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  • #63913

    Wildc4t
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    Hey,

    Once my machine was up and running, I did some plotting and was really happy with it. So, I moved the MPCNC to a real table, got a spoilboard mounted, and used my plotting files to engrave. Those aren’t very interesting (so I’m not attaching them) and I’m pretty proficient at modeling so I found a design I liked on Google images and thought it would make a good sign. I used Inkscape to get a rough DXF file for it, then ended up just using it as a template as I completely remade a new DXF in Fusion 360. CAM programming was done in F360 as well.

    Honestly, it was a great starter project: I surfaced my stock, used the engraving function, made pockets, and cut the whole thing out. I got to work through a few kinks and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!

    Here’s some videos of it cutting and a final picture of the completed board. IMGUR LINK

    My next project is a little more ambitious. I’m going to attempt to do some 3d contouring… if it works out the way I want it to, I’ll be super happy about it.

    Thanks for those who helped me through the power supply snafu earlier. This seems to be a great community.

    -Alex

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    #63918

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    For a first project I think you did great! Jeez, you learned all of the techniques in one go. 3D is easy, the only tricky stuff is flipping and the hardest part of that is flipping it the right direction.

    From here on out smooth sailing, thanks for sharing.

     

    #64008

    JDGreen
    Participant

    Nice work.

    I hope you enjoy it.

    I always christen my machines with a UK logo too!

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    #64120

    Jason Dentler
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    so cool

    #64169

    Wildc4t
    Participant

    well!

    I finished my first 3D cut and it turned out pretty darn good. I made some programming snafu’s, but, all in all, not bad for my first try!

    https://imgur.com/a/wX3B0e6

    Im gonna fill it with wood filler in the spots I messed up and then sand/paint it. This is been quite an adventure.

    -Alex

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    #64170

    Jeffeb3
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    That is very slick. I like the way the layers really show the “topography”.

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    #64189

    Wildc4t
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    I always christen my machines with a UK logo too!

    I designed that UK Flag for fun. Sadly, I’m not really that creative when it comes to actually drawing and graphic design. I make up for it by being able to copy other peoples designs! (Lol)

    That is very slick. I like the way the layers really show the “topography”.

    Yeah, I just finished putting some wood filler over the spots where I dove the bit into the piece… a little sanding and some painting and it should be good as new!

    -Alex

     

    #64201

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Whoa!

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    #64251

    Johnny
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    Wow. That came out really good! Well done!

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    #64284

    Wildc4t
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    Hey guys,

    I was back at it again this morning. Last night I used some wood filler to fill my mistakes in and then I sanded it up this morning. Once I had done that, I wasn’t terribly happy with the non-uniform outcome so I ran to the store and bought some acrylic paint. See the link below for the finished project:

    IMGUR LINK

    The only thing that’s still bothering me now is that the whole thing isn’t centered in the “frame”. When I set zero, I set it off to the side of the piece,  so I’m almost exactly 1/4″ off center to the left. Nothing a quick measure/cut wouldn’t fix.

    Oh and I made sure to make the white really thin so you can still see the wood grain/layering!

    -Alex

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    #64286

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Too cool. I added the raw one to the gallery, so the layers were really obvious cnc work.

    #64303

    Wildc4t
    Participant

    Thanks, Ryan!

    Maybe use the pic after I wood filled it so it isn’t so obvious I ran the tool through my piece?! Lol

    -Alex

    #64304

    Ryan
    Keymaster

    Imperfections give it character. I can change it if you want, I just hope some will follow the link and see all of the work you did on it.

    #64504

    Wildc4t
    Participant

    I was being sarcastic, sorry! Thanks for putting it up.

    -Alex

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