CNC routing for casting intricate mechanical parts

Or, how to be an absolute boss

Here’s a wonderful write-up on the trials, tribulations, and inspiring successes of Michal Zalewski’s 6-year journey into robotics. This well-written story is focussed on techniques for using CNC routing to create intricate molds for casting precision mechanical parts. Mouth-watering pictures after the break… (more…)

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CNC milling waves!

Rhino tutorial on simulating wave patterns!

I’ve recently been checking out the Grasshopper forums where people have been experimenting with CNC milling fibreboard and plywood with wave forms. For those interested in creating these patterns there is a tutorial by over at Instructables by Brian Ottrogge on how to achieve some similar forms, without needing to fire up Rhino’s Grasshopper plugin. (more…)

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Rules & guides for making your own CNC routed projects with Ponoko

3 helpful forum posts

In addition to lasercutting and 3D printing, Ponoko lets you make your own stuff with CNC routing.

Working with CNC routing lets you make much bigger stuff than you can make with lasercutting. But it’s a tricky technique to work with, so we’ve put together some rules and guides to help you get the best results from your CNC project.

The first thing you’re going to want to check out is Things You Must Know for CNC Routing. This forum post will walk you through 11 key considerations when using CNC, things like minimum and maximum design size, required width of the tool path, and how to format your design file.

Once you know the rules, you can move on to the guides on how to offset your lines for CNC routing. We’ve even got a video of the process.

If you use Inkscape, follow this guide. If you use Illustrator, follow this guide.

If you’ve got questions, please leave them in the forum. And if you’ve used Ponoko for CNC routing, we welcome any tips & tricks from the community.

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Simple Grasshopper definition for CNC

Grasshopper and CNC

Parametric software can save you a lot of time by automating repetitive tasks. The Grasshopper plugin for Rhino is well known for its impressive generative architectural modelling, but it is also useful for much simplier tasks such as offsetting lines as you might do manually in Illustrator or inkscape for CNC routing. (more…)

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Online training: the basics of CNC routing with Personal Factory — Friday at 2pm pacific

Get the 411 on CNC

Learn to design for CNC routing and find out what results to expect in our upcoming training session: the basics of designing for CNC routing.

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