Posts Tagged ‘CNC’

5 Pipe Holder

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

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I love when you can go from quick sketch to finished part in just a few hours. This milled delrin piece was originally intended to hold 1″ diameter PVC pipes in bundles of 5. But it became an interesting wheel as well. Just need to create new kinds of roads.

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Cone Study

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

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I’ve been messing around with examples of simple CAD that can get you up and running on a CNC quickly. This is just a series of cones that have been pasted in a circular pattern, copied, flipped, and then all joined together.

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I really liked the form, and it worked well with the 4 axis mill.

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Milled Blue Lion

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

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Been milling some wooden Voltron parts, the Blue Lion to be exact. Showing some students how to use the 4 axis mill. Using the fantastic files from Jurica Pranjic.

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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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Cam Shaft

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Cam Shaft

Just milled a cam shaft out of delrin. Been meaning to make this part for some time now.

Cam Shaft

CNC’d Plywood Experiments

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Also been doing some experiments with some milled plywood. More to come.

CNC'd Plywood Parts

Glue Up

Glue Up

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Why am I Such a Misfit

Friday, December 18th, 2015

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Doing a little holiday making at the moment and whipped up these CNC’d toy trucks. Very similar in style and technique to some cars I did a while back.

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One truck, two truck, red truck, blue truck.

The weird thing, I was basically doing exactly what Hermey the dentist elf was doing in Rudolph.

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.

Rock Tumbler

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Rock Tumbler

I don’t think I’ve thought about using a rock tumbler for about 30 years, but I heard recently they were great for deburring CNCd parts. I found an affordable one and I just started experimenting. My first to attempts have been pretty good, one of aluminum one of delrin. The parts feel great, all soft edges. Now I need to work on the polish.

Rock Tumbler Finish

Tumbling Some CNCd Delrin Parts

Fresh out of the Tumbler

Rock Tumbler Finish

Utility Belt Buckle

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

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I’ve been working on this belt buckle design off and on for a little while. The goal was to have the whole thing be cut out on the Othermill. But it ended up being a better idea to create all of the Delrin parts on the Othermill and the aluminum parts on the Roland 4 axis mill. I ended up cleaning the front up on the metal lathe (clear back plate is laser cut acrylic).

Next one I’ll powder coat and maybe do a design on the front. I’m also experimenting with using a rock tumbler to finish the CNCd parts. More on this later.

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Buckle complete

CAD model of buckle

Test Fit Pieces