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Cutting Coffee Filter Paper - HELP

tashanertashaner Member Posts: 2
New user here and need some help.. Cameo3 w/autoblade

I have a recurring project that requires 50 simple shapes to be cut from coffee filter paper. I created an SVG file and it cuts perfectly on copy paper. The issue comes with the more fibrous and fragile coffee filters. I'm using a low-tack mat and have the machine set to blade 1, force 15, speed 4 and the lines set to over-cut (to avoid issues at the corners).

The problem is that it just tears up the paper; maybe 1 in 15 actually cut OK. I thought about using the normal mat, but I think the issue would then be removing the cut pieces. I've played with blade depth, force and speed to no avail.

Any help out there?

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  • tashanertashaner Member Posts: 2
    BTW I just tried lowering the force quite a bit. Better, but still quite a bit of tearing, plus it didn't cut all the way through

  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 7,674
    I'm not a Cameo user. But when I was testing a very delicate Japanese paper for a customer on one of the cutters I support, I found that it required a VERY low pressure (13 on a scale from 1 - 255) and four passes. Note that this cutter has about 6 times the maximum cutting force of a Cameo 3, so this material required a VERY gentle approach.  I had never before needed 4 passes on any type of paper or cardstock but this particular paper was so susceptible to tearing. 

    Thus, if I were experiencing the same thing you're describing, I would be using the least amount of blade exposure to penetrate the coffee filter (I assume a Blade setting of 1 is the lowest already?), a lower force, but then more passes. Start with 2 and that will probably do it.

    Also, always takes notes when testing a new material so that you don't repeat the same settings and also  document the results of each test.  It really helps optimize the settings plus you'll have those notes if you ever cut the same material again.

    Good luck! 
    Sandy McCauley
    Cutting with KNK Force, Maxx Air, Zing Orbit, Skycut C and D
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  • emawalker9999emawalker9999 Member Posts: 2
    When I changed into a kid my dad turned into a massive coffee drinker. At least 3 or four cups an afternoon. Which looks like lots to me. He worked in a manufacturing facility. He preferred his coffee so much that he sold a massive coffee urn and began selling cups to his coworkers. That way he got unfastened espresso!
  • GabeGabe Moderator Posts: 4,596
    edited January 26
    @SandyMcC

    In woodworking, sometimes I have to cut something that will fray on the edges from the saw, so what I do is sandwich it between two thin pieces of wood or even semi-thick fiber board.  I wonder if something along those lines would work with the coffee filter paper.  I.e.; sandwich between some cardstock so that 1) it won't be sticky from the mat adhesive and 2) it will not tear or shred because it is held in place by the cardstock.  Of course, the cardstock would need to be taped together during the cutting process.

    I have no idea if that would work, but it just popped into my head so I thought I'd mention it. Let me know what you think, because you are the real expert. :)
    Post edited by Gabe on
  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 7,674
    That would be the same as trying to cut two pieces of cardstock at the same time which isn't possible because the top layer isn't stabilized for cutting... it would be loose and any shapes you tried to cut from it would fall away because they're not stuck down to anything.... plus they wouldn't cut cleanly either.  But, that's thinking outside the box which is always a good approach!  :) 
    Sandy McCauley
    Cutting with KNK Force, Maxx Air, Zing Orbit, Skycut C and D
    Over 90 free MTC videos: http://www.iloveknk.com/support/mtc-support/
    Latest MTC User Manuals: http://www.iloveknk.com/Support/user-manuals/
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