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Cutout Maker 1800

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For pricing and/or to place your order, locate your authorized VariQuest Rep or call 1-800-328-0585.

A revolutionary, digital die-cut system created specifically for schools, the Cutout Maker will help you bring lessons to life with automatically-cut letters, numbers, manipulatives, shapes and bulletin board collections.

To enhance your classroom activities even more, access additional content options with a Premium Access CD (PACD) or with learning modules created specifically to align with both state and common core standards.


Premium Content Access

Get unlimited or annual access to thousands of shapes, fonts and collections – all easily scalable to the size you need using the VariQuest Software!

  • 3,800 Shapes: cutouts for manipulatives and classroom displays

  • 14 Fonts: letters, numbers and symbols

  • 172 Collections: groupings of related cutouts for thematic bulletin board displays

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Premium Access – 1 YEAR S2009CD
Premium Access – NX (UNLIMITED) S2010CD

Learning Modules

Aligned to Common Core State Standards, the VariQuest Learning Modules include cross-curricular activities that incorporate the use of visuals and manipulatives into instruction as well as additional shapes, fonts and bulletin board collections.

Simply select one of the Learning Modules from the drop down menu below and your state to view the common core alignment.

EARTH SCIENCE 1:Weather and Seasons
READING & WRITING 1:Letter Recognition & Sounds, Basic Grammar & Punctuation, Reading Comprehension, Handwriting
READING & WRITING 2:Vocabulary, Punctuation, Reading & Writing
NUMBER SENSE 1:Counting 1-100, Addition & Subtraction
NUMBER SENSE 2:Multiplication & Division, Common Factors, Fractions
MEASUREMENT & GEOMETRY 1:Basic Shapes, Patterns, Time & Money
MEASUREMENT & GEOMETRY 2:Lines & Angles, Perimeter & Area, Special 2-D & 3-D Shapes
COMMUNITY 1:Character Education, Diversity

Our teachers are die-cutting everything: classroom rules, station names, picture words bulletin boards, take home calendars and art projects. More importantly, they are saving time and we are saving money.

Erica Huls
Technology Specialist
Southview Elementary School
Waconia, MN

Teachers tell me that the Cutout Maker is a real timesaver for them. They create pieces in a matter of minutes and while the machine cuts out the items, they can prepare other materials for the day.

Nancy Wallace
Program Supervisor
ISD 15 Lifelong Learning Center
Oak Grove, MN


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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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”.

How do I apply a vinyl sign or decal?

Should I clean my blade?

Yes, use the isopropyl alcohol prep pads provided with your machine to clean your blade prior to its first use to remove oil from the blade. You should also clean the blade daily to remove debris from the blade.

What type of construction paper should I use?

We highly recommend that you use Tru-Ray Sulphite Heavyweight construction paper. Tru-Ray Sulphite Heavyweight Paper is made with long, strong 100% sulphite fibers. This heavyweight paper is tough enough to take scoring, folding, cutting, and curling without cracking or tearing. Using low quality construction paper can lead to poor cut quality.

Where can I purchase Cutout Maker approved paper?

You can purchase Cutout Maker approved paper direct from your VariQuest dealer or you can check major retailers such as AmazonDick Blick or Office Depot/Office Max.

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While I knew our staff appreciated the cutouts, various fonts and range of use for the VariQuest Cutout Maker, I had no idea how much they would value the complete availability of having total access. Every literature unit, science, social studies and math lesson, as well as all of the holidays come to life with the range of images available. I am so glad I ordered it.

Dr. Guy Schumacher
Butterfield School
Libertyville, IL


  • Save staff time by quickly and easily creating manipulatives, cutouts and bulletin board displays for a hands-on, interactive learning experience
  • Engage visual, kinesthetic and tactile learners with manipulatives and cutouts
  • Illustrate complex concepts with engaging cutout collections to raise student success
  • Create word walls with words formed by automatically connected letters
  • Save money with the versatility and scalability of the electronic die-cuts
  • Help teachers save time on lesson preparations by eliminating the need to hand-cut or use a manual die-cut machine
  • Eliminate the need to re-cut laminated cutouts, instead, laminate a sheet of construction paper and electronically cut the laminated paper into your desired shapes

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