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Stencil lettering

Discussion in 'Fonts and Typography' started by CentralSigns, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. CentralSigns

    CentralSigns Very Active Member

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    What's a good font to use to make stencils out of. I need to make numbers 0-9, and D B W A T X. For a cut stencil out of polystyrene. Any Ideas would be appreciated as we have never cut them before. As well a guess to the range of pressures on the plotter for .030 polystyrene would also be helpfull. Thanks
     
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    Mosh Major Contributor

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    Not good on a plotter! IMO poly is to heavy for plotters. I know you only need to score it but...
    BTW the font I use when I do this is called "stencil"
     
  4. Brandon708

    Brandon708 Very Active Member

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    I dont see how a plotter (Graphtec) can cut out a stencil. Maybe just score it but I don't know if it could cut all the way through. We just cut out a vinyl letter then cut it out with a box cutter.
     
  5. CentralSigns

    CentralSigns Very Active Member

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    Thats why the plotter has the high force settings Fed. just not sure how high to start with on the .o3o material to get enough of a cut in the material. i wouldn't use a printer cutter but a cut only machine. Thanks for the replies.
     
  6. BrendanVail

    BrendanVail New Member

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    i make stencils with my plotter by taking scrap vinyl, flipping it over and cutting into the backing paper, just an idea
     
  7. AUTO-FX

    AUTO-FX Very Active Member

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    I have done poly stencils quite a few times with my plotter. i use my old roland cm24 for this, and i always save the worn 60deg blades to do it. I do 2 passes, and this scores it nicely, then a little flex and snap it out. no problems.
     
  8. wetgravy

    wetgravy Guest

    I've cut polystyrene before with my plotter, i just use a dull blade max out the pressure, set the cut speed to a crawl to reduce drifting and score out what i need a stencil for. I don't ever try to cut all the way through, but it is accurate and with the other option being engraving out the stencil or cnc'ing it out ... I can live with having to finish hand cutting.

    oh, and Make sure you put a couple thin strips of vinyl on the top and bottom of the poly so the rollers will hold it better.
     
  9. gabagoo

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    I only do stencils out of magnetic material for waste bins using my Gerber Envision. Fast and easy but size is limited.
     
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