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Re: Cutting polymer plates

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  • Subject: Re: Cutting polymer plates
  • From: SusanV <susanvoss3@gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2007 11:11:03 -0400
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Hi Keith,

Yes that's how I've also been doing it, before I got the cutter as
well as since I discovered the cutter doesn't work well.

Do you have trouble with little particles from the cut edge getting
under the protective film?  I sure do, as well as any filings from
cleaning up the edge with a file.  I guess I will continue on that way
and just try to figure out the "cleanest" way to do it.


On 3/12/07, taylordow <taylordow@sprintmail.com> wrote:

I cut mine by hand, using a straight edge and heavy duty Stanley
utility knife. They're harder to cut than the Solarplates
unfortunately. It takes me about 10-12 passes to score the plate to a
point where it can be flexed easily enough to snap off without
bending. The piece that's not held down will start to rise a little,
which is a good indication it will snap cleanly. After that, I use a
fine file or sandpaper to smooth the edges and corners.


On Mar 12, 2007, at 7:53 AM, SusanV wrote:

Jon, Keith, Chris and all,

I need help cutting these plates.  I bought a supposedly heavy duty
paper cutter, but it bends the edge of the plate (the edge of the
piece that falls off the bed of the cutter).  It also doesn't cut the
plates very easily.  It was what was available locally at Staples, and
"only" cost $65.  I know that's not much as these blasted things go.

Do your cutters slice through the plates easily?  Do they bend the

Do I need to return this cutter and get a better one?


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