Another new product to announce before @Luke can get to it, the Stingray Drag Knife. You can see it at:
I’m sure there will be more to add to the product page based on the discussion here so if there are any questions, ask away and some combination of @Luke , @wmoy , and @KevBarn14 can jump in with some answers.
This looks interesting. I agree that it isn’t a replacement for a dedicated vinyl cutting station, but it does look like it has some legitimate uses.
Is there any idea whether it can cut thicker material like cardboard? Or tougher material like leather? If I could cut leather with this, I would have less need for a laser for future projects. (I mean, I still want a laser.)
One tip for holding down the material would be to get one of the cutting mats that a silhouette uses and hold that down on your work surface. We have the 12"x24" versions for our silhouette. I don’t know if they make larger versions or not.
Those cutting mats are designed with adhesive that holds the work stable, but is easy to remove when finished.
I also wonder how the painter’s tape and CA glue trick would work with tougher material (or that felt that didn’t work for you).
The thickness the Stingray will cut is quite limited.
Ages ago, when I got married, I did the invitations by hand (money was tight, and I figured I was an award-winning graphic designer and aspiring calligrapher) and part of that was an inner envelope. Took one out and measured it and made a file:
Wonderful! I have “build a vinyl cutter attachment” on my todo list, but this looks like a very affordable tidy package that will let me hit the ground running. Going to be picking this and a set of the mc etchers up pretty soon.
Lovely to see this. Mr. Barnett’s video is right on point - it is great to avoid dedicating space to an additional machine, and the Shapeoko setup, while more fidgety, is also more flexible. What type of mat did he use in the video? Self-healing?
That is what it looks like to me. Those are great to have around, and can be had for pretty cheap on amazon. I was thinking of facing off a piece of MDF (probably not needed), adding mounting holes, then using a lot of double stick tape to hold down a cutting mat. That way I can slide it on and off whenever I want and know that it has a solid support base.
This was released at just the right time as I have been looking for a thin cutter solution that’s relatively cheap for some occasional use. One use is for cutting plastic film covering used for my RC planes. It took some work holding experimentation before I got something to work, but attaching the covering to low tack blue tape then taping that on a cutting mat worked well for this small application. The film covering is very thin and it took a while to dial in the correct cutting length and machining speeds, but success! The lettering was cutout using the drag knife and is about 2 inches high.