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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 run in the range of 8,000 – 12,000 feet per minute. 3 - 5 teeth per inch is recommended. Thicker gauges require fewer teeth per inch. Band saws can be used but circular saws are preferred for making straight cuts. Thin gauge sheets should be well support all the way up to the cutting blade.
Band saws should be run 2,000 feet per minute and have 3 – 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 cut


Blade Type

Blade Parameters

Blade speed

Straight cut

Circular Saw

Triple-Chip Design

7-1/4” diameter, 40 teeth(carbide-tipped cutoff)

4,500 rpm

Curved cut

Saber or Jigsaw

Finish Cutting Blade

7 teeth per inch


Curved Cut

Band Saw


3 teeth per inch

2,000 ft/min

Trimming & Deflanging


Carbide-Tipped or High-Speed Steel, Double Fluted

3/8” diameter

20,000 rpm

VIVAK ® can be laser cut in thicknesses up to .187”. Consult Laser cutter manufacture for more information. The laser’s power and travel speed should be optimized in order to minimize 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: 9/19/2013
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