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Old 01-15-2019, 04:19 PM
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Default Cutting Ribs with a Cricut Vinyl Cutter

I recently got a Cricut Maker and tried some LST ribs. It takes a while, but the cuts are perfect. Way better than die cut, and as good as laser cut, minus the burning. It can cut from any bmp, jpg, gif, png, dxf, svg etc.
I'm going to have a lot of fun with this thing.
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Bipe, very cool ! I would think if a person was heavy into rubber powered, that type of cutter would be perfect. I would anticipate that maybe 1/16" would be the thickest you could cut. But, then again, you could use it to 'outline' a rib of thicker dimensions and then hand cut / sand to final shape. A lot of options you have created for yourself here.

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Old 01-17-2019, 10:24 AM
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It says it can cut up to 3/32" balsa and 1/16" basswood. I might try a whole kit to see how it works.
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Bipe, very cool ! I would think if a person was heavy into rubber powered, that type of cutter would be perfect. I would anticipate that maybe 1/16" would be the thickest you could cut. But, then again, you could use it to 'outline' a rib of thicker dimensions and then hand cut / sand to final shape. A lot of options you have created for yourself here.

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I use 1/16 inch balsa for ribs on up to .25 aize glow planes and 3/32 on up to .45 glow. Looks like a pretty handy device to me.
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I played with the settings and it can cut 3/32" with fewer passes than my first try.
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Bipe: Which model of the Cricut cutter do you have? I have an ancient one that I cut Monokote letters and numbers on, about 70% successful of the time. This is all it's good for. I'll take a look on the net to see what they have to offer in the product.
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I have the Maker and I'm using the knife blade to cut balsa. Here's a link to a comparison page to see what might be different from yours.

https://shop.cricut.com/en_us/machines.html
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Bipe:
Holy Smokes ! The 'Matcher' is a hot rod compared to my old unit after reviewing what it can do. Of course as with any upgraded machines, the price reflects that to. It appears that the knife cutter just came out as seeing others that had purchased the machine earlier they were disappointed that it wasn't out at the time of their purchase. The few reviews that I did see the knife cutter used was that they were happy with the results.
This may be my next purchase, as with vinyl, Monokote cutting with regards to model building.
Question to you, what are you using for programs to use for cutting balsa, like ribs, bulkheads and the like?
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To be honest, I rarely build up wings with ribs because I have a CNC foam cutter that uses airfoil cut files created with Tile Print. I draw my plans in Turbocad and print them with Tile Print, and then cut them by hand. I usually build using stick bulkheads, because they're stronger and take up less space. I see using this more for vinyl and covering, but I wanted to see how it worked with balsa. I've cut .040 styrene sheet with it too. It leaves a bit of a burr that needs to be sanded off, but it does a nice job.

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Bipe Flyer:

Any idea how long the blade will last cutting balsa? The blades seem a bit spendy ($$) but maybe not if they last a long time.
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That's a good question. They're like a heavier version of an X-acto knife blade. They sell replacement tips, so you don't have to replace the whole blade unit, but they're not exactly cheap either.
https://www.amazon.com/Cricut-200391...gateway&sr=8-6

I'll probably try sharpening mine with a diamond stone when it gets dull.
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I also have a Maker. I use Monokote trim sheets and use the Maker to cut out any custom decals I want. It cuts them perfectly - never an issue. I also have cut large 3/32 balsa ribs. They also come out perfectly, but take a long time!! The Maker is an awesome machine for builders!



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