A new tool, at least for me, a cutting plotter.

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  1. al49

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    Honestly I don't know if this is the correct place to start this thread, in case isn't, admin pls move it in the right place.

    In any case, a couple of weeks ago I decided to purchase a Portrait cutting plotter made by Silhouette, this one:
    DSCN0771.JPG DSCN0772.JPG

    Main goal was to use it to make my own painting masks.
    First project was to get correctly (???) sized David's stars for my Avia S-199 1/32 scale model.
    Once I had what I hope are the correct sizes, I first did a drawing using an autocad type software:

    maschere S199.jpg

    The above dwg was exported to a vectorial software (Corel Draw) and then into the proprietary Silhouette software.
    I loaded into the plotter an adhesive vinyl sheet and I made my masks that I used to start painting:

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    Above pictures aren't too good but what I think is clear is that the amount of vinyl masking material around the circles is much more then what you get from manufacturers of those masks, so the handling is much easier.
    Next step will be to fit the negative star masking and spray the blue colour.

    NEXT STEP

    Next I tried something else.
    Not yet posted in the relevant session, but I will do it soon, but on my just started MIG-3 model I had an issue: according to other modellers to get a more realistic cockpit it would be advisable to add a couple of ribs behind pilot's seat.
    Standard approach is to cut them out of plast-icard, but I wanted to try my machine.
    Drawing process is the same as above but different is the stuff to be cut.

    I firstly tried with card-stock: DSCN0787.JPG DSCN0788.JPG DSCN0789.JPG

    the output isn't too bad but, as it can be appreciated in the middle picture, the cut itself isn't very sharp.
    The greyish colour on some of them is an attempt to seal card-stock with MR. Surfacer 1000.

    Therefore I wanted to try with plasti-card.

    The 0.5 mm one is too thick, unfortunately but 0.30 mm works: the only little problem is that you must cut two each and glue them together, very easy done by the plotter.

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    So here are they dry fit in their relevant position:

    DSCN0794.JPG DSCN0795.JPG DSCN0796.JPG

    Summary: these have been well spent money, at least i.m.h.o.
    Any question I will be very happy to try to answer.
    Alberto
     
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    Wow, that looks like it works very well. The fact that it can cut through plastic is really useful. You may have posted this elsewhere, but where did you get it?
     
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    Interesting stuff Alberto, and should prove to be a very useful tool all round.
     
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    #5 al49, Feb 1, 2014
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    Well, I got it from the Italian dealer for Silhouette, via e-bay, but it's available from Amazon as well and, I think, straight from the manufacturer:

    Silhouette America

    Alberto

    Footnote:
    I forgot to mention that, besides those drawing software I mentioned above, the tool comes with it's own drawing software:

    Immagine Silhouette.jpg

    the same used for cutting.
     
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    It may be more useful than 3D printers.
     
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    Wow....nice gizmo you got there Alberto!
     
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    Very nice.

    Coming from the sign trade vinyl for sign work is cut in the same manner, although these "plotters" run into the thousands of dollars and in widths up to 48". There are others on the market similar to your little one around 400 US.

    Friskit film would work a treat for the masks. Although if the mask consists of itsy bitsy parts they may tear picking them up. Signshops use a very low tac paper tape, comes 36" wide, and wider, down to 1-1/2" width for small stuff. Simply apply this tape over the mask, after the to be painted area has been removed, then rub it down and slowly pull the applicator tape off and Wallah!

    I been vacillating getting one.
     
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    Just for everybody information the vinyl masking stuff I used is Artool Ultra Mask
    Artool Ultra Mask-lg.jpg
    available for instance from:
    https://airbrushes.com/product_info.php?products_id=2939
    I used it before for several masking purposes cutting my shapes by hand and it works very well with my little plotter.
    Alberto
     
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    Very interesting. I've been thinking along the same lines to get something like that and may be one step closer now.
     
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    BTW,
    How smooth are the curved line cuts?
     
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    So far I only tried circles on vinyl and they are perfect, much better then rotary cutters.
    Very good also on those ribs cut off plasticard.
    Alberto
     
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    Now I would like to buy it my power a cutting plotter all a revolution, almost no longer need to buy any aircraft models, to know how to draw on. Dwg and / or photoshop as they have already shared between the two formats have any details.

    If you ever have it wrong and I give it away ...
     
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