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DIY: Hand Cutting NanoFoil®

  • Indium Corporation
  • NanoBond®
  • NanoFoil®

  • Hand cutting is only one option for shaping NanoFoil®, however it is quick, easy, and inexpensive.

    All you need to cut NanoFoil® with this method is a good cutting surface, metal straight edge or ruler, and a glass cutter.

    Step 1: Measure and mark the section of NanoFoil® you want to cut. You can mark NanoFoil® with a fine-tip permanent marker. As the old saying goes: “measure twice, cut once”.

    Step 2: Use the straight edge or ruler as a guide, aligning one edge to the section you just marked on the NanoFoil®.

    Step 3: Score the NanoFoil® along the metal edge. If you need to make a second pass, do so in the same direction as your initial pass. Remember that you are scoring the NanoFoil®, not trying to cut through it like a pizza!

    Step 4: Using a bending action, break the scored section away. I like to use flat tweezers to lift the foil – for added safety in case it is activated. This is where you learn how good you are at step 3!

    If all goes well, you have just cut a piece of NanoFoil® with clean edges. If not, you will notice cracking or chips in the NanoFoil® around the edges. If the chips are outside the bond area, it is okay to use the piece (that’s why it is good to cut your NanoFoil® slightly oversize). After NanoBond® and cleanup no one will ever know the NanoFoil® didn’t look perfect just before activation. Your secret is safe with me.


    * This post is part of the NanoFoil® Do-It-Yourself Tips and Tricks series

    Authored by previous Indium Application Manager Jim Hisert