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Cutting PE?
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, January 29, 2004 11:02 PM
I've read the archives on cutting PE parts from their 'trees' and noticed that nobody seems to use any of the Xuron products for this. Is there a specific reason why that seems to be the case?

The Xuron cutters seem like they'd be well suited for cutting PE, but I admittedly have ZERO experience with this as I'm just getting involved in using PE. I'm simply trying to get as good of an education as I can before I start in with my first project.

Any and All ideas and comments are welcome and encouraged!


TIA,

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, January 30, 2004 1:13 AM
I'm a nobody. Big Smile [:D] I have two different Xuron cutters, the model 410 for general plastics use and the micro-shears ( I forget the model number) that are made for cutting PE, They are great! The only reason that nobody seams to be using them is either they aren't speaking up or they just haven't found out how nice the Xuron cutters are! Xuron makes dozens of specialized cutters for the electronics and aerospace industries, these babies will pass any Mil. Spec. or Fed. Spec. you can throw at them. Buy them.
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Posted by styrene on Monday, February 2, 2004 6:14 AM
I have Xuron shears, but am not satisfied with the way they cut PE. As the cutter engages the connector, there is a slight bend just before the cut is made, and the bend is transferred to the part. In addition, there are many connectors on PE that a Xuron can't reach because of the proximity of the connector to the part. I prefer to use a #11 or chisel tip blade to make the cuts. I've found that using a blade leaves less of a mark to have to clean up as well as keeping everything straight and square.

Gip Winecoff

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, February 3, 2004 12:43 AM
I'm in the same boat as Gip, as I prefer my Xuron cutters for the plastic sprues.....however, I didn't realize that they had a large selection of cutters, and I'm definately going to look into picking up a couple of extra ones.
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Posted by mark956 on Tuesday, February 3, 2004 4:09 PM
Thanks for the info on tools for cutting PE. I know micro-mark sells them.
mark956
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  • From: Lower Alabama
Posted by saltydog on Tuesday, February 3, 2004 7:59 PM
please, im begging!! would someone please tell me what the hey PE stands for!! im a rookie, please enlighten me. thank you very much. later.
Chris The Origins of Murphy's Law: "In the begginning there was nothing, and it exploded."!!! _________ chris
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, February 3, 2004 8:05 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by saltydog

please, im begging!! would someone please tell me what the hey PE stands for!! im a rookie, please enlighten me. thank you very much. later.


PE = Photo-etching.

A progress by which a design is masked out on a metal plate, the plate is than inserted into acid bath/ or covered with etching agent and exposes to light/heat to activate the agent. This will remove any unwanted metal.
It allows for small detail and very accurate etching thus making it suitable for Am parts.

The process is heavily used in electronics too to etch circuit boards and similar.

Hope this helps.
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Xuron Tools
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, February 3, 2004 8:50 PM
My main reason for asking is that I found a vendor on eBay who is selling the Industrial Xuron micro sheer cutter (Blue Handle model 170-II) for a VERY good price. (starting @ $5) I believe this is the same unit that is sold by MM for close to $20.

My unit arrived a couple of days ago, and I'm very impressed, though I've not yet tried it on any PE.

I have NO relationship to this seller, other than being a happy customer. Just thought I'd pass along the tip.


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  • From: Lower Alabama
Posted by saltydog on Tuesday, February 3, 2004 9:29 PM
Dunce [D)]Dunce [D)]Dunce [D)] ive heard of and even thought about purchasing some "PE" but just couldnt put the PE with photo etch. what a dummy. thanks guys for the turning on the light bulb. later.
Chris The Origins of Murphy's Law: "In the begginning there was nothing, and it exploded."!!! _________ chris
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