One of the big things we do at Fluxspace is help schools create makerspaces. This is the first in a new series we’re calling Test Labs, where we take a close look at STEAM tools and technologies and review what we like and don’t like about each product.
This week we took a look at different tools that can be used to cut cardboard. Cardboard is one of the most widely used materials in makerspaces. It’s easy to find, fairly easy to work with, and a pretty cool way to upcycle material. However, cutting it safely can sometimes prove tricky.
We reviewed seven tools that schools are using - or maybe not using - to cut cardboard. In order to ensure fair testing, we created a template. Each tool was examined for its ability to cut a straight line, a curved line, for required effort, and for safety. We also considered price - we know that some schools have a tight budget!
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Our favorite cardboard cutter was the Volltek Electric Cordless Scissor. It was the safest and most effective tool we tested, but was also the most expensive. If you're looking for a cheaper option, we also liked the CANARY Armwrestler Tin Snips, although they might not be safe enough for younger students. The Worx Zip Snip and the Klever Kutter were very safe and great for cutting straight lines, although they weren't great at cutting out curved shapes.
Our findings for each of the seven tools we tested are highlighted in this video! Subscribe to Fluxspace on YouTube so you don’t miss out on Test Labs product reviews.