As much as there are different types of plastics to cut, there are also different types of cutters you can use to for plastics like acrylic sheet, a plastic tube, corrugated plastic, or a polycarbonate sheet. And like all cutters, you must be careful on how you use them, so here are a few tips on how to use your plastic sheet cutter.
- Safety basics. When working with any type of mechanical cutters, you have to remember to have basic safety. Of course, the first and foremost is to read your manual from cover to cover. Remember, you are working with power tools, so the necessary precautions must be understood clearly. In case of dust from plastic, you must remember to have protective eyewear specifically made for tasks of cutting plastic. At the same time, you must make sure that your hands are protected with the proper gloves to do the job. If you prefer working without the gloves, make sure to follow the instructions on how your hands should be placed while working with the machine.
- Consider the type of plastic. You will be working with many different types of plastic of different quality, both in thickness and strength. If you use a cutter that is not fitted for the type of plastic, you may end up either making improper cuts on the plastic, or wearing out your cutter’s blade too soon. If you’re working with plastic tubes, you may need some extra props to hold it down. Some plastics crack easily depending on the force of the blade or the speed of the machine. Do some extra research on the type of material you are working with so you can cut the plastic properly. For different types of plastics, you can check this website: tapplastics.com
- Type of cutter. You must be completely knowledgeable of the type of cutter you have, because this determines what type of plastic you can cut. You must also know the other prerequisites on how to set up your cutter to use them properly. If the plastic is less than an inch thick and is short enough, you can use an acrylic knife. For thicker types of plastic, you can use a saber saw or a band saw. There are other types of cutters you can use, but all you have to keep in mind, is the proper use of each, without straining the blade too much, or adding damage to yourself or your environment. Some cutters you can work with either over your table with Styrofoam enough to protect your table from scratches, or you can work with your cutter just beside the table. For either option, just make sure to have sturdy table.
- Power supply. Before starting your cutter, you must know where your power supply is located so you can easily turn it off in case there is jam, or a problem while cutting. Make sure that the machine is turned off before you check your cables in case it is not working on the first try to avoid accidents.
Using a plastic cutter requires the understanding of the machine, the blade and the material you are working with. If you can, consult with the plastic and cutter manufacturers for extra information for your project.