Regardless of size — from a series of small stickers to larger designs for signage — the Roland CAMM-1 GS-24 vinyl cutter performed with flying colors. Whether cutting out vinyl decals, heat transfer designs, paper, laminates, or more, this machine held strong.
While the machine itself is one of the best we’ve had our hands on, the two programs required, Roland OnSupport and Roland CutStudio, had several limitations. As of writing this, neither supports the latest version of Windows or Mac OS. CutStudio was handy for simple designs, but not user-friendly for anything complex. Plug-ins are available for Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW, but if you don’t already have those programs, add them to your costs.
Put a Sign on It
This machine is ideal for small and large businesses to handle signs, decals, and more. Plus it’s a solid cutting machine for hackerspaces and group organizations to produce promotional materials. If you have the budget, the GS-24 is a great choice.
Price as Tested: $1,995
Cutting Size: 584×25000mm
Cut Untethered? No
Onboard Controls? Yes (buttons and lever to adjust cut head home, material positioning, cut head pressure, and test cut)
Control Software: Roland OnSupport and Roland CutStudio. Must be downloaded. Plug-ins are also available for Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW.
OS: Windows 7/8/8.1 (32/64-bit), Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit)/Business (32/64-bit)
Open Software? No
While the hardware for this machine is outstanding and proved more than capable with multiple materials, the software poses limitations. There’s no support for Mac OS or beyond Windows 8.1, so a non-upgraded Windows machine is required.
Why to Buy
The Roland GS-24 is capable of cutting many additional materials: heat transfer, fabrics, auto film, and more. The wide cutting area works well for larger designs as well as smaller graphic multiples.