If you’ve been in the weekly meetings recently, you may know that I’ve been working on getting the vinyl cutter to a user friendly and well documented state. It now lives on the network with a Raspberry Pi print server and works quite well.
This vote is for a budget to get the vinyl cutter into top shape and begin stocking some consumable materials so it gets some use.
In order to make the vinyl cutter “walk-up ready” we will need to make some investments in the equipment. The plotter still has its original Graphtec CB09UA blade which makes clean enough cuts, but its mileage is still unknown. As part of this proposal, Hive13 will purchase a 3-pack of 45° 0.9mm cutting blades to keep on hand. Each blade has a rated lifetime of 4km.
This proposal will also include the Sure Cuts A Lot v5 software package for the CAD workstation and a weeding kit for vinyl projects. Unlike the Sign Cut Pro software which the Hive used in the past, SCAL has a perpetual license model and will not involve recurring costs.
This portion of the vote to get the vinyl cutter to a usable state involves the expenditure of up to $140 (blades, software, weeding kit).
In my research, I have found that consumables are relatively inexpensive when bought in bulk. For example, one square foot sheet of Oracal 651 at a craft store will set you back $2. A 60 square foot roll of the same material costs $25.
I am proposing the Hive purchase two 24” x 10 yard rolls of Oracal 631 or equivalent indoor removable vinyl (one white, one black), one 24” x 10 yard roll of Oracal 651 or equivalent outdoor rated vinyl (black), and one 24” x 100 yard roll of medium tack paper transfer tape.
The first stock of consumables will cost another $140. Subsequent purchases will likely be from the warden budget as needed. More colorful projects will be on a BYOV basis.
The total on-paper cost is $280, but I am asking for $350 to help soften the blow for surprises (e.g. blades aren’t in stock and we need to spend the extra $30 on the Graphtec OEM CB09UB blades). I’d say there is a 98% probability of this coming in under budget.
1x 3-pack of CB09U compatible 45° cutting blades $50
1x US Cutter weeding kit $30
Sure Cuts A Lot v5 $60
Equipment Subtotal $140
3x 24” x 10 yd vinyl roll @ $25 $75
1x 24” x 100 yd transfer tape $65
Consumable Subtotal $140
Buffer for surprises $70
Grand Total $350
This vote should come up for consideration at the September 17th weekly meeting if I have the timing right.