Cad Cut Vinyl

What is Cad Cut Vinyl?

The CAD-cut (Computer-Aided Design) vinyl transfer printing is a method of heat-transferring onto T-shirts and clothing. It is most commonly used for printing the numbers, names, and logos onto sports T-shirts. It prints directly onto printable vinyl or nylon, which is ideal for garment printing of one to three colours. It is known for its durable, matt or gloss finish, and available in many colours and patterns. Because it has virtually no set-up time, it’s faster and easier than screen-printing.

Why choose Cad Cut Vinyl?

A major advantage of vinyl printing is that there aren’t any setup costs involved allowing for short print runs at a very reasonable price. It is also very versatile and can be used on virtually all types of products including T-Shirts, polo shirts, work shirts, bags, caps, micro-fleeces, workwear and lots more. If you have any doubts then simply ask our staff and we’ll give you advice.

The different types of vinyl allow for different specialty effects that your designs can be made from or that could be added to certain elements of your design to make it stand out from the rest.

Differences Between Cad Cut Vinyl and Print Cut Vinyl

Cad Cut vinyl is the process of cutting into vinyl producing a shape or image out of the vinyl cut. Cad is mainly used for lettering or number.

Print Cut is the process of printing on top of a vinyl and then cutting out the particular image after. Print cut is mainly used for producing stickers or other bold and colourful graphic images.

Pros to Cad Cut Vinyl:

  • No setup costs
  • Can be used on virtually all types of products
  • Can print up to A3 sized transfers
  • Perfect for letters and numbers
  • Fast to produce
  • Perfect for plain colour designs
  • Perfect for sports kits (such as football and rugby)

Process of Print Cut Vinyl:

Step 1: Image Selection

Depending on the type of transfer, the artwork is handled in a different way. Processes like CAD-cut vinyl require simple vector shapes so they can be ‘read’ and cut by the computer. That being said, regardless of the type of transfer, it is recommended for the original file to be saved in high-quality (300 dpi) to ensure the best possible result.

Step 2: Print your Artwork

Once the design has been selected, it will be printed on the transfer material. Place the transfer paper onto an inkjet printer through the software of the cutter or plotter machine. Make sure to adjust the graphics to the size of the print as desired.

This technique allows you to print directly onto a printable vinyl or nylon.

Step 3: Cutting

After the artwork is printed, we carefully load the printed transfer medium into a cutter/plotter. Then the machine will detect and cut the medium into the shape of the graphic.

Step 4: Weeding (optional)

When working with vinyl, the design must be cut from the material. This process can be automated or done by hand. A computer is used to control the process to ensure the cut is perfect. After that, the excess will be picked out. This process is known as weeding.

Some types of transfers such as CAD-Cut Vinyl need this step others do not. Basically, this refers to the excess of material left after the design has been cut off.

Step 5: Pressing on to the Garment

The paper is pressed against the fabric using the heat press and is left for the heat to do its job. Ensure that the shirt is placed straight and the graphic is centralized to avoid a crooked print.

The pressure should not be too high or too low. When pressing, follow the instructions stated on your medium to avoid over-pressing and leaving burn marks on your garment.

When the required amount of time has passed, lift the print and leave the garment alone to cool off.

Types of Vinyl


Glitter is a popular option to add some shimmer to your apparel. Your design is cut out in glitter vinyl of your choice and adhered with our heat press. You can’t achieve this much sparkle and shimmer with any other print method, which is why glitter prints really stand out.


Foil is a specialty option for apparel decoration. Your design is first cut with a plotter in a special glue and applied to your garment. The foil is cut to the shape of your design and applied onto the glue with a heat press. The combination of heat and pressure seals the foil before the excess is removed. Foil is much thinner than glitter vinyl. Foil helps bring your design to life and make your prints really stand out.

Numbers & Letters

Vinyl involves a plotter cutting the design from a roll material before it is applied with a heat press on to the garment. Vinyl is perfect for plain colour designs, especially for letters and numbers personalization because they’re easier to produce.

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