[KwartzLab] we have a vinyl cutter
karl.williams at sympatico.ca
Wed Sep 21 08:19:16 EDT 2011
That is great news.
Is it okay to cut card stock that is the thickness of a business card?
On 9/21/2011 7:33 AM, doug moen wrote:
> We now have a fully operational 24" vinyl cutter, thanks to Don. This
> is one of the 5 basic digital fabrication tools found in every FabLab
> and TechShop.
> It's actually a "cutting plotter" which is capable of cutting a
> variety of thin materials under computer control. These materials are
> normally backed with a paper substrate. You adjust the blade to cut
> through the material, but not the paper. Our current software is
> ArtCut running on Windows, although TuxPlot on Linux is also supposed
> to work. We have a large supply of sign vinyl, and other materials
> can be obtained as needed.
> You can cut sign vinyl:
> * For putting decals on laptops, projects, windows, doors, signs,
> vehicles. The kwartzlab door has a large vinyl kwartzlab logo (which
> we had professionally made), and a second decal with just the word
> "kwartzlab, oriented vertically, which Don made last night. The small
> vinyl Kwartzlab logo decals that Ben was selling some time back can
> also be manufactured. The maximum decal size is 24" x 11 yards.
> * Masks for etching. Andrew etched an aluminum plate with the
> kwartzlab logo using a vinyl cut decal back in March; it's on the
> electronics bench.
> * Stencils for airbrushing.
> * "glitter tattoos" stencils. Alexandra sells these at Queen Of
> Hearts (I saw them during Car Free Sunday), and she'd like to make
> custom stencils.
> * Silk screen printing masks. It's faster and easier than the
> photoemulsion technique, according to
> You can cut copper for flexible circuits and antennas. RIM engineers
> cut prototype cell phone antennas using this tool, and I bet you could
> cut RFID antennas as well. Here's a tutorial for cutting flexible
> You can decorate t-shirts and other garments. asc365.com sells "heat
> transfer PU vinyl": decals cut from this material can be bonded to a
> T-shirt using our heat press. They also sell "hot melt adhesive
> film", which is basically hot glue. Patterns cut from this can be
> used to glue badges, foil, etc to t-shirts and other textiles, also
> using the heat press. You can cut mylar backed "tackle twill", a
> polyester fabric which is common used for names and numbers on sports
> You can make stencils for sandblasting, there is a special material
> sold for this purpose.
> The sign vinyl in the scrap bin is free. Don can get more.
> There are 10 meter rolls of white, black and red sign vinyl, 24 inches
> wide, which I am selling at cost for $1.50 per meter (1.5 cents per
> centimeter). There is also a roll of reusable "pre mask" film, at
> $1.00 per meter. The pre mask is transparent and sticky on one side.
> It is used to lift a vinyl decal from its backing paper for transfer
> to another surface.
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