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jmarley76

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Trying Out Cutting Machine
« on: March 11, 2016, 06:08:07 PM »
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My wife recently purchased a Cricut cutting machine (at least that's what they call it). For all the other things you can do with it, thought it may have a use expediting the creation of N scale buildings. I am planning on messing around with it this weekend and see if I can make something similar to this: https://www.therailwire.net/forum/index.php?topic=38188.0; I'll report back on what transpires.

Has anyone had any significant experience working with a Cricut, cutting machines, or a die cutter?

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Re: Trying Out Cutting Machine
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2016, 07:39:42 PM »
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These are a couple threads discussing these types of cutters on TRW.  Led me to buy one though it's still NIB because I don't have space...  Here's two:


https://www.therailwire.net/forum/index.php?topic=23354.0


https://www.therailwire.net/forum/index.php?topic=27993.0




There's this too:


http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/79025-a-guide-to-using-the-silhouette-cameo-cutter/
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Re: Trying Out Cutting Machine
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2016, 07:55:01 PM »
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I used to cut out a small tower.





It did a good job with the brick.  The small vertical mortar lines aren't totally straight due to the swivel cutting head.  And since it doesn't remove material, it creates a ridge and causes the styrene to bow because of all the horizontal lines in the brick.

I've actually used my cutter more for my kids school parties than model trains.   :P


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Re: Trying Out Cutting Machine
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2016, 10:01:07 PM »
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These are a couple threads discussing these types of cutters on TRW.

Thanks for the links! I searched for "Cricut," but didn't think to search for the other brands. More homework before I cut anything...

I used to cut out a small tower. It did a good job with the brick.  The small vertical mortar lines aren't totally straight due to the swivel cutting head.  And since it doesn't remove material, it creates a ridge and causes the styrene to bow because of all the horizontal lines in the brick.

We did purchase the heavy duty cutting blade, so I wonder if that will make a difference?  :?
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Re: Trying Out Cutting Machine
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2016, 11:40:09 PM »
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I'm wondering if pre-scribed styrene sheet would work for doing wood.
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