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Project Which Mill is best suited for small aluminum bowl?

Discussion in 'CNC Projects' started by levitation, Sep 8, 2017.

  1. levitation

    levitation New Builder

    I am making small aluminum bowls out of sliced aluminum rods. The Sketchup file is attached. I am considering the OpenBuilds mini mill which could cut the dimensions I am looking for, or modifying the C-Beam mill so that it has a larger z-axis travel.
    The inner bowl needs to be as smooth as possible.

    1. Can the mini mill do it?
    2. Which bits would I need to get the smoothest inner surface?

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Sep 8, 2017
  2. Grantman

    Grantman Veteran Builder

    This job is better suited to a lathe than a mill.
  3. levitation

    levitation New Builder

    Hi Grantman,
    Is it possible to get a smooth finish using the mini mill? The mill is more useful for upcoming projects even if a lathe is better suited for this one.
  4. Grantman

    Grantman Veteran Builder

    No idea.
  5. MaryD

    MaryD OpenBuilds Team Staff Member Moderator Builder

    You may want to jump over to the OpenBuilds Facebook Group and connect with this guy. Making great progress in a week on a MiniMill. May have some insight to share.


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