Need More Tools wrote:I have been reading about people using double sided tape. That to me just sounds a bit dangerous.
Double sided tape is actually a very handy and reliable solution. But it is not universal and requires some caution.
We use it to machine industrial parts, with very few glitches. These glitches have a minor cost, compared to the ease of use.
You need to use extra strong hold tape, and carefully test it. Not all tapes give a good result, and not on all materials.
Heat is your enemy. When temperature is high, adhesive melts, and your part is no more correctly held. It means you generally cannot use it for aluminum, as cutting it produces heat.
We use it for a majority of our PU board machining on melamine spoil board. For large parts, we also use vacuum on a large machine, and in particular cases, mechanical hold.
The trick is to put a heavy load for a few minutes on your raw material in order to compress the tape and increase adherence.