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Mark Smith

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#1 posted 11-16-2012 11:56 PM

Okay I’m looking at those. Specifically what type of bit are you ralking about? I have both a 60 degree and 45 degree V-cut bit. The 45 works great on larger letters and I switch to 60 degree for smaller letters. I’m happy with the larger letters, but the smaller letters just don’t seem to come out as nice as I’d like. They are no where near as sharp as what a laser can do.

What I’m trying to do is be able to make a variety of things. I just retired from a long law enforcement career and I have lots of contacts in the law enforcement world. Cops just love various things with law enforcement related logos and badges and those types of things. I just can’t make those kinds of things with only a CNC. In looking around I don’t see too many businesses out there using both a CNC and a Laser together. If all you have is a laser then you are generally limited to making signs and plaques and things on pre-built items you buy from a supplier. So all the plaques or signs you make are generally going to be square or round or some other standard shape. With a CNC you can make whatever shape you want, but then you’re limited as to the detail, especially fine detail that makes things really stand out. But combine the two and you make any shape of a sign or a plaque you want with the CNC and then use the laser to carve all the fine detail you want. That’s why I’m looking at both.

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