Wendell Neeley

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Just like the subject says, has anyone ever used a die cutter, like the Silhouette HD or Cricut 2, to make game parts? It seems as if it could make some very nice round edged playing card type shapes, as well as more intricate shapes in card stock. You would then have to glue the shapes onto chip board and cut them out with a sharp knife, I suppose.

I may give this a run, trying to integrate it with some of the card fabrication techniques that I've seen here.

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Yes. I tried the cricut expressions or whatever. It almost worked nicely, but it would *always* cut one corner of the square counters wrong. It looked worse than what I do by hand. Ultimately, I had to give up on it. I even went to the Cricut forums to see if my unit was just defective, but some nice folks there tried to replicate my setup and had the same results.
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I'm curious about this as well. I've been thinking about doing it, but would love to hear if anyone else has had any luck with this.
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On decent thickness stock, it does not cut properly.

It's made for thin cardstock at best. Nothing I would use in a game.
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The wife had a Cricut and we weren't able to get it to work at all. I'll give it a run with the Silhouette then and let you know how it goes. devil
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I have not tried because of the cost, but when I was considering them, I had selected the black cat cougar as the one most likely to do the job.

http://thatsscrapinc.com/blackcatcutters.aspx
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ghostofmerlin wrote:
a die cutter, like the Silhouette HD or Cricut 2


(For what it's worth, I've used a die cutter to make game pieces, and it works fine on thick card... but strictly speaking, neither of those machines are die cutters, they're more like plotters with blades instead of pens. A die cutter uses a fixed tool which is pressed into the shaped material to push through it, and generally is capable of exerting much more pressure than this kind of device.)

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Bichatse wrote:
strictly speaking, neither of those machines are die cutters

(In Crocdile Dundee's voice): That's not a die cutter, THIS is a die cutter!

http://www.accucutcraft.com/cutting-machines/grandemark-mach...
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Hmm, interesting to hear most people having negative reactions to Cricut. I have considered getting one for making game pieces. I've been doing my research and even watched some "how to" videos on youtube. There are a few on how to cut chip board with a Cricut also.

I may still give it a go in the future.

Edit: Also there seems to be some less expensive viable options with some of the manual machines like Cuttlebug and Big Shot.
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I've been doing a lot of research on this lately and it seems like the best current option is the Zing! cutter which will do light chipboard and supports PNC (print and cut). The Zing is about $400. The next best option is a Silhouette SD, available used for about $200.

PNC is important because you can print your art on label sheets, adhere them to cardstock, and then have it all cut out in one swipe, with no aligning necessary because the laser eye finds the registration marks and cuts the borders correctly.

Apparently the downside to all these products is that the cardstock needs to stick to an underlying mat. If the pieces are too small, they don't stick well and one or more edges or corners will be rough. If the mat is too sticky, it can leave a residue.


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Hmm, interesting to hear most people having negative reactions to Cricut. I have considered getting one for making game pieces. I've been doing my research and even watched some "how to" videos on youtube. There are a few on how to cut chip board with a Cricut also.

I may still give it a go in the future.

Edit: Also there seems to be some less expensive viable options with some of the manual machines like Cuttlebug and Big Shot.
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Medium weight chipboard tackled!

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