Cricut paper cutting machine

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Cricut paper cutting machine

Post by kk6pr » Sat Apr 10, 2010 6:04 am

Has any one tried converting Stella nets into files that can be imported to a Cricut machine?

I tried converting a .JPG into a .SVG in Adobe Illistrator, but it didn't look very precise.

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Post by guy » Sun Apr 25, 2010 8:46 am

Rob, doesn't Stella offer svg vector output for nets and perspectives? These can be displayed directly in any modern web browser, or printed off, and crucially at any scale without loss of detail. They are even cross-platform.
Sorry I can't check my own copy, I no longer run Windows and am not yet confident enough to try an unproven app with WINE.

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Post by robertw » Mon May 03, 2010 9:30 am

Nope, sorry, Stella sends nets direct to the printer. I think people have used print-to-PDF, but not sure how flexible that output is.

Can you print direct to the circuit machine?

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Re: Cricut paper cutting machine

Post by robertw » Sun Jan 05, 2020 6:40 am

Wow, this thread is over 10 years old now! Since then I did buy a Cricut cutting machine. It would be tricky to use with the current version of Stella, but I'm working on some features to add support for it (and hopefully other cutting machines like Silhouette).

I found quite a few issues with Cricut that were hard to work around, both their hardware and their software, but I think I have a fairly streamlined process now.

One great feature is that it can hold two tools at once, so you can do both scoring and cutting in one go. The biggest issue though is that the scores and cuts don't quite align with each other! They are offset by 1mm or so. Has anyone else noticed this? Does anyone have a Cricut that doesn't do this? I've tried two machines and they both did it. It seems constant across the page though, so you can work around it by offsetting the score and cut lines in the opposite direction first. I've added a way to provide this offset in Stella, but I don't have a good way to calibrate it yet (to measure the offset, which may be different from machine to machine, and maybe even day to day).

A new version of Stella will still be a while off, since I'm not really close yet, but getting there!

I used the Cricut to build this model:
https://www.software3d.com/WebbToroid.php
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Re: Cricut paper cutting machine

Post by Jrcolyer » Sun Jan 05, 2020 7:15 pm

Hey there...I had one thought...I dont have a Cricut Maker yet so I cannot test it, but they sell a scoring wheel tool that fits into the same housing as the cutting tool. Swapping out the tools adds a step in the process but maybe that would correct the alignment issue.

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Re: Cricut paper cutting machine

Post by robertw » Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:53 pm

Hmm, the scoring wheel must be new since last I looked. I have a scoring tool that's more just a point. Either way I doubt the alignment is the same.

Swapping out the tools may just add another opportunity for the alignment to go out, but who knows. I haven't tried using the scoring tool in the same slot as the cutting tool in two separate passes. But as long as the offset can be adjusted for, it can work using both slots and a single step.

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