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Cutout Maker 1800 Digital Die-Cut Machine

Designed specifically for schools to help teachers and students automatically cut letters, numbers, manipulatives, shapes, and more with ease.

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Shape Pack 2

Shape Pack 2


Get ready for summer with these brand new shapes for your Cutout Maker:

– Pellet Smoker (SEA260)

– Sand Pail (SEA261)

– Bubble Wand (SEA262)

– Bubble Wand Bubble (SEA263)

– Bubble Formula (SEA264)

– Motion Lamp (HOM305)

Looking for more content to print on your Cutout Maker 1800 Digital Die-Cut System? Check out our Cutout Maker Content Guide organized by title, lesson, and type!

Shape Pack 2
Dinosaur Sensory Path

Dinosaur Sensory Path


Take a trip back to prehistoric times with our newest sensory path! Download our full lesson plan activity for this path, created in partnership with Cathy Henry of Free Word Work and The Curriculum Corner, complete with card templates, games, and more!

*Must have Premium Access in order to install

Looking for more content to print on your Cutout Maker 1800 Digital Die-Cut System? Check out our content guide organized by title, lesson, and type!
Cutout Maker Content Guide:

Dinosaur Sensory Path
Dinosaur Discovery Sensory Path Lesson Plan
Cutout Maker Work Request Forms

Cutout Maker Work Request Forms


Looking for an easy way to organize your work requests for the materials you need from our Design Software? Whether you are having a paraprofessional help with classroom preparations or your school store needs a way to keep track of orders, our new Work Request Order Forms are designed to make the process of filling these orders a breeze! These downloadable PDF order forms are complete with links to their respective Content Guides and fillable text fields that can be completed digitally or printed out as a blank form to be filled out by hand.

For more ideas on how you could use these forms, visit the VariQuest blog:

Cutout Maker Work Request Form

Request Custom Shape

Simply follow these 4 steps to get started!

Want to be able to cut your school’s mascot on your Cutout Maker? How about a logo your student designed in class? With our custom Shape Program you can personalize your walls and bulletin boards with shapes that are tailored to your school.

1. Choose how you want your shape designed

To best suit your needs, several options are available for Custom Shape design in addition to our Standard Custom Shape. When you purchase a Custom Shape you will recieve a Standard Custom Shape designed from the image submitted. If you are looking for Custom Shape to fill a specific need, such as a vinyl decal, any of the Additional Design Styles listed below may be added to your order for an additonal fee per design style selected. Based on the descriptions below, determine which type of cut shape is right for you. Modifications will need to be made to the original design for any of the following options in order to create a successful cut shape, however keeping the integrity of the original image is of top priority. Please note that most text does not convert well to a cut shape. Although the absence of text is preferred, it is highly recommended that any text be as simple and large as possible (see examples below).

Standard Custom Shape Examples
Our Custom Shape design quotes are based on complexity and the amount of variations required to suit your needs. Please note that very simple shapes will have a low price point while complex shapes will have a high price point.
Additional Design Styles
Separate Shapes
With this option you can choose to have your image broken into two separate regular cut shapes (for example: Mascot + School Name), appearing in the “Shapes” section of the Design Center Software with different Search IDs.
Vinyl Only
This cut shape is designed specifically to be cut on VariQuest Vinyl Material. This shape will more accurately reflect the original design as less modifications need to be made for conversion to a vinyl cut shape (ie letters will not need to connect).
Recommended for use with VariQuest Vinyl Material, this option provides you with a layered shape for multi-colored cut shapes. This shape will appear in the “Collections” section of the VariQuest Design Center Software.


2. Click below to complete the form where you can upload your shape and design.

We will send you a quote within 4 business days.

3. Place your order with a credit card or purchase order.
4. Upload your shape into your Design Center Software.




Cutout Maker 1800

How will all teachers, volunteers, and administrators in my school know what die-cut shapes, fonts and collections we own?

Fonts that your school owns will appear when you choose the Letters, Numbers & Symbols button in the Design Center Software. The collections will appear when you choose the Collections button. This is a welcome alternative to digging through racks of mechanical dies a required step when using other school die-cut machines.

All shapes appear when you choose the Shapes button in the Design Center Software. The shapes that your school has purchased and activated will have an orange Activated label with a white background. Shapes that your school does not yet own will be grayed out with a Not Activated label.

