Friday, 23 November 2012

Large format vinyl cutter at BuildBrighton Foison C24

Last night was BuildBrighton night (in fact, almost every night is a BuildBrighton night these days, but Thursdays are the "traditional" come-along-and-hang-out night) and as is usual, come the witching hour, cool things start to happen.

This video was taken at around ten past midnight, after we spent a couple of hours restoring the large format vinyl cutter that we donated a few months back. It's a Foison C24 and has been used about three times in it's lifetime. Hopefully, now it's in it's new home and working, and more people have access to it, it'll get used quite a bit more.

As you can see, it's quite a whizzy-fast machine. Because it's designed to use a drag knife, it takes corners quite slowly, but really flying down the straights!




For testing, we replaced the drag knife with a fat-tipped Sharpie and drew on some copper board. Of course, it's only a matter of time before we're drawing PCBs directly onto the copper board, by-passing the whole press-n-peel stage of etching ;-)