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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by ltj, Jan 13, 2004.

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  1. ltj

    ltj Guest

    FYI - Found a $50 diamond-blade saw at Lowes (4" Ceramic Tile Wet Saw by
    QEP). Wouldn't be worth a darn for tile but cuts PCBs like a champ. Clean,
    quiet and fast..
  2. Baphomet

    Baphomet Guest

    We used to use your standard run of the mill paper cutter. It worked well
    for both phonelic and glass epoxy boards. Keep the blade sharp ;-)
  3. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    We used to sneak into the machine shop and use a foot-pedal metal
    shear. The machinists hated us for doing this, as epoxy-glass is hell
    on shear blades.

  4. Ross Mac

    Ross Mac Guest

    That was the way the board shops used to do it many years ago when there was
    a big tolerance. They would just print fablines and shear manually. Hand
    shears were pretty popular back then too...Ross
  5. Ross Mac

    Ross Mac Guest

    A router table works great too if you get the correct cutting tools. Tulon,
    Tycom and Precision Carbide make special routing burrs designed for circuit
    boards. In the olden days they used to make a template with a couple of
    tooling pins and hand routed everything. The nice thing about a routing
    table is you can do cutouts, where with a saw, everything has to be square
    or rectangular....good luck, Ross
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