Introducing The Zing!

I just LOVE a new cutter! And this one is going to rock the cutting world! The price of $399 is just amaZING for a machine that has 750g of cutting force, along with a 14″ wide cutting range. Just like with our other KNK’s, you can insert 15″ wide rolled materials, such as vinyl, for cutting and there will be a cutting mat included for cutting 12″ x 12″ cardstock or other materials such as fabric, thin chipboard, craft plastic, rhinestone template material, felt, fun foam, mylar, duralar, posterboard, and most of the other materials you see in the photo gallery here:

30 Plus Materials To Cut on A KNK

The only materials I show in that photo album that the Zing probably won’t handle are styrene and mat board. But I’ll give a full report once I have a Zing prototype of my own to test… fingers crossed for that to happen in the second half of August.

As you can see from the link at the new Zing home page, the compact siZING is another great feature! This KNK will be far easier to transport and I look forward to that.

Make The Cut is proving to be a popular software for the existing KNK owners, as well. The Print and Cut function is so much faster and easier to use with the automatic movement of the laser light to within about 1/4″ of each printed mark, thus requiring just a tweaking of movement to align perfectly. I’m also looking forward to the improved auto-tracing function which has always allowed previews of the trace before accepting the results. A demo video of the upcoming new version shows additional functionality with separate tabs to use when choosing the best best vectoriZING method based on the imported raster image.

For those who already own and use KNK Studio, a copy/paste function will be added so that existing KNK files can easily be moved to MTC for cutting to the Zing.

All in all, a lot to look forward to in the upcoming months! So, keep checking for more information and I will be reporting the latest, as I receive it.

New Video Release: Auto-Tracing for KNK ACS DM!


I’m so happy (and relieved) to finally announce the NEW Auto-Tracing video which covers all three versions of auto-tracing in KNK, KNK GE, ACS Design Studio, and Design Master. The version you have is based on the license files at the time of your software purchase. If you’re not sure what you have, not a problem… there’s even a quick separate video in this package to show you how to find out!

In total, there are 15 videos contained in this package for a total of 96 minutes of step-by-step instructions. Unlike my prior videos, I decided to NOT merge these 15 videos into one, so that users could more easily go back to any particular segment to re-watch. While I have the videos separated into folders based on which version of the vectorization they need to watch, I encourage watching all of them because I also show some additional tips on things like editing images both before and after tracing, quick tricks to improve trace lines, and preparing images for paper piecing projects.

Because this video package is almost 70 mb in size, I’m also offering it with the option to be sent on a CD. Here are the links for both product listings:

Auto-Tracing for KNK, ACS, DM: Downloadable

Auto-Tracing for KNK, ACS, DM: CD Version