How hackable is this Slice machine ?

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How hackable is this Slice machine ?

Post by Externet » Wed Dec 30, 2009 11:22 am

Could leave sticky/tacky paper/film on copper clad boards to mask it from the etching solution, could it ?
Has a memory card slot waiting for a hacker programmer to load a circuit layout in it.

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Re: How hackable is this Slice machine ?

Post by gerty » Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:00 pm

I wonder what type of cutting tool it uses?

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Post by kheston » Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:34 pm

A close friend has a similar device she uses for scrapbooking. I has a small Exacta-like blade that does the cutting. Can you cut traces with an Exacta knife?
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Re: How hackable is this Slice machine ?

Post by jwax » Fri Jan 01, 2010 8:55 am

You'd have to check to see what the smallest resolution is of the cutter.
Then, probably be easiest to contact the manufacturer directly to allow a user to input board layout graphics.

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Re: How hackable is this Slice machine ?

Post by haklesup » Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:16 pm

Well, they don't mention any software or drawing file formats so its doubtful they have a supported way of making your own patterns. Even if you can figure out the file format and make your own, you'll have to be aware of min limitations of feature size and turn radius. They either assumed scrap bookers wouldn't be technically savvy enough to make their own patterns or they didn't have the resources to design a graphics program with all the design rules built in.

I wouldn't expect the graphics to be in a raster format (BMP, JPG, TIFF etc.) either. It would have to be in a vector format like a plotter output file (HPGL, Gerber) which explains how they can easily scale the included patterns.

I doubt this would be a very flexible way to make PCBs. If you can make stencils for PCB FAB, they would have rather large feature sizes compared to what's possible. Cool gadget though, I never saw this before.

:idea: Excellent tool for ritual scarification cerimonies too :evil:

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