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#1 Posted : Sunday, September 18, 2011 5:26:46 PM(UTC)

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I have been trying to cot Balsa wood but it is not cutting all the way through. How should i set my Expression machine set up . I currently have it set to med speed, high pressure and deep cutter set at 6. Any suggestions on how I can get this set. I make miniatures, I am trying to make picture frames.

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#2 Posted : Sunday, September 18, 2011 5:29:10 PM(UTC)

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Keep your settings the same, but try doing multi-cut 2 or 3.
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My DH has been wanting me to cut balsa wood since he bought me my first cricut but I said "NO WAY". If you can do it let me know but I'm too chicken to try.Scared
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wont that hurt your cricut using that kind of wood
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#5 Posted : Wednesday, May 09, 2012 10:46:33 AM(UTC)

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For about two weeks, I've been searching and searching for info on how to cut balsa wood with my Cricut - that is one of the main reasons I bought the deep cut blade. I admit, I'm a little disappointed that Cricut doesn't have any instructions on how to do it. Anyway, I experimented and experimented and it finally worked!

1st - I used the 4" slats (1/16") because that is what I found locally. Tape them to the mat with painter's tape, going outside the upper boundary just a bit. DON'T put the wood outside the left boundary - you want the larger gray roller on the mat, not the wood.

2nd - I used the design software and placed my design down an inch in order that the smaller rollers never left the wood when cutting.

3rd - I used the deep cut blade, depth setting 6, speed 2, and PRESSURE ONLY 3 (MED). I tried higher pressure, but it just does not work, in fact, it may ruin the machine, judging by the sounds mine was making.

4th - I used a multi-cut of 10. I tried 6, it just wasn't enough. Even with 10 cuts, you will still have to help the design along with a craft knife - I found working from the back was best because I could see where the cut didn't penetrate and why.

Another tip - dont' use an intricate design. Mine was a crab whose legs were flimsy on the regular design - the show was much better.

I have now cut 16 crabs from the balsa wood! I admit after 16 crabs, multi-cut 10, even my deep cut blade is probably shot, however, the machine is working just fine.

Hope this helps someone else!
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