What's a good way to cut PCB material?

Started by nathanchronister December 18, 2004

Hi. Do you know a good tool for cutting PCB material? What are my
options here? (I'd like to cut it into smaller rectangles for making
my own carrier board, etc.) Thanks for your help. Nathan






>Do you know a good tool for cutting PCB material?

I'd use a Dremel Tool with a cutting wheel (make SURE you wear
goggles, those cutting wheels explode when they break,) or maybe a
hacksaw. I've used both and they both work. Good Luck!
Ken_S.

At 03:22 PM 12/18/2004, you wrote: >Hi. Do you know a good tool for cutting PCB material? What are my
>options here? (I'd like to cut it into smaller rectangles for making
>my own carrier board, etc.) Thanks for your help. Nathan >
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Nathan,

Dremel, Hobby saw, or anything that you have lying
around that can cut.

Just depends on how much time you want to spend.
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Hi,

I use a wire saw to cut smaller pieces of stripboard.
Used to use a drill to cut, but that was crude.

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> Hi. Do you know a good tool for cutting PCB
> material? What are my
> options here? (I'd like to cut it into smaller
> rectangles for making
> my own carrier board, etc.) Thanks for your help.
> Nathan >
>

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--- In , "nathanchronister"
<nathanchronister@y...> wrote:
> Do you know a good tool for cutting PCB material? What are my
> options here? (I'd like to cut it into smaller rectangles for
> making my own carrier board, etc.)

Especially if it is "perf board", having a grid of holes already
present, I usually cut it with tin snips. The snips may work on
solid board as well.

Your other options are a hacksaw, sabre saw or bandsaw.

If you have the equipment, you could do it like the pros do - CNC
routing.




I find a hacksaw blade works - choose one with fine teeth.

Cheers
Ray
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Hi. Do you know a good tool for cutting PCB material? What are my
options here? (I'd like to cut it into smaller rectangles for making
my own carrier board, etc.) Thanks for your help. Nathan

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I use one of those diamond tile cutting mini-table saws. You can get one for
about $100 at your local hardware store.

The fiberglass used in most PCB material is extremely abrasive, so expect to
dull regular saw blades and bans.

TM

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--- In , "nathanchronister"
<nathanchronister@y...> wrote:
> Do you know a good tool for cutting PCB material? What are my
> options here? (I'd like to cut it into smaller rectangles for
> making my own carrier board, etc.)

Especially if it is "perf board", having a grid of holes already
present, I usually cut it with tin snips. The snips may work on
solid board as well.

Your other options are a hacksaw, sabre saw or bandsaw.

If you have the equipment, you could do it like the pros do - CNC
routing.
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Hi,

I personally use either a Dremel tool with the smaller cutting disc,
works great, but makes a LOT of dust, and it's not something you want
getting into your lungs, so protective gear is mandatory.

Alternatively, for smaller boards, I use a pair of large, heavy-duty
scissors, which work a treat.

Regards,

Mike nathanchronister wrote:
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> Hi. Do you know a good tool for cutting PCB material? What are my
> options here? (I'd like to cut it into smaller rectangles for making
> my own carrier board, etc.) Thanks for your help. Nathan >
>
> Yahoo! Groups Links >





I'm surprised nobody mentioned the cutter knife along the metal ruler trick.

Hugo On Sun, 19 Dec 2004 12:14:35 +0100, Michael Puchol
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> Hi,
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> I personally use either a Dremel tool with the smaller cutting disc,
> works great, but makes a LOT of dust, and it's not something you want
> getting into your lungs, so protective gear is mandatory.
>
> Alternatively, for smaller boards, I use a pair of large, heavy-duty
> scissors, which work a treat.
>
> Regards,
>
> Mike
>
> nathanchronister wrote:
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> > Hi. Do you know a good tool for cutting PCB material? What are my
> > options here? (I'd like to cut it into smaller rectangles for making
> > my own carrier board, etc.) Thanks for your help. Nathan
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> >
> >
> >
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> >
> >
> > Yahoo! Groups Links
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I have used:
Radial Arm Saw with carbide blade as well as a table saw.
Also I have used a paper cutter.

-----Original Message-----
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Subject: [BasicX] What's a good way to cut PCB material?

Hi. Do you know a good tool for cutting PCB material? What are my
options here? (I'd like to cut it into smaller rectangles for making
my own carrier board, etc.) Thanks for your help. Nathan

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