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Rough Cut Plastic Laminate on CNC3/23
Do any of you rough cut plastic laminate pieces on CNC?
I just realized we send our guys to saw to rough cut these parts, but may as well just use our cabinet software which optimizes 1" bigger than final part size.
Thanks in advance-
If its just simple strips and rectangles no.
With odd shapes and curves we cut a lot on the cnc with a 1/8 down spiral bit.
Sometimes we cut stuff also to get straight edges to make seams on big stuff or odd joints.
Also 1" bigger seams like a lot for most stuff, we usually go 3/8 - 1/2 unless it is something funny and there is a chance of running out when they lay the stuff down. It a lot less to router off and gunk up and bury the router bit on the hand router.
Thank you Sngalpuss-
How do you cut the normal square parts? Just let the your guys figure out sizes and cut part by piece by piece as needed on saw? Or do you send them a cut list so they can cut all parts?
The guys are usually smart enough to cut for best yield.
Sometimes if I figured some kind of a cut diagram because we are short on material I'll give them something to go by.
If you've got some marginal players then best to show them so they don't surprise you.
For square cuts we have a vertical laminate rack with a safety speed cut, right in front of it. fast and effective and safe.
We cut most of our laminate on cnc. Works wonders for curved receptions etc. Need to have a freshly surfaced spoil board and make sure the material is clean. I think our operator cuts it face down? I think she found it was slipping too much face up... We use a 1/4 down spiral