Stencil lettering

CentralSigns

New Member
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
 

Mosh

Member
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"
 

Brandon708

Member
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.
 

CentralSigns

New Member
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.
 

BrendanVail

New Member
i make stencils with my plotter by taking scrap vinyl, flipping it over and cutting into the backing paper, just an idea
 

AUTO-FX

New Member
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.
 
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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.
 

gabagoo

Member
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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