Paper Cutting Machine

Tue, 28 Apr 2015

The lovely people at Sissix sent me an Eclips2 paper cutter to play with. I've had a couple of cnc paper cutters in the past but this is the first one that scores paper as well as cutting. My previous machines cut a perforated line for fold lines, this one has a special 'score' setting where the pressure on the blade is reduced.

The result is a beautifully sharp crease line. I've put together a sample model to try out the features of the machine.

I'll write a more detailed review at a later stage, in the meantime, check out this fine looking machine!


And this nodding dog model made using its awesome computer controlled powers.

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Comments (9)

  • umehta April 29, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Does eCAL convert PDF into a

    Does eCAL convert PDF into a file format that Eclips2 can use?

    • robives April 29, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      Sort of. But it is easier to

      Sort of. But it is easier to import SVG files into eCAL as it keeps the layers in order. I'll be uploading a project in various formats on the website for anyone who has a suitable machine to try.

      • umehta April 29, 2015 at 7:52 pm

        If your review comes up as GO

        If your review comes up as GO for this machine, I will buy it. Then the question will be how to convert your past projects into SVG format. (Going forward would not be an issue.)

         

        I like to cut because it takes a while for me (sometimes a few slow hours) so it is fun. However, when I wanted to re-build another model of the same projcet then I wanted something quick where this machine could prove to be handy.

  • Smelter May 2, 2015 at 8:19 am

    See if you can get a play

    See if you can get a play with version 3 before you do a review. It's got a wizzy remote control!

    http://www.sizzix.co.uk/eclipsfeatures_uk

  • RickTomlinson May 21, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    I don’t have experience with

    I don't have experience with this cutter, but I use the competing Silhouette Cameo that has similar functions and it is FANTASTIC for production work. I cut 500 decorative gift boxes for a school play one weekend. Last October I used cutting, scoring, and drawing settings to produce pinhole viewer kits for every student in our school to assemble so we could view a solar eclipse that coincided with the end of our school day. I've also produced pre-cut and scored marble roller coaster kits for other teachers (I made the kids cut and score their own in class, though). I do handwork for experiments and design, but I let the machine do all my gruntwork and precision cutting now.

    • Smelter May 22, 2015 at 5:51 pm

      Hi Rick. Do you have a

      Hi Rick. Do you have a template for the "marble roller coaster" kit that you can share? The one's I have found on the web are quite pricey compared to the battery powered ones I can buy in the "Home Bargain" stores for £6

      http://www.homebargains.co.uk/products/10112-roller-rail-level-1-6500mm-rail.aspx

      • RickTomlinson May 22, 2015 at 8:25 pm

        Hi Smelter. The one I used

        Hi Smelter. The one I used was a commercial product (available here) that licenses at US$20 per classroom. I had a few teachers build models in competetion with my 7th and 8th grade students this year.

        I am working on a design of my own that I plan to have ready before the school year begins (Late July her in Arizona). I should have an svg file and basic instructions ready in 3 – 4 weeks. I would be delighted to share it with you in exchange for some feedback. Willing to play guinea pig?

        • Smelter May 22, 2015 at 9:44 pm

          Hi Rick, excellent news, you

          Hi Rick, excellent news, you got yourself a Beta tester!

          That link is the one I was referring to, compared to the one I linked to.

          We will have to exchange e-mail addresses, perhaps Rob could put us in touch?

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