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« on: March 22, 2011, 02:38 PM »

Currently, I use a bandsaw and thin masonite material to produce templates for hot-cutting.  this works pretty well for large pieces, but for small stencils the bandsaw can't cut tight enough (a scroll saw would be good, but I live in an apartment and I'm trying to cut back on the mess I make and tools I have to store).

I'm curious if anyone has had metal templates and stencils made for their kite making.  (I know a few or all major manufactures do this, but am wondering if it is cost effective for a small hobbyist). 

I have the ability to send autocad files for accurate production, but am curious about actual costs and what the best material/thickness would be for these type of panels.  Some panels I would use on specific kites of my own sale patterns and I would also have some stencils made for parts I use on all my kites (tail straps, standoff reinforcements, rub patches, leading edge cutouts etc).  All of said pieces would be used for hot cutting, so must be able to tolerate the heat of a cutter/soldering iron.

Any thoughts on the idea (and recommended places to have it done) would be appreciated.  I've found a few places online, but they don't post prices.  I've got a bit of work to do to finalize my CAD files, but I'm close.  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2011, 02:42 PM »

Sugarbaker: drop Will Sturdy an email..he gets laser cut templates for his designs....and he said that hey are pretty economical...
you can read his thoughts HERE
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2011, 05:59 PM »

s'Funny.... when I saw this thread, Lindsey at Phantom Star Kites was the first person I thought of. One of the item he makes is a CC sized bottle opener that is laser cut out of 16 gauge stainless steel for some of the AKA Conventions and NABX.

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