Workholding - Engravers mat

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Kyleitzen
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Workholding - Engravers mat

Post by Kyleitzen » Fri May 06, 2016 7:00 pm

I've been struggling with workholding
Current setup - vacuum table with double sided tape on ends however neither hold my 1/6" engraving plastic perfectly flat. When your only cutting .008" - .012" flatness matters alot

I found this product. https://www.rowmark.com/seklema/seklema.asp

Waiting on it to arrive today, I will post pics and review.
It could be a viable alternative
SO3: Mods: baltic birch worksurface, vacuum table
Primary use: plastics engraving, name tags
www.ItzenSigns.com

Jimf
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Re: Workholding - Engravers mat

Post by Jimf » Sat May 07, 2016 1:13 am

How much was it? I had ask and received a similar mat sample from another company. They sent a 1 inch square piece. To small to test but it seemed like it would work well. It was expensive so I never ordered it.

Kyleitzen
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Re: Workholding - Engravers mat

Post by Kyleitzen » Sat May 07, 2016 4:16 am

So far the mat is working very well. I purchased a 12-inch by 12-inch mat for $61 from Johnson Plastics.

The 1/16" engraving plastic sticks to it amazing. It is easy to peel and reposition when necessary. It can withstand an upcut 1/8 inch End Mill profile cut on the edge that would normally peel the corners causing the material to lift and lose suction from my vacuum table and then move and be destroyed.

My waste board is Baltic Birch and it does not stick to the wood as well. I'm thinking I might go purchase a small piece of melamine and make a separate waste board. It seems to stick to Solid Surfaces very well like my countertop, plastic or aluminum.
SO3: Mods: baltic birch worksurface, vacuum table
Primary use: plastics engraving, name tags
www.ItzenSigns.com

Jimf
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Re: Workholding - Engravers mat

Post by Jimf » Sat May 07, 2016 2:20 pm

That's a lot cheaper than what I was quoted for. This was about 5 years ago. Thanks.

Kyleitzen
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Re: Workholding - Engravers mat

Post by Kyleitzen » Wed May 11, 2016 3:13 am

Melamine, definitely the way to go. Just swapped out my wasteboard this morning and it grips great.
SO3: Mods: baltic birch worksurface, vacuum table
Primary use: plastics engraving, name tags
www.ItzenSigns.com

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