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Shayla

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According to the Fletcher site, a 3100 can cut ACM up to 2 millimeters thick. Here's my question. Is it possible to cut 4 ml board, by doing one cut one each side, so they 'meet in the middle'? Or not? I'm guessing not, but figured it's worth asking. We've never worked with it before, and the piece will be around 43 x 59. Trying to figure out whether to get a big one and try cutting, or just get it pre-cut.
 

Peter Odems

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I sometimes use Dibond because it works nicely. Dibond has an outside layer of very thin aluminum on both sides and that makes it strong as a plate. I never gutted it with a guillotine-equipment but saw it at a flat sawing-table. Technically seen you need an other blade (teeth-angle) as sawing wood/MDF. Don't you have a workshop around with a flat sawing-table?
 

Jim Miller

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Not sure, but a call to Fletcher or John Ranes would help. I believe the tool for that would be the twin-disc cutter usually used for aluminum sheeting. If so, then you probably couldn't force that through 4 mm ACM.
 

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I've cut it with a straight edge and a utility knife. Takes a bit of effort and the edges require a little touch up with a steel burnisher and a file, but for framing purposes it works fine.
I was hesitant doing this but confirmed with a local sign/graphics company and they said they did it that way rather than have a dedicated machine.
YMMV
 

i-FRAMER

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I have used the MDF cutting tool on the fletcher 3100 to cut disband 3-4mm thick.
The 4mm gets a bit tough. But if you are strong enough it will work.
I haven't broken in blades yet, and it still cuts my MDF board no problems
 
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