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Any Forum Members have a Laser CNC?
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December 17, 2019 - 10:42 pm
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I would like to make a bunch of small circular discs out of 3 mm (1/8 inch) expanded pvc foam board or sintra.  I can provide the material and computer aided design format file.  Anyone interested?  Thank you.

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December 19, 2019 - 6:16 am
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@Irv - I have a suspicion that Dennis - @cdennyb - may well have, but I haven't seen him on the forum for a long time - and I doubt he'll see the notification.   I have him friended on FaceBook - I'll draw his attention to this - 

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December 19, 2019 - 1:16 pm
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Irv, I make a lot of stuff with my laser, a 60w CO2 unit. Making anything from PVC with a laser is a no-no in the laser community. It off-gasses and the chlorine is pretty nasty stuff. Can't see it but it sure does corrode the metal surfaces quite rapidly.

Now, making those from acrylic or wood ply is a piece of cake. If that's an option, then I can probably help you out.

Here's a pic of what cutting PVC for one day did to a laser unit.


Let me know.vinyl-on-lasercutter-1_1400x.progressive.jpgImage Enlarger

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December 19, 2019 - 6:56 pm
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Well @BillyG and @cdennyb , it looks like I may need to go another direction in cutting this plastic.  I am currently making a disc cutter set.  My goal is to make my own “indestructible” clarinet pads that would be immune to pad bugs (the same critters that eat bow hair). EEBCB73D-70CD-4D50-9738-261014816734.jpegImage Enlarger

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December 20, 2019 - 4:32 am
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I trust you've exhausted the idea of using traditional wadding punches? They've worked well for centuries, making small, circular pads from soft material.

On a more commercial scale, water-cutting would work well; are there any 'maker' clubs in your district? Such groups sometimes club together to buy machinery which individuals couldn't justify.


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December 20, 2019 - 5:38 am
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These insects seem to be unique to America - bad luck!

My natural approach would be 100% traditional and I'd replace the pads when need be, retaining instrument maintenance skills. And I'd buy a can of bug spray.


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