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Forum topic by SugarbeatCo posted 04-13-2014 06:57 PM 1191 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SugarbeatCo

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04-13-2014 06:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cnc signs

The standard 3 axis machines are excellent for sign makers. I would bet there arent many cnc owners that havent made at least one. So lets see em! I’ll start with a display I made for a local farm /home show.

Make from 6/4 red oak, all hand painted and cleared with satin lacquer..


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#1 posted 04-14-2014 01:52 AM

SugarbeatCo, nice sign … no, beautiful sign.
What software did you use?
Funny question on the LJ site as before it was always what tool/bit/saw etc. did you use and now it’s software.

I have a CNC and I haven’t made a sign!Well, to be honest, I made a speed limit sign, not carved.

I stuck a felt tip pen in my collet and drew the sign on foam core board. I made the sign for one of my neighbors as we have had a lot of speeders on our street. Turned out pretty descent but it sure eats up the ink fast.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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klw

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#2 posted 04-14-2014 02:39 AM

As a newbie looking at (and hoping) all kinds of CNC machines, I would be interested in hearing what everyone is using to make their ‘stuff’!

Thanks.

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#3 posted 04-14-2014 02:54 AM

That is a smart looking sign. Do they have the equivalent of clip-art/stock images for CNC or is the bass modeled from scratch?

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SugarbeatCo

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#4 posted 04-14-2014 04:09 AM

I used Aspire 4 for this sign.. Aspire includes about a metric shit ton of stock images and 3d files. There is also about 5 reputable sources for 3D files. This fish I believe was from Vectorart3d or something. The banner was from the stock files that came with aspire. Aspire also comes with about 30 hrs of video tutorials, a lot which teach you about how to take a picture or piece of clip art and model it to 2.5 or 3d..

-- Always one more tool away from being an excellent woodworker...

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#5 posted 04-14-2014 07:30 AM

klw

Materials I have cut:
  • woods; oak, maple, cherry, pine, poplar, plywoods of all kinds, MDO, MDF
  • plastics; acrylics (a lot of acrylics), polycarbonates, ABS
  • solid surface counter top; Corian, Sandstone, Paperstone ( a lot of Paperstone as I like it better than the mineral based materials)
Cutters I have used:
  • standard router bits (none with bearings obviously) Eagle America, Freud, Amana, Bosch and others
  • milling cutters from Onsrud, Niagara, Conical Cutters (my favorite is the Onsrud Super O)
  • felt tip pens, not a cutter but good for graphics of all kinds

I am considering a drag knife for sheet goods like vinyl adhesive sign materials. Also an engraving bit for plastics and metals. Note that both of the tools above DO NOT use a rotating router or spindle as it only holds the drag knife or engraving bit.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#6 posted 04-15-2014 01:09 AM

the last two i did on the old machine, first one is a two sided colorcore, the second is a layered acrilic

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#7 posted 04-15-2014 03:11 AM

Nice work Dan, I have been wanting to do some edge lit signs for awhile now, just havent found a good source for cast acrylics.. Do you know of any that ship at a reasonable rate?

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#8 posted 04-15-2014 05:09 AM

I have been buying my plastic at TAP Plastics which is local but is not inexpensive by any means.
U.S. Plastic is the only web source I have considered as I needed some UHMW material and TAP does not carry that material but the project fell through before I bought any.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#9 posted 04-17-2014 02:06 AM

Sugar beat, try Laird plastics they have a location in the twin city’s. Dan

-- nelson woodcrafters

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