Is the cut speed for laminated construction paper the same as unlaminated construction paper?

No. The cut speed depends on the content (shape, font or collection) being cut. Blade depth and blade pressure vary, therefore cutting speeds range from approximately 1 to 6 per second. The average cut speed is 4 per second.

Does the LCD on the Cutout Maker tell me which color of material to load when cutting collections?

Yes! The LCD on the Cutout Maker will instruct you to load each color of material when needed. For example, Load yellow construction paper.

How do I change the blade in the Cutout Maker?


  1. Turn power OFF.
  2. Rotate blade holder 90 toward front of unit.
  3. Press blade release button.
  4. Remove blade with blade removal tool.
  5. Insert new blade.
  6. Secure blade by turning power ON.
  7. Rotate blade holder 90 back to operating position.
What do I do if I am experiencing poor cut quality?

If you are experiencing poor cut quality, follow these steps in order to help determine root cause and see if quality has improved:

  • Ensure the correct material was selected prior to cutting
  • Adjust the material depth setting in the Design Center Software using the +/- adjustments. This is done by pressing the Adjust Material Settings button on the Material Size and Type screen. Recut to see if quality improves.
  • If material adjustments do not resolve the issue, replace the blade and recut.
  • If material adjustments and blade changes do not resolve the issue, replace the cutter housing tip and recut.
  • If the quality is still not improved, further technical support is needed. Customer should call their authorized VariQuest technician.
What does Minimum Cut Size mean? Is this the same for all shapes?

Each shape, font and collection has a Minimum Cut Size, which can be different depending on the detail of the content (shape, font or collection) being cut.

The purpose of the Minimum Cut Size message is to inform you that the cut quality may not be acceptable at the selected size. You may choose to still cut the shape or choose to make the shape larger for optimal cut quality.

How do I purchase additional die-cut shapes, fonts and collections?

You can order additional content from your authorized VariQuest sales specialist or call 1-800-328-0585. The content options include: No Expiration or 1-Year Access to the Premium Content Access CD or Learning Modules.

You can invest in a Premium Content Access CD (offered in No Expiration or 1-Year Access) that will give you access to over 3,800 shapes, 14 fonts and 172 collections.

Also, you are able to invest in Learning Modules that will give you access to 30-118 shapes, fonts and/or collections geared towards a specific content area and grade level range. You will own all Learning Module content.

After you receive the CD (Premium Content Access CD or Learning Module), call the VariQuest Registration Center at 1-800-328-0585 to activate your new content.

What is the difference in cost between mechanical die cuts and Cutout Maker electronic dies?

Mechanical dies for traditional die cutters range in price from approximately $40 $105. Cutout Maker electronic dies are $0.80 per shape when you invest in the Premium Content Access CD (No Expiration).

REMEMBER: Unlike other school die-cutting machines, the Cutout Maker features electronic dies that are scalable! Most electronic dies can range in size from 1 to 18.

How is the cutter housing tip installed?

You can remove the tip by simply unscrewing it by hand or use the wrench provided. Care should be taken when removing the tip so that the attached spring is not lost. The new tip can then be screwed into the housing. We recommend tightening by hand or use the wrench provided. Be careful not to overtighten. Check out this video for detailed instructions

Are there any safety issues for students operating the Cutout Maker?

The Cutout Maker is designed to be safe enough for students to operate! The machine is UL and CE certified and meets the federal guidelines for safety. However, we do recommend that an adult change the blade, as it is very sharp.

Can I use scrap pieces of paper to cut out shapes, fonts and collections?

Yes! You can create cutouts from scrap paper as small as 4 x 6.

Can my Cutout Maker shapes, fonts and collections also be printed on posters and awards?

Fonts, which are purchased and activated for the Cutout Maker, may be printed on the Poster Maker and Awards Maker. However, the shapes and collections are developed differently than the print-only graphics and cannot be printed on posters and awards.

How do I apply a vinyl sign or decal?
How often do I need to change the Cutout Maker blade?

As a general guideline and preventative maintenance tip, we suggest that you change your blade once a month. You may need to change it more often depending on material type and volume of cutting.

How often do I need to change the Cutout Maker cutting mat?

As a general guideline and preventative maintenance tip, we suggest that you change your cutting mat once a year depending on usage. You can extend the life of your mat by rotating it 180 periodically.