- Machine Type:
- CNC Router
- Illustrator / Vectric Aspire / Vectric 3D / LaserWeb4
- Machine Time:
- 7min aprox
- Bit or Laser Size:
- 1/8" / 3.175mm ball nose
- Feeds & Speeds:
- Feed 25mm/s - Plunge 8mm/s - Setting #1 Dewalt 611
I wanted to dive into some 3D milling and found the perfect starting project for it. I also wanted too see whats all the fuzz about Vectric software that people seem to love.
I categorized this project as intermediate because of the 3D milling but in reality its very simple and i did as follow:
- Searched for a ribbon image on google, something that i could easily accommodate if needed
- Loaded it into AI, to modify a little the curve angle
- Opened Vectric Aspire, loaded the vector file and used the simple 3D command to do the shape
- Saved the file as an STL
- Opened the STL into Vectric Cut3D and created the toolpath. Exported it as a gcode in mm
- Placed my stock hardwood that was roughly 7mm thick onto my MiniMill using doble sided tape
- Loaded the gcode file into LaserWeb4 and executed it.
- Removed the tabs, cleaned the edges, sanded the surface just a little but left some of the bit marks to show some "scars". Then added some was and polished it slightly.
Just out of the Mill
I was amazed but how simple Vectric tool are for creating 3D object and i will be doing a video soon of this process to how that.
Of course the little MiniMill aka "TANK" made this all possible!!!!
- Gcode (nc) file if you want to create the project as is
- Vectric file
- Vector file
- STL file