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  • Member since
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  • From: Forest Hill, Maryland
AK Interactive cutting boards
Posted by cwalker3 on Saturday, June 23, 2018 7:12 AM

I read an article today on The Modeling News about a product from AK Interactive. They are laser cut cutting boards that will allow you to cut straight or curved lines. Here are a couple of links:

https://ak-interactive.com/product/easycutting-type-1/

https://ak-interactive.com/product/easycutting-type-2/

Now in my research on these, I found a very similiar item made by Infini. Here's a link to one of their mats:

https://freetimehobbies.com/1-350-infini-models-easycutting-type-a/

Pretty close, huh? So the question is, is one company just copying the other, or are they related? 

My second question would be, has anyone used them and if so, what do you think of them? They're kind of pricey, but do look like they would be rather useful.

 

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, June 23, 2018 9:29 AM

I'm not sure I understand it.  How is it different than those green self-healing mats I see at the hobby shops and craft stores?  And what does laser cutting mean? 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Sydney, Australia
Posted by Phil_H on Saturday, June 23, 2018 9:56 AM

Don Stauffer
How is it different than those green self-healing mats I see at the hobby shops and craft stores?

It's not a mat for cutting on. Rather, it's a grid/guide for cutting parallel lines and exact perpendicular lines in masking tape. I believe you just apply a strip of masking tape over the mat, put the tip of your knife in the selected slot and cut.

If I recall correctly, Voyager makes a number of similar products in PE.

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Posted by Murphy's Law on Saturday, June 23, 2018 10:43 AM
I too thought this was just a normal cutting mat at first... this could be very useful.. thanks for sharing.
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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:25 PM

Why? Because they’re made in Korea? They’re basically the same type of cutting mat to me. Confused

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Posted by barryww on Saturday, June 23, 2018 3:30 PM

They look practically identical. May be that only the price will be your guide. I watched a short video on the AK type 1 & 2 and I see where they would have a place in my modeling tools.  No they are not just cutting mats.  These are tools for cutting masking tape into various widths, angles etc. with a high degree of accuracy. But they are pricey for what you get.  Will probably buy one but not all of them.  

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Posted by Murphy's Law on Saturday, June 23, 2018 6:27 PM

BlackSheepTwoOneFour

Why? Because they’re made in Korea? They’re basically the same type of cutting mat to me. Confused

 

I could be wrong but I do believe these boards have laser cut channels that your knife follows for making easy masks for straight lines and circles. I think this is more than just printed lines like all the other mats.

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Saturday, June 23, 2018 9:20 PM

Murphy's Law

 

 
BlackSheepTwoOneFour

Why? Because they’re made in Korea? They’re basically the same type of cutting mat to me. Confused

 

 

 

I could be wrong but I do believe these boards have laser cut channels that your knife follows for making easy masks for straight lines and circles. I think this is more than just printed lines like all the other mats.

 

 

 

That's what small metal rulers are for. I use it all the time on several occassions. Why spend for a special mat to cut straight lines? Circles? I use a compass cutter.

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Posted by Murphy's Law on Saturday, June 23, 2018 9:52 PM

BlackSheepTwoOneFour

 

 
Murphy's Law

 

 
BlackSheepTwoOneFour

Why? Because they’re made in Korea? They’re basically the same type of cutting mat to me. Confused

 

 

 

I could be wrong but I do believe these boards have laser cut channels that your knife follows for making easy masks for straight lines and circles. I think this is more than just printed lines like all the other mats.

 

 

 

 

 

That's what small metal rulers are for. I use it all the time on several occassions. Why spend for a special mat to cut straight lines? Circles? I use a compass cutter.

 

Alright sir.. well no one says you have to get one. It’s just another tool for someone to use, some may like it some may not. I’ve spent $20 on much worse things so this won’t break me.

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Posted by modelmaker66 on Sunday, June 24, 2018 1:05 AM

I have the one for striaght lines. It makes prscision cuts in exact 1mm increments, perfectly straight every time. Actually handy in the right situations where prescision is needed.

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