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What should be used to cut VIVAK ® Sheet?

A carbide-tipped blade with a "triple chip" design is best. Table and overhead saws can be used.

Circular saws can be used to run in the range of 8,000 to 12,000 feet per minute. Three to five teeth per inch is recommended. Thicker gauges require fewer teeth per inch. Band saws can be used, but circular saws are preferred for straight cuts. Thin gauge sheets should be well supported up to the cutting blade.

Band saws should run 2,000 feet per minute and have three to 15 teeth per inch. Thicker gauges require fewer teeth per inch.

VIVAK® should be clamped and secured to avoid vibration, which will induce cracks in the sheet.

Sawing Recommendations

Type of cutToolBlade TypeBlade ParametersBlade speed
Straight cutCircular SawTriple-Chip Design7-1/4" diameter, 40 teeth(carbide-tipped cutoff)4,500 rpm
Curved cutSaber or JigsawFinish Cutting Blade7 teeth per inch
Curved CutBand Saw1/2"3 teeth per inch2,000 ft/min
Trimming & DeflangingRouterCarbide-Tipped or High-Speed Steel, Double Fluted3/8" diameter20,000 rpm

VIVAK® can be laser cut in thicknesses up to 0.187". Consult the Laser cutter manufacture for more information. The laser's power and travel speed should be optimized to minimize the whitening of the VIVAK® Sheet.


Drill bits specifically designed for plastic should be used. Standard twist drills are recommended.

Title: What should be used to cut VIVAK ® Sheet?
Description: Cutting information for cutting the VIVAK ® Sheet.
Published: 10/15/2008
Last Edited: 1/16/2023
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