Posts Tagged ‘CNC’

Vacuum Former/CNC Mill

Sunday, December 6th, 2020

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I’ve been working on combining a vacuum former and a CNC. The goal is that the machine can mill the buck, form the plastic shell, and then mill the shell — all in one. The hope is that some interesting parts can be created with the machine.

I’m still in early stages and the rig is basically a Frankenstein build of various kits, but I think it’s starting to go somewhere.

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CNC Jig for Slots

Sunday, December 6th, 2020

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My latest tin can toy is based on Galactus. The main feature are the antennas on the side of the helmet. And the parts that connect the antenna fins to the head turned out to be the trickiest pieces. I made a jig for the mill so I could slot the aluminum. Then I turned them to the correct size on the lathe.

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Milling Lenses

Saturday, February 15th, 2020
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After a quick polish, it appears to magnify a bit.

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I CNC’d some acrylic on the 4 axis into lens like shapes. After a polish on the buffing wheel, they actually worked.

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The lens making process

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Walnut Caster Car

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

Made a fun little walnut Caster Car. Everything was CNC’d on the Bantam mill then sandwiched together.

Walnut Cheese Board

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

CNC’d another cheese board. This time in walnut.

Deceptively Difficult Part

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

This walnut part was deceptively difficult to wrap my head around. Perfect part for the 4-axis though.

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4th times the charm

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CNC’d Cheese Board

Monday, February 25th, 2019
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Board with walnut oil added

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I CNC’d a simple cheese board out of some mystery scrap, then routed the edges round. I don’t even like cheese all that much.

Acrylic Inlay

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

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Been experimenting with milled acrylic inlay. I CNC the acrylic parts, use acrylic weld to attach the parts (I used a lot), let it dry then sand up to 400 grit, and finally polish with wax on a buffing wheel. The parts came out pretty seamless and the waxing wheel knocks all of the hard edges off. I really like the look and feel of this process.

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Caster Car

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018

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A toy car experiment, borrowed heavily from Tai Geng’s otto and Playsam’s Streamliner.

Two pieces of milled plywood and some modified caster wheels made for a pretty fast little racer.

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Magnet Clock

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

I built a project for the newly rebranded Bantam Tools. The Magnet Clock is a kinetic sculpture built using magnets, a clock mechanism, and some milled parts.

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If you’re interested, take a look.