[KwartzLab] we have a vinyl cutter
rgissing at gmail.com
Wed Sep 21 09:46:42 EDT 2011
is there any training necessary to use the vynal cutter? how can i learn to
On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 8:19 AM, Karl WILLIAMS
<karl.williams at sympatico.ca>wrote:
> 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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