Archive for the ‘Tools’ Category

My Non-Computerized CNC

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

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I had an old Shapeoko 2 in my shop that I never really finished assembling. I had the idea to create configurable stoppers so I could perform straightforward cuts, think Etch-a-Sketch with a router.

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I removed all of the motors, belts, and electronics. Bought some knobs, a shaft coupler, and milled a few custom delrin parts. And then took it for a test drive.

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I was very pleased with the results. The cuts is a bit choppy because I didn’t lock the 2×4 down too well, but for a first cut, not bad. I think I might use this for planing oddly shaped lumber, making rectangular voids in material, and creating simple slots.

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Robot Heart Factory

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Robot Hearts

Been experimenting with my vacuum former again. I’ve been making more hearts for robots, but this time I’m using plastic plates as my material source. Not only is it very affordable, but also food safe. I could use these for chocolate molds.

Robot Hearts

Robot Hearts

Robot Hearts

Robot Hearts

Tools in the Mail

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

All of these tools came in the mail at the same time

Just got all of these tools in the mail the other day. Can’t wait to use them all.

Doing Some Vacuuming

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

2 Vacuum Forms

I got myself an affordable little vacuum former a while back, and I’m finally getting around to playing with it.

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I made some CNCd forms out of delrin and oak and experimented with formable materials.

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But my favorite tip is using a Dremel cutting wheel in a drill press to trim off the excess material.

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CNCing Leather

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

CNCd leather

Kate Hartman and I were experimenting with CNC milling leather. We used an Othermill on different types of leather with varying results. I think we finally got something usable at the end. More to come.

CNCd leather

CNCd leather

CNCd leather

These tests were inspired by a fantastic project from Adidas.

Just Got Myself a Vacuum Former

Monday, April 27th, 2015

First Tests

Just got a little vacuum former, typically used by dentists and orthodontists. It kind of looks like an espresso maker, but it does a really nice job. Love new tools.

Vacuum Former

Using the OtherMill

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Emergency Stop

I’ve been putting this little guy through its paces. Figured I’d go right to aluminum. So far so good.

Milling

All cleaned up

Tool Handles

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Oak Handles for Ram Rod and Auger

Some quick tool handles made from scrap oak. One for a lathe ram rod and the other for an auger. Should come in handy.

Oak Handles for Ram Rod and Auger

Vacuum Former First Pulls

Friday, November 7th, 2014

First Attempts

Not that successful with my first pulls from my DIY vacuum former. I think I was using material that was too thick and not enough heat. My suction could be a little weak too. More to come.

First Attempts

Laser Etched Powder Coat Finish

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Laser Etched Powder Coat Finish

Really love the look of laser etched powder coating. The letters are so crisp.