What is the second best way to precision cut cardboard

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#1

I’m needing to cut some shapes from cardboard. Laser would be great. Too thick for my paper /vinyl cutter.
Ideas for the interim?


#2

How thick is the cardboard and how complex the shapes? (Any curves?)


#3

Xacto or utilility knife


#4

Bandsaw?


#5

Boxes, and yes, arcs


#6

Too much of it to do, need to make inserts for my product boxes


#7

Need to cut complex interior shapes to hold products


#8

Exacto for corrugated cardboard, but if it doesn’t have waffles, you might also be able to use something called a swivel knife - those work a heck of a lot better on arcs.

https://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-133140-1001-Fingertip-Swivel-Knife/dp/B001IDYT6Y/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1481682072&sr=8-3&keywords=swivel+knife

Blades are pretty tiny though, so if it’s thick, you’re stuck with the Exacto.


#9

All good answers so far but need a lot of them, simi production.


#10

Dies? If it’s a standard shape like square/circle/octagon you could use a BigShot.

The dies aren’t cheap tho.


#11

Big shot?


#12

This bad boy…

https://www.amazon.com/Sizzix-660540-Express-Cutting-Embossing/dp/B00R50GNG8/ref=sr_1_12?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1481683351&sr=1-12&keywords=Big+Shot

Unfortunately, the dies are not included and will run the price up.


#13

This just leaves me wanting my gf… :scream:


#14

Me too. :heart_eyes:

There’s actually a digital cutter that will easily handle thin cardboard, (we call it chipboard), but that would run you probably in the neighborhood of $400 or so…

probably more than you want to spend on inserts.


#15

You could get a template cut out of something hard like stencil material. It may make the cuts in the softer material a little easier.


#16

This just might be the interim solution.


#17

My cheap-o “multi tool” from Home Depot came with kind of a saw blade. It’s a half a circle blade. It doesn’t saw, mind you, but kind of shakes quickly. It’s like rubbing a small sawblade on something. Anyway, I’ve used it kind of like… an electric pizza cutter would be the best description. I’ve used it on 1/8" wood like that and managed to cut along my lines really well with it. Required only the slightest of sanding to finish it off.

  • Tom

#18

No local Makerspaces?


#19

I had a custom die made by http://www.customshapepros.com/ which I use on my big shot pro. It wasn’t cheap (don’t remember exactly but I think it was about $150 for a 4.5"x6" die. It works great! It’s what they call a steel rule die, and I believe there are videos out there on how to make one yourself, but it would not be for the faint of heart. For a repetitive cut a die is a lot more efficient than a laser anyway. Just not as much fun!


#20

If you’re doing a lot of them it might be worth it. Good buddy of mine used to design them for resale.