Foreward: this is the week where I realized time-lapses are cool
For this weekend we had to use the CNC Mill to create a new piece for our own CNC machine. It could be a large piece done on the Mill in Higgins (4′ x 8′) or a small thing done on the Roland Machine. Our design was rather simple. We were tired of jigging up some system to get our machine attached to the Vinyl Cutter, so we made an outfeed table which doubles as a place to hold it!
Basically, we wanted to turn this:
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This is how the table looks alone:
Let’s get into the How!
Things you will need are:
40″x48″ of .5″ MDF
2″ Long .25″ Flat Endmill, upcut or downcut work.
See Rhino File Here
See NC Files Here
After preparing the file, I quickly ran over to the CNC Mill. As I have been a monitor there for quite some time, I ran the file myself and processed it during the cutting. If you are not familiar with the machine, DO NOT BE NEAR IT WHILE OPERATING.
And the pieces are cut! Time for the woodshop.
I quickly took the exciting new piece over to the Vinyl Cutter…only to find I missed one key thing! The height of the outfeed table legs are doubled before they slide onto the vinyl cutter rail, which means it doesn’t fit.
But that’s okay…I just took the vinyl cutter off the base, slid the outfeed table on, and then re-attached the cutter to its base. Less easy access as I had planned for, but I needed to get out of studio and it still works great! Also, because of a little sneaky design of mine, the table never really needs to be removed. There is a slit between the table and the cutter, so that if you don’t want to use the outfeed table for some reason, you can sneak paper down the slit instead.
Problems that are holding us back from creating the perfect station for generative drawings of generative drawings: