Saturday, July 26, 2014

CNC router test cut

I did an interesting routing test with my new CNC router today . It has a 600 X 900mm cutting area, by 70mm high.
The object of this test was to go from a printed line drawing to a 3d cut shape.

I stared by browsing through a beautiful book on Celtic art.
I found a nice interlaced dog pattern redrawn from Lindisfarn Gospels. I photographed this page and converted it from a raster image to a vector. It involved a lot of editing of the image in order to get it ready for the CAM software.
Then the magic happens. The CAM software generates a toolpath which is fed to the machine control software and then to the router itself. After sometime and mess of dust and woodchips...
This piece is 50cm long.

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