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Cutting 125 and 190 Mylar

chrisschriss Member Posts: 21
I'm trying to find the most suitable setting settings for cutting 125 micron and 190 micron on the KNK MAX..

Can  any recommend a setting that i can try?  So far i can't seem to get it to cut correctly..

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  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 6,899
    Assuming this is the Maxx and not the Maxx Air model, I would try 1 pass and a force of 90 on the 125 and then 2 passes and a force of 110 on the 190.  This is not based on actual cutting on the Maxx, but rather an estimate based on what's needed on other models. Thus use the test button first and, as always, you don't want to be cutting into the mat. First adjust the force until you get a clean cut then back off on blade exposure until you still get a clean cut but you're no longer seeing deep cuts in the mat.  Also, make sure the Mylar is pressed down REALLY well to a clean and sticky mat. If it's being pulled up from the adhesive on the mat, it won't cut in those spots.  We have a lot of customers who cut Mylar stencils for their businesses, so I know you can definitely get great cutting on your Maxx.  Post back if you still have issues.
    Sandy McCauley
    Cutting with KNK Force, Maxx Air, Zing Air
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  • chrisschriss Member Posts: 21
    edited May 19
    Hi Sandy,  Thank you,   Will try these settings, will let you know how it goes..

    I bought the cutter secondhand it's the 24" model  What's the difference between air and max air?
  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 6,899
    edited May 19
    There is no KNK model simply called "air".  There's a Zing Air and a Maxx Air.  Did you mean to ask the difference between the Maxx and the Maxx Air?  Here's a comparison table on my web site:

    http://www.iloveknk.com/wp-content/uploads/Info/KNKComparison2.pdf

    Let me know if you have any specific questions!  : )
    Sandy McCauley
    Cutting with KNK Force, Maxx Air, Zing Air
    Need help with your KNK? Visit this link: http://knkusa.com/contact/
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  • chrisschriss Member Posts: 21
    Yes , sorry.  Just checked my model would be the Maxx Air 24"
  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 6,899
    Okay!  I have my Maxx Air set up and I have Mylar in both of those thicknesses. Let me do some test cuts and I can give you decent settings to use for your initial test cuts.
    Sandy McCauley
    Cutting with KNK Force, Maxx Air, Zing Air
    Need help with your KNK? Visit this link: http://knkusa.com/contact/
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  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 6,899
    Okay... here are my results from a quick test cut using the red capped blade:

    125 Mylar:  use 1 pass at 80  or  2 passes at 60

    190 Mylar: use 1 pass at 120  or 2 passes at 80

    For any kind of intricate designs, I always recommend 2 passes because it will help in weeding significantly.  On the other hand, plastics tend to separate cleanly by just pushing out the shape if it's still a bit stuck to the waste.  So, that's more of a user-choice issue. 

    Note: if you have read the Maxx Air User Manual, please do read Chapter 2... especially Section 2.01. I used 25 Post It notes to set the blade tip height above the material. This height greatly affects the force needed for any given material.  Also, always do test cuts to make sure the settings will work. Don't just assume that my settings will match perfectly with what you need.   Here's a link to the UM:

    http://www.iloveknk.com/support/user-manuals/maxx-air-user-manuals/

    Post back if you have any problems. I'm always happy to help.
    Sandy McCauley
    Cutting with KNK Force, Maxx Air, Zing Air
    Need help with your KNK? Visit this link: http://knkusa.com/contact/
    KNK / MTC Videos: http://bit.ly/1kmAcoO
    Latest KNK / MTC User Manuals: http://www.iloveknk.com/Support/user-manuals/
  • chrisschriss Member Posts: 21
    Hi Sandy,   Thank you!

    It's cutting great now...       :)

    How long do you find the blades last for when cutting Mylar ?    Say doing A4 stencils,  How many can you do on average?


  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 6,899
    I have no clue. I don't cut stencils as a business.  But one thing to remember is that you don't need to toss a blade as soon as you can tell it's beginning to get dull. Instead, increase the cutting force by, say, 10.  And then do that again when needed.  At some point it won't cut well any longer, but you can definitely extend the cutting life this way. 
    Sandy McCauley
    Cutting with KNK Force, Maxx Air, Zing Air
    Need help with your KNK? Visit this link: http://knkusa.com/contact/
    KNK / MTC Videos: http://bit.ly/1kmAcoO
    Latest KNK / MTC User Manuals: http://www.iloveknk.com/Support/user-manuals/
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