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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 10/10/2018 :  06:26:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Building's looking great George!


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George D
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Posted - 10/10/2018 :  2:09:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Carl and Mike.

George



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Alan SRRL
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Posted - 11/07/2018 :  7:39:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thought I would add just a little information. I have been using the new Cricut MAKER machine and having a blast with it. It has 10 times the cutting power that the Explorer has. I have been able to cut 3/32 thick basswood. It uses a knife blade much like the well know #11 blade.
I an a pleased user and have no connection with the company.



Edited by - Alan SRRL on 11/07/2018 7:41:13 PM

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George D
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Posted - 11/11/2018 :  8:04:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Alan, I've read a lot about the Maker, but you're comments are the first I've seen from an actual user. I had hoped the results were as good as you've reported. Thanks. Now to get the CFO to approve the funds for the upgrade.

George



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railbuilderdhd
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Posted - 02/08/2019 :  10:17:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
George,
Thanks for the information here. I just made my first cut with my new cricut maker I just got. I have researched these cutters for years and I must say I知 so excited for what I値l be able to do with the Maker. The extra pressure for cutting opens up so many options. I値l be sure to post more as I do work with it.

Dave



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George D
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Posted - 02/09/2019 :  08:23:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with your Maker, Dave.

George



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railbuilderdhd
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Posted - 02/09/2019 :  10:04:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I dug out an old project I was trying to make my own shingles for and I never completed because cutting them by had was a waste of time. But now I can see theat this will be a great option for making my own shingles.

I値l post the progress when I致e cut some.

Dave



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railbuilderdhd
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Posted - 02/09/2019 :  6:38:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I dug out an old project I was trying to make my own shingles for and I never completed because cutting them by had was a waste of time. But now I can see theat this will be a great option for making my own shingles.

I値l post the progress when I致e cut some.

Dave



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George D
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Posted - 03/19/2019 :  9:39:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Since my latest little project involved the Cricut machine, I thought I'd just continue it here.

I have a friend that's building a locomotive. He asked me if I'd try cutting some pieces for the cab from 0.040 styrene. He gave me this drawing.



I made a set of drawings for the Cricut machine.



I knew the Cricut wouldn't cut all the way through the 0.040 styrene. The cut lines would really be the scribed lines as in 都cribe and break for cutting styrene. I really hadn't tried doing much with thicker materials, so I cut a set on the Cricut machine to see what I had. The external lines snapped apart easily, The inside lines were another thing. The Cricut cuts a nice groove in the styrene and a #11 blade easily follows the line. It took multiple passes with the #11 blade along the window lines to finally break through.

I mentioned what I was doing in the crew lounge the other day and remarked that it was time consuming. Karl Scribner (k9wrangler) suggested trying a nibbler. I did and it made cutting much easier.




I also received a couple other suggestions. One was to put the scribed styrene in the freezer. I tried that and it didn't seem to make a difference. A second was to make up two sets on 0.020 styrene and laminate them. Since my friend was working with 0.040 and I was able to get an acceptable set, I didn't do that. However, I'm going to give that a try, It may have some uses down the road.

I cut one set to satisfy myself that a set could be made. I made up a couple of sheets of styrene for my friend to let him cut the rest.




George



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BurleyJim
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Posted - 03/19/2019 :  11:05:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
George,

Sorry the freezer trick didn't work. What is the radius of that curved roof line? I see he's using 8 side panels, does that mean the roof will be approximately 4" long?

Jim



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k9wrangler
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Posted - 03/20/2019 :  07:18:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Glad the nibbler worked for you, George.

Seeing as how I was so smart, maybe I should get one for myself. Where do they come from?


Karl Scribner
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Kentucky Southern Railway
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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 03/20/2019 :  09:13:15 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
George have you tried multiple passes on the Cricut? Sometimes on the laser we have to make another pass or two when we cut other than normal material.


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George D
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Posted - 03/20/2019 :  09:22:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jim, I have no idea as to why he needs that number of panels. He also needs 4 center panels. Sounds like he's making 4 cabs. We're going to sit down and go over just what he's doing, hopefully in the near future.

The roof line was done on my computer connecting three points with an arc, the two ends and the center.

Karl, I bought the nibbler many years ago from Radio Shack. I've only used it a handful of times. I'm glad you suggested it. Now that I've dusted it off, I see some more applications for it.

George



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BurleyJim
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Posted - 03/20/2019 :  10:33:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have one of those hand nibblers buried somewhere here that I used on chassis.

Here's another one.... https://www.amazon.com/Sheet-Metal-Nibbling-Nibbler-Cutter/dp/B00WFFZ2X8

Jim



Edited by - BurleyJim on 03/20/2019 10:45:17 AM

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deemery
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Posted - 03/20/2019 :  10:56:53 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
George, I wonder about using the Cricut to precisely lay out and scribe the lines, which you'd then finish with an X-Acto knife (and doing that as "the way to do it.".) That takes advantage of the Cricut's precise layout.

dave


Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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