Cutter Settings for the Roland BN-20 and BN-20A

If you just bought a Roland BN-20 or BN-20A print and cut machine, you should know what the cutter settings should be. Whether you own either desktop device, the configuration is the same.

What most people want to know are blade and cutter settings. So, let’s take a moment to explain what these settings mean and how to fine tune them for the best performance.

1. Blade Depth When working with various heat transfer or sign vinyl, you will need to adjust the blade depth on your print device.

 It’s important to know that you should have your blade to where it is barely visible — any further than that will dull your blade on every cut and can even chip it altogether. 

You may want to start out by lowering the depth to half of a credit card’s thickness and then slowly work your way up and pay attention to how well it’s cutting the material.

2. Cut Force – It’s important to select a proper cutting pressure at which the printer cuts on your material.

Having the wrong cut force can cause problems including, in worst cases, incomplete cuts, adhesive getting stuck together, circles not closing, and cut lines appearing as dashes.

To avoid that from happening, you can use a condition called ‘’Cut Force’’. You can access this setting via the utility window under the ‘’Adjustment’’ tab and use our recommended settings for different materials.

3. Blade Offset – Offset is a measure of the distance between the center of the spindle of the blade and the physical location of the tip of the blade where it engages the media.

It may sound a bit complicated at first, but it’s actually very simple. Just look at the illustration above for reference; it shows the degrees at which the blade is angled.

The blade angles have an influence on the materials you’re cutting. Typically, a 45° blade is a multi-purpose blade for most media < 3 mil.

A 60° blade is best for thicker media that’s > 3 mil.

Now, if you have any questions about Roland BN-20 cutter settings, please contact us using our customer support form or live chat with one of pros!