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Old May 29th 16, 09:07 AM posted to sci.electronics.repair
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On 27/05/2016 23:11, Jon Elson wrote:
N_Cook wrote:

I was in a craft shop today and one of these was being demonstrated
www.cricut.com

Hmmm, well, the web site glosses over a bunch of stuff. First, NO MENTION
whatsoever about HOW you get an image into the thing. I'm guessing it has a
USB port, but then you'd have to have some software on your computer or
tablet/phone/whatever. There's a video where they mention something about
uploading your image to the web. This would be a deal killer right there,
we don't want to let our IP be seen by anybody.

Also, especially if a P&P machine would be used, the cricut piece would have
to dimensionally calibrated, at least. If you are uploading "pretty
pictures" to the thing, what is the calibration? (I guess you'd just have
to measure it.)

So, Mr. Cook, do you have any idea how you load data to it? Does the thing
just look like a printer or something?

Thanks,

Jon


She was transferring data composed on her ordinary tablet, via wifi, to
the cutter. She said the company's interface s/w is freely available to
download off their www and use your own typefaces and so I presume other
graphical input, but needs checking on that.
I should say she was the UK rep for these things and had been using them
personally for at least a year, so not a numpty
Download their s/w and try it.
She was happy to try thin copper foil as she had cut aluminium IIRC
kitchen foil previously. But 2oz copper, unknown, as also full cut of
3mm is possible,eg the leather samples I don't know about selective
shallow depth of cut over 2or 3mm .
With my slug foil, it came on siliconised? backing tape for easy peel,
feeding as is with backing to the cutter, it tore off the backing.
Unpeeling the foil, with its gummy backing intact, and sticking to the
usual feed-in sheet, worked fine, selecting "vinyl" cut depth option.
Limited to 1 x 2 foot area of cutting, total sheet area
So for the "dress-maker" in this thread, find bare foil, coat with
something to strongish bond to some flexible heat tolerant sheet and
feed into the cutter, and needle off surplus material

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