Archive for October 30th, 2018
That’s a PNG converted from the SVG original, because WordPress regards SVG and DXF files as security risks.
Run the DXF through
dxf2gcode (from the Ubuntu repository) to produce G-Code suitable for my MPCNC’s GRBL controller, tape a sheet of paper to a sacrificial acrylic sheet, fire up bCNC, set the origins, and run the G-Code:
As expected, the cut paper pulled off the acrylic, because it’s not glued down; I have some Cricut adhesive cutting mats which are definitely in the nature of fine tuning. In any event, the paper showed I could get from a DXF image to drag knife cutting action.
This being a crown, gaudy gold vinyl seemed appropriate:
The weeding process removes everything that’s not the crown; I used a razor knife to cut a square and remove the vinyl around the crown. A good needle-nose tweezer works wonders!
Apply transfer film to the weeded crown and peel it from its backing paper:
Stick it on something desperately in need of decoration and peel off the transfer film:
The tricky part is setting the drag knife cutting depth to match the vinyl sheet thickness (14 mil = 0.36 mm), so the blade cuts the vinyl without cutting through the backing paper. This seems best done with manual trial cuts on scrap vinyl, pressing the drag knife holder down firmly by hand and tweaking the depth adjustment for a clean cut.
The G-Code cuts at 400 mm/min = 6.7 mm/s, perhaps a bit on the slow side.