I'm very interested in the idea of expanding the use of digital die cutting machines into markets beyond scrapbooking. The more sales digital die makers can make, the lower the costs to everyone and the greater the encouragement for innovation.
One of those potential new areas is model airplanes and model railroading. So, I decided to test some of the materials common in both. Balsa wood, the most common material turns out to have a grain that is to easily shattered. It's not that the eCraft cannot cut it. But, as yet, I have not found the right setting before running out of test material. I think I was using too much pressure.
But, I did have a large sheet of Midwest Products Birch Plywood 1/64th of an inch thick. So, I decided to try it.
And, I am glad that I did. It cuts beautifully. Here is a sample cut. One tip is missing because I had set up the head too close to the edge and the blade ran off the edge on that side. You'll also notice that one of the cuts of the multicut setting of 5 seems to be offset ever so slightly.
I want to make sure to follow up on the slight offset issue. While the other side of this plywood, the side that is actually the 'Up' side, does NOT show the offset, it is something of which we need to be aware. Had I cut this face up, then the face would have been marred.
SPECIAL NOTE: THIS CUT FOLLOWED CHIP BOARD ATTEMPT
Just before trying the plywood cut, I once again tried chipboard. The blade never even scratched the surface. I couldn't even see where the blade had crossed over the surface. It was this failure that led me to try to see if it was the blade by trying the plywood. It was NOT the blade, as you can see from the above image that the eCraft was able to cut the plywood quite easily.
If someone is able to find the magic settings for cutting chipboard, please let us know.