CNC

Computer Numerical Control

If you have a 3-axis CNC Machine you can convert it into a carpet cutting machine for cutting paper, custom matting, even vinyl cutting machine, then emboss a shirt or something like it with that vinyl cut.

Some people even sell the cuts on E-Bay for people to add on a shirt using a heat press.

Here are some links that may help a little with the build process:

http://www.rockcliffmachine.com/forum/showthread.php?440-tangential-knife-cutting-Styrene
http://www.buildyourtools.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=944
http://donektools.com/free-cnc-router-software/links-2/
http://donektools.com/
http://www.rccrawler.com/forum/tools-procedures/416470-cnc-drag-knife.html


Noting the challenges:

Blades Snap

Material moving

Losing Steps too much

Programming the blade to turn, not required with a Drag-Cutting machine

Embroidery Machines

Heat-Press

Custom Mat or carpet cutting machines

Links:

http://hackedgadgets.com/2006/04/07/diy-computerized-embroidery/

http://130.94.182.150/embroidr.htm

http://www.cnczone.com/forums/cnc_wood_router_project_log/57404-diy-_computer-numeric-control_embroidery_machine-3.html

http://eclipseproyect.blogspot.ca/2008/06/bordadora-computarizada-1.html  (Spanish)

http://cncfanuc.blogspot.ca/

@Crabb

CNC