Ross Moffett

Vinyl Cutter for etching???

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Hi,

Has anyone used a vinyl cutter for logo etching?

I'm considering getting one and I just wanted to know what your guy's opinions are.

Regards.

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My wife has one. Silhouette craft cutter, and I have been wondering the same thing... I will do a test tonight and post a pic so we can find out.

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I've used cut vinyl for the etching resist. It works very well and a good vinyl cutter can make some very detailed patterns.

Here's a tank drum I etched using vinyl patterns I cut for resists.

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Thanks for all the replies.

I'm considering getting the silhouette cameo, here's a video of a guy using one for metal etching.

 

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Check out http://knkusa.com/

My wife got their 'Zing' model several years ago and it has been great.  They have newer models now.

Mostly used for cutting paper for scrapbooking, but has been used to make vinyl resist for sandblast etching on glass.

Am amazed at the detail these machines can cut.

-- Dave

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Ran some tests, positive etch, negative etch, and even tried a stencil/sharpie resist (didn't work as well on that last one)

 

Took a piece of 1095, quickly sanded up to 400 grit  used contact paper to transfer to the metal in each case

IMG_6939.thumb.JPG.52152defba29d42382dda4519e4615d7.JPGUsed a sharpie to color the left side below then peel off the vinyl to see if the sharpie would resist. Sorry, guess i missed taking a pic of that one. 

IMG_6940.thumb.JPG.526b56211d8fb445a6debe4ca6246577.JPGGot impatient while peeling off the background  and tore some of the letters off... whatever, its a proof of concept, doesnt need to be perfect. IMG_6941.thumb.JPG.7eb043ddfd5ef9c8ad421fbe57dcf678.JPGIMG_6942.thumb.JPG.bed0ed455dce13be95ebd1bf25c340f6.JPGRight out of the acid (straight ferric chloride, no dilution)IMG_6944.thumb.JPG.05cfe368483e0a8cb932817e61a6152e.JPGIMG_6945.thumb.JPG.fd6743c2419a565d488295509e63b07c.JPGpeeled the vinyl, good linesIMG_6947.thumb.JPG.a17f8af2933369011dab8d045fdd99bf.JPG

sharpie/stencil resist didnt work that well, maybe if i let it go a long time and got a good topography change and sanded over it it would work, but using the vinyl for the resist is much easier.

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Takehomes, this was pretty hard to pick out the letters &/or the background at these small sizes.

I will have The Wife Unit make the letter lines thicker for this pattern. 

Set the cutter on a deeper setting if using small shapes. 

But most of all... it works!

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