Early today we were combated with the task of cutting vinyl wrapped alumi-panel using a 1/8″ spiral “o” flute on our Digital Express. From a basic standpoint, alumi-panel cuts very easily on most routing systems. The issue we encountered was maintaining the integrity of the vinyl and edge quality of the combined materials.
We started by capturing the fiducials, which proved useful as the material was never aligned before we started the blower. After the vision system registered all the marks and our file adjusted for our alignment incompetence to be within 0.001″ tolerence, we ran the job using the 4 hp spindle while doing two passes at 120 IPM, first pass downcut followed by a second pass upcut, yielding optimal results.
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