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Vinyl Cutter(s)

Discussion in 'Making Your Mark' started by Griff, Jul 6, 2017.

  1. IamSteve-O

    IamSteve-O Member

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    Just an fyi the maker is the one that is advertised as being able to cut leather. It has a different blade attachment that basicly looks like a exacto blade. The explore air 2 (that i have) has a deep cut blade but it's only for things 3mm and under. I have tried cutting leather with it and it was deffinatly underpowered for the job. Tho it could be used to mark out your cuts and then finish by hand.
     
  2. Griff

    Griff Active Member

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    Yes...okay...but how thick is 6oz leather lol...is that good? That is what the Maker can cut as a Maximum. Is that knife sheath worthy?
     
  3. Griff

    Griff Active Member

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  4. Nieman Knives

    Nieman Knives New Member

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    Just giving this a bump as I am pretty much sold on buying one of these units. Perhaps the Cricut explore air 2 or ($284) or Silhouette Cameo 4 ($400).

    I guess the biggest thing I need to know is if either of these are capable of actually cutting small, detailed makers marks and lettering for etching because The guy I have been paying to make my vinyl stencils has trouble with his machine (which I assume is much more elaborate and expensive) cutting fine detail and because it doesn’t cut things perfectly, I have lots of trouble weeding out the stencil without wrecking it.

    Any updates and advice is greatly appreciated. Hoping to pull the trigger soon because I have an order in with this guy I’ve been waiting on for about 2 months and I’d like to cancel lol.
     
  5. Joelsund

    Joelsund Active Member

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    No experience with the vinyl cutters, however I recently got stencils from Jim Harrop @silverfish.stencils on Instagram, and they’re very good quality. Come pre weeded and pre attached to transfer film.
     
  6. Nieman Knives

    Nieman Knives New Member

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    One of the issues is turn around time to get something made and of course, cost. For instance, if I get an order to make a knife and they want something specific etched in (ie. date of their wedding), I don’t think it would be cost effective for me to just get one stencil made and shipped. Thus far I have made “larger” orders with various makers marks and multiple copies of the alphabet in various fonts and I had stickers made as well.
     
  7. IamSteve-O

    IamSteve-O Member

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    I can only speak for the cricut. It's very temperamental and you will have to adjust cut pressure but I have cut some pretty intricate vinyl stickers with it.
     
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  8. Scott Kozub

    Scott Kozub Active Member

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    Bit of a different idea but give some consideration to a cnc laser. I use nail polish as a resist and the laser to make the stencil. It may cut stencils as well but I'd imagine it would stink. You can get very precise with these. They are a lot cheaper.

    I have a post on my laser on here somewhere
     
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  9. Nieman Knives

    Nieman Knives New Member

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    My wife (and myself to a certain degree) like the idea of the various applications of these Cricut type machines ie. making T-shirt’s, vinyl decals for my daughters room etc but yes, I did see where you talked about your laser. Certainly looks like a a great option but perhaps a little limited in applications.
     

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