations in a black payment box, or use a QR code.
Some vinyl materials contain PVC. Do not use these on either of our laser engravers.
(e.g. Oracal ORAMASK 813 Stencil Film and Con-Tact brand paper

Red Tags

If equipment needs repairs, place a red-tag on it and report it via the Pikes Peak Makerspace Slack, # red-tag-issues channel.
This advises others on the malfunctioning equipment and ensures that actions can be taken to service/repair the equipment promptly.
For more information, review our New Member Orientation wiki page.

Scrap and Trash

Trash day is MONDAY
Recycling day is MONDAY (96 gallon tote)
Single Stream Recycling provided by Waste Connections. Paper, cardboard, cans, glass, and one time use plastics.
Empty recycling and trash into our dumpster at the back (south side) of the building.
Always leave the space better than you found it.

Related Software

Links to other PPM Wiki pages:

CorelDRAW X6 Tips

Cutting Master 3 Tips

Member Showcase

For even more member projects, visit our #showcase channel on Slack, or follow our social media links.

Related Pages

Links to related PPM Wiki pages:

SVG File Format Tips
  Assembly Table (Clean Projects)  

PPM Tool Color Map — Interactive
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