Elliptical Cutting Frame


On the complexity scale, they fall into:
1. Eccentric Cutting Frame
2. Elliptical Cutting Frame
3. Rose Cutting Frame
4. Epicycloidal Cutting Frame

Elliptical Cutting Frames (sometimes called Ellipse Cutting Frames) are another variation of the fly cutter. They add additional functionality to the eccentric cutting frame by adding gears which allow the cutter to follow an elliptical path instead of a circular one.

Elliptical cutting frames are often used for adding designs to the end of an object, especially with guilloché type of work. The trained user of the elliptical cutting frame can change the gearing and produce other, highly intricate designs including multiple four-leaf clovers.

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