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    Scroll Saw / Jigsaw and 3mm Plasticard

    Hi all, longtime lurker, seldom poster

    From research i can see everyone reccommends the score and snap method with 3mm plasticard however the project im working on requires ALOT of cutting.

    I'm making a smaller version of my degree piece but in plasticard (this was laser cut 3mm MDF):

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    I've narrowed it down to this neat looking handheld jigsaw however i'm worried about the motor burning out like a Dremel (Proxxon Micromot SS 230/E Super Jigsaw):

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Proxxon-Mic...Proxxon+JIGSAW


    Or a much larger conventional scroll saw (Record Power SS16V Scroll Saw 16-inch):

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Record-Powe...rds=SCROLL+SAW


    Has anyone had experience cutting plasticard in this way? Does it melt alot when cut at these speeds?

    Appreciate any help

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    Re: Scroll Saw / Jigsaw and 3mm Plasticard

    My dremel melted plasticard even when used at low speed. Jigsaws cut a little differently so perhaps not.
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    Re: Scroll Saw / Jigsaw and 3mm Plasticard

    Yeah my main concern would be melting.

    I'd use a scroll saw. Super fine cutting.
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    Re: Scroll Saw / Jigsaw and 3mm Plasticard

    The scroll saw will give you better control for small pieces as you will be holding the material as opposed to clamping the material and holding the material. I would still be concerned with heat melting the plasticard in either case.
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