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scott Allman
(scottallman@hotmail.com)

Locale: Pennsylvania
cutting cuben? how to? on 09/03/2007 17:10:36 MDT Print View

need best way to cut cuben for project. Any and all ideas helpful.
Thank you !
Scott

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: cutting cuben? how to? on 09/03/2007 17:52:16 MDT Print View

I have used ceramic scissors by Arston.
Cheers

Mark Hurd
(markhurd) - M

Locale: South Texas
Cutting Cuben on 09/03/2007 18:08:21 MDT Print View

I've used a good pair of sewing sissors to start then holding the sissors open about 30 to 45 degrees, push them through the fabric like you might cut a roll of paper. Don't close the sissors, just hold them open with the fabric right at the spot the blades cross. This is basically using the sissors as a blade.

I have also heard of using a sharp blade and one of those self-healing mats to cut on.

-Mark

Nicholas Jensen
(attack5) - F

Locale: Murderapolis
Use Olfa on 09/03/2007 20:35:15 MDT Print View

Use an Olfa rotary cutter and Olfa self healing cutting board.

You can get them at any fabric store and they are the total shizz for cutting cuben!!

edited to add: people will tell you that a rotary cutter and board is too much money but what the F? You just spent a bunch of cash on cuben fiber to make wicked awesome low weight stuff, if you wanted to be cheap, you could have went with silnylon seconds and a scissors from wally-world. I guess the question to ask is....how dedicated are you?

Edited by attack5 on 09/03/2007 20:40:11 MDT.

Kevin Egelhoff
(kegelhoff) - F

Locale: Southern Cal
Or ... on 09/07/2007 10:33:31 MDT Print View

Or,
you can use a $500,000 + ultrasonic CNC cutting machine! Here our GFM at work is just getting ready to cut out some large triangles that were used in building my Mid shelter.

Cutting the Cuben on our CNC cutting machine

If you don't have one of these laying around in your backyard I agree on using the rotary cutter. Zips right through the Cuben.
I have also used with great success a seam ripper. I think I paid about $5.00 for one of these and it still cuts great after 20 hours of use!

Edited by kegelhoff on 09/07/2007 12:07:30 MDT.

scott Allman
(scottallman@hotmail.com)

Locale: Pennsylvania
thanks for the info on 09/12/2007 14:25:41 MDT Print View

I am Thanking everyone for the reply here. I have gone simple low-tech using my existing sisors at teh 45 deg angle and it works great for my app.
However the 500k cnc maching is.......way out of my world.

Thank you,
scott

E C
(ofelas) - F

Locale: On the Edge
Re: thanks for the info on 10/02/2007 20:57:02 MDT Print View

El cheapo Carbide scissors work well.