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Discussion in 'Electrical Engineering' started by CLT, Jan 27, 2004.

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  1. CLT

    CLT Guest

    I need to cut a lot of aislapol panels and i want to do it with an
    electric filament but i dont know the volts per meter in that
    filament. Has any one a circuit for this?
    Thanks in advance.
  2. Is "aislapol" like styrofoam? If so, something like this:

    You can also use a stepdown ISOLATION transformer and a mains-voltage
    variac on the primary.

    If this isn't an established method of cutting you might want to
    investigate the nature and possible toxicity of the fumes that come
    off the material before going ahead.

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  3. Mike Lamond

    Mike Lamond Guest

    We use hot wire cutters on pink foam to shape scenery on our model
    railroad layouts. One modeler I know picked up some surplus 6.3VCT
    20 amp secondary filament transformers. Once we get the 120V variac
    and build it properly, it should make a nice cutter.

    I'd be suspicious of the part where he says to use a model train
    transformer without a circuit breaker. It probably means he's
    overloading the one he's got and doesn't realize it.

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