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Discussion in 'Members Lounge' started by 3v0, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. duffy

    duffy New Member

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    I give a rip!!! I am SO going to get one of these things!
     
  2. 3v0

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    Keep in mind it is not a laser cutter. The holes are a bit distorted because the blade pivots. I am still working out what one needs to do to get SOICs to solder. Have not gone smaller then that.
     
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    Sorry dude, for some of us soldering SMT is no problem :)

    It's still a pretty cool way of making a stencil. If I ever mass produce something a stencil and reflow will be the way I do it, but I have a $750 OKi rework station that makes doing SMT work a breeze in small quantities. So long as my hands aren't shaky that day :)
     
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  5. 3v0

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    I am making various du-dads for the class I teach. If I want 2 spares I need to make 12 of everything...

    I have a xytronic 850D from HEI. I like it but it is the only one I have ever used.
     
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  6. killivolt

    killivolt Well-Known Member

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    I went to interview for a position back about three years ago. I was Introduced to this Machine or one like it they make them in China or at least this one was.

    I really wanted the position. But took the Job at the University.

    Neat stuff. I really like it when people come up with different uses for things that were never intended in the Design.


    kv :) Good one 3vO
     
  7. Hero999

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    I've had problems with the SVG you attached.

    I tried viewing it in both Inkscape and Firefox and all I got was an apparently blank flile.

    It turns out that the file isn't blank, it's just that the all the objects were all set to no fill and no stroke so they were hidden.

    I wish Microsoft would get their act together and make IE support SVG, it's a really good format.:mad:
     
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    My little Bebop machine got taken away from me!!:( Instead they gave me some HUGE device by Canon that can do a poster sized equivalent. This new machine is as large as a floor standing sheet metal cutter/bending brake. Way too big and expensive in material to do PCB related stuff.
     
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    They did that to me with a plotter one time. Took away my little A and B sheet hand-feed plotter, gave me some roll-fed monster designed for D sheets. When I had to do anything smaller (which was always) I had to cut off the end with a pair of scizzors, which made it look crappy, and then throw MOST of the paper in the trash. &%#@!
     
  10. 3v0

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    I have been turing off fill because I did not want the cutter cutting the fill lines. In Inkscape do VIEW>DISPLAY>OUTLINE
    I need to check to see if I missed that in the destructions. Sorry about the mad.
    I also missed your post for some reason.

    3v0
     
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    I expect the cricut to show up at rummage sales for cheap. They were sold as cheap as $100 new.

    You still have to deal with getting the software. I was tempted to try living with the slashes put in the template by the demo version but it was time limited. I have other uses for the software so I purchased it.

     
  12. en2oh

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    Cricut Update

    Seems like an interesting project.
    I've checked the instructions for the Cricut Personal. Seems there is a button option that scales or does not scale against a particular object on the cartridge. Also, there is a wheel that allows for sizing of the objects. I wonder if that might be one way try and address this.

    BTW, has anyone tried to extend the mat size by using a 12x24" mat, cut in half lengthwise, and set the lower left and upper right limits of the mat using the information listed in the manual.

    I'd like to be able to scan simple items (like the pips on a card, for example) "find" the edges, and use this information to cut out the clubs/hearts/diamonds/spade shapes on playing cards.

    Any thoughts?
    Thanks
    Doug



     
  13. 3v0

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    Since I last posted about the cricut a new software package called Make the Cut or MTC has been released. The author of MTC is active on the MTC forum and is improving the product. He has been putting a lot of work into vector graphics.

    As I recall the latest version of MTC should not have a problem with importing SVG files and getting the size correct.

    In regards to cutting out shapes. MTC has a trace function that you should be able to use on a raster image to create a vector representation of the shapes. Then hinge a sheet of paper to the mat and cut out the shapes. Lift the paper and insert the original card (image) under the paper and cut again. The machine will revisit the original path with perfect registration. This is a much shortened version. Check the web for tutorials.
    3v0
     
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    MTC Good News, Bad News

    The good news is that the author of MTC (Make The Cut) has significantly improved the software. This has simplified cutting solder stencils.

    1. Set the paste layer to solid black and print to a .pdf file in Eagle.

    2. In MTC select import "vector based pdf" and choose the file from above.

    Other then setting the Cricut pressure speed and number of passes that is it.

    The bad news is that Provocraft has sued the author of MTC and won. As part of the settlement MTC will no longer support the cricut. If I have it right early versions of MTC 3.2.1 is the last version to provide a driver for Cricut. Even worse you will not be able to find a version supporting Cricut on the MTC site.

    This is rather sad in that it looks like the cutting algorithm has been improved to better account for blade movement on small holes. Not sure.
     
  15. killivolt

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    That's the company I would have worked for to repair the in Warranty Stuff. Sorry, about that. The company has been around a long time. The local community here are big in craft's. I don't know why they have such a problem with it ? Beyond me. But, here we have a community that will fight over the stupid crap all day long. Until you say Uncle.

    Edit: Ok, I read an article about the lawsuit. Now I have a more clear understanding about it. I didn't know they are the creator of the cricut. They didn't tell me that in the interview. I think they probably have lowered there sales potential. I think they would have done better by just allowing them to continue doing business.

     
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