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Craft Cutter holder for QuickFit Carriage

by rrhb, published

Craft Cutter holder for QuickFit Carriage by rrhb Dec 7, 2012

Description

With this item, you can use the quickfit carriage to hold a craft cutter blade. These blades are very thin rotating blades that can cut paper, light duty plastics, vinyl, etc.

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Instructions

You'll need:

1. A replacement craft cutting blade.
2. A replacement cutting mat with a tacky surface -or- the separate tacky surface and mat.
3. A way to generate an outline GCODE file (Inkscape & the Unicorn Plugin)
4. An installed QuickFit carriage (although this one could be modified to mount directly - let me know if there's demand for that I can make that change).

Don't attempt until your printer is well dialed in. The tolerance for cutting through a single sheet of paper (and nothing else) is very tight.

1. Print this item
2. Insert craft cutter blade, tighten in with bolt and nut
3. Place paper on top of tacky cutting mat, and then on top of printer bed.
4. Clamp everything down with clips.
5. Adjust z-height so craft blade penetrates the paper but no deeper.
6. Generate an outline GCODE file. There are a variety of ways: A common favorite is the Inkscape Unicorn PlugIn, but it's also possible to generate it from an SCAD!
7. Print!

This is a work in progress because there are two ways to insert the craft cutter blade. One tends to squeeze the cutter house and deforms it a bit, making it not as a stable, but the other mounting direction doesn't quite clear the rather deep quick x-carriage.

Maybe one of you will have some thoughts?

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