Open source vinyl cutter machine?

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Open source vinyl cutter machine?

Postby zippys123 » Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:30 am

Hi Guys,

Is there any way for an fully open source vinyl/sticker cutting machine there is no project in internet if an vinyl cutter is made from maker-slide
it would be added in the arsenal of open-source desktop products.

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Re: Open source vinyl cutter machine?

Postby Meduza » Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:15 am


I actually have quite a lot of experience with vinyl cutters
(i have been working with one professionally the last 5+ years).

I'll think the problem is that classic rolling-media vinyl cutters are becoming very cheap
and it will therefore be hard to get a open-source construction cheap enough to be worth it
with all the adjustment troubles you have to get a good cutter construction.

(the cheapest hobbyist models are <300$ and a really good Roland GX-24 (its like one of the best 24" cutters in existence) is 1700$)
Therefore, if we were to buy a cutter we have to aim for something to rival a GX-24 in quality if we are building a roll-fed vinyl cutter
(because the 300$ price point including everything will be very hard to beat)

If anyone wants to start designing one i can be of service with advice during construction,
but as i said, i do not know if it really is worth it!

Tough there is one thing that is not available to good prices, flatbed cutting tables like the Zund ones! ... 256&g=1669

If there is anything that really are begging to be designed in Makerslide with open source components it is this!
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Re: Open source vinyl cutter machine?

Postby sports.racer » Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:05 pm

Regarding the flatbed, couldn't a CNC router be adapted to make this work?

I don't know enough about the cutter end of this kind of machine but it seems like a cutter modified to fit into a router collet would be a wonderful thing.
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Re: Open source vinyl cutter machine?

Postby bdring » Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:19 pm

Mach3 and EMC can do a cool technique called tangential knife control. ... e-cutters/
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