'The Perfect Cut' is a set of desktop tools that allows inexperienced users to perform precise cuts on various sheet materials like cardboard, foam core, leather, and cloth.It assists the users to control the angle and depth of the cut, in cases of cutting circles and splines freehandedly and along straight edges.There are snap-off blades, scalpels, rotary cutters, two sliders, circle cutter tools, and rulers in the set. With different combinations of the parts, 'The Perfect Cut' not only performs all kinds of impeccable cuts, but also saves time on practicing and redoing.
by Shih-Yen Lo, as one of the degree projects for MA design products at Royal College of Art
With different combinations of the components, The Perfect Cut offers the following functions:
The angle slider offers the function of adjusting the angle of cut; with a snap off blade, the depth of cut could also be controlled. Both of the snap off blade and the scalpel could be fitted with the angle slider.
The angle slider could control the angle precisely, the right edge of the top layer of the mount board was cut vertical, the second one is 5 degree, the third one is 10 degree...and so on.
The angle cutter could be fit on a circle cutter, and would be able to cut circles with the radius between 3 and 20 cm.
The center pad protects the material from being damaged by the tip of circle cutter Two rulers could be attached to the center pad to get a right angle.
Rulers could be hooked together in order to extend.
All the 3 types of blade, snap off, scalpel, and the rotary cutter could be attached to the vertical slider.
The vertical slider helps users to keep their blade perpendicular to the surface of the material while cutting a spline free handed.
The depth of cut could be adjusted with vertical slider, and it's for both right and left handed.
The little piece of ruler on the vertical slider not only keeps it vertical, but also provide a guide for doing parallel and offset cuts.