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Digital Cutout Maker: Home

A guide for using the VariQuest Digital Cutout Maker


IMC services will be extremely limited during the University's response to COVID-19.  We are making all changes and restrictions in an effort to reopen the library as safely as possible. 

  • The IMC Help Desk will be closed.  Patrons should go to the Library Help Desk on the second floor.

  • IMC services will be limited but available by request. Allow extra time for processing.  
  • During this time Laptops will not be loaned from the IMC. If you need a device please contact the IS& T Help Desk at 610-436-3350.
  • Due to limited staffing all other equipment loans will be handled by request.  All equipment requests must be sent online to us at
  • For other library materials, patrons will be able to borrow using the Library Hold Requests.
  • Die cut usage will be limited to the use of the Variquest (computer driven cutter) by appointment.  Send appointment requests to us at
  • The group study rooms will be closed until further notice.

Tips & FAQs


  • Paper quality is very important when using the Cutout Maker. Using cheaper quality construction paper can cause tearing and ripping instead of a clean cut.
  • If your paper does tear consider using our manual die cuts instead
  • Make sure you select the correct paper type when setting up a cutting job. Selecting the wrong type can damage the cutting mat or ruin your paper.
  • Be sure to line your paper up against the top left corner to ensure a straight and accurate cut.


Help, the machine is giving me an error, what do I do?
Let someone know at the IMC desk. Errors can happen, and they are usually easy to fix.

I don't have my own paper, can the IMC give me some?
At this point the IMC does not offer construction paper to students. Please make sure to bring your own.


Contact Us

Instructional Media Center
Help Desk
610 436-3395

Amanda Brooks
Library Technician
610 436-2759

Ainsley Hume
Library Technician
610 436-3394

Bobby Kirkner
Library Technician
610 436-2068

Welcome to the Digital Cutout Maker guide.

Where is the Die Cut Room?

The Cutout Maker can be found in the IMC room 104 with the manual die cuts. Directly to the left of the help desk when you are facing the desk.

Cutting Letters 

Using the Cutout Maker is a great idea for cutting out letters for posters, decorations, or other projects. When you use our Cutout Maker you have a lot of options for cutting out letters. You have a choice between 14 different fonts, one of which can be used for Spanish letters, and they can all be resized to fit your needs. You also have two options for cutting out words with all the letters connected removing any worry about lining them up, and you can see examples in the above image. Using the Cutout Maker is easy, fun, and fast. 

  • After selecting Cutout Maker, and then Letters, Numbers & Symbols, follow the instructions on the screen to have your letters cut out.
  • Keep these special settings in mind when cutting your letters:
    • Normal Text: Cut out all your letters individually
    • Connect Letters: Every letter in the same word will be connected by moving the letters really close together.
    • Add Bar: Connects all your letters with a bar along the bottom so you don't have to worry about lining them up.
  • For a more in depth walkthrough you can watch the video below starting at 1:50

Cutting Shapes

Using the Cutout maker is also a great idea to cut out shapes or activities for classroom or other uses. Choose from over 3,800 shapes and 172 collections designed to support classroom curriculum. With seasonal and holiday themed cutouts and displays it's easy to decorate a classroom or make fun holiday activities. All of the shapes are easy to scale to any size you want.

  • After selecting Cutout Maker select Shapes or Collections and follow the instructions on the screen to have your shapes cut out.
  • For a more in depth walkthrough you can watch the video below starting at 4:40


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