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Projects => General Questions => Topic started by: jimmybjj on July 22, 2010, 06:39:55 AM

Title: how do you guys cut your fr-4 board?
Post by: jimmybjj on July 22, 2010, 06:39:55 AM
I've been using the score and break method but I imagine some of you guys might have some elegant and not so elegant solutions  ;D
Title: Re: how do you guys cut your fr-4 board?
Post by: irmcdermott on July 22, 2010, 07:51:06 AM
I use one of the cutting attachments on my dremel and a vise. Nice clean cuts.
Title: Re: how do you guys cut your fr-4 board?
Post by: madbean on July 22, 2010, 08:06:10 AM
Bandsaw.
Title: Re: how do you guys cut your fr-4 board?
Post by: Haberdasher on July 22, 2010, 08:12:45 AM
I have an old-school paper cutter that was my grandfather's; the kind they don't make anymore.  The thing has a cutting arm on it like a lawn mower blade.  It chops right through quickly & cleanly.
Title: Re: how do you guys cut your fr-4 board?
Post by: jimmybjj on July 28, 2010, 09:02:46 AM
what do you guys think about using a chop saw? I can get a small one from harbor fright for $25. will it work well?
Title: Re: how do you guys cut your fr-4 board?
Post by: crashguitar on July 28, 2010, 12:14:16 PM
Not sure about the chop saw, but I use the rotary tool (dremel) from Harbor Freight and it works great. They have some kits for under $15 IIRC that includes cutting wheels.
Title: Re: how do you guys cut your fr-4 board?
Post by: jimmybjj on July 28, 2010, 01:17:54 PM
Not sure about the chop saw, but I use the rotary tool (dremel) from Harbor Freight and it works great. They have some kits for under $15 IIRC that includes cutting wheels.
i have a dremel as well but I am looking for a more efficient way of cutting straight with minimal cleaning followup.
Title: Re: how do you guys cut your fr-4 board?
Post by: madbean on July 28, 2010, 09:28:32 PM
How much do you want to spend, Jimmy?
Title: Re: how do you guys cut your fr-4 board?
Post by: jimmybjj on July 29, 2010, 07:22:25 AM
How much do you want to spend, Jimmy?

I'm not super concerned with cost, it's more about the end product and the convenience. That being said I don't want to spend $300. I'd prefer to spend $30 but will consider anything up to about $200 especially if I can convince my wife I can use it for more than just pcbs ;D
Title: Re: how do you guys cut your fr-4 board?
Post by: Haberdasher on July 31, 2010, 01:54:35 PM
Before I found that my heavy duty paper cutter worked so well for chopping copper clad I was actually looking at this (http://roundhacksawblades.com/) as a cheap alternative.  Since inside corner cuts are such a herculean task with the cutter I may end up getting one anyway...

I have no idea how well it would work, but it'd be interesting to find out.