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CNC router cut

04-10-2011, 05:02 PM
I know this isn't metal but I think it's pretty cool so I wanted to post it. This was cut out of MDF and is 6"x6.5". The cut path was created from a photo image of the logo.

04-10-2011, 05:13 PM
Looks Great!! Nice job..

04-10-2011, 06:43 PM
Looks like it came out great.

04-10-2011, 10:32 PM
Looking good Gadget. Couldn't the same process be used for making molds? - Say for concrete, or anything else really depending upon the material being used.

04-10-2011, 11:46 PM
For it's size, the detail is awesome!

04-11-2011, 08:40 AM
That's awesome Gadget.How long did it take to cut out something that small with so much detail?

04-11-2011, 11:01 AM
I see no reason why you couldn't make a mold for concrete.
The cut process is two parts, one roughing (about 35 minutes) and one finish (about 4 hours) The roughing is done with a 1/8" ball end mill, the finish is done with a 1/16th ball end mill with a step over of about .020 meaning that each cut line only moves into the work by .020 which is why it takes so long.

04-11-2011, 11:43 AM
Wow,4 hours.No wonder everything looks so precise.I bet your router is pretty warm by the time it stops.

Kel Fab Creations
04-11-2011, 11:32 PM
very cool Dan. did you make it for someone or just something cool to cut out?

04-12-2011, 08:52 AM
I plan on giving it to the director of the ambulance authority here. We became good friends when I did his network support.

04-13-2011, 12:24 AM
Very nice work Dan...what imaging software are you using....Might need to looking into that...pretty cool...

04-13-2011, 08:18 AM
Very nice work Dan...what imaging software are you using....Might need to looking into that...pretty cool...

I used an eval version of Meshcam Art (30 day eval) to create the 3D from the photo. Then used Cut3d to create the cut path. Meshcam is supposed to do the cut path too but it keeps crashing on me.

04-15-2011, 09:00 AM
Nice work, keep it up as it keeps reminding me to get going and try some CNC. I wish I lived closer so that I could stop by and get a tutorial.


04-21-2011, 05:57 PM
Have you thought about using a v cutter instead of an endmill?

04-21-2011, 06:28 PM
A v cutter will not get the smooth finish the ball end mill will give. this is a 1/16th ball end mill and it advances only about 18 thou per line giving very smooth results.