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Old 12-24-2008, 04:58 AM
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I just seen the tail end of a infomercial on a cricut expression machine.Looks like its for crafters ,But it looks like it cuts thin sheets of plastic STYRENE!
I think its like 250.00 but if your able to upload or scan images it would be cool as hell for building with Styrene..I will try to find out if it will scan ..

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Old 12-24-2008, 06:46 AM
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walmart has them on the end caps over in the crafts sections , saw them last night as i was getting 3 Artist Easels for the family.


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Bought one for the wife for christmas, I hope she likes it but I see no use for it I will find out real soon what it can do.
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Yeah, I'm not sure of their styrene capabilities, but that's all my Mom talks about when it comes to her scrapbooking. She doesn't have one yet, but Dad and I both agree it will only be a matter of time!

But if it's like any of her other tools I'm sure it will be quite adaptable to our uses here in this hobby too.

She does however have this contraption called a "Cuttlebug"....(wasn't aware Telletubbys designed scrapbooking tools!). It uses die cut metal blanks to emboss an image onto cardstock through a roll-through press. I suppose it would also imprint lines and detail grooves into light gauge styrene (maybe 0.020") if you came up with some sort of custom die. I suppose it would be neat for putting body lines onto door panels, hoods, etc.

Here's a pic of it...


Looking forward to seeing what you guys find out about the Cricut,

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Bought one for the wife for christmas, I hope she likes it but I see no use for it I will find out real soon what it can do.
Give it to her early I cant wait to find out
I knew if I posted that I would look and find out if it could be uploaded with
your own personal images that somebody would do the work for me
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I got one of the first ones for my wife several years ago.

May have to get her an upgrade!
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I just picked up a Cricut Expression for the wife. Just so everyone knows that by itself you are stuck with modules that are extremely expensive. The one it came with came with a font and 100 or so pics you can cut out. PErfect for the little doo dads that scrap bookers want but useless for us.

However a pc program called "Sure cuts a lot" allows you to plug in to the computer and print whatever you little heart desires!!! That's right folks!!! Any vector file you can dream up can be cut!!!

So far I have been using it more then she is. I finished up a couple custom decals I drew for the truck last night.

Now I am hunting down the settings I need to work with styrene. The manufacturer "claims" it can cut up to .5mm straight thru and .75 to 1mm if you double cut, then snap. If this is true then the possibilities for styrene skinning are immense!!!

So far I am extremely impressed!
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Well I just did a styrene test. I quickly drew up a toyota cab back. I just used a real cab to get the design right. I didn't worry about making anything the right size. I just wanted to see if this was something that would work. This is literally 5 minutes work...

I haven't trimmed these. I just popped them out of the sheet when it was done cutting. So excuse the flashing:





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that sucks craig lol jk thats sweet, can you do toyota emblems? or are they too small?
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WOW!!! cool machine thanks for sharing it, i had no idea these things existed.
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Cool indeed,this could make some quick bed drop jobs
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I see some clean builds coming from this sucker
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so when you gonna start selling sweet body panels?? the cab back is sweet.
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I am looking at getting a new cab to make a cab back kit and possibly a drop bed kit as well to start. I can't wait to test it on my man project.
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Well finding information on the net about this thing is ridiculous. Everyone talks to the end of the earth about using its modules. But there's little info about anything outside the world of scrap booking.

So I am the guinea pig! Going thru the settings I found out it can do the cut multiple times. (at least in module mode, remember the software is technically not supported) Since the wife was using it this evening I picked a complicate clipart from the module and had it run over the lines 3x. The blade almost got through the .5mm styrene. End result was much easier to snap out and less flashing to leave behind. This image is 1.5" high, maybe 5" long. I left the flashing on to show the result.



There is a blade for doing thicker projects. So its on my must get list asap. I also need to test if the multicut option works when attached to the computer. My end goal is to be able to run 1/16th styrene through the machine for the base plates and thinner for the detail plates...

To be continued...
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