Vinyl cutters, just as regular printers, are output devices, which are automatically controlled by the computer. But instead of printing ink, the cutter cuts out objects such as fonts or geometric shapes from self-adhesive materials using a small knife. Usually self-adhesive films are used, but the vinyl cutter can handle all materials consisting of two layers, i.e. have a so-called carrier. With adhesive films, this carrier is usually a silicone paper. During a cut process, the vinyl cutter's blade only cuts the film itself. The material's carrier remains intact and holds the newly designed sticker (referred to as a plot in technical language) together, until it is transferred to the desired surface.