Branding Iron Signature

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Project by 3DBMe posted 11-30-2008 02:31 AM 7218 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used a HAAS CNC to gnerate this 4”x6”x.5” metal brand for my large pieces of work upon completion.

The prototype is Plastic to verify the CNC program, then produced the final from metal in 4+hours. Just got a CarveWright machine that did a positive representaton prototype in redcedar 1:1 in 45minutes. I verify my designs in wood before committing time to programming trial and error.

I am going to be blending all my technologies, skills and tools to generate some new work! Hope you like it.

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#1 posted 11-30-2008 04:11 AM

this is a great proyect,,,,,,,,,

-- ALEX, from Texas, ( jewelry boxes)

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#2 posted 11-30-2008 08:05 PM

Nice work.

How did you produce the final metal version? Directly in the CNC machine or did you just CNC mill a mold and go from there?

-- David / Durham, NC

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#3 posted 11-30-2008 08:38 PM

HI guys and thanks for looking.

David, the metal and plastic brand were created directly on the CNC machine since they were one-off’s. A mold would be used for multiple iterations and I wouldn’t get the sharp border edges outlining the letters.

The wooden positive is used for approval of design and verification of depths and distances. The space between the border and letter body is 1/16” and very tight for highspeed metal milling. It worked OK for the plastic but I would have widened the space if I had the wooden prototype done first!

I have the CNC program made for this brand and can adapt it to make others, such as your initials. I can be commissioned to make one for you if requested. The only issue in usage is having a fire hot enough to heat the large amount of material. I wil be using a small electric kiln for ease, once I replace the heating element in it. The handle is removable, screws into threads on back, so that ONLY the brand gets hot and not your hand.

I’ll post images when operational.

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#4 posted 12-01-2008 01:46 AM


When I was a graphic design student I created a small logo brand for a local woodworker. It was his initials incorporated into a 1.5”x1.5” design where all the letters hooked together. After he had it made into a brand he gave me a sample, it was neat to know he would be branding his hard work with my design. This was the 80’s though, I have no idea what process he used to turn it from a 2d design on paper to a 3d metal brand.

If you move forward with making these available for other people let me know, I could use a small (less than 1” square) brand for my turnings. I’m sure there is a large market for something like this too, not all of us have access to CNC machines (but we can dream heh)

-- David / Durham, NC

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#5 posted 01-01-2012 04:46 PM

I would be interested.

-- Have a great day.

